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DSAA Plans Expansion March 22, 2019

Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance (DSAA) is developing new programs and services to meet the needs of families impacted by addiction.

Additionally, the organization, which is currently located at 15A W. Main St., Mount Joy, is planning to relocate. The plan is to use the new space as a hub for family support, not just with the services it currently offers, such as family support, assistance with finding treatment, and naloxone distribution, but also with the new programs it intends to start after it moves. These programs are slated to include SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery meetings and SMART Teen meetings; the organization also plans to invite 12-step programs to meet at its location.

Among the special activities slated to be offered are sober social events for those in recovery, such as game nights, potluck dinners, and movie nights. Open hours will be set up for those in recovery to use computers to build resumes and search for jobs. Life skills classes and a clothing/hygiene pantry will also be available.

DSAA also plans to expand its family support programs by offering SMART Friends and Family meetings, as well as six-week group sessions; the organization currently can hold only one-on-one sessions. Additional plans call for holding family retreats to teach families how to manage the challenges that come when addiction is present in a family.

The organization has had many requests for support groups for children impacted by addiction. As DSAA's mission is to support families struggling with addiction, it is currently working with organizations and individuals experienced in working with children to develop evidence-based programming and support. DSAA is also planning to add support for those caring for their family members' children.

DSAA hopes that its hub will be a friendly, welcoming space full of activity. The organization estimates that it will cost $120,000 to cover construction and furnishings. It has currently raised $50,000.

For more information, readers may email or call 717-492-4596.


YWCA Sets Annual Campaign March 21, 2019

In conjunction with April being National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, YWCA Lancaster has slated its annual campaign to address sexual violence and promote the prevention of sexual violence in the local community. The 2019 theme is "I ASK."

YWCA Lancaster will hold its fifth annual Clothing and Comfort Drive during April. Community members are invited to make donations of new clothing items or monetary donations to purchase new clothing for victim survivors of sexual assault who are given a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at local hospitals. Many hospitals provide donated clothing to patients in order to replace the clothing collected for evidential purposes. Items needed include undergarments, sweatshirts, T-shirts, yoga pants, and sweatpants for people of all genders and ages, as well as comfort items such as small stuffed animals, fidget toys, coloring books, and stress toys. Items may be dropped off at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., Lancaster, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from Monday, April 1, through Tuesday, April 30.

Take Back the Night will take place on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at YWCA Lancaster. The survivor-centered event will focus on uplifting and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. It will feature Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate and survivor, as well as a survivor speak-out, during which survivors may share their stories, how they healed, and how they have moved forward.

Body Safety Story Time and Craft events will be offered at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St. Sexual assault counselor and educator Danielle Perez will lead the interactive and family-friendly programs, which will focus on raising awareness of body safety and boundaries. Programs for prekindergarten-age children will be offered on Mondays, April 1 and 15, at 10:30 a.m., with programs for school-age children on Wednesdays, April 10 and 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Zoetropolis, 112 N. Water St., Lancaster. YWCA Lancaster, in collaboration with Lancaster Story Slam, will host a night of storytelling and spoken word sharing survivors' stories. Registration is required for the pay-as-you-can event.

On Wednesday, April 17, a fundraiser will take place at Rachel's Creamery and Creperie, 201 W. Walnut St., Lancaster. Business hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A portion of the business's proceeds will be donated to YWCA Lancaster's Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center.

A screening of "Roll Red Roll" will take place on Monday, April 22, at Zoetropolis. The movie is a true-crime thriller.

To see a listing of all the events and to register for Not Alone: Uniting Stories of Survivors, readers may visit


Dog Rescue Seeks Foster Families, Offers Adoptable Pets March 20, 2019

Founders of To Love a Canine Rescue (TLC), which is based in Chester County, believe that all rescued, stray and abandoned dogs should live in a loving foster home before they find a permanent place to live.

