The Junior League of Lancaster (JLL) will welcome Laura Schroff, author of "An Invisible Thread," to the 2016 Author's Luncheon on Friday Dec. 2, at the Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
The event will include lunch, a presentation by the author, book signing opportunities, giveaway drawing items and a silent auction.
Schroff has spoken at more than 150 events across the country and is dedicated to sharing her story on the power of small acts of kindness and the importance of seizing opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.
The community awareness and focus areas for the 2016 Author's Luncheon are childhood hunger, homelessness and the importance of random acts of kindness.
The JLL Aging Out of Foster Care Committee will staff a table, providing information about the issues faced by young people who become too old for foster care. An interactive string maze will highlight the roadblocks these individuals face.
In late 2014, the Junior League of Lancaster adopted the Issue-Based Community Impact Model to help effectuate long-lasting community change, and the organization identified young people aging out of foster care as one issue to address. There are approximately 600 children in foster care in Lancaster County, and approximately 45 percent of those children are teenagers. Each year, a number of them reach their 18th birthdays and graduate from high school while in the foster care system. These teenagers often lack the support and resources that young adults need to live independently and avoid a life of poverty and crime.
In addition, students at Lancaster Country Day School and Linden Hall, who were inspired by "An Invisible Thread," are working on service learning projects in conjunction with the JLL to support Power Packs. Power Packs is a local organization dedicated to empowering food-insecure families to provide healthful meals so that children come to school well-fed and ready to learn. By providing a weekly pack filled with a recipe and ingredients to make a healthful meal and staples to help families get through the weekend, Power Packs works to make sure that every family has nutritious and economical food when the school breakfast and lunch programs are unavailable.
Students at Lancaster Country Day School and Linden Hall are conducting a protein food drive and a utensil drive to benefit Power Packs. Utensil items collected, such as colanders, measuring cups, measuring spoons, and other basic kitchen tools, will help Power Packs families prepare meals.
To purchase tickets to the Author's Luncheon, readers may visit http://www.jllancaster.org/authors-luncheon.
The JLL is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Proceeds from the 2016 Author's Luncheon will enable the JLL to support its community projects and programs.