York, PA – (April 25, 2019) YWCA York announces Reverend Ramona Kinard as the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award honoree for 2019, as selected by the board of director’s advocacy committee. This award is sponsored by Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law. Rev. Kinard will be recognized at the upcoming “Lessons from My Daughter” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on May 7, at the Heritage Hills Gold Resort. Tickets are available through www.ywcayork.org and proceeds benefit YWCA York’s Temple Guard Drill Team, Girls on the Run, and the Quantum Opportunities Program.
In 1995, YWCA York created The Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award to recognize women advocates for their work on social issues. The award honors YWCA York volunteer achievement, the support of advocacy, and YWCA’s mission of peace, justice, and dignity for all people. Each honoree receives a framed copy of the poem Watcher of the Skies that was particularly important to Dorrie Leader.
Reverend Ramona Kinard was selected by YWCA York because she embodies the spirit of the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award. She is well known in the York community for her wisdom, leadership, and her ability to walk into difficult situations and bring feelings of peace and compassion. Rev. Kinard is the Vice President of the lack Minister Association and received the Martin Luther King Image Award for her prayer work in the community. She is a member of the Clergy and Police group that meets to talk about solutions for the community violence and better Police and Community relationships, and a member of the NAACP.
Rev. Kinard says, “We must not be afraid to stand for that is right as evidenced in 2 Timothy 1:7 which says ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind.’”
The eighth child of ten, Rev. Kinard graduated from William Penn Sr. High School and received a Doctorate of Divinity from Emmanuel Baptist University. She is the pastor at the Wheatfield Church of the Living God. Rev. Kinard is married to Lucius Clyde Kinard and has four sons and four grandchildren. She was an organizer of York Cares for the Homeless and a key figure in the development of the Coffee Spot for the Homeless.
Rev. Kinard is the co-founder of Celebrating York’s Unity Through 10,000 Acts of Kindness which is a multicultural event and dinner for 10,000 people, each of whom has completed an act of kindness, to be held on June 30th in Penn Park.
“Pastor Ramona has dedicated her professional life to lifting up others and being courageous in her equity and justice work,” says Jean Treuthart, YWCA York’s CEO. “We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate her as a brave advocate, committed to improving the quality of life in York County.”
The award Rev. Kinard is receiving was established to honor Dorrie Leader’s dedication to fight for civil rights, the empowerment of women, and advocating for social justice. Mrs. Leader served as YWCA York’s president in the early 1950s before going onto serve on the National Board of YWCA from 1958 to 1976. She was present in 1963 at the March on Washington, accompanied by her two oldest daughters, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak of his dream for America. She shared that dream, and was steadfast in her commitment to help achieve it nationally and here in York. Her fierce advocacy for racial justice undoubtedly laid the groundwork for YWCA’s prioritization of the elimination of racism as national mission work.
ABOUT YWCA York
YWCA York is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Chartered in 1891, YWCA York has a long and rich history of creating opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power through a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 28,000 people are serve each year through the programs and services offered throughout York County. Worldwide, the YWCA impacts more than 25 million people in over 120 countries. For information about the YWCA York, visit our website, www.ywcayork.org.