That is why the nonprofit, all breed, no-kill foster-based rescue is seeking local residents willing to take a dog into their homes. Veterinary care, food and supplies such as crates, bowls and toys, are provided.

"We look for people to love the dogs until they are adopted. It's very fulfilling," said April Robinson, TLC marketing and events director. Robinson noted that the organization has found homes for more than 2,900 dogs since it formed in 2013. "We are proud of that," she stated.

She said people may find it hard to release their foster dogs when permanent homes are found, but TLC tries to make that transition easier. "The cool thing about TLC is that the foster families get to meet the people who are adopting the dog. They can answer questions of the adopters, and they get to see where the dog is ending up," Robinson explained. "You need to be in the mindset that the dog will get a great home and you can save another one because there are so many more who need to be saved."

Those who live in an apartment may also foster a dog with proof of their landlord's permission, and foster families are not required to have a fenced-in yard. "We have different types of fosters," said Robinson. "Overnight fosters are for dogs coming from transport. We have long-term fosters who will take a dog until it's adopted; it could be two days, two weeks or two months. There are summer fosters for when people go on vacation. We are very flexible as far as scheduling."

For more information and to complete an application, prospective foster families may visit

Those who are unable to foster a dog can volunteer in other capacities with the organization, such as helping with transports that come from other states. "We need help with meet-and-greet events, which we do every weekend, handling dogs and taxiing dogs and helping set up events," Robinson said.

The next scheduled meet-and-greet, where residents are invited to meet adoptable dogs, will be held on Sunday, March 31, from noon to 3 p.m. at Giggy Bites Bakery, 100 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford.

Those who are looking to adopt a dog from TLC may visit for details. "Once you are approved and let us know which dog you would like to meet, we will set up a private meeting at our adoption center," noted Robinson. "You have to bring your family and household dogs to make sure everyone gets along."

TLC dogs are spayed or neutered and brought up to date on shots appropriate for their age. They are also microchipped prior to being placed in their new homes.

To help finance its work, TLC holds fundraisers. The next event will be its fourth annual "Raffles for Ruffs" fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, at the Quality Inn & Suites, 943 S. High St., West Chester. The event will include food, door prizes and opportunities to win gift baskets and other prizes. "There will be a little box in front of the baskets, and you can drop in your tickets," said Robinson. "The admission fee gets you 25 tickets, and you can purchase more."

Food will be provided by a local Italian restaurant. Menu items will include pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Tickets for the fundraiser will be sold at the door.

For more information about TLC, the fundraiser or upcoming meet-and-greets, readers may email or visit or


Chronic Disease Program Planned March 20, 2019

The York County Area Agency on Aging is offering a chronic disease self-management program called "Looking Beyond My Condition: Empowerment Tools to Manage Your Health, Your Way." The free workshops will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. every Monday from April 1 through May 6 at the Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, York Township.

York County residents age 60 and older who are living with ongoing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, COPD, stroke, cancer or others are invited to participate in the workshops. This interactive program will be taught by certified instructors through the agency.

Preregistration is required by calling Megan Craley at 717-771-9610.


Fundraiser To Benefit KPETS March 19, 2019

A family-friendly yoga fundraiser to benefit KPETS (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services) will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St., York. There will be opportunities to meet KPETS therapy dogs, enjoy a one-hour yoga class alongside the dogs, and participate in a silent auction.

Registration is requested at or by calling 717-699-2000 if registering more than one participant. For more information about KPETS, readers may visit


Bowl For Kids' Sake Events Slated March 18, 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams Counties is conducting its Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser, which brings in more than $100,000 each year. For the event, individuals may make or join a team to raise as much money as they can however they can. They then celebrate their efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters at a local bowling alley.

Remaining event dates are as follows: Friday, March 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Suburban Bowlerama, as well as Saturday, March 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Edgewood Lanes.

