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Stores Generate Funds For Shelter September 18, 2018

Re-Source York (RSY), a Bell Socialization Services Inc. program, has generated $3,661 through its store sales. The funds are donated to Bell on a quarterly basis in support of Bell Family Shelter to help families transition from crisis situations to independent living in the community.

Both RSY stores - Home Improvements, 161 E. Ninth Ave., York, and Home Furnishings, 405 Carlisle Ave., York - accept donations of quality home goods and building and renovation materials, which are sold at bargain prices. Both locations also offer job training and employment for individuals involved with Bell's Mental Health Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a nonprofit human services agency based in York that provides housing and living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families. Since 1966, Bell programs have been providing an environment of support and empowerment to help people throughout the greater York and Hanover area improve their quality of living.

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Events To Benefit Program For Cancer Survivors September 18, 2018

In October, the Lancaster Family YMCA will launch Cancer Survivorship Month and host three community events with the goal of raising awareness and funds in support of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

A Walk for Cancer Survivors at the Lancaster Family YMCA will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the rail trail in Quarryville. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Luncheon will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Covered in Care Quilt Online Auction will begin on Monday, Oct. 1, and continue through Friday, Oct. 19. Proceeds from the events will help support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. More information about the events is available at www.lancasterymca.org/cancer-survivorship-at-the-ymca/.

Since 2011, the Lancaster Family YMCA has been supporting cancer survivors on their journey to reclaim their health through a cancer rehabilitation exercise program. This program - now known as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA - is a physical activity program that helps adult cancer survivors move past the effects of treatments such as fatigue, loss of appetite, and loss of strength, while also helping them battle the emotional toll of the disease. The program is offered free of cost at all Lancaster Family YMCA branches to men and women recovering from any form of cancer, and nearly 400 cancer survivors have participated in the program to date.

Anyone who is recovering from cancer and is interested in participating in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program may contact the Lancaster Family YMCA at communityhealth@lancasterymca.org or 717-393-9622.

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Tax Preparation Volunteers Sought September 14, 2018

Columbia Life Network, in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County, is seeking volunteers to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Columbia, as the program works to meet an increasing demand for free tax preparation assistance. VITA hopes to prepare an estimated 10,500 total federal, state and local tax returns for low-income individuals and families in the spring of 2019.

Volunteers do not need to have tax expertise or experience. United Way will provide free training to individuals willing to commit to volunteering as free tax preparers for VITA clients. Training will take place from November to January. VITA asks volunteers to help for four hours per week during tax season.

In 2018, 250 volunteers prepared 10,058 returns for low- to moderate-income families at 17 sites across Lancaster County. Their work returned refunds totaling more than $12.4 million to these individuals and families.

To learn more and to volunteer, readers may contact Jaclyn Belew at Belew@uwlanc.org.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 14, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "What Is 'The 36-Hour Day'?"

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Winter Outerwear Available September 14, 2018

The Salvation Army of Lancaster is accepting applications for its annual Coats for Kids campaign. Families in need of warm winter outerwear for children 16 years old and younger may apply at 131 S. Queen St., Lancaster, on Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Families must provide identification for everyone in the household, along with either or both the birth certificate or medical card for the individuals. Birth certificates and medical cards should list the date of birth. Proof of address is also required.

For more information about the Salvation Army, readers may visit www.salvationarmylancaster.org.

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Rehab Center Accepting Donations September 14, 2018

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center is accepting contributions to help make up for the shortfall in proceeds from the annual Rubber Duckie Race and Festival, which was abbreviated due to rain. The event is normally attended by thousands of visitors buying Duckie tickets and T-shirts and playing festival games.

Proceeds from the event benefit the therapy services and programs of Schreiber Pediatric, a nationally recognized organization that provides physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, as well as educational and recreational programs, for thousands of children in central Pennsylvania living with congenital and acquired disabilities and developmental delays. Schreiber's goal-oriented approach seeks to maximize each child's ability to function as independently as possible within the community and turn disabilities into abilities.

For more information, readers may visit www.schreiberpediatric.org.

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Seminar Set For Veterans September 13, 2018

A representative from the Lebanon County Department of Veterans Affairs will present a free educational seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. Senior veterans and their families are invited to learn how they may be eligible for benefits that can help offset the cost of long-term care.

