Shortly after I began working at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County in 2007, I received a card asking me to donate to the YWCA.

“This has to be some sick joke, right? I give you my time and talent, you pay me and then you want me to give you some of that money back. Why didn’t you just hire me at a lower rate?” I thought.

Alex J. Hayes is the fund development officer of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County. Contact him at or 570-295-1888. He is also the managing editor of the Gettysburg Times.

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