For more information or to register, readers may, call 717-843-0051, or email Joe Kirkenir at


Institute To Host Film Prescreening March 15, 2019

The Pennsylvania Family Institute will host an exclusive prescreening of the film "Unplanned" on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road, Lititz. The film tells the story of Abby Johnson and her change in stance on abortion.

To attend the prescreening, readers may visit

The film's opening weekend is set for Friday through Sunday, March 29 to 31. For information on showings at Penn Cinema, individuals may visit


ECHOS Will Hold Workshop March 14, 2019

Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) will hold a free "Eat Well, Live Well" workshop on Thursday, March 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Community Place on Washington, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown. The goal of the workshop is to teach individuals how to make healthier food choices and explore available healthy alternatives.

This workshop is a collaboration between PennState Health, Elizabethtown Area HUB and ECHOS. To register, contact Beth DeGoede with ECHOS at or 717-689-3423, ext. 200.


St. Catty's Day Event Planned March 6, 2019

The Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will host its St. Catty's Day adoption event on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adopters wishing to provide a loving home for a shelter cat are encouraged to visit the shelter or to learn more about the cats currently available for adoption. During the event, all cat adoption fees will be discounted.

For efficiency, interested potential adopters are also encouraged to come into the shelter prior to the start of the adoption event to complete an adoption assistance application and begin the process for adoption approval. Adoption approval is required before any potential adopter can meet with a pet.

For more information about the adoption event, readers may call 717-393-6551 or email


PAFFA Students Will Volunteer Locally March 5, 2019

Members of the Pennsylvania FFA (PAFFA) will volunteer in the area while they are in Harrisburg for their annual FFA State Legislative Leadership Conference from Sunday, March 17, through Tuesday, March 19. Each year in conjunction with the leadership conference, members of the group participate in a community service day in which students and teachers from around the state volunteer at farms and other organizations. Hope Springs Farm in Hershey will again host a group of volunteers from the FFA. This year, the community service day will be held on Monday, March 18, from about 1 to 5 p.m.

The FFA group volunteering at Hope Springs Farm will prepare the flower and vegetable gardens, work on the five large compost bins, paint some pasture sheds, prepare the nature trail, and help with other assorted farm chores. Hope Springs Farm hosts a program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. Volunteer work on the farm is essential to the program, alongside the daily farm chores completed by participants of the day program called "Growers."

Growers' daily chores include horticulture activities and animal care. They grow and care for a wide variety of plants, including asparagus, raspberries, cabbage, carrots, and many other types of vegetables and fruit. The horticulture activities are intended to provide a connection between Growers' efforts and the results of growing something. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride when they grow something they can eat and share with their family and friends. Horticultural therapy is believed to help improve cognitive abilities, socialization, language skills, and task initiation within adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. Growers learn to work independently and as a team, solve problems, and follow directions through this form of therapy.

Animal care by Growers includes petting, grooming, walking, and feeding animals, as well as cleaning out stalls and pastures. Hope Springs Farm is home to two miniature horses, six goats, four sheep, five alpacas, three pigs, chickens, rabbits, cats, and more. Caring for the animals is intended to provide structure to the Growers' days, as well as a feeling of pride and ownership. Developing bonds with animals is intented to help Growers develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills.

Hope Springs Farm, 201 Trail Road, Hershey, was opened in 2005 by Nina and Neil Rovner for their daughter Mimi and other adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community. Today, more than 50 adults are enrolled in its day program. Growers also volunteer for organizations in the community, such as Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society, and food banks. For more information about Hope Springs Farm, readers may call 717-298-1845 or visit


Aaron's Acres Seeks Facility March 5, 2019

Aaron's Acres is searching for a year-round facility to accommodate its growing programs. A nonprofit organization in central Pennsylvania, Aaron's Acres provides individuals with developmental disabilities ages 5 through 21 year-round, therapeutically based, age-appropriate recreational programs focused on enhancing socialization and communication skills.