Seating is limited. To preregister, readers may call 717-838-2330.

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Annual "Play It Forward" Campaign Set September 13, 2018

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has launched its annual Play It Forward campaign. Through the campaign, donations help LSO to purchase necessary instrument accessories to give to music teachers in the School District of Lancaster to distribute to students who cannot afford them.

Donations may be made at Menchey Music Service Inc., 1555 Manheim Pike, Lancaster. Monetary donations may also be made at www.lancastersymphony.org under the Support tab; individuals should type "Play It Forward" in the comments box online to earmark the tax-deductible gift.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 13, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes.

Members of the Charles Wert family will speak on "Sharing Our Journey of Caregiving." The meeting will include a time for refreshments and informal discussion following the presentation.

The public is invited. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.

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Donations Sought For Military Personnel September 13, 2018

Keystone Military Families invites the community to donate to its Stocking for Soldiers program. The organization's mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service, no matter where they are stationed. It provides care packages, holiday packages, letters, cards, and more to military personnel.

Kyle Lord founded the program in 2002. To date, this initiative has helped thousands of troops. All requests come directly from the troops, their families, or someone who knows a military member. Each package is custom made depending on the needs and requests of the troops.

The program's goal is to ship 10,000 stuffed stockings to military members this year.

Community members are invited to donate signed Christmas cards, food, hygiene items, and other requested items, along with monetary donations to offset shipping costs. Die-cut Christmas card paper stockings will be provided for a per-stocking fee in order to defray mailing expenses. The goal is to include one of the cards with each stocking mailed.

Individuals who wish to donate may drop off supplies at Blue Ridge Communications, 804 Academy Heights Drive, Ephrata, between Monday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 18. A display will be set up in the lobby in October with brochures and a list of requested items. A list of requested care package items can also be found at www.facebook.com/KeystoneMilitaryFamilies.

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Kiwanis Club Honors Barshinger September 13, 2018

The Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area honored Ann B. Barshinger with its first Kiwanis Heroes Award on Aug. 28 at the Willow Valley Lakes auditorium. The event was attended by Kiwanis members, family members, friends, and representatives of organizations and agencies that Barshinger has supported.

Kiwanis is an international organization with the mission of supporting children everywhere. Through the Kiwanis Heroes program, the Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area recognizes persons in the region who have been exemplary in their assistance of children.

Alan Stoeckle, president of Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area and master of ceremonies, described Barshinger, a Lancaster philanthropist, as a generous supporter of many organizations and agencies, including numerous groups that serve children. Among these are the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, the Lancaster Boys and Girls Club, Aaron's Acres, and VisionCorps. Stoeckle also mentioned that Barshinger recently contributed to the campaign to build a new pediatric inpatient center at Lancaster General Hospital. The new center will open in August 2019 to all children in the community who need medical care, regardless of their family's ability to pay.

The event was highlighted by special guest and motivational speaker Dr. Dennis Denenberg. He began his remarks by naming Barshinger the First Lady of Philanthropy of Lancaster. Through personal stories and comparisons with historical heroes, he highlighted Barshinger's heroic virtues, including doing good deeds for others, making a difference in the world, and teaching others values.

Stoeckle presented a check to Barshinger, who in turn presented it to the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. Dr. Rusty Long, executive director emeritus of the clinic, thanked Barshinger and the Kiwanis Club of the Lititz Area for their long-term financial support. Rodger Weaver gave a testimonial on how his daughter Keturah received high-quality care at Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic.

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Resource Family Orientations Set September 13, 2018

COBYS Family Services will offer resource family orientation sessions on Tuesdays, Oct. 2 and 16, at 6 p.m. at the COBYS Murry Hill Center office, 444 Murry Hill Circle, Lancaster. The sessions will be identical.

The orientation is designed for families that want to learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care. During each two-hour educational session, families will receive an introduction to the roles, expectations, and approval process for COBYS resource families. The orientation is free and places no obligation on those attending. Child care is not provided.

COBYS Family Services is a Christian family service agency, affiliated with the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren, that provides foster care and adoption services; counseling for adults, children, and families; and family life education. COBYS serves clients throughout southcentral Pennsylvania.

