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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The Northern Lancaster Hub has had a busy 9 months since we began our Collective Impact Partnership through the United Way. We’ve laid much of the groundwork to begin offering full services within the next few months! Here’s a brief overview of our highlights: Cutting Ribbons! Our partners celebrated the opening of the Hand UP Food & Clothing Exchange at Ephrata Area Social Services, a monumental task that involved not only changing the...
Monday, April 8, 2019
     Between conception and age three, the brain goes through impressive changes. We know that in the first three years, a child’s brain has up to twice as many synapses as it will have in adulthood.   This surplus of synapses is gradually eliminated throughout childhood.  Environmental factors impact this phase of brain development, and play and interaction with children become crucial influencers.  A child’s experiences not only determine what...
Monday, April 1, 2019
The Elizabethtown Area HUB (“EHUB”) is a collaboration of community social service agencies serving the northwest quadrant of Lancaster County.  This collective impact partnership began it’s expanded collective efforts in July 2015 through an initial grant by United Way of Lancaster County.  The mission of EHUB is to empower community members to meet the needs and improve the quality of their lives using collective community services and...
Friday, March 29, 2019
My husband and I have been attending Plant the Seed of Learning classes since the birth of our first child 4.5 years ago. She has now grown and enjoys the Grow the Seed of Learning classes, which are equally as informative and amazing. We continue to participate in Plant the Seed of Learning with our 2 year old son. We are both educators and are well aware of the benefits of promoting learning at a young age.  We welcome and try to partake in...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
     Pequea Valley is in our second year as a Plant the Seed of Learning partner. We’ve enjoyed this collaboration as we’ve worked hard over the past few years to expand our early learning programs. We are a unique situation since we host PTSL in our district, but welcome families of other districts who live close by to attend.      This year we’ve had numerous families consistently attend and it’s been a great time getting to know these...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Preschool isn’t early enough Imagine if all children in Lancaster County had meaningful early childhood experiences, families who were empowered to be their child’s first teacher, and connections to school, community, and necessary programming and services early. Then, imagine our community rallying behind efforts to align systems and services prenatally through third grade. The result would be resilient family units, a reduction in child abuse...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Have you ever pored over your tax return for hours until your eyes glaze over and your head is pounding? Face it, filing your taxes can be stressful and intimidating. It doesn’t have to be that way. United Way of Lancaster County is proud to once again offer free tax preparation services to residents of the county through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Let me emphasize that word again. Yes, it is FREE! The VITA Program is a...
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Did you know that, according to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 1 in 6 children in Lancaster County is considered food insecure? Last week, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, United Way of Lancaster County’s Volunteer Center partnered with Power Packs Project to recruit volunteers to pack 5,000 pounds of rice that, over the next month, will be distributed to nearly 1,300 families served by the organization’s Lancaster Warehouse on...