What's Happening at YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County

A new message from the CEO's desk

School is out, and families are looking for healthy outlets for their children. The folder of financial aid membership applications submitted year-to-date is more than two inches thick. Nearly every applicant has qualified for a 95% discount on a sixth-month single-parent family membership. A family of four earning less than $27,000 annually to be eligible for this discount. The six-month single-parent family membership costs the family $18.60. The YWCA and our sponsors cover the remaining $353.40. Additionally, qualifying families with children matching YWCA Youth program offerings are automatically sent financial need scholarship forms with the program descriptions. This is how you and the YWCA support families looking for healthy outlets for their children.

Please consider helping the youth of Gettysburg and Adams County by providing them with opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them. When you donate to the YWCA, you also donate toward growing healthy children. Children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn water safety and to swim, to develop basketball skills, to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) in a summer camp, and more.

Another way to help the youth in YWCA programs is to contribute to the recently purchased commercial stove for the Childcare Enrichment Program. Why was the new stove needed? 

●     Warm, nutritious lunches are prepared daily for over 100 children

●     Meals were prepared on a residential-size, glass-topped, electric range.

●     The glass top cracked under the weight of commercial-size cookware needed to prepare meals for that many children. 

●     A residential electric stove does not have enough space for multiple commercial-size pots on the surface or commercial-size trays in the oven.

●     A larger cooking surface and efficient meal preparation are achieved with a commercial-grade gas range with a double oven.

●     The cost of the new range, hood, and installation was over $5,000.

Please donate to support financial aid-based memberships, youth scholarships, and a means to provide warm, healthy, nutritious meals for the children in our childcare programs. Drop off or mail a check to 909 Fairfield Rd or donate securely online.

Reminder: The YWCA Pre-K Counts preschool classroom is for children from lower socio-economic households. The YWCA preschool program is why our organization qualifies as an EITC Tax Credit Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship provider.

Out with the old....

...in with the new!

“Thank you to everyone for upgrading my stove! I love it. 

And I look forward to bringing the kids hot meals on time!”

Ms. Cathy, Lead Nutritionist

YWCA Child Enrichment Program.


Programs, Events & Camps

Are you looking for something for the grandchildren or your children to do later in June? Register now for STEM Camps! Scholarships are available thanks to the WellSpan Inspire Youth Development Grant awarded to the YWCA. Membership@ywcagettysburg.org has more information on the financial need-based scholarships.

Out of the Box: Cardboard Engineering

Cardboard Engineering STEM Camp will take your imagination to the next level.

Join us for a week of exploration, design, and construction as we transform ordinary cardboard into extraordinary creations! 

During the camp, students will:

1.    Learn the basics of engineering principles through hands-on cardboard construction.

2.    Develop teamwork and collaboration skills as you design and build your dream business.

3.    Explore problem-solving and critical-thinking strategies to overcome creative hurdles.

4.    Unleash your artistic talents with themed designs and imaginative details.

5.    Gain valuable experience in planning, budgeting, resource management (cardboard supplies, that is!), and presenting.

Here's the challenge for Grades 5-8:

Imagine a collaborative and interactive community with a business or service you design! Think arcade, fashion/clothing store, theater, restaurant, salon, car wash, construction site, airport, sporting event venue, amusement park, mini-golf course, or even an animal rescue! Now, picture all the details that would make your business come to life - signage, product displays, and even working mechanisms! You will share your design at a showcase for “city planners” (your family) at the end of the week.

Challenge for Grades 2-4: 

Imagine forts, vehicles, working robots, playhouses, and animal sculptures with working mechanisms for young children to enjoy. Brainstorm ideas and form design groups around the theme that most interests you. Design and build toddler-sized dramatic play structures from cardboard. Include working mechanisms to help develop preschoolers' fine and gross motor skills while learning through dramatic play. You will share your design at a showcase for “toy manufacturers” (your family) at the end of the week. *Campers bring a packed lunch & water bottle daily*

The camp fee is $250 for members and $260 for nonmembers. Scholarship applications are available by emailing membership@ywcagettysburg.org no later than June 10th.

Spirit of Gettysburg Virtual 5K

Be a part of something bigger, and join in the long-standing community tradition of The Spirit of Gettysburg 5K! Post your plans on social media and tag @ywcagettysburg. Register, go the distance on a date and time convenient to you or your group, earn a Spirit of Gettysburg Virtual 5K T-shirt, and support the YWCA with your $25 entry fee. And join in the fun field day afterparty on June 22. Field Day details will be emailed to those who register for the 5K.

Basketball Skill Development

Skill improvement is noticeable during each session as participants lean into Lawrence's instructional style and trust the method. Lawrence Williams is an Adams County Sports Hall of Famer, owner of Twitch Athletics, and YWCA Member! 

The program is for fourth-grade through college age on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturdays at the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County. The current series of four-week sessions runs through June 15. There are 12 sessions in the four weeks.

Participants can choose to pay-as-you-go or purchase five-session or eight-session packages for a specific four-week period. The current session started on May 21, and another four-week series will start on June 18. Scholarships are available thanks to the WellSpan Inspire Youth Development Grant awarded to the YWCA. Membership@ywcagettysburg has more information on the financial need-based scholarships. 

Juneteenth and more

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.”

-Barck Obama-

All about Juneteenth and other Advocacy efforts are on our Advocacy Page.

How we spun it

A small but might group participated in the Spin-a-Thon on May 18th. Thank you to the instructors and participants for accepting the challenge of spinning for multiple sessions while raising money for the YWCA.

Our time-tested tourney

Sincere thanks, again, to all who volunteered, donated, and played to make the 22nd Annual Tennis Tournament a success. Over $8,000 was raised for the YWCA with this event.

A New Community Partner

The YWCA is pleased to partner with the Youth Advocate Program (YAP) this summer. The Youth Advocate Program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide Supported Employment Services to students and adults with disabilities in partnership with local businesses and non-profits.  Beginning June 10th, a crew of 4 teenagers and a job coach will be on-site at the YW. A flexible schedule of tasks and work areas was created to expose teenagers to different types of work. The list includes tasks in aquatics, landscaping, childcare, the membership desk, and custodial. The crew will be on the YW campus between the hours of 8 AM and noon, Monday-Friday, from June 10- Aug 2. This is a great opportunity for the community youth to have paid work experience with on-the-job coaching

We couldn't do it without YOU.

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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