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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...
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...