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Fairmount Posts Food Drive September 20, 2018

A food drive to benefit CrossNet Ministries is underway at Fairmount. Items will be collected until Friday, Sept. 28. Community members may donate items at the tables in the Wheat Ridge and Crest View lobbies. A list of the most needed items is posted on each table.

CrossNet Ministries is an organization that provides programs in the area of youths, food and nutrition, social services, and community in the Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) School District. CrossNet maintains a food pantry accessible by residents in need in the ELANCO area. Boxed and canned food, as well as hygiene products, are needed. All donated food items must be within code date; no expired food items will be accepted.

Fairmount's mailing address is 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata. Directions are available at www.FairmountHomes.org.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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YCCF Establishes New Scholarship Fund September 12, 2018

The York County Community Foundation (YCCF) has announced the creation of the Mont Z. Shaull Scholarship Fund. Through the fund, Cheryl and the late Mont Shaull will provide academic opportunities to students in York city after their lifetimes. The Shaull Scholarship recipients will be identified as Shaull Scholars. Advised by friend and attorney Andy Kagen, Mont and Cheryl chose YCCF to steward their legacy.

A graduate of William Penn High School in York, Mont was a gifted basketball player and musician, but he was not the best student academically. He said he felt fortunate that his family could send him to college, and he wanted to give back to those young people who might be deserving but do not have the means or the family support to get them to and through college. As an alumnus of York College of Pennsylvania (YCP), Mont wanted other students to have an opportunity to attend YCP.

The YCCF Mont Z. Shaull Scholarship Fund will provide an annual grant to York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program (YCCOSP). Students from William Penn High School participate in YCCOSP for their four years of high school. The program provides them with the tools necessary to prepare themselves for four years at York College. Upon successful completion of high school and the YCCOSP program at William Penn as well as acceptance into York College, full tuition, room and board at York College are provided free of charge for four years to the YCCOSP students.

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Tel Hai Posts Toiletries Drive September 12, 2018

Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, invites community members to participate in a toiletries drive benefiting the Honey Brook Food Pantry. Donations will be collected from Monday, Oct. 1, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Toiletry donations may include toilet paper, tissues, body wash, soap, safety razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, baby diapers and baby wipes. Only new or unopened items will be accepted. Drop-off locations will include the Garrett Community Center, Auditorium/Chapel, and StoneCroft Commons lobbies, all on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community.

The Honey Brook Food Pantry serves a total of 10,000 pounds of food a month to 250 families, assisted by 80 volunteers. The food pantry seeks to encourage independence.

For more information, visit www.telhai.org.

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PA CareerLink Office Expands Hours September 12, 2018

The PA CareerLink - Chester County office, 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500, Exton, is offering expanded hours for customers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, effective Sept. 12. On these days, the center will remain open until 7 p.m. for access to services including the Welcome Center, workshops like CPR/AED certification and soft skills training, and events like job fairs, employer panels, seasonal hiring fairs, and the United Way Financial Stability Center budgeting workshop.

In addition to job seeker information, workshops, and events, PA CareerLink - Chester County offers job seekers and employers access to job training, education, and employment services. The organization's Welcome Center provides an orientation service for customers to create a tailor-made assessment for basic career, individualized career, and employment support services. It also helps to determine program eligibility and career pathway plans for county residents.

According to site administrator Walter Urban Jr., more than 18,600 visitors stopped by the center last year, with 2,300 attending workshops and 2,100 participating in the Welcome Center orientation service.

Upcoming workshops and events, set for Wednesdays, include an Employer Panel for Job Seekers on Sept. 26, a Customer Service Job Fair on Oct. 10, a Seasonal Hiring Fair on Oct. 24, a Soft Skills Training Workshop on Nov. 1, and a United Way Financial Stability Center Budgeting Workshop on Nov. 28.

For more information about the center's programs and services, readers may visit www.pacareerlinkchesco.org or call 610-280-1010.

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Easterseals Organization Posts Fundraiser September 10, 2018

The York Division of Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania (ESWCPA) will hold its inaugural Wonder Ball fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York.

The black-tie-optional event is open to the public and will feature keynote speaker Robert J. DeSousa, state director for Sen. Pat Toomey. DeSousa's career achievements in public service include serving as a Pennsylvania Army National Guard colonel and receiving the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. DeSousa is a supporter and former parent participant of Easterseals' Military Children Programs.

The Wonder Ball, a whimsical nod to "Alice in Wonderland," will benefit more than 2,000 individuals throughout the York region of ESWCPA annually. This year's event will serve as a kickoff for ESWCPA's 100th anniversary celebration in 2019. The event will include a served dinner, featuring live classical music by Codo Duo, followed by dancing and music provided by The Famous Rumors Band and a variety of entertainment throughout the night, including roaming magic acts by Ripley's Magic.

For more information or to purchase tickets, readers may contact Jessica Montour at 717-741-3891 or jmontour@eastersealswcpenna.org. Tickets may also be purchased at http://eastersealswcpenna.rallybound.org/wonderball. Sponsorships, silent auction donation opportunities, and volunteer opportunities are available.

Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania provides programs and services in 47 Pennsylvania counties to ensure that people with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

The Wonder Ball supports individuals with disabilities and military families in central Pennsylvania. Programs include therapeutic recreation camps for individuals with disabilities, camps for children of currently serving and veteran service members, autism social groups, community-based programs, and sign language interpreting services.

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Program Slated For Parents September 6, 2018

COBYS Family Services and the Lampeter-Strasburg School District will partner to offer the Incredible Years Autism Parent program. The class will meet at Hans Herr Elementary, 1600 Book Lane, Lampeter, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 17 to Dec. 3. There will be no class on Nov. 26.

The free, 11-session program is offered to parents whose children ages 2 to 9 are on the autism spectrum or who have language delays. The program's purpose is to promote children's emotional regulation, social competence, language skills, school readiness, and relationships with others. Parents will also discuss ways to motivate children, set limits and use positive behavior management strategies.

Child care will be provided. To register, contact COBYS Family Services at 717-435-8139.

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