Community Responders Network

Who Are We?

The Community Responders Network is a grassroots coalition committed to confronting and preventing incidents of bias in Central PA.

The Community Responders Network was established in 2008 following an incident targeting a local Muslim family. A concerned group of individuals came together to stand with the family, and out of this the Community Responders Network was born.

Today, our membership represents a diverse group of faith communities, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, government entities and community members working together to further our mission.

What Do We Do?

The work of the Community Responders Network is driven by the Strategies for Community Action Committee, comprised of diverse leaders within our community whose purpose is to expand community dialogue to protect and safeguard the safety, respect and dignity of all.

CRN members serve on at least one of the following working teams/committees:

• The Response Team develops and implements or guides response to bias incidents in Central PA, when appropriate and as needed.

• The Prevention & Education Team develops and implements programs to address the root causes of bias through community education and dialogue.

• The Communications Committee provides administrative support, facilitates internal communications and directs public relations efforts for the CRN.

• The Building Bridges Team broadens and deepens support for the CRN’s message and activities by engaging additional communities in common ground discussion and participation.

In the News

" 'There isn't room for hate anymore': Unity rally, protests held in opposition to anti-Sharia march," by Nora Shelly (PennLive), June 10, 2017.

"Response Time: Amid a polarizing political climate, a local grassroots group responds to hate and works to bridge divides," by Danielle Roth (TheBurg), January 31, 2017.

"Community organization reaches out in effort to confront, reduce post-election bias," by Wesley Robinson (PennLive), January 13, 2017.

"Love duels hate from a distance in Harrisburg," by David Wenner (PennLive), November 5, 2016.

"Protest? Yes. But don't dignify Saturday's Nazi rally at the Capitol by showing up," by Ann Van Dyke (PennLive), November 2, 2016.

"Community Responders Network promises to work with the LBGT and Muslim communities to make this a nation where everyone is safe, respected," by Ann Van Dyke (PennLive), June 15, 2016.

"So who really belongs in the U.S.A.? All of us," by Ann Van Dyke (PennLive), Oct. 6, 2015.

"Many Muslims are Americans, too, and how they are being treated is disturbing," by Margee Kooistra (PennLive), Oct. 2, 2015.

"Want to help the victims of the Charleston church shooting? Here's how," by Ann Van Dyke (PennLive), June 21, 2015.

"Cross burning a reminder that we owe each other compassion and respect," by Margee Kooistra (PennLive), Feb. 2, 2015.

"Community Responders Network urges strong response to midstate KKK activity," by Eric Veronikis (PennLive), May 7, 2014.

"Battling Bias: Community Responders Network offers support for victims of discrimination," by Barbara Trainin Blank (The Burg), March 31, 2014.


If you’re interested in getting involved with the CRN, please visit us at, e-mail us at or call us at (717) 585-0488.

Want to Donate?

Checks can be made payable to the YWCA Greater Harrisburg with 'CRN' in the memo line, and mailed to 1101 Market St, Harrisburg PA 17103.

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