Auxiliary Plans Car Show August 23, 2017
Austin L. Grove Post 403 American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a Veteran Support Service Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at the Post, 4035 Manchester St., Glen Rock. In the case of rain, the event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The purpose of the event is to assist local veterans and others in receiving the help they need. Approximately 10 to 12 veteran service organizations will be represented, including the recorder of deeds for DD 214 recording, groups offering financial assistance for veterans and their families, groups that provide service dogs for veterans, and organizations that provide assistance for people struggling with drug or alcohol abuse or who have criminal records.
Admission is free, and it is free to register a vehicle for the car show. Food will be available.
To preregister and for more details, readers may contact Sharon Krout at 717-235-5157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hope Receives Grant August 23, 2017
New Hope Ministries has announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. The funds will support New Hope's workforce development and stability programs designed to make people job-ready for open and needed positions in the southcentral Pennsylvania region.
According to New Hope executive director Eric Saunders, the goal of the organization's job training and workforce development programs, along with soft-skills training and personal encouragement and support, is to address and reduce community instability and poverty.
The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.
New Hope Ministries is a community-based, Christian, social service agency that aims to show the love and hope of Christ by meeting the needs of low-income families and individuals through crisis assistance centers in Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, New Oxford, and the West Shore. New Hope provides help with food, housing, utility, and transportation needs to 18,000 individuals from 7,600 families every year. In addition, New Hope provides structured after-school programs for underprivileged youths. For more information, readers may visit www.nhm-pa.org.
Clothing Drive August 23, 2017
The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.
Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-2343.
According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.
VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.
Food Waste Weekend Set August 23, 2017
Food Waste Weekend educates clergy about the issue of food waste, and then gives them the tools they need to share the issue with their congregation. The program was developed by AmpleHarvest.org - the unique nationwide nonprofit that is eliminating food waste and hunger by linking 42 million American home gardeners to local food pantries.
Each year the United States wastes 133 billion pounds of food or 40 percent of food produced. At the same time, 1 in 6 Americans does not know where their next meal will come from.
The second annual Food Waste Weekend will take place from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10. This is a global invitation and opportunity for the faith community to learn about and address the waste of food during the weekend's religious services. Free information about food waste, faith-specific sample sermons, newsletter bulletins and more are available to clergy who sign up at www.foodwasteweekend.org.
Food Waste Weekend was launched in 2016 to help the faith community shift its focus from feeding the hungry to ending hunger. Clergy are urged to mark Sept. 8 to 10 on their calendars to give sermons on the waste of food and further discussions about how reducing food waste can help congregations follow their faith traditions, save money at the grocery store, and help improve the health of both themselves and the planet. Food waste sermons can be given at any date, the resources will remain online and freely available. In addition, all congregants can learn more about what they can do personally at www.foodwasteweekend.org/me.
Through AmpleHarvest.org, the key beneficiaries of Food Waste Weekend will be food pantries nationwide that will receive food, especially locally grown food, that otherwise would have been lost to waste. For more information, readers may visit www.ampleharvest.org/presskit or call 267-536-9880.
Volunteers Sought To Harvest Crops August 23, 2017
The Knights of Columbus Saint Elizabeth Council is looking for volunteers to assist with harvesting potatoes and onions on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The crops were planted in April for the Farming Project for the Hungry. Participants should bring older clothes, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat.
The harvest will be donated to the Lord's Pantry of Downingtown. Last year, volunteers harvested 1,700 pounds of potatoes. After sorting and stacking, the project yielded 47 crates of potatoes that were delivered to the Lord's Pantry to help with its efforts.
This is a family project, so adults can bring children. Beverages and snacks will be provided, and the Knights will grill hot dogs and possibly cook potatoes to serve for lunch.
The farm field is located on Route 100, 4 miles north of Ludwig's Corner (routes 100 and 401). For attendees driving north, the field is located on the right side of the road between Priser's/Little's John Deere Store and Pughtown Road. Individuals should look for a sign along Route 100 at the dirt road.
For more information, readers may visit http://kofc13141.org.
Program Will Aid Military Families August 22, 2017
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will offer the MilitaryShare Program at Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Road, Airville, at 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
The MilitaryShare Program is a Fresh Express free food distribution program for active military service members, veterans and their families who are in need. Preregistration is required, as is proof of military service, such as a DD 214, military identification card or VA medical card.
For the convenience and privacy of the individuals and families served, MilitaryShare distributions take place on site at VFW, American Legion, Elks Lodge and AMVET locations throughout the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank's 27-county service area. While the specific items distributed vary based on the food bank's available inventory, each eligible, registered family will receive fresh produce, one quart of fresh milk, one dozen eggs and a box of shelf-stable pantry staples such as soup, pasta, sauce or cereal. When available, meat, fish and poultry products may also be included.
