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Volunteer Opportunities Posted June 22, 2017

Columbia Crossing River Trails Center and the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) Visitors Center have announced a need for volunteers. Among the benefits of volunteering are opportunities to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and share knowledge of the area with guests.

Columbia Crossing is the trailhead for the Northwest River Trail. The facility houses information about the trail, downtown Columbia, and the Susquehanna Riverlands corridor. Additionally, the Crossing hosts community activities and features river-related exhibits. Volunteers offer visitors information regarding programs, events, and attractions.

SVCC's Visitors Center greets more than 10,000 guests to the region each year, with guests hailing from nearly every state and from an average of 14 countries annually. Volunteers help plan and/or provide assistance with fundraising events for the center; interested individuals may visit www.parivertowns.com for additional information on events. Other volunteer opportunities include staffing the reception desk, stuffing mailers, and serving as tour guides for the trolley that runs throughout Columbia during the summer weekends and for special events.

Individuals who are interested in volunteering may call the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce at 717-684-5249 or Columbia Crossing at 717-449-5607.

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Excentia Receives Donation June 22, 2017

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Grove Joins YCCF June 21, 2017

To support York County Community Foundation's (YCCF) mission of engaging donors, the development department has welcomed Dorinda J. Grove as development administrator. She joins Bryan K. Tate, vice president and chief development officer, and Angela Lauer, donor services officer, in serving YCCF's donors.

In this role, Grove provides administrative support to the development department, assists with outreach activities, and supports YCCF events. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the Women's Giving Circle.

Grove was a legal secretary with Stock and Leader for 17 years prior to joining YCCF. YCCF believes Grove's knowledge of estates and estate planning will add to the development team's ability to provide outstanding customer service to donors.

In addition to being a paralegal, Grove is a licensed practical nurse in Pennsylvania and has experience as an office manager.

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Organization Announces New Initiative June 21, 2017

Bell Socialization Services has announced a new initiative, A Clean Start. The organization is collecting cleaning supplies for families transitioning to independent living from the organization's homeless shelter. Also, some of the items will go toward assisting users in other areas the nonprofit serves.

Students, civic groups, and others have been gathering buckets filled with cleaning supplies and laundry baskets full of towels, detergent, and stain remover sticks. A leadership training group from Leadership York and a small class of summer students at Penn State York are among the participants.

The need for the items is ongoing, and the community is invited to participate. Any questions about A Clean Start may be directed to Janel Fox, outreach coordinator, at jfox@bellsocialization.com or 717-848-5767, ext. 515.

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Sumner Named Director Of Finance June 21, 2017

Bell Socialization Services has announced the promotion of Anita Sumner as the agency's new director of finance. Sumner has served as assistant director of finance since Sept. 26, 2016.

Sumner said she aims to increase the nonprofit's efficiency and decrease expenses and also develop close working relationships with service program directors. Working with Bell's new executive director, Tony Schweitzer, Sumner oversees the administrative and accounting departments to manage day-to-day financial operations and budgeting.

Before joining Bell, Sumner worked as a business systems analyst specializing in finance for Encore Capital Group, an international finance company based out of San Diego, Calif.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a human services agency based in York. The organization provides housing and basic living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families.

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Rotary Club Presents Grants June 21, 2017

The Rotary Club of York recently awarded grants to nonprofit organizations.

Bell Socialization Services received $1,500 to purchase early childhood educational items for volunteers to use with toddlers and preschool children in Bell's Bridge Housing program.

Child Care Consultants received $5,250 to support the Extreme STREAM fair for young children and their families. The fair will engage parents in hands-on, developmentally appropriate science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math activities led by Early Childhood Education providers in partnership with area nonprofit organizations.

Children's Aid Society - The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery received $2,500 to purchase children's books, flash cards, posters, alphabet blocks and other teaching aids and craft and activity supplies to improve readiness to enter school.

York County Library System received $4,000 to support the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten project to improve school readiness and positive parental interactions.

The remaining $4,000 was given to the YMCA of York and York County - Downtown Early Learning Center to support the Cafe Events Program, in which parents are encouraged to actively participate in games and crafts with their children. The grant includes play yard materials; supplies for the art, music, and construction centers; and take-home activities and books.

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Elks 1074 Members Support Veterans June 21, 2017

On May 3, a group of Elks members led by Daphne Grim, Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074 exalted ruler, visited the Lebanon VA Medical Center to deliver requested items to the oncology department, along with other personal care items. The Elkwood Derby game was enjoyed by the residents, along with a time of fellowship, visitation, and snacks as members of the Elks 1074 lodge showed support and appreciation to the veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Also, on May 19, a group of veterans from the Lebanon VA joined lodge members for an evening of baseball, food, and fellowship while watching a Lancaster Barnstormers game in one of the luxury boxes during the Barnstormers Salute to Veterans event.

The Elks National Veterans Service Commission was established in 1946 with the sole mission of serving the nation's veterans. In VA clinics, veterans' homes, USOs, homeless shelters, and elsewhere, thousands of Elks volunteers nationally give their time, energy, and resources to serve veterans and military members each year.

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Organization Appoints Zink June 21, 2017

The American Heart Association, Lancaster Division recently announced the appointment of Valerie Zink of Mount Joy to the board of directors.

Zink currently works as inventory control supervisor for the QVC Lancaster Distribution Center. She has worked at QVC for 18 years, including previous positions as receiving supervisor and inbound expeditor. She has been an American Heart Association volunteer for 13 years, including leading the QVC team for the Lancaster Heart Walk since 2005 and forming her own team, Cameron's Crusaders. The team honors her oldest son, Cameron, who was born with a congenital heart defect.

Zink provides hands-only CPR instruction to employees at QVC Lancaster and at community events and has advocated for several legislative initiatives on behalf of the American Heart Association at the state and federal levels. She and her two sons, Cameron and Chase, were instrumental in the passage of Act 94 of 2014, which ensures that all babies born in Pennsylvania will receive a pulse oximetry screening, which can help detect congenital heart defects, before leaving the hospital. She and her sons were slated to travel to Capitol Hill in late June to represent Pennsylvania at the American Heart Association's You're the Cure on the Hill.

In addition to her service to the American Heart Association, Zink supports City Gate in downtown Lancaster, has served meals to people who are homeless, sponsors children through Child Fund and Compassion International, and supports missionary friends through Embracing Hope Ethiopia.

For more information about the American Heart Association, Lancaster Division, readers may visit www.heart.org/lancaster.

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Foster Parent Sessions Slated June 21, 2017

Families United Network, 412 S. Angle St., Mount Joy, will host foster parent orientation sessions on Thursdays, July 6 and 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To attend one of the sessions, readers may call 800-722-0136 or email Holly at htanner@families4kids.org.

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Project Linus Plans Meeting June 20, 2017

Project Linus of York will meet on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fourth United Methodist Church, 20 N. Lehman St., York. Project Linus is a volunteer nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

Volunteers do not need to know how to sew, as long as they can cut or tie a knot. Those who knit or crochet should bring yarn, needles, and patterns. Community members may also help by donating items, including non-wool yarn, child-friendly fabric, fleece fabric, flannel, or white or cream thread.

All are welcome to attend. Attendees should bring their own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. For more information, readers may contact 717-887-5448 or projectblankets@hotmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/ProjectLinusYork.

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