Collective Impact Partners

Lancaster County is no stranger to innovation, while of course remaining ever grounded in its rich traditions. United Way of Lancaster County, using the collective impact model, has brought together more than 100 local nonprofits, schools, faith-based groups, funders, government entities, and others - all organizations that already make Lancaster County a great place to live - and have challenged them to think systemically. We have asked them what problems they experience with the systems they work in, and how they would form unique alliances to tackle those issues.

In fact, we're the first United Way to make the move to solely fund collective impact initiatives, knowing that no one agency can do it alone. We must work collaboratively to fix our community's most critical problems.

What resulted is a county-wide network of partnerships who are making strides to improve education, employment, quality of life and healthcare in Lancaster County. See the full listing below of our Collective Impact Partnerships and the Partners that have banded together to tackle our community's Four Bold Goals.


ELIZABETHTOWN AREA HUB

  • ECHOS (Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services)
  • Community Cupboard & Build a Plate
  • Compass Mark
  • Cornerstone Youth Center
  • Donegal School District
  • Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care
  • Elizabethtown Area School District
  • Elizabethtown Child Care Center
  • Elizabethtown College Center for Civic Engagement
  • Elizabethtown Community Nursery School
  • Elizabethtown Public Library Financial Empowerment Center
  • GEARS Kids Center
  • Good Samaritan Services
  • Hope Within Ministries
  • Jewel David Ministries
  • Milanoff-Schock Library
  • Parents as Teachers Community Action Partnership
  • United Churches Elizabethtown Area
Elizabethtown Area Hub is a collaboration of more than 60 Partners in the greater Elizabethtown area working together to innovate education, physical/mental health, financial well-being, housing, and food services for their residents in northwest Lancaster County. Their goal is to holistically address and disrupt the cycle of generational poverty from pre-natal to adulthood, considering the various socio-economic factors that prevent individuals and families in their community from thriving.
 

INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR NEW AMERICANS

  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Church World Services
  • Lancaster Health Center
  • Lancaster-Lebanon IU13
  • School District of Lancaster
Integration Services for New Americans is a “one-stop shop” of services at the Refugee Center at Reynolds Middle School in Lancaster. There, this Partnership provides education, health, and financial services for refugee and immigrant students and their families. These services go beyond the federally-mandated 90-day cultural orientation for individuals upon arrival in the U.S., expanding and enhancing support of these individuals so that they may thrive in Lancaster County.

LANCASTER COUNTY COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS

  • Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness
  • LCCEH Governance Board
  • LCCEH Governance Board/Sr. VP at Penn Medicine/LGH
  • LCCEH Leadership Council Chair Elect
  • City of Lancaster
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • ECHOS
  • The Factory Ministries
  • LCHRA
  • MidPenn Legal Services
  • Tabor Community Services
  • YWCA
Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness is a cross-functional team made up of local service providers, businesses, churches and community volunteers aligned to serve individuals and families facing or experiencing homelessness. United Way investments are leveraged by Lancaster City and County homelessness funds. This Partnership continues to improve the systemic response to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County. Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness continues to be nationally recognized for their systemic response to homelessness in our county.
 
 

NORTHERN LANCASTER HUB

  • Ephrata Public Library;
  • REAL Life Community Services
  • COBYS Family Service
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Ephrata Social Services
  • The Goble Group
  • Good Samaritan Services
  • Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership
  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • PA CareerLink Lancaster County
  • Tabor Community Services
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
  • WellSpan Philhaven
  • Welsh Mountain Health Centers

Northern Lancaster Hub addresses the lack of access northern Lancaster County families and individuals have to critical education, health, and human services. They recognize that transportation can be a major factor that prevents their residents from getting the assistance they need; the Hub, located at The Exploratorium in Ephrata and the Declaration House in Denver, will meet the steadily increasing need for services in this section of Lancaster County.

