Programs and Events
The 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Our challenge starts on Monday, March 1st and continues through March 29th (Monday –Friday). We will also be holding one evening session person week via Zoom which is optional.
Each day starting on March 1st, you will be presented with activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. You can choose how to participate based on the time you have available.
We hope that you will go into this challenge with an open heart and a curious mind, ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone. We know these discussions can be difficult and can bring up powerful emotions, but your commitment to increasing your awareness is what will help move our community forward.
You can also join our private Facebook group where participants can continue the conversation in a safe space.
This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. Please share the registration link with your circle of contacts! INVITE your family, friends and coworkers to JOIN US.
Register Here (21 Day Challenge Hanover PA (ywcachallenge.org)
If you are or have ever been in an abusive relationship, we want to support and help you. YWCA Hanover
Safe Home is offering a free support group in Gettysburg, PA for those who have been impacted by domestic
Groups are facilitated by caring, experienced professionals. As a group member, we hope to: provide you
with coping skills, connect you with others who relate, give you a safe environment to express yourself, and
encourage self-care and healing.
For meeting location, call YWCA Hanover Safe Home’s 24-hour crisis hotline at (717) 632-0007.
No registration required. This is a Facebook Live Event. Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/YWCAHanover
Explore world issues from different perspectives and learn more about your neighbors through this new monthly virtual series, created by YWCA Hanover. Each conversation brings together individuals in our community from different disciplines, and life experiences to discuss a range of social, educational, political, and religious topics.
March 2021 topic – The impact of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s achievements presented by all-female lawyer panel
Because of COVID-19, we are offering the program virtually; as you know, this is not an ideal situation, but we are committed to continue Girls Loving Life. We are giving each participant free supplies and a swag bag to keep our program viable. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or ideas.
Girls in grades 2-8 participate in activities, friendship, and fun.
Girls in grades 9-12 participate as mentors, role models, and youth leaders.
Girls Loving Life focuses on five tenets to build self-esteem, encourage kindness, and help girls develop resiliency, grit, and compassion:
Love your body: living your best healthy life
Love your soul: valuing and accepting yourself
Love others: being kind, accepting, and contributing to the community
Love to learn and grow: taking risks, facing challenges, and being a lifelong learner
Love life: celebrating and enjoying each day
Girls Loving Life is made possible through a generous grant from the Allstate Foundation and in partnership with the UTZ Women’s Mentoring Group
“Teaching the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Book used: The World Must Know by Michael Berenbaum (you can purchase on Amazon)
The Holocaust: 1939-1945 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland and started WWII. German officials confiscated Jewish property, in many places required Jews to wear identifying armbands, and established ghettos and forced-labor camps. Often drawing on local civilian and police support, Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) followed the German army and carried out mass shootings. These years saw systematic deportations of millions of Jews to increasingly efficient killing centers using poison gas.(From the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.)
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In observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Jan 18, 2021, we invite the community to celebrate diversity by donating books to the YWCA Hanover Acceptance Library.
A wish list has been created on Amazon. Purchase directly from this list or purchase locally and drop off at YWCA Hanover, now through January 2021.
Monetary donations are also appreciated.
- Amazon List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3J97IC1PVY62J?ref_=wl_share
- Online Donation: https://tinyurl.com/ywcahanoverbookdrive
- Drop off, or mail, books or donation checks to:
c/o Acceptance Library
23 W. Chestnut St
Hanover, PA 17331
We have free Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. coloring pages available for pick up in the lobby of YWCA Hanover. This could be a great family community service. We encourage you to decorate with multicultural quotes and return to YWCA Hanover by January 15, 2021, for display.
For more information please contact Deb Smith at email@example.com
YWCA Hanover Music in the Morning with Deb Smith
Students ages 5 thru 8 are invited to play music games, make an instrument, and enjoy a snack.
Cost is FREE and space is limited to 10 students (masks or face shields required).
Saturday, February 20, 2021 Register Here: http://ywcahanover.ywca.org/site/Calendar?id=104464&view=Detail
Saturday, February 27, 2021 Register Here: http://ywcahanover.ywca.org/site/Calendar?id=104465&view=Detail
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During the week of April 18-24, 2021, YWCA Hanover will be recognizing and advocating for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. First commemorated in 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights week gives us an opportunity to renew our commitment to serving victims of crime in our community.
On April 22, 2021, YWCA Safe Home will be holding a virtual candlelight vigil to show support for the many victims of crime. Please submit the name of a victim you wish to be honored in this event.