For more information or to reserve a space at an orientation session, readers may contact COBYS resource home coordinator Rachel Eshbach at 717-656-6580 or careforkids@cobys.org. Details about COBYS are available at www.cobys.org.

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Mom's House Receives Grant September 13, 2018

Mom's House of Lancaster has received a $40,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation.

Mom's House enters its 28th year serving Lancaster County, specifically through offering child care services, educational support, and life skills support to single parents who desire to continue and complete their education. The recent contribution will allow Mom's House to provide quality care to help single-parent families move out of poverty and onto a path toward long-term economic stability.

The funds will go toward furthering both Mom's House's child care and parent programs. Mom's House offers accredited child care programs that allow children from 6 weeks old to 6 years old the opportunity to have an individualized curriculum. The organization also provides single parents with workshops, resources, and support to become better parents, professionals and community members.

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Veterans' Assistance Posted September 13, 2018

The Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars invites veterans of all ages and from all service eras to utilize its Service Officer Network to receive free information and assistance for government benefits including VA healthcare, compensation, pension, education and dependent benefits. Surviving spouses can also use these VFW Service Officers to learn about their eligibility for VA benefits.

A VFW state service officer is now available for scheduled appointments at Lititz VFW Post 1463 on Mondays from noon to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, readers may call 717-234-7927 and specify Lititz as their preferred appointment location. The service is made possible by Pennsylvania Act 66.

The addition of Lititz as a VFW service officer outreach location was chosen to reduce travel time and expense for veterans living in rural areas, who might otherwise drive farther to receive assistance with a VA claim.

Veterans do not have to be a VFW member to receive benefit filing assistance, but they must provide a DD-214 discharge form and possibly other information about their military service in order to enter a VA claim. Veterans requesting that the VFW becomes involved in their claim will need to sign a form declaring the VFW as their power of attorney. Veterans who have already signed a power of attorney with another organization should either follow up with that organization or sign over their power of attorney to the VFW.

Vietnam veterans should know that the VA has defined some health conditions as being "presumptive" for being caused by exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. Veterans with these health conditions may be eligible for benefits (there are qualifying issues with each condition): AL amyloidosis, chronic B-cell leukemias, chloracne, diabetes mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's disease, ischemic heart disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy/ early-onset, porphyria cutanea tarda, prostate cancer, respiratory cancers, and soft tissue sarcomas. For more details, readers may visit www.va.gov and search for Agent Orange information.

For general information about the VFW's State Service Officer network, visit www.vfwpahq.org and select the "VA Claims Help" section. Sections for "Veterans Links" and "Veterans Resources" also provide helpful information.

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SWM Offers Women's Group, Sets Fall Fundraiser September 12, 2018

Women of all ages are invited to take part in the fall session of "The Value of You," a book discussion group that meets every other Tuesday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. The class, which began on Sept. 18, is taught by Jill Waters, a counselor with Still Waters Ministries (SWM), a nonprofit organization that offers no-cost community counseling services to area residents. Upcoming classes will be held on Oct. 2, 16 and 30; Nov. 13 and 27; and Dec. 11.

The topic of the book study will be "Pursuing Contentment," which is part of the Women of Faith Study Guide Series. The book explores what the Bible says about true contentment and how it is a skill that can be learned. "Our discussion will emphasize the importance of being content in every life experience that comes our way," said Waters.

She emphasized that the class is open to all women from various backgrounds and faiths. "We discuss emotions, relationships, struggles and how to take care of and value ourselves," noted Waters. "This class provides practical application for a woman's daily life. We (learn that we should be) loved and valued."

This is Waters' sixth year of offering the book discussion group for women. She noted that the class takes a summer break from June through August and resumes in September. During the summer months, the women meet for picnics on the church grounds.

No child care is provided during the sessions. Women are asked to purchase the "Pursuing Contentment" book.

SWM recently announced that the Celtic Martins will be the featured entertainment at its fall fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 5, at Conestoga Mennonite Church. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. A dessert reception and a meet-and-greet with the Martins will follow the concert. There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be received.

The Celtic Martins, a family band from Newmanstown, will perform traditional Celtic music, as well as step dancing. The group consists of six siblings who play various instruments, including the fiddle, Irish whistles, bagpipes, guitar, accordion, cello and percussion. They are joined on guitar, bass and drums by their parents and the husband of one of the siblings. The Celtic Martins have been performing Irish tunes and Irish step dance routines since 2004 at various festivals, theaters and other venues.

