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Community Benefit Collective

As Lancaster responds to the coronavirus, our Community Benefit Organizations (nonprofits) need us more than ever. Local organizations 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. Search below, or use the categories to find a new organization to support!

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A Woman's Concern

A Woman’s Concern offers free, confidential pregnancy, parenting, and sