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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
Scott Kingsboro, Linda Good, Corey Sine

Elizabethtown Borough
Jay Hynicker, Howard Kroesen, David Grey

Mount Joy Township
Gerald Cole, Jayne Duncan, Alex Shubert

West Donegal Township
Rick Gibble, Barry Garman, Logan Hoover

GEARS Board Meeting 7 pm

January 18, 2023 GEARS Community Center
February 21, 2023 GEARS Community Center
March 21, 2023 Elizabethtown Borough Building
April 18, 2023 West Donegal Township Building
May 16, 2023 Mount Joy Township Buidling
June 20, 2023 East Donegal Township Building
July 18, 2023 West Donegal Township Building
August 15, 2023 Mount Joy Township Building
September 19, 2023 Elizabethtown Borough Building
October 17, 2023 East Donegal Township Building
November 21, 2023 GEARS Community Center
December 19, 2023 GEARS Community Center
EACSA Board Meeting Will meet at 6 pm prior to
every 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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