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Mission Statement

Provide recreation, continuing education and social service activities/programs for the children, youth and adults of the participating municipalities in a fiscally responsible manner.


GEARS was founded in 1976 as EARC (Elizabethtown Area Recreation Commission). In January 2000, after nearly 2 years of extensive planning, GEARS (Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services) began providing services to the Elizabethtown Area. GEARS represents a merger of the EACSA and EARC. Services provided include administration, scheduling of resources, a community center, child care program, recreation and a senior center.

When you get into GEARS you become part of something bigger, your community. It’s where you live and we’re here to do one thing, make it better.

Opportunities to meet new people, grow as a person and just have fun at any age, can be summed up in three simple words.


Non Discrimination Statement of Policy

GEARS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression and identity, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. GEARS is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

GEARS Municipal Partners
& Board Members

East Donegal Township
Linda Good, Alan Kaylor, Scott Kingsboro

Elizabethtown Borough
David Grey, Jay Hynicker, Howard Kroesen

Mount Joy Township
Jayne Duncan, Alex Shubert, Delmar Oberholtzer

West Donegal Township
Phillip Dunn, Barry Garman, Lindsay Norris

GEARS Board Meeting 7 pm

 Board of Directors of Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services (GEARS) is scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
January 16, 2024 GEARS Community Center
February 20, 2024 GEARS Community Center 
March 19, 2024 Mount Joy Township Building
April 16, 2024 West Donegal Township Building
May 21, 2024 Elizabethtown Borough Building
June 18, 2024 East Donegal Township Building
July 16, 2024 Mount Joy Township Building 
August 20, 2024 West Donegal Township Building
September 17, 2024 Elizabethtown Borough Building
October 15, 2024 East Donegal Township Building
November 19, 2024 GEARS Community Center 
December 17, 2024 GEARS Community Center 
EACSA Board Meeting meets as needed on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM prior to the GEARS Board Meeting.

Department Contacts

David Wendel  Executive Director
Joyce Hardman  Business Manager  717-367-0355 
Kids Center
Senior Center
Mother & Daughter

Have Questions?

Call: (717) 367-0355



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