Community Outreach

Betty Sullivan Memorial Library – YWCA Greater Harrisburg

AAUW/Harrisburg Branch established and maintains a library at the YWCA for use by clients, shelter residents and staff. The collection includes adult fiction, large print fiction, adult non-fiction (including material on parenting skills, inspirational literature, and biographies) and a large variety of young children’s story books and non-fiction and a small collection of juvenile chapter books. AAUW updates the collection on a regular basis. The library is located just off the reception area inside the main entrance and is open daily.

AAUW Harrisburg honored Judy Dillen as Harrisburg’s Outstanding Branch Member. Judy has been an active member of the Harrisburg Branch of AAUW for over 45 years. Judy Dillen is a passionate and caring woman who people at the Harrisburg YWCA know as “the Library Lady”. As a retired librarian, Judy has revitalized the Branch’s library program at the YWCA by providing sage expertise, organizing volunteers for a weekly magazine and book drops, and increasing usage by the clients and staff. Congratulations Judy!


Community Woman of the Year

Marsha R. Banks Is AAUW Harrisburg’s Community Woman of the Year. Marsha is the Founder and Executive Director of Amiracle4sure, Inc. a non-profit organization that specializes in re-entry services and supports for current and formerly incarcerated persons. Marsha has over 15 years of experience working within the field of Social Services. She volunteers as a Mentor, Life Coach, Healing Communities Trainer, Former Board Member of the Correctional Ministries & Chaplains Association (CMCA), Former Board Member of NCBW, and Board Member of The Council of State Government, and various other social service groups serving individuals and their families who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  Congratulations Marsha!

National History Day

The 2020 theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.”  On Saturday, March 7th, 2020, at Messiah College, middle and high school students from all over the south-central Pennsylvania Region 8 presented exhibit displays, performed skits, and demonstrated websites and documentaries around this theme.

These regional competitions are open to all Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12.  Students who are ranked 1st, 2nd, or 3rdat the regional NHD competition go on to the Pennsylvania State Competition in May. Statewide winners participate in the national competition at the University of Maryland.

The winners of the two prizes awarded for the best research in women’s history at the Region 8 competition were Eva Melendrez from Holy Name of Jesus School and Lola Gehman from Carlisle Area High School. Congratulations!