This will be the second time that the group has been featured at SWM's fall fundraiser. "We are duplicating everything that we did last October because it was so successful," Waters remarked. "It is a very lively, family-friendly show with excellent Celtic music and clogging."

The evening will also include a sale of homemade Amish pretzels and a silent auction featuring products and services donated by local individuals and businesses. The silent auction items will be available for viewing at 6 p.m.

SWM, which was founed by Waters and her husband, Sam, began offering counseling services at Conestoga Mennonite Church in July of 2012. Help is offered to those dealing with anger, depression, fear and anxieties, addictions, self-esteem issues and broken relationships. The ministry also offers an array of services for victims of domestic violence.

Thanks to donations from the church and community, as well as fundraising, services are provided free of charge to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured

For more information about the class or the fundraiser, readers may contact SWM at 610-286-9555 or Conestoga Mennonite Church at 610-286-9124. More information about SWM can be found at www.still-waters-ministries.org or www.facebook.com/stillwatersPs23.

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Support Groups Scheduled September 12, 2018

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, invites the community to several support groups. There is no cost to attend.

Individuals who serve as a caregiver to a loved one are invited to a Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The meeting will have a focus on spiritual care. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. For directions and to preregister, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Those who have lost a loved one are invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, Oct. 18. The group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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Designer Purse Bingo and Basket Giveaway Drawing Event September 12, 2018

The Hempfield girls' volleyball team will host a designer purse bingo and basket giveaway drawing event on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The admission fee includes six bingo cards to play in 20 games of bingo. The prizes will be designer purses. Four extra games will be available for a fee per ticket. The extra games will feature high-value prizes.

In the basket giveaway drawing, attendees may win a variety of items, including restaurant gift certificates, hunting and fishing baskets, sports items and entertainment tickets for venues throughout central Pennsylvania. A full concession area will be provided as well.

Seating is limited to the first 500 tickets sold. To guarantee a seat, readers may purchase tickets in advance by contacting Crystal Gruber, the event chair, at hempfieldgirlsvb@gmail.com or 717-940-7492. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door until they are sold out.

Community members may also donate purses or give money toward the purchase of purses for auction in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer. For more information, readers may contact Gruber.

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Fee-Free Cat Adoption Event Set September 12, 2018

In response to an elevated number of incoming cats, the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will offer a Free to a Great Home - Fee-Free Cat Adoption Event at the shelter each day from Friday, Sept. 21, to Sunday, Sept. 30. Cats may be adopted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

As a nationally recognized initiative, the Free to a Great Home program was created in 2005 to provide free cat adoptions to qualified adopters throughout the community. Adopters wishing to save a cat's life through the Free to Great Home emergency cat adoption program must go through the same adoption screening process as any other adopter.

Once the adopter is approved, the cat adoption fee is waived. The cat receives a health supplement, spaying or neutering prior to adoption, vaccinations and de-worming medication, flea treatment, microchipping and chip registration, and a bag of pet food.

The free adoption event provides families with the ability to welcome a new furry friend into their home without needing to pay the standard adoption fee. Throughout the weekend, families can view, select, and meet-and-greet with cats that are available for adoption.

To view the cats that are available for adoption, readers may visit www.humanepa.org/adoption. They may also meet the cats at the shelter during the scheduled operating hours. For more information about the free adoption event, readers may call 717-393-6551 or email adoptlancaster@humanepa.org.

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Tax Preparation Volunteers Sought September 12, 2018

The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation Program is seeking volunteers in York County for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide is a program that offers free tax filing help for those people who need it most, especially adults age 50 and older, during the tax season.

A variety of roles are available for individuals at every level of experience. Volunteer tax preparers will complete tax preparation training and IRS certification prior to working with taxpayers. After completing training, volunteers will receive continued support. There is also a need for grassroots leadership, on-site greeters, and interpreters who can provide language assistance.

Last year in York County, nearly 60 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped a total of more than 3,500 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 14 sites in York County, including senior centers, churches, and libraries.

For more information, readers may contact Dick Hershey at 717-741-1868 or yorkaarptaxaide@gmail.com.

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Organization Receives Donation September 12, 2018

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