To register, readers may contact Dawn Moskos at 717-246-1446 or email@example.com. More information on the MilitaryShare Program is available by visiting www.centralpafoodbank.org or calling 717-564-1700.
Donations Sought For Annual Sale August 18, 2017
The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library are seeking donations for their third annual Baubles and Bling Sale, which will take place in November.
Donations of fine, vintage, costume, and fashion jewelry, along with watches, scarves, handbags, purses, and evening bags, may be dropped off at the Julianna Book Store in the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, as well as at the Marshall Street Book Store, 225 N. Marshall St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.
Donations will help the Friends group to support the library. According to JoAnn Dumas, co-chair of this year's event, last year's sale raised more than $6,000 for the library.
The Baubles and Bling Sale will be held at the Lancaster Public Library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, as well as from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. All sale proceeds will directly benefit the library.
For more information about the library, readers may visit www.lancasterpubliclibrary.org.
Children's Playroom Offers Judgment-Free Support August 17, 2017
As Children's Playroom of Lancaster County enters into its 20th year, executive director Vicki Dolan said that the parenting support group remains "a community within a community." With an emphasis on developing positive parenting skills and learning the concept of positive discipline, Children's Playroom also provides socialization for young children and judgment-free support for moms and dads.
"I tried a lot of different things, and they didn't fit for whatever reason, but we love Children's Playroom," said Elizabethtown resident Katie Lechleitner. "I look forward to it every week. You not only get to share about your experiences, but you hear from others too, and you realize we're all going to be OK."
The weekly gathering begins with community play, which encourages parents to play with their children undistracted. After playtime, a snack is given out to each child to help ensure a smooth transition into the time where parents separate from children and meet in another room for teaching and discussion.
Aside from positive discipline, sessions cover a variety of relevant parenting topics such as child development, toilet training, bedtime routines, stress management, and relationship building. Some meetings include a guest speaker and others are interactive sharing times.
Denise Ebersole, who attends with her two toddlers, said that she has made Children's Playroom a priority in her schedule. "I work full time from home, but I give myself permission once a week to have this time to connect with other moms," Ebersole said. "No matter what, we plan around this."
Plus, Ebersole said that her children love the time they spend at Children's Playroom. "It's like Disneyland the first time you come," Ebersole recalled. "And the kids all love Miss Vicki. All of the staff is phenomenal. Our prized possessions are our babies, and they do a wonderful job (taking care of them)."
Dolan frequently reminds moms and dads that parenting is the most important job they will ever have, but it is also the hardest. The curriculum and discussion for parents at Children's Playroom is applicable even into the teenage years, she explained. "Discipline means to teach, so we're talking about teaching our children," said Dolan. "We talk about being kind and firm and how we need both. We can be kind but still be firm."
Hearing the experiences and perspectives of other parents can be encouraging on so many levels. "The moms learn: you're not alone," Dolan said. "Some people may be new in town or just feeling isolated for other reasons, and this may be the support they're needing." Ebersole said that going to Children's Playroom helped to ease the transition from working as a full-time professional to working from home with her children.
Lechleitner particularly enjoyed hearing from another couple in the program who had recently moved to the Elizabethtown area from China. "It was so neat to see their perspective and how positive discipline worked for them," Lechleitner said. "Parenting is universal. No matter where you're from, we all have the same goals and fears."
Parents of children age 5 and younger can register to attend Children's Playroom sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 398 N. Locust St., Elizabethtown. Space is limited. There is a fee to attend, but scholarships are available.
In addition to morning sessions, Children's Playroom offers a single moms' parenting program every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the group follows the same format of playtime together followed by a time where parents split off for discussion while the children have supervised activities in another room.
Readers who would like to sign up or learn more may call 717-945-9348, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.childrensplayroom.org.
Hope Within Plans Annual Golf Tournament August 17, 2017
Hope Within Ministries invests in the health of hundreds of grateful individuals each year, and the organization is able to do so thanks to the financial support of local businesses, churches, and other generous givers. This fall, area residents are invited to join Hope Within's fourth annual Golf for Hope Tournament on Friday, Sept. 29, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown.
The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1, and space is limited to 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email email@example.com; call 717-367-9797, ext. 308; or visit www.hopewithin.org. Corporate sponsors are also needed.
Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Jacob Nyman, director of advancement for Hope Within Ministries, said the tournament will also feature a hole honoring veterans, with special prizes for the veteran that hits the ball closest to the pin.
A post-tournament meal and awards ceremony are set to begin at 5:30 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.
Nyman said that Hope Within focuses on people who may otherwise fall between the cracks in the health care system. For instance, many individuals who receive care at Hope Within may be employed full time but still struggling to make ends meet. "We commonly see families having to choose between food, rent, (and health care costs)," Nyman shared.
