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YCCF Receives Award December 15, 2017

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the city of York, York County Community Foundation (YCCF) was presented with a Commonwealth Award from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania for its social impact investment work. The award was presented during the Commonwealth Awards celebration on Dec. 7, 2017. At the event, YCCF was also recognized for the role it played in the York City Heritage Rail Trail Development and the Salem Square Neighborhood Initiative.

In the past three years, YCCF has invested more than $1 million in revitalizing downtown York through a variety of funds and initiatives. Recognizing that it is often a challenge for developers to make the financials work on urban redevelopment projects, YCCF recently established the Social Impact Investment Fund to provide patient capital at attractive rates.

The Social Impact Investment Fund mirrors what community foundations are doing across the country, using some of its assets to invest in economic development projects that may or may not be led by nonprofits. The fund also provides a vehicle for donors who want to support redevelopment while making a charitable gift to the fund. The fund was established to promote economic development in downtown York city through market-rate housing, redevelopment of blighted and vacant spaces, and development along the Codorus Creek.

Distributions from the fund may be in the form of grants, loans or other equity investments. Proceeds from the investments are returned to the fund for redistribution to new projects. Through the Social Impact Investment Fund, YCCF provided $250,000 in loan funding for RSDC's Market Street Revitalization project and made a $200,000 financial commitment to the redevelopment of the Yorktowne Hotel.

To create and sustain momentum in downtown's economy, YCCF dedicated portions of its discretionary Fund for York County and Beautiful York Fund to quality public and commercial spaces. In recent years, these funds awarded more than $350,000 in grants for the lighting of Continental Square, improvements to the rail trail, public art, building capacity of the Community First Fund to implement new market tax credit projects, security cameras in the Market District, revitalization of the Salem Square neighborhood and $50,000 toward predevelopment costs for the Yorktowne Hotel.

YCCF knows that many people are excited about the renaissance of downtown and it wanted to provide new opportunities for givers to join in. YorIt is an initiative of YCCF, comprised of people who are excited about building their lives in York, who are enthusiastic about York's potential, and who wish to contribute to the vitality of York. Through the YorIt Social Venture Challenge, the group supports emerging, socially minded organizations that add to the vitality of York. YorIt members pool their gifts and solicit project ideas, interview applicants, and organize a live pitch event where members vote on the project that they think will create the greatest spark downtown. Successful Social Venture Challenge winners include Working Class York, The Parliament Arts Organization, Pedi Cabs of York and the popular Taste Test pop-up restaurant.

For more information, readers may visit


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet December 14, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 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 Frontal Temporal Memory Loss?"


Giveaway Drawing To Aid Autism Center December 14, 2017

TrueNorth Wellness Services will hold a community-based giveaway drawing to benefit TrueNorth's new Autism Center, located at 1181 Westminster Ave., Hanover. A $3.5 million capital campaign to support the costs of construction for the new Autism Center is ongoing.

TrueNorth Wellness Services works with more than 400 individuals in York and Adams counties through its autism programs. To accommodate the growing need in the region, the Autism Center will serve as the home for TrueNorth Wellness Services' relocated and expanded Hanover-based autism services, including The Amazing Kids Club. The Autism Center will provide increased space for therapeutic treatment and will offer a natural setting for outdoor activities. The property will also feature improved logistics for parking, pickups and dropoffs.

In the giveaway drawing, cash prizes will be awarded, with first- through third-prize winners announced at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Hanover Markets, 1649 Broadway, Hanover. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

To purchase giveaway drawing tickets, readers may contact Carol Connor at or 717-632-4900, ext. 1072. Tickets will be available for purchase until the drawing.

Individuals may donate to the capital campaign by visiting A grand opening event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. More information about TrueNorth Wellness Services is available at


Gailey Named To Board December 13, 2017

The American Heart Association recently announced the appointment of Alyssa Gailey to its Lancaster Division board of directors. The American Heart Association is a voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

Gailey is an account executive with Tower Marketing in Lancaster, where she has been employed since 2012. Her duties include working with clients in various industries to help them meet their online marketing goals, anticipate their future needs and match them with strategies and services.

