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As Lancaster responds to the coronavirus, our Community Benefit Organizations (nonprofits) need us more than ever. Local organizations are dealing with uncertainty as they are challenged to serve clients in creative ways while navigating budget shortfalls due to cancelled fundraising events, the inability to fulfill government contracts due to school closures, and many other sources of revenue loss.

Learn more about the work our amazing Community Benefit Organizations are doing during this crisis and consider supporting those that are close to your heart.

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American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society, we're on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we'll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. Due to public safety concerns related to COVID-19, are currently coordinating patient rides to cancer-related appointments. We will update this message as conditions change.  However, we continue to assist patients throughout their cancer journey with the following services: -24/7 Cancer Helpline –Contact us 24/7 by phone at 1-800-227-2345, Live Chat, or schedule a Video Chat. -Reach To Recovery – This service connects breast cancer patients with trained volunteers to receive peer-to-peer support. -Cancer Survivors Network – Join a safe online connection to find others with similar experiences and interests. -Personal Health Manager – This tool helps you track and organize information about a cancer diagnosis and treatment. -“tlc” – Tender Loving Care® – Helps women with appearance-related side effects find affordable wigs, hats, and scarves, as well as a full range of mastectomy products.

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CHI St. Joseph Children's Health

CHI St. Joseph Children's Health is a community health organization with the mission of creating healthy communities through our service to children and families in Lancaster County. We provide family-focused behavioral health services including psychiatric care, therapy, family wellness coaching, and case management services to children and families. We provided needed health education to children, teachers, and caregivers through our health education program and resources. This August we will be providing unique high-quality childcare for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years at our St. John Neumann School for Children and Families in Columbia. We also serve the Borough of Columbia through our Healthy Columbia project, a community driven initiative focused on creating a thriving community. During COVID-19 we are providing many of our traditional services virtually and have expanded behavioral health and community services to serve changing and growing needs during the pandemic. This includes, online support groups, story time and health education session online, behavioral health education and exercises online, the Healthy Columbia Crisis Meals Initiative (serving 1,000 freshly prepared meals every week), and the Healthy Columbia Crisis Housing Assistance Fund. Our services will continue to evolve to serve the needs of our community.

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Clinic for Special Children

The Clinic for Special Children is a non-profit organization located in Strasburg, PA, which provides primary pediatric care and advanced laboratory services to those who suffer from genetic or other complex medical disorders. Founded in 1989, the Clinic provides services to 1,100 active patients and is recognized as a world-leader in translational and precision medicine. The organization is primarily supported through community fundraising events and donations.

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Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA

The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PA is leading the fight to end epilepsy and overcome challenges created by seizures by focusing on education, support and advocacy. We offer a range of free services and programs to improve the quality of life and empower those who are affected by epilepsy and their caregivers. We also support research to accelerate cures for the epilepsies, support the training and work of new pediatric neurology/epilepsy specialists, and seek to educate the general public to better understand epilepsy disorders. Now more than ever those affected by epilepsy need a sense of community and a network of support. We leverage social media and video conferencing to maintain our educational conferences, monthly support groups, and seizure recognition and first aid training. Staff also host trainings for teachers, school nurses and the general public to make every school district in eastern PA Seizure Smart. Wellness techniques have been incorporated into support group meetings to combat excess anxiety caused by the current climate. We have also created region-specific Facebook groups for constituents to stay connected.

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Gaudenzia, Inc.

Gaudenzia helps people affected by chemical dependency, mental illness and related conditions to achieve a better quality of life – allowing them to live as productive and accountable individuals. This is accomplished through comprehensive treatment and prevention methods guided by a philosophy of mutual concern and responsibility. Gaudenzia is deemed a life-sustaining organization by the Commonwealth of PA. Therefore, our facilities remain open during this challenging time to serve those in need of critical behavioral health services. We are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and state and local governments to keep individuals safe and protected. Our emergency need is for supplies such as latex gloves, face masks, sanitizers, thermometers, and deep cleaning supplies which are essential to maintain the health of our clients and caregiving staff. Our goal is to provide the safest supportive services to enable women and children to remain in treatment and emerge healthy and productive once again.

