Happening at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

March 2023

From the

Interim CEO's Desk

March? How did that possibly happen? I'm going with the idea that it had something to do with that pesky Punxsutawney Phil.

The spring season is a busy season around the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County as you will see from the announcements here in this newsletter. Swimming lessons! Nearly New Sale! Teen Dating Violence Awareness Talk! A deeply discounted - even free to some - bus trip! And looking ahead we have some big things set for April - Adams County's version of a Human Library in partnership with the Adams County Library! Daily Mission Member activities in partnership with YWCA USA! (and that's probably my annual quota of exclamation points used up!)

March is Women's History Month. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 as National Women's History week. Read his message to the nation here. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. Explore this guide to a wellspring of information at Women's History.

I also encourage you to celebrate the woman (and women) in your own life who inspired and encouraged you. Our bus trip that you can read about elsewhere in this newsletter was, in part, inspired by this memory of our generous trip sponsor's mother -

"When my mother passed, I found many reminders in her home of the kindness she gave those she encountered. There was a letter from South America from the grandmother of a child my mother spent an hour or two after school every day helping to learn English. It seems the grandmother wanted my mother to know it changed the child’s life and gave her hope because someone beyond her family believed in her and showed her love. I like to think we can bring light into other lives and the world is brighter for our kindness, and that light shines back on us too sometimes."

One way to honor that special woman in your life is to make a donation to the Diversity Reading Room. A $25 donation will help the Board purchase books for the room which is open to the public. A book plate will be placed on the front of the book that is purchased. This can be in honor of someone special or in memory of someone special. You will need to email that information to me.

I want to emphasize to all of you that the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County continues to provide the successful services and programs that the community has come to expect from us.

I encourage you to visit our website.

Nancy Lilley is Interim CEO at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

Save the Date - Nearly New Sale - March 24-25

Think spring! Think sunshine! Think about all of these harbingers of spring and especially the Spring Children's Nearly New Sale here at the YWCA! Consider donating or consigning (for a small fee) any spring/summer children's items at this popular bi-annual event. Consignments will be accepted Sunday, March 19 through Monday, March 20. Donations will be accepted Sunday, March 19, to Tuesday, March 21. Volunteers to help and sort items will be needed (and greatly appreciated) Sunday, March 19 through Saturday, March 25. For a complete list of items accepted, as well as the consignment agreement and volunteer hours, please visit the website www.ywcagettysburg.org. Any questions can be addressed to Nancy at [email protected], or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.


Summer Camps

YWCA Child Enrichment Program Summer Camps will be back!

Watch our website for details. Registration will be opening soon.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Event

March 2, 7 - 8 PM

Dating violence is more common than you may think, especially among teens and young adults: 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.

Each February, young adults and their loved ones across the nation raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM).

In collaboration with Safe Home Hanover YWCA, we are sponsoring a talk for parents about the keystones of healthy and unhealthy relationships for teens. Trained facilitators will talk to parents in the Community Room, while teens can practice some selfcare by taking a Yoga for Teens class down the hall.

This program is free of charge. Pre-registration is encouraged by contacting [email protected] but is not required.

Have questions or concerns about your relationship that aren’t covered here? Advocates are available 24/7 by text, phone, and live chat to discuss your situation. Remember: relationship abuse can happen to anyone, but no one ever deserves it.


Bus trip to see Riverdance in Scranton, PA. 

Cost is $50 donation that will benefit the YWCA Fitness Center. This includes the bus cost, a pre-chosen meal at Cooper’s Seafood Restaurant, and stellar tickets to see the show. (Huge thanks to a very generous donor who wants to share the experience with community members.) We have a number of tickets that are available for free, limit 2 per family. Please contact Nancy at 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or [email protected]. The bus will leave from 909 Fairfield Rd at 12:45 PM and will return at 11:30 PM (ish). (There is a bathroom on the bus.)

On February 27, the Child Enrichment Program at 909 welcomed Katie Myers as the new Director. Katie has been serving as the Child Enrichment Program’s Health & Safety Coordinator since April 2022. You can read more about Katie below. Meanwhile, Lydia Van Evera is moving into the role of Administrative Coordinator, supporting both centers' Child Enrichment Programs with administrative functions of our day-to-day operations.

Katie was born and raised in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. She has long time connections with the YWCA, She was a member of the Sharks swim team and attended many classes that included gymnastics, aerobics and tap. Due to family connections, she was a Teen Time staff member. She graduated from Gettysburg College and taught in New Oxford, Hanover, Fairfield, and Frederick County. Her specialties included music and special education. Katie feels that she has come full circle to return to the YWCA in the Child Enrichment Program as the Director. She hopes to pass on the love for the YWCA to her daughter and husband as they also become members of the YWCA family. 


Contact Katie at [email protected], or 717-334-9171 x 126.

Contact Lydia at [email protected], or 717-334-9171 x 114.

The villain in this picture may look familiar to most of you. It lurks in our parking lot and tries to capture YWCA members' cars as they come to the facility. It has friends as well.

Seriously, our Building & Grounds Director Bud Glass is well aware of the issue and has taken steps to make repairs (and we take this time and space to thank Bud for his diligence in keeping things - boilers - pools - air exchanges- all of it actually - here and at ACC -up and running. Thank him in person when you see him.) A grant has been applied for to fix the whole parking lot; a temporary fix is in the works. Until work can be completed, please use caution as you drive through the lot.


March Staff Birthdays

Join us in wishing these YWCA team members a very happy birthday!

3/1 - Silas Novotny

3/7 - Alison Rock

3/7 - Jacob Irwin

3/14 - Breanna Arentz

3/14 - Samuel Nelson

3/24 - Carla DuRand

3/26 - Kevin Hardy

3/27 - Kenneth Reisinger

3/30 - Brandon Briel



Child Care Staff (ACC & 909)

Nighttime Custodian

Part-Time Bookkeeper

Job application here.

YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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