Gailey holds a bachelor's degree in communication with an option in communication studies from Millersville University. She has been involved with the American Heart Association for the five years that she has been employed with Tower Marketing, and she has been an influence in the creative design and creative print material for more than 20 American Heart Association events in that time. Gailey also has 10 years of involvement with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

For more information about the American Heart Association, Lancaster Division, readers may visit or


Group Wins Barra Award December 13, 2017

The Barra Foundation has announced that Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County Inc. is a recipient of a 2018-19 Barra Award. The Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County joins 43 nonprofit organizations in the greater Philadelphia region that will each receive $50,000 in grant funding.

Barra awardees are nominated by their peers in the social sector and are then invited to submit an application to the foundation. The application questions focus on the organization's leadership, performance, and adaptability. In line with the foundation's mission to invest in innovation in the social sector, the Barra Awards provide unrestricted funding and introduce awardees to a diverse network of social sector leaders.

Since their 2013 inception, the Barra Awards have granted more than $6 million to area nonprofits. Awardees represent a range of nonprofits from the arts and culture, education, and health and human services sectors in the greater Philadelphia region.

A full list of the 2018-19 Barra Award winners is available at To learn more about the Barra Awards program, readers may visit


DVGRR Rescues Dogs In South Korea December 13, 2017

The first three of seven dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in Namyangju, South Korea, and slated for placement with the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) arrived in Reinholds on Dec. 8 after traveling from South Korea to Dulles International Airport. These dogs were part of a rescue mission conducted by Humane Society International (HSI).

The closure is part of HSI's campaign to end the dog meat trade. The nonprofit has been on the ground in South Korea for three years, working in partnership with dog meat farmers to leave the trade and develop other livelihoods upon farm closure, such as water delivery or blueberry farming.

This rescue started with contact by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), as DVGRR has been an HSUS Emergency Placement Partner for a number of years.

The next four dogs to be placed with DVGRR were expected to arrive at Dulles International Airport on Dec. 17. HSI covers the cost of transport with DVGRR staff and volunteers then transporting the dogs from Washington, D.C., to its facility in Reinholds. Additionally, HSI handles the vaccinations and quarantine protocols in South Korea prior to releasing the dogs for travel.


Foundation Awards Grants December 13, 2017

The Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) has announced $335,000 in grant investments for 15 local community benefit organizations whose work supports the residents of Lancaster County. Trained community volunteers and staff review grant proposals and recommend grants to the LCCF board of directors, who ultimately approve the investments.

Several grants were awarded through the Creative Solutions Matching Program, which supports the implementation of creative solutions that increase financial stability or quality of life or both.

The Children Deserve a Chance Foundation received $40,000 for Attollo, a college preparatory and leadership program aimed at providing high-performing students, particularly African-Americans and Latinos, with a pipeline to leadership positions across industries in the Lancaster community.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partners received $21,975 toward building a feasibility study for a pay-for-success model on farms in Lancaster County. Cost-effective conservation practices will be installed on farms, while municipalities meet storm water obligations at a reduced cost and profits are returned to capital investors.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County received $32,880 for CAPital Workforce, a social enterprise program meant to combat poverty, revitalize communities and help families achieve self-sufficiency. The program's new focus is Columbia.

Lancaster City Alliance received $30,000 for its Lancaster Entrepreneurship Coalition, created in partnership with ASSETS. The coalition brings together nonprofit, for-profit, educational and government entities that cater to entrepreneurs in start-up and micro-businesses.

Luthercare received $30,000 for Systems Aligned in Learning (SAIL), a five-partner collaborative focused on preschool children cared for by home-based childcare providers in Lancaster County.

SouthEast Lancaster Health Services received $40,000 for Healthcare Futures. The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement chose SouthEast to be a certified medical assistant training site due to SouthEast's work in support of refugee and immigrant health care professionals seeking to re-claim their careers here in Lancaster County. Healthcare Futures will offer certified medical assistant training and upskilling that will prepare students to enter thriving wage, high-demand jobs and empower refugees and entrants to re-enter the health care field.