The search comes after the announcement of the Manheim Community Pool's potential 2020 close. Aaron's Acres has based its programs at the pool for the past five years, and pools have been a staple of Aaron's Acres' programs since the organization's start in 1998. The programs focus on including all participants in every activity regardless of ability level, meaning the organization has special requirements for a future facility.

In addition, Aaron's Acres hopes to consolidate its current facilities, including administrative offices and storage units, which are scattered across Lancaster County. The nonprofit is open to either developing a new building or repurposing an existing site.

During Aaron's Acres' 20th anniversary gala in December 2018, the organization unveiled conceptual designs for its future facility, but the group remains open to discussion. The project is estimated to cost between $4 million and $5 million.

Aaron's Acres is seeking the public's help in its search for a new location. To help, readers may call Aaron's Acres' Lancaster office at 717-917-6101. More information can be found at


COBYS Plans Orientation March 5, 2019

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

This orientation is designed for families that want to learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care. During a 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 will not be provided.

COBYS Family Services is a Christian family service agency that provides foster care and adoption services; counseling for adults, children, and families; and family life education. It serves clients throughout southcentral Pennsylvania.

For more information or to reserve a space for an orientation session, readers may contact a COBYS resource home coordinator at 717-656-6580 or To learn more about COBYS, readers may visit


YCLC Seeks Volunteers March 5, 2019

The York County Literacy Council (YCLC) seeks volunteers age 55 and over as tutors in York and Hanover. Training will be provided in March, August or October in York and in April or November in Hanover.

Volunteer benefits include free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, and assistance with clearances. Readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or for more information.


Association Sets Meeting March 5, 2019

On Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m., the board of directors of the Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke St., York, will host its 88th annual meeting. This free, public event will offer a reflection on 2018 accomplishments, provide a preview of the future, and recognize community members who have positively impacted Crispus Attucks and the York community.

All attendees will receive a copy of Crispus Attucks' latest annual report. Networking and light refreshments will follow the program.

Any questions concerning this event can be directed to Megan Fabie at or 717-848-3610, ext. 248.


Guinea Pig Adoption Event Posted March 5, 2019

March is National Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, and the Humane League of Lancaster County (HLLC), 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will offer a monthlong guinea pig adoption event. Through Sunday, March 31, all guinea pig pet adoption fees will be 50 percent off.

Adoption approval is required before any potential adopter can meet with a pet. All potential adopters will be required to go through the same diligent adoption screening process as any other adopter. However, once approved, the pet adoption fee will be reduced.

The 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 month of March, families can view, select, and meet any guinea pigs that are available for adoption.

To view guinea pigs that are available for adoption, readers may visit or stop by daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, readers may call 717-393-6551 or email


Kindness Initiative Launched In Donegal Area February 28, 2019

On Feb. 14, the Donegal School Board issued a proclamation kicking off the Donegal community initiative known as "Love Your Neighbor."

"What would be more appropriate than promoting a kindness campaign beginning on Valentine's Day?" commented Christina Helfrick, a social worker in the district.

The idea for the "Love Your Neighbor" initiative began with the Donegal Performing Arts Club. When the club chose Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" as its spring musical, some community members voiced concerns about racially insensitive lines and actions in the show. Rather than choosing another musical, the club decided to honor the history of theater and use that history to address the issue head-on.

The club's idea has spread throughout the district. Aevidum clubs in both Donegal High School and Donegal Junior High are hosting a variety of activities related to the initiative during the week of March 4 to 8, and high school students will share their message of kindness during assemblies at the elementary and junior high schools during the preview for "Anything Goes." Additionally, the National Art Honor Society has created a display showing the evolution of diversity and acceptance in theater history, which will be on display in the lobby during the run of the show.

In an effort to raise awareness in the community, the hashtag #donegalkind was created. Those who experience an act of kindness during the week are encouaged to post it to the Donegal HUB Facebook page using the hashtag. Every day from March 4 to 8, the Donegal HUB will pick a winner - the person identified doing the act of kindness - and will feature the kind acts on the Facebook page. The Donegal HUB will award certificates and "Donegal Hugs" for acts of kindness.

