YW3CA Community Events
YW3CA hosts mission-based advocacy events to invite community members to come together to support the elimination of racism, empowerment of women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The Stand Against Racism campaign is part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. The 2022 theme is We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now!
Stand Against Racism takes place annually in April and is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities and to build community among those who work for racial justice.
Our country was founded on the idea of building a government of the people, by the people, for the people. More than two hundred years later, this vision has yet to be fully achieved. Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, educational, and other spheres, the forced displacement of indigenous peoples and the institution of slavery marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free.
We say enough is enough! That’s why during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism, we are rallying across the nation to say We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now!
The deep-seated systemic racism and inequities that disadvantage communities of color are still woven into the fabric of our institutions today—from civic engagement to economic development, from education to health care, and even the way people of color are portrayed in the media. We must work collectively to root out inequity in our communities and in the institutions that compose our society, and demand justice and equity.
Led by the Stand Against Racism Challenge, which provides folks the opportunity to dedicate 21 days to the pursuit of racial justice, this year’s theme merges five focus areas which will guide and inform our racial equity work. These focus areas include civic engagement, economic opportunity and security, education, health care, and representation in media.
Join us during this year’s Stand Against Racism campaign as we bring awareness to racism within our communities and connect with other activists and allies to build pathways toward racial equity and justice.
Join us, invite colleagues, friends, and family to sign up HERE!
For over 20 years, YWCA USA & associations across the country have observed a Week Without Violence in October with a common goal:
Third Week in October Annually
300 Block, King Street, Pottstown, PA
Watch how our community came together to create a Week Without Violence through Street Art Installation, Poetry, Dance, Art Contest, Family Activities, Food & more!
Our 26th annual gala was held on June 16, 2022, from 5-8PM at the beautiful Meredith Manor Venue in Chester County, PA. The evening included keynote speakers, awards, music, testimonials, raffles, drinks, food, and more!
Our annual Tribute to Exceptional Women & Girls honors generations of strong, creative, & caring changemakers who lead by example, embrace civic responsibility, and demonstrate exceptional leadership.
CHESTER COUNTY’S HARVEST HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Sept 10 thru 24
An unusual shopping/food and fun adventure featuring 21off-the-beaten path businesses, hand-picked for their uniqueness. Set up like a home or garden tour, you’ll travel place to place, in your own vehicle, enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, farm tours, demos, workshop tours, make & take projects, etc) the businesses have planned for you. Your ticket is valid the entire time—do what you can in a day or take 14 days—it’s up to you.
All tour businesses are open at least Monday thru Saturday from 10AM – 5PM. Play the Shopping Games to win up to $1050 in gift cards! Plus, each place has given you a valuable coupon.
Although we won’t tell you the names of the businesses ahead of time (that’s part of the fun secret!), we will tell you some of the things you’ll find— unique home décor & furnishing stores housed in historic homes, barns & interesting buildings, country farm markets, fashion & jewelry boutiques, an artist’s studio, handcrafted products, a lavender farm, an alpaca farm and a dairy farm, antiques, vintage, & upcycled shops, floral & gift shops, crystals & healing products, surprising restaurants and cafes, a few specialty shops and more! There is something for everyone!
The stores are located in the northern portion of Chester County and a suggested route will lead you from place to place. In many areas, the stops are within walking distance of each other. What a fun way to find the best kept secrets of Chester County!
Tickets are $11 each–$1 per ticket is donated to YWCA Tri-County Area. Your ticket is a booklet which contains a guide that lists the name, address and description of each business, a map to get you around, the calendar of extra events, and coupons from every business.
Call 717-721-9409 or go to www.bestkeptsecretstour.com
*No purchase necessary to enter any and all tour drawings or raffles. Ask a sales associate for a complete list of rules.*