Four YWCA Associations Join to Offer ‘Day of Listening’

POTTSTOWN PA – Four YWCA associations – those of the Tri-County Area (at top), Greater Pittsburgh, Lancaster, and York County – are partnering in what they call a “Unite to Heal PA” collaborative to sponsor a Day of Listening for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color on Thursday (May 12, 2022) from 6-7:30 p.m. The event will be held live at the YWCA Tri-County offices, 300 King St., and virtually.

Registration is available here.

The Day of Listening is intended to help start conversations among community members working together toward solutions and initiatives that will result in racial healing. Unite to Heal PA “acknowledges racism as a public health crisis and recognizes the lasting effects racial trauma has on individuals, institutions, and communities,” it said.

“Healing conversations can serve as a catalyst to bring not only remediation to communities but to individuals as well,” according to the group. The program is designed to begin the “work of uprooting injustice, promoting equity, and healing,” it added.

Thursday’s event is meant to offer affected community members an opportunity to voice their needs and concerns as they pertain to race with fellow residents and facilitators. It provides a chance to explore the impact of issues as individuals and a broader community. Those attending will participate in a survey as a needs assessment to guide future facilitated discussions, the group stated.

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