Funds were also awarded through the Social Enterprise Program. The Community Foundation supports the exploration of social enterprise as an approach to advance the social mission of a community benefit organization using market-based strategies.

The Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation received $30,000 for the Refugee and Immigrant Education Project, which offers workshops and tours of the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds (RCCSR) to Lancaster County students and educators. In 2018, the project will expand to reach businesses, faith groups, and nonprofits.

The Common Wheel received $30,000 to expand its operations to a downtown location. The goals of the project are to increase visibility, provide more employment and job training opportunities for youths, increase the number of people using bicycles as active transportation, increase the Common Wheel's sales revenue, and free up space in the organization's current location to expand program offerings.

Grants were also awarded in the Capacity Building Program, which supports programs that build an organization's capacity to fulfill its mission through activities such as strategic planning, board development, succession planning, marketing and branding planning, and development planning.

The LCCF awarded eight grants of up to $10,000, totaling nearly $80,000. The grants went to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Ephrata Public Library, Hope Within Ministries, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, Lancaster Farmland Trust, PANO, Spanish American Civic Association, and SouthEast Lancaster Health Services.

In 2017, the Community Foundation will invest nearly $2 million dollars in Lancaster County organizations in addition to inspiring the community to generate $8.6 million during the Extraordinary Give.


Foundation Awards Grants December 13, 2017

The PPL Foundation has announced the latest recipients of funds from its grant program, awarding nearly $600,000 to support 16 organizations working to empower the communities they serve. The awards that were announced on Dec. 12 will support a variety of projects in PPL Foundation's focus areas: education, workforce development and community revitalization.

Earlier this year, the PPL Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in sustaining grants to more than 70 community organizations. The recent announcement brings the foundation's 2017 community grants to more than $1 million.

Grant recipients included Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, the Lancaster County Council of Churches and Lancaster Science Center.

Bethesda Mission received $25,000 to support the renovation of a recently purchased building for use as a community center for the Bethesda Mission. The center will include classroom space, a larger kitchen and enhanced security, allowing the mission to expand outreach efforts to the neighborhood's children and youths.

The Lancaster County Council of Churches received $30,000 for its Wheels to Work program, which removes barriers to self-sustainable employment by providing low-cost transportation in support of workforce development.

Lancaster Science Center received $100,000 to support a new hands-on science exhibit and expansion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming.

The PPL Foundation awards grants in spring and fall. The next grant cycle, for sustaining grants that assist organizations with general operating expenses, will begin in January. Interested organizations may apply for grants from $1,000 to $25,000.

To be considered for a grant, all organizations must apply online. More information is available at


Organization Earns Safety Award December 13, 2017


Johnescu Receives Award December 13, 2017

Bell Socialization Services Inc. has recognized Teri Johnescu as the 2017 recipient of the agency's Margo Atwood Community Service Award. She was nominated by job coach Lynsey Huyett in Bell's vocational rehabilitation program.

Johnescu plays a key role in empowering participants of Bell's Supported Employment Program as part of her job at GlaxoSmithKline. Her contributions go beyond her workday relationship. She is active on the agency's community engagement committee and has been a team captain two years running for Bell's Big Bed Race.

The recognition is awarded by the York-based human services agency to an individual or group that provides their time and resources to enhance Bell's programs.

Bell Socialization Services Inc., based in York, provides housing and basic living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families.


Scearce Receives Award December 13, 2017

Bell Socialization Services has announced the selection of Crystal Scearce as the recipient of the agency's 2017 Pauline Whitacre Community Services Award. Presented annually to an individual who provides time and resources to enhance Bell's mental health programs, the award was received by Scearce at a meeting of the advisory board of Bell's Oasis House program on Nov. 14.

Scearce, onsite manager with Abacus Corporation, a temporary employment agency in Etters, has been an active volunteer with Oasis House since October 2015.

Oasis House, started in 2006, is designed on the clubhouse model of Fountain House in Manhattan, New York, and is accredited by Clubhouse International. A clubhouse is a recovery-oriented joint operation between members and staff, where people with a history of mental illness can go for support in their efforts to become more a part of their community.

Bell Socialization Services Inc., based in York, provides housing and basic living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families.