"We're hoping to see 'Love Your Neighbor' #donegalkind on signs throughout the community, as we are partnering to increase awareness and encourage others to get to know their neighbors just a little bit better during the upcoming weeks," commented Helfrick.

The Donegal HUB, Milanof-Schock Library, and area churches are also supporting the spread of kindness and diversity awareness. Organizers of the initiative have made available materials for local churches, including messages for children and bulletin inserts sharing information to encourage a greater understanding of the community.

The "Love Your Neighbor" initiative will culminate on opening night of the musical, Friday, March 8. Mount Joy Mayor Timothy Bradley will issue a proclamation on that day, declaring March 8 as Community Betterment Day and encouraging every citizen to perform neighborly acts on that day and all days thereafter.

According to Donegal School District, research has revealed the population of Donegal is changing. For example, the sixth grade alone includes students from more than nine countries, speaking a variety of native languages at home. The school district also notes that there has been an increase in homelessness, families that qualify for free and reduced-cost lunches, and the diversity of the members of the school community.


Wheelchair Drive To Benefit Wheels For The World February 28, 2019

Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni and Friends, provides a free wheelchair, along with a Bible and the Gospel message, to children and adults affected by disability. The faith-based ministry collects used wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, cushions, and parts.

Joni and Friends has designated March as Wheelchair Collection Month, and Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, is holding a wheelchair drive through Friday, March 15, on behalf of Wheels for the World. The church will collect manual, adult and pediatric wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions, and footrests.

On Saturday March 16, all wheelchairs collected will be loaded and transported to a Wheels for the World Restoration Center, located in a correctional facility. There, inmates will restore the wheelchairs to like-new condition. The wheelchairs will then be shipped to countries around the world to provide the gift of mobility to people in need. Teams made up of volunteer therapists and wheelchair mechanics will then fit each wheelchair to meet an individual's unique needs and provide training in the wheelchair's maintenance.

For more information or to arrange for a more convenient drop-off site, readers may contact Cindi Feaster, a Chair Corps volunteer for Wheels for the World, at 717-464-9351 or or Joni and Friends volunteer Larry Easton at 315-416-1716 or Tax-deductible receipts will be provided. Readers may visit for more information regarding this ministry.


Event To Feature Movie Showing, Speaker February 27, 2019

St. Peter Church Celebration Center, 2835 Manor Road, West Brandywine, will be the site of an event featuring a movie showing and a speaker on Sunday, March 10.

The movie, "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer," will be screened at 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13.

At 7:30 p.m., featured speaker Cheryl Sullenger will speak on "The Gosnell Trial and Lessons We Should Learn From It." In 2013, Sullenger attended the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia and reported on it nationally on a daily basis. She will share her experience of the trial.

Sullenger currently serves as senior vice president of Operation Rescue and blogs almost daily at She is the primary author of three books.

This event is free, and reservations are not needed. It is sponsored by the St. Peter Respect Life Committee. For more information, readers may email


YCLC Receives Citizenship Grant February 27, 2019

York County Literacy Council (YCLC) was recently awarded a two-year Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services Grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. The goal of the grant is to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services for lawful, permanent residents and to provide opportunities for them to gain the knowledge and training necessary to assimilate into American society.

YCLC will provide citizenship class instruction to prepare such residents for the naturalization test and interview. For additional information or to enroll in the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization class, readers may call YCLC at 717-845-8719 or visit


PIRC Moves Office Space February 27, 2019

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), a nonprofit legal services organization that provides free legal representation, legal counsel, education, and advocacy to help immigrants obtain or protect their legal status across Pennsylvania, has moved its headquarters to a larger office space in York. The new office address for PIRC is 294 Pleasant Acres Road, Suite 202, York.

The office telephone line and direct lines for staff members will remain unchanged. To learn more about PIRC, readers may visit

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