The GIANT Company becomes Founding Sponsor in YWCA Carlisle’s Racial Justice Initiative

The GIANT Company presented YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County with a check for $10,000 as a founding sponsor of the Racial Justice Initiative at YWCA Carlisle and Cumberland County. “Racial Justice has always been one of the pillars of our mission,” said Maddie Young, Executive Director of the YWCA Carlisle. “Our goal is to build a network of community members who are engaged in targeted efforts to eliminate internal, interpersonal, and systemic racial injustice. This network will both inform and create the programming that is so critical for our youth and community. At a time when racial inequality is at the forefront of both local and national conversations, the need to create and support a local Racial Justice Initiative has never been greater.”

YWCA Carlisle is hiring a Racial Justice Director to lead its efforts, and will expand to staff the Racial Justice Initiative. The YWCA Racial Justice Initiative will focus on providing a safe and respectful space for thoughtful and intentional discussions about racial equality, personal bias, social justice and anti-racism in the context of the community. Programs are being developed for both youth and adult community advocates.

“We are honored to partner with our hometown YWCA in support of our shared mission of eliminating racism,” said Aaysha Noor, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for The GIANT Company.We are especially excited to serve as the founding sponsor of YWCA Carlisle’s YWCA Racial Justice Initiative, and look forward to working with them to create a stronger, more inclusive community for all.

YWCA Carlisle is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, stand up for social and racial justice, help families and strengthen communities.  We work hard to move the needle forward on matters such as peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Eliminating racism is an ongoing process.  It involves a willingness to learn about, and begin undoing, the hurts of racism in our personal, organizational and community lives. 

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  YWCA Carlisle was incorporated in 1919.  In its long history of advocating for women and girls, the YWCA opened the first daycare center in the greater Carlisle Area, provided opportunities for teenage girls to develop leadership skills through a YW Teens program, offered fitness programs for women and girls in the early 1920’s, started clubs for African American girls in the 1930’s and provided food to transients during the Great Depression.  Since that time, the organization has grown in a substantial way including building its own facility in 1990 and operating the Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County.  YWCA Carlisle is in its 99th year bringing to the forefront of the public conversation Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women and Girls.