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Friday, January 19, 2018
To give some perspective, last year Jon Foley Sherman and I attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, which is held annually by the Crispus Attucks Community Center in Lancaster.   When we came back to the office last January, we talked as a team about Dr. King and the reverence that the day deserved.  Our Founder and Chief Strategist Lois Dostalik then committed E4 to honoring the day through service. As a result, this year Jon and I...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Across the U.S., charitable giving continued its upward trend in 2016. Giving USA 2017 reported that an estimated $390 billion was donated to charitable organizations, a record number for the third year in a row. In addition to the money Americans give, volunteering in America equates to a net worth of approximately $200 billion. In Lancaster County, with its rich heritage of philanthropy, we see the same upward trend locally. This past November...
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time. Talent. Treasure. When you work for a charitable organization like United Way of Lancaster County these three words become the foundation for your work. Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of our community to achieve impactful, systemic social change within our community; however, the true fuel to our engine of change for Lancaster County is powered by the investment of all of us through our time, talent and treasure. Recently, I...
Friday, August 25, 2017
As Director of Community Impact for United Way of Lancaster County I have enthusiastically embraced the collective impact framework and challenged our Community Impact Partners to think systemically. Last May, I was given the opportunity to attend a three-day intensive Collective Impact Summit hosted by Tamarak Institute in Kitchner, Ontario, Canada. Tamarak, founded in 2002, was built upon the idea that “all change, even very large and...
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
I don’t know about you, but I love adventure/strategy video games. Some of my fellow nerds might be aware that recently a new Legend of Zelda video game was released, and though it seems off topic, go with me on this. In this game, you can go on all the grand adventures (and more!) that were treasured from previous games, but this time you have more specific abilities. You can tame wild horses to ride them, master new sword skills, prepare meals...
Monday, July 17, 2017
At Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County an average of 110 victims and their children pass through the doors each year. Some stay for only one night; others stay for several weeks, but all receive compassion, encouragement and direction.  I’d like to tell you the story of Nigat and her children; Palus and Saba (names have been changed to protect their privacy.) Nigat and her children had only been in the U.S. for three years when...
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Pay it forward. You hear the phrase used frequently. The concept of paying it forward is that when someone does a good deed for you, instead of paying them back, you pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else. Years ago, there was even a movie about paying it forward, but does it really happen? Do people pay it forward? In my many years of working in the nonprofit sector I’ve had the opportunity to interact with hundreds, if not...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Living in war-torn Aleppo, Syria is a different world than tranquil Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For Salah Khilo, his wife Khalideh and their five children, aged 11 to 20, the sound of gunfire and walls shaking from bomb blasts was an everyday occurrence. Salah knew he had to move his family from the strife of the ongoing civil war, so in 2012 Salah risked his life by bribing a Turkish soldier, the only option to get out of Syria, and crossed...