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Hospice & Community Care

Hospice & Community Care provides medical, emotional and spiritual support for individuals and families who are coping with a life-limiting illness. Hospice staff provide personalized care and comfort to help patients and families live better at end of life. In addition, the organization’s Pathways Center for Grief & Loss is a free resource to the entire community, regardless of whether a loved one is or was a hospice patient. Pathways specializes in helping people cope with serious illness or loss after death. During COVID-19, Hospice & Community Care is continuing to care for more than 550 patients each day at their home, in senior living facilities and its Inpatient Center. The high-volume of patients is resulting in the need for increased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns and hand sanitizer. Donations will be used to cover the cost of these much needed supplies to protect Hospice staff and patients. Physical supplies may be donated to the organization's Good Drive location. Please call Lauren Musser at (717) 391-2405 for more information.

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Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic

The Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic (LCPC) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1938 by orthodontist H. K. Cooper for the purpose of providing coordinated medical and dental rehabilitation for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. It was the first clinic in the United States dedicated to team-based cleft and craniofacial care, now the international model for patient care and approved by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. All patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay. At the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, the PA Department of Health mandated that all non-emergency dental practices cease. This dramatically curtailed any modest operating income used to fund on-going services. However, when we are permitted to resume services, the Clinic anticipates a tremendous backlog of those seeking our specialized treatment. Donations are critical to help us as we prepare to resume services.

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Lancaster County Field of Hope

Lancaster County Field of Hope, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. We provide help and hope to Lancaster County families facing financial hardship due to extraordinary unexpected medical expenses. Since our inception in 2016 Lancaster County Field Of Hope has raised more than $129,000 for 16 families in duress. Our goal is to help families offset the financial burden of long-term care or unexpected medical illness. Each year we hold annual events to raise funds to help our recipients. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of our events have been cancelled, limiting the amount we can gift each person. We hope to adapt our approach to fundraising and use our creativity to find new ways to support those in need. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Our EMS service is indispensable to the safety of our community. With 11 EMS stations throughout Lancaster County we provide primary 911 emergency medical services to 21 municipalities (260,000 community residents) in Lancaster County with 48% of our responses in the City of Lancaster. Lancaster EMS is the only ambulance service with accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national standards of excellence. In 2019, Lancaster EMS ran 41,750 requests for services- with 10,000 transports yearly in the City of Lancaster. We receive NO direct tax support and our reimbursement rates for the City of Lancaster is considerably low while we faithfully serve the community medical needs. As a result of COVID-19, our EMS agency is operating at full capacity every day with our trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Paramedics (EMT-P). While our essential operational staff are treating COVID related patients, it is critical for our providers to be fully protective for their own health and safety. WE THANK OUR STRONG COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORTING US!

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Lancaster Health Center

There is no doubt that we are in a time of uncertainty and unease. We know that it is our purpose to be here for – and with – our community when you need us the most. Lancaster Health Center has implemented a COVID-19 Emergency Incident Response Plan that protects the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to provide family medical care, dental care, and other critical services. We are caring for anyone and everyone who needs help getting and staying healthy in person or over the telephone or face-to-face video, so that we can keep our community healthy, safe, and at home. We have a critical need for help... Our mission of equity through healthcare the welcomes, strengthens, and helps our whole community soar is more important than ever during this time. But many in our community still can't access the care they need. Help us stand behind healthy community by keeping Lancaster’s most vulnerable residents resilient and strong.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. We are the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, we’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. BLOOD CANCER PATIENTS NEED US NOW MORE THAN EVER. Thanks to the generosity of LLS partners, eligible blood cancer patients will receive an individual one-time $250 stipend per patient to help with non-medical expenses, such as food, housing, utilities, transportation and other needs. Patients do not need to have a COVID-19 diagnosis and there are no income criteria to qualify.

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LG Health Foundation

With our mission to support the health and well being of the communities we serve, LG Health is on the front-lines of the COVID-19 health crisis. Gifts to LG Health's COVID-19 Response Fund will provide critical resources to be deployed immediately to support our preparedness to care for our patients and to keep our staff and community safe. We invite you to make your gift in honor of a healthcare worker or department. We'll share your messages with those honored to let our staff know that you're standing behind them in this pandemic. This unprecedented time highlights how important a strong health system is to our community and how critical our community's support has been to help us advance our mission for more than 125 years.