P-3 PARTNERSHIP PATHWAY

  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • COBYS Family Services
  • Ephrata School District
  • Lancaster County Early Intervention
  • Lancaster-Lebanon IU13
  • Manheim Central School District
  • Penn Manor School District
  • School District of Lancaster-District Pre-K
  • School District of Lancaster-Washington Elementary

P-3 Partnership Pathways is a collective of Lancaster County school districts and early childhood education providers united around the goal to align two integral components of a child’s educational success: early childhood education and elementary school public education. Their vision is that education providers across the prenatal - grade 3 continuum will move beyond isolated, reactive approaches to service delivery to a more intentional shared vision of community-level and systems-level strategies.

PATH TO ONE GOOD JOB

  • Lancaster County Workforce Development Board
  • PA CareerLink Lancaster County
  • Tec Centro/SACA
  • Church World Services
  • Columbia Life Network
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Elizabethtown Hub/ECHOS
  • The Factory Ministries
  • Lancaster Chamber of Business
  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
  • Lancaster-Lebanon IU13
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Path to One Good Job serves any Lancaster County resident with an educational, situational, or financial barrier to obtaining a post-secondary credential. Using the Integrated Education (IET) module, they provide simultaneous instruction in basic education or language development (ESL) with occupational or industry-specific training with the assistance of Career Navigators based at Tec Centro and CareerLink. Their vision is to ensure that all Lancaster County residents obtain and retain employment and income for themselves and their families to thrive.

PLANT THE SEED OF LEARNING

  • Plant the Seed of Learning
  • Aimee’s Babies
  • Cocalico School District
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Conestoga Valley School District
  • Early Childhood Innovative Connections
  • Eastern Lancaster County School District
  • Ephrata School District
  • Hempfield School District
  • Lampeter-Strasburg School District
  • Manheim Township School District
  • Nurse Family Partnership – Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health
  • Pequea Valley School District
  • School District of Lancaster
  • Solanco School District
  • Warwick School District
  • Wellspan Ephrata Hospital
Plant the Seed of Learning engages, educates, and empowers parents of children from birth to age 4 to plant seeds of learning through interactive workshops with meaningful activities. The Partnership works with local hospitals, school districts and early learning centers to support kindergarten transition. Families are educated about brain development in a playful environment and leave the sessions with developmentally appropriate toys and books.
 
 

SOLANCO FAMILY LIFE NETWORK

  • New Hope Community Life Ministries
  • COBYS Family Services
  • Lancaster-Lebanon IU13
  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • Quarryville Library Center
  • Solanco Neighborhood Ministries
  • Solanco School District
  • Solid Rock Youth Ministries
  • Southern End Community Association
Solanco Family Life Network provides holistic early intervention for students and families in southern Lancaster County who are looking to build a career and get out of poverty. Their services include parenting/family training, career training, before- and after-school programs, nutrition support, and budgeting/heating bill assistance. With more than 60 organizations within the Network, they collaborate to address their communities’ financial, education, relational, and emotional barriers to success.

SYSTEMS ALIGNED IN LEARNING (SAIL)

  • LutherCare
  • COBYS Family Services
  • The Library System of Lancaster County
  • Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health

Systems Aligned in Learning (SAIL) increases the quality of home-based child care by providing early learning resources, materials and mentoring directly to home-based child care providers across the county. Not only do they provide supports for these professionals to enhance their businesses, but they ultimately positively impact the children in their care as they prepare to enter kindergarten. SAIL enhances early literacy with their mobile resource and activity van, the ‘Be READy Rover’, staffed with an early literacy specialist, while also providing resources and supplies for developmentally appropriate physical activities and social-emotional development through evidence-based training.

 
 

TOGETHER INITIATIVE NETWORK

  • The Factory Ministries
  • Bright Horizons
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Community Services Group
  • Grace Point Church
  • Lancaster Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • PA CareerLink of Lancaster County
  • Pequea Valley School District
  • Tabor Community Services
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
  • Welsh Mountain Health Centers
Together Initiative Network is a movement that empowers individuals and families who struggle with poverty in eastern Lancaster County. Within the Together Community Center in Paradise, they offer high quality pre-K education, teen and adult life skills courses, and dental and behavioral health services. They bring together nonprofits, healthcare organizations, schools, local government, faith-based organizations, and passionate neighbors together to improve their community.