High health care costs have become an obstacle for an increasing number of the population, and Nyman noted that Hope Within recently expanded its coverage eligibility when the federal poverty guidelines were adjusted for 2017. Financial support is greatly needed in order for Hope Within to continue providing care for all who seek it. "Hope Within stands in that gap caring for people until either coverage can be obtained or they receive the care they need," Nyman stated.
The community health center opened in 2006, and Hope Within Counseling Services was added in 2014 at the same location. Hope Within Counseling Services offers mental health counseling on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee, and there are no eligibility requirements. Staff and intern therapists provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families. According to Nyman, Hope Within hosted 787 provider patient visits, 193 nursing care visits and 1,063 nurse visits for medication refills, and had 550 counseling visits in 2016.
Hope Within board member Omar Zook said he was attracted to the mission of Hope Within because of the organization's focus on excellence. "To care well and to do it with quality and excellence is what they strive for," Zook explained. "They provide holistic care, and they always have an eye open to how (the organization) can grow."
To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or call 717-367-9797.
Council Resumes Care-a-van Services August 17, 2017
The Middletown Care-a-van, a service of the Middletown Interfaith Council, is once again in operation, providing service to residents of Middletown Borough, Royalton Borough, and Lower Swatara Township. Transportation in the Care-a-van is available on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as on Fridays for those who need to visit the food bank. The van is available to transport seniors over age 62 and people with disabilities to doctor appointments, grocery stores, the food bank, and other destinations.
The Care-a-van is driven by volunteers and funded through donations from local businesses, churches, local governments, and the residents and riders.
To make an appointment for Care-a-van services, readers may call 717-743-0788 between 9 a.m. and noon. Donations are sought and will go toward the operation of the van.
GriefShare August 17, 2017
Bethel Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host GriefShare, a grief support group, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning on Sept. 5. The seminar program aims to offer healing after the loss of a loved one. Attendees will learn valuable information about recovering from grief and renewing hope for the future.
For more information, readers may contact Gloria Kline at 717-244-5237, Darlene Kauffman at 717-927-9117, or Pastor Kim at 717-927-9380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memory Loss Support Group To Meet August 17, 2017
The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 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 "An Update on Memory Loss Research."
Small Group To Begin Study August 17, 2017
Millersville Community Church's Winning at Losing small group will start the study "Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food" on Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meetings will take place at the church's Hope Campus, 242 Bender Road, Millersville.
In the six-week series, author Lysa TerKeurst explores why people make unhealthy food choices. The class is free, but each person must purchase his or her own participant guide.
For more information and to sign up, readers may contact the church office at 717-872-4571.
Surviving Spouse Socials To Meet August 17, 2017
Surviving Spouse Socials will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, 509 Pacific Ave., York. Kerri White will provide entertainment. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month except August and December.
All widowed men and women are welcome to attend. The group also offers social activities. Readers may call 717-266-2784 or 717-845-4176 for additional information.
Free Clothing Giveaway August 17, 2017
Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz, will host a free clothing giveaway in the fellowship room at the church on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 11 a.m. Gently used clothing will be available for men, women, and children in a wide range of sizes. All are welcome.
For more information, call the church office at 717-626-2560 or visit www.hosannalititz.org.
Foster Parent Sessions Planned August 17, 2017
Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, is seeking foster families. The organization will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
To attend either of the sessions, readers may call 800-722-0136 or email Holly at email@example.com.
Church Slates GriefShare Session August 16, 2017
Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will host GriefShare, a weekly seminar/support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will meet from 6:30 to approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 13. There will be 13 sessions.
For more information, readers may call 717-292-3659 or visit www.hgcc.org or www.griefshare.org.
Pappus House Seeks Volunteers August 16, 2017
Pappus House, 253 Cherry St., York (Spry), is scheduled to open this fall. Pappus House is an independent, free-standing nonprofit residence that will welcome those who are nearing the end of life and are currently under hospice care.
The organization seeks a variety of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include lawn and garden care, baking cookies, bedside vigil, and more.
A volunteer information session will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to preregister by calling 717-893-5310.
More information is available at www.pappushouse.org.
Education Centers Earn Accreditation August 16, 2017
Community Progress Council has announced that four of its Early Head Start and Head Start of York County classrooms have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments.
Serving as a York County community action agency since 1965, Community Progress Council seeks to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and advocate for change to promote community growth. Through its early childhood programs, including Pre-K Counts, Head Start and Early Head Start of York County, Community Progress Council provides early childhood education to nearly 1,000 low-income children in York County each year.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, Community Progress Council went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit at its Cottage Place location by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs always must be prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.
Community Progress Council is one of nine NAEYC-accredited early childhood education centers in York County. Less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally are NAEYC-accredited.
For more information about accreditation, readers may visit the NAEYC website. Information about Community Progress Council is available at www.yorkcpc.org.