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LOHF improves children's mental health care. We help parents and young adults access mental health care for therapy and counseling by covering the cost of copays. We can also help people get enrolled in Medicaid and other health insurance. LOHF hosts a free weekly Zoom call, "Self-Care for Helping Professionals" on Mondays from 12:30-1:00 pm. Register at We're also providing nursing scholarships to local students. We need people to know that mental health care is available, affordable, and accessible from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

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March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies. To address the urgent need for research, advocacy and education to protect moms, babies and families from COVID-19 and the unknown future effects of the virus. THE FUND focuses on three key areas of support, including RESEARCHING to: •Improve our understanding of COVID-19, Learn how moms and babies are impacted by COVID-19, Help fast track the development of interventions safe for pregnant and lactating women. ADVOCATING to call on government officials to: •Include pregnant and lactating women in clinical trials for COVID-19 interventions, Ensure vulnerable populations have access to these interventions. EDUCATING to elevate awareness and inform families about: •Latest COVID-19 information, Interventions in development and their distribution, Work with HCPs to ensure their workforce and families in the NICU and pregnancy care programs receive information needed to stay safe.

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Mt Hope Nazarene Retirement Community

Mt. Hope is a non-profit, 50-bed skilled long-term care and rehabilitation facility located in rural Rapho Township, welcoming seniors with low incomes and/or disabilities and accepting seniors regardless of their ability to pay. Our main mission is to give excellent, affordable care to any senior. In 2019, Mt. Hope gave over $1 million in charitable care. We cannot do this alone. It takes support from our local community. For the most part, we are supported financially by Medicaid, and due to cuts in funding in the midst of the pandemic, we look to creative fundraising efforts to care for our seniors who call Mt. Hope their home. Our dear older adult population are at the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19. Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 comes with a great financial cost. Funds are needed to help alleviate the spread of this virus and protect our vulnerable seniors and staff members. Your gift to keep our seniors safe and healthy, in any amount, is extremely appreciated.

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Patients R Waiting

Patients R Waiting is a non profit organization dedicated to eliminating health disparities by increasing diversity in medicine. We have 3 areas of focus: increasing the pipeline of minority clinicians, making the pipeline less leaky and supporting minority clinicians in practice, so they are better able to reach back and help those coming behind. During this crisis we have redoubled our efforts to support students on their journey to become health care professionals and offered summer internships, where many programs have been cancelled. We are connecting students with service opportunities (such as food pantry support and COVID contact tracing) to meet the health needs of the Lancaster community, as we strive for health equity. The journey to becoming a physician is a marathon and the need for diversity in medicine shines through the health disparities brought to the national spotlight by COVID-19 in America. We are forging ahead with our 4th Annual Diversity in Medicine conference which will provide premed students with critical tools and connections. We are engaging the community at large in meaningful discourse around health equity through our book club, What the Health? which meets online on our Facebook page, the last Wednesday of every month.

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Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

A dynamic and academically rigorous institution, PA College has been around since 1903, when we started as the Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing. In the 1950’s, we added allied health programs. In 2013, our name changed to Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. We are a private, accredited, four-year college focusing exclusively on the field of health care. Offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as a number of certificate programs, PA College provides professional development for health care workers throughout their career. Throughout our long history, the College has remained dedicated to its mission of educating for excellence in health care practice, leadership and the continuous acquisition of knowledge. As we all face COVID-19 together, we appreciate just how vitally important our health care professionals are and what a tremendous debt of gratitude we owe them. Throughout this crisis, PA College students are diligently continuing their studies online, and they remain firmly committed to finishing their programs and graduating on time. They know what matters -- caring for others when they're needed most. But they need your help. Please show them that you know what matters too by making a gift to PA College. Thank you.

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Planned Parenthood Keystone

The mission of Planned Parenthood Keystone is to provide and promote access to the essential reproductive health care services and comprehensive sexuality education people need to live healthy lives and build strong communities. Planned Parenthood Keystone has been serving Central and Eastern Pennsylvania since 1926 and sees more than 22,000 patients in our nine health centers each year. During the COVID-19 crisis, we are here to provide patients with the health care they need, whether in person, by virtual appointment or by phone. Patients may call 1-800-230-PLAN to find out which type of appointment is right for them.

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