RBG is a 2018 Oscar-nominated documentary film available on Netflix that
portrays the life and career of liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Register for the March 17th, 2021 watch party. Register here: http://ywcahanover.ywca.org/site/Calendar?id=104688&view=Detail
On March 25 at 7 pm: Enlightened Conversation will be featuring a panel of female lawyers on the impact of RBG.
The goal of YWCA Hanover’s Social/Racial Justice Program is to create a more inclusive and welcoming community. Through education and discourse, we hope to foster sustained civic engagement leading to positive change on issues related to racial and social inequity.
Our Social/Racial Justice pages can be found here: Click Here to get involved
Join YWCA Hanover in taking a Stand Against Racism (SAR)! On April 22, 2021, YWCA Hanover would LOVE to express the commitment of the Hanover Business community living the YW mission. Let’s show the world our dedication to a diverse and inclusive Hanover area community. This year for SAR, we would like to create a montage of YWCA Hanover partners displaying their commitment to taking a Stand Against Racism.
1) Wear a YWCA Hanover Stand Against Racism T-shirt or purchase a SAR yard sign/window cling; available online or at YWCA Hanover, 23 West Chestnut Street, Hanover, PA 17331.
2) Take a photo or record a video of you and your staff taking a Stand Against Racism. Upload your video to https://tinyurl.com/SAR17331
If you need assistance in sending your recording, please email Rosemary Cintron at firstname.lastname@example.org
The montage will be complete and shareable on April 23, 2021 – Stand Against Racism 2021 event.
Program Location: VIRTUAL
The power of our unity throughout the country as we raise our collective voices to rid our society from the plague of racism; and until the day when racism is eliminated, we have a lot of work ahead of us!
Show the community that you Stand Against Racism by wearing a SAR shirt!
Shirts available here: PURCHASE ONLINE HERE
If your business or organization is interested in participating email Rosemary Cintron at email@example.com.
If buying a t-shirt isn’t your thing, you can still show you Stand Against Racism. Print one or more of the linked signs and write or draw your answers (this is a great way to get the whole family involved!) Take a selfie holding the sign, or take a family picture with the sign/s, or take a picture of just the sign! Whatever you choose, post your picture on social media with #standagainstracism17331
Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of YWCA USA which brings together like-minded organizations that share in our vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity. By inviting community organizations to partner with us, we expand the impact of this vision, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.
The annual Stand Against Racism™, which takes place the last week of April, encourages conversations across diverse communities in the USA.
Join YWCA Hanover in taking a Stand Against Racism! YWCA Hanover will be hosting our fourth annual Stand Against Racism (SAR) event (observing COVID-19 social distancing guidelines). Wear your Stand Against Racism T-Shirts (available for purchase online or at YWCA Hanover). We’ll have signs or create your own and Take a Stand Against Racism! The event will be streamed via Facebook so you can even participate virtually! We’ll also have a moment of silence to acknowledge those who have been victimized by racism.
Program Date: April 25, 2021
Program Time: 2PM-3PM
Program Location: In-Person & VIRTUAL
Join YWCA Hanover for a Facebook Watch Party. We’ll be viewing the documentary “13th”, a 2016 American film by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;” it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.
23 West Chestnut Street
Hanover, PA 17331
YWCA Youth Leadership Council
Upstanders Leadership Council is open to any individual in grades 7 – 12 who has an interest in creating positive change in our community. The supervisory board is comprised of YWCA Hanover staff in partnership with area school district teachers, administrators, and volunteers.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
YWCA Hanover Safe Home
The community support for what we do is inspiring, and for that, we thank each and every one of the walkers, donors, sponsors, and supporters.
For more information on this event go here: Walk A Mile
The International Men’s March To Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexual violence against women. By wearing women’s shoes, participating gentlemen symbolically put themselves in the place of women for the purpose of raising awareness about the dire effects of sexual and domestic assault in our community. Funds raised will help to provide services for survivors of domestic violence.
YWCA Hanover wants to hear from women about the issues that are most important to them.
Board members from the YWCA as well as the Executive Director will be leading small group discussions seeking your input on family and women’s issues.
Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres .
Next meeting TBA
Women’s Power Hour
Sharing *new* ideas and suggestions on women’s concerns and priorities about economic challenges, gender equality, childcare & family, and racial justice
Participating in the discussion and get involved with your community.