Gigi's Holds Holiday Event December 12, 2017


Cancer Support Group To Meet December 12, 2017

The WellSpan Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the WellSpan Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.


Bridge Of Hope Announces Developments December 12, 2017

Bridge of Hope, a national faith-based program with roots in Lancaster and Chester counties, recently announced new developments in its programming, training and language to better aid local Christian faith communities in its work to help families facing homelessness.

The enhancements include a move from "mentoring" to "neighboring" language, which emphasizes the biblical call to be a neighbor to people in need; an increased focus in case management services on assessments for parents and children; expanded housing and financial programs and resiliency education; new program benchmarks and outcomes designed to guide Bridge of Hope locations in their work; and a new training curriculum for volunteers filled with the latest best practices in homeless services.

Bridge of Hope has locations in 11 states. The faith-based program combines professional case management services with Neighboring Volunteers from local Christian faith communities, such as churches or Bible studies, who provide encouragement and tangible support to families facing homelessness. The goal of the combination is to ensure partnering families attain safe and sustainable housing, tools for strengthening their family, an improved financial position, and Bridge of Hope neighborhood support.

The cost of rolling out the upgrades over the next two years will amount to $1 million. To cover expenses, Bridge of Hope has launched the first campaign in the history of its national headquarters.

To learn more, readers may visit


SVPS Receives Donation December 11, 2017


Foundation Receives Donation December 11, 2017


Human League Receives Donation December 11, 2017


Red Cross Receives Donation December 11, 2017


Food Box Project Set For Dec. 17 December 8, 2017

The annual Christmas food box delivery in Columbia sponsored by the Columbia Lions Club and Sunsnappers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Columbia Borough Fire Department, 726 Manor St. More than 700 food boxes, along with toys for children, will be delivered to families in Columbia, Marietta, Wrightsville, Mountville, Millersville, Manheim, and other areas. Families that registered in advance will receive their food boxes between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Several hundred volunteers, including Boy Scouts and members of high school sports teams, will assemble the boxes from 9 to 11 a.m. The community is invited to assist with the assembly and delivery.

The food boxes will include all the items for a Christmas dinner, including turkey, potatoes, milk, bread, eggs, canned vegetables, and cranberry sauce. In addition, toys will be provided for children age 10 and under and who are not receiving toys through the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

The project is supported by donations from area businesses, organizations, and residents. The Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074 Ladies Auxiliary coordinates and sponsors the toy distribution.

Ken Kramer helped to start the project more than 20 years ago as a member of the Columbia Jaycees. Kramer, who is a member of both the Lions and Sunsnappers, said the project has grown from just five boxes in its first year to more than 750 last year.

"The food box project has become an annual tradition," Kramer said, noting that he enjoys seeing members of the community spend a few hours assembling and delivering the boxes. "We have volunteers of all ages, including the younger kids who pack groceries in the boxes. Then we have older kids from the high schools and adults who carry the boxes and frozen turkeys to the delivery area. We literally have people lined up out the door to help."

Lions president Jack Gamby said the event helps bring people together in the spirit of giving. "We have Christmas music playing in the background. You'll see people wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers. It brings out the Christmas spirit in all of us. People really have fun with it," Gamby said. "People who receive the boxes are really appreciative too, and that makes it all worthwhile."

To find out more, readers may search for the "Columbia Christmas Food Boxes" page on Facebook.


Group Posts Collaboration Efforts December 8, 2017

The Cold Weather Collaborative plans to produce ongoing community collaboration, called the "Donegal HUB." Community members can stay in contact via email and Facebook, and there is also a website.

Agency representatives may email with resources and services that they are providing. At this time, the organization is not outfitted to directly receive emails from community members in need, but individuals should feel free to reach out if they are in need of ideas or resources.

Readers may like the organization's Facebook page at The plan is to use Facebook to announce resources and services in the community. Individuals who would like to share something on Facebook may email it to, and the organization will post it on the page.

Community members are also invited to visit, which is being finalized. Rainbow's End Youth Center has helped to get the website running. The site will feature a resource list, upcoming events, and more. Readers who have ideas on additions for the website may email the organization.

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