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.


  • Lancaster Health Center (formerly SouthEast Lancaster Health Services)
  • Community Services Group
  • Partnership for Public Health
The Community Wellness Partnership is removing barriers for community residents looking for health care access by providing a single point of entry for medical, dental and behavioral health care. It is also addressing public health concerns, assisting patients with enrollment in health plans and connecting them to support services.


  • Elizabethtown Child Care Center
  • Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown
  • Elizabethtown Area School District
  • Elizabethtown College/ECHOS
  • Elizabethtown Community Nursery School
  • Elizabethtown Public Library
  • Hope Within Community Health Center
  • Jewel David Ministries
  • Milanof-Schock Library
The Elizabethtown Area Hub is providing low- and low-middle-income families with access to high-quality early childhood education, kindergarten readiness and transition, tax preparation services, food and clothing assistance, financial workshops, job training, and referrals to medical and behavioral health care services. Materials and support increase literacy and help families apply for health insurance and financial assistance.


  • Pressley Ridge
  • COBYS Family Services
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Lancaster Recreation Commission
  • School District of Lancaster
Impacting Generations is supporting at-risk teen parents and their children through innovative services that focus on the educational attainment of both the parents and their children.


  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Church World Service
  • Franklin & Marshall College's Ware Institute for Civic Engagement
  • Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
  • Lancaster Health Center (formerly SouthEast Lancaster Health Services)
  • 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, it provides education, health and financial services for immigrants, refugees and all School District of Lancaster residents. These services are a much-needed addition to the federally-mandated 90 days of cultural orientation upon arrival in the U.S., expanding and enhancing support of our community's newest members.


  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • City of Lancaster
  • County of Lancaster
  • Elizabethtown Area Hub
  • Elizabethtown College/ECHOS
  • Lancaster County Domestic Violence Services/Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP)
  • MidPenn Legal Services
  • Redevelopment Authority
  • Tabor Community Services
  • United Way's 2-1-1 Service
  • Water Street Ministries
  • YWCA of Lancaster
The 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 persons experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County. In 2016, Lancaster County gained national recognition for our systemic response. The Coalition is on the cusp of similiar success in addressing both chronic and family homelessness.


  • MidPenn Legal Services
  • Care Connections, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
The Lancaster Medical Legal Partnership is advancing the financial stability and health of Lancaster County residents needing frequent health services by integrating civil legal aid and financial case management with an intensive, high-utilization health care treatment model.


  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Advantage Lancaster
  • Lancaster City Alliance
  • Lancaster Community Safety Coalition
  • Lancaster EMS (LEMSA)
  • Lancaster Health Center (formerly SouthEast Lancaster Health Services)
  • Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP)
  • The Mix at Arbor Place
  • School District of Lancaster
Lancaster-South is a network of executives and connectors from eight different organizations throughout Lancaster City. In addition to the direct services already offered by these agencies, our collective purpose is to connect individuals and families with resources and organizations that can help them to become more stable. Through this work, the Partnership is able to identify where systemic and policy changes are needed that can be of greater benefit to the community as a whole.


  • School District of Lancaster
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Lancaster Education Foundation
  • Lancaster Recreation Commission
  • Lancaster Family YMCA
  • Luthercare for Kids
Learning Lancaster Collaborative is increasing access to high quality, early childhood programming for 3- to 4-year-old children residing in the School District of Lancaster by opening three new classrooms operated by the Collaborative's community partners. Additionally, with the Partners connecting parents to their local elementary school and services, families are now able to access health, dental and eye care, school-based behavioral health services, and financial stablity workshops either through their community school or social services.


  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • Community Action Partnership, Domestic Violence Services
  • Community Services Group
  • Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation
  • Mental Health America
  • Wellspan Philhaven
Let's Talk, Lancaster is committed to increasing awareness surrounding mental health in Lancaster County and improving access and treatment for behavioral health care needs, especially for low-income and minority residents.


  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • MidPenn Legal Services
  • New Choices Career Development
  • PA CareerLink of Lancaster County
  • Spanish American Civic Association (SACA)
Moving Forward is increasing the safety of survivors of domestic violence by providing integrated emergency services, legal representation during the Protection from Abuse process and workforce training.


  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank/Hunger-Free Lancaster County
  • Columbia Life Network
  • Columbia Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lancaster County Council of Churches Wheels to Work Program
  • Millersville University School of Social Work
  • Tabor Community Services
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
The multi-functional Pathways Out of Poverty alliance is providing guidance and direction to low-income individuals and families as they permanently chart their way out of poverty.


  • Lancaster Early Education Center
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP)
  • Elizabethtown Child Care Center
  • Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center
  • Wee Care Day School
Pinwheel Partners is providing access to affordable, high-quality early care, allowing families to maintain stable employment while preparing the next generation of Lancastrians for success in school and later life. The Partnership joins high quality early learning facilities together to collaborate, share resources and expertise, as well as provide working families with affordable care. The Partnership aims to revitalize early care and education in Lancaster, advocate for the field of early childhood education, and above all, ensure every child in Lancaster County enters kindergarten ready to learn.


  • Cocalico School District
  • Columbia School District
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
  • Conestoga Valley School District
  • Early Childhood Innovative Connections
  • Eastern Lancaster County School District
  • Ephrata Area School District
  • Lampeter-Strasburg School District
  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • Manheim Township School District
  • Pequea Valley School District
  • School District of Lancaster
  • Warwick School District
  • Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital
Plant the Seed of Learning is engaging, educating and empowering parents of children from birth to age 4 to plant seeds of learning through supportive environments 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 through a playful environment and leave the sessions with developmentally appropriate toys and books.


  • CASA of Lancaster County
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Clare House
  • Community Services Group
  • Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency
  • Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Love INC
  • Tabor Community Services/TLC
REP is helping parents obtain safe, stable housing in order to regain physical and legal custoday of their children, assisting young adults leaving the foster system with housing and employment, and intervening in the event of a possible eviction or separation of a child from their family.


  • New Hope Community Life Ministries
  • COBYS Family Services
  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • Quarryville Library
  • Solanco Neighborhood Ministries
  • Solanco School District
  • Solid Rock Youth Ministries
  • Southern End Community Association (SECA)
Solanco Family Life Network is providing 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 life 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' families' financial, educational, relational and emotional barriers to success.


  • Luthercare for Kids
  • COBYS Family Services
  • Lancaster County Council of Churches
  • The Library System of Lancaster County
  • Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality
SAIL is increasing 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. Early literacy is enhanced by the mobile resource and activity van, the Be READy Rover, staffed with a children's librarian; proper nutrition is reinforced through the provision of healthy meals and snacks; and social-emotional development is supported through evidence-based training and curriculum.


  • The Factory Ministries
  • Bright Horizons
  • Community Services Group
  • County Line Medical Services
  • Grace Point Church of Paradise
  • Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
  • The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon
  • PA CareerLink of Lancaster County
  • Pequea Valley School District
  • Tabor Community Services
Together Initiative Network is a movement that empowers individuals and families who struggle with poverty in eastern Lancaster County. Within the Together Communtiy Center in Paradise, they offer high quality pre-kindergarten education, teen and adult life skills and education, and dental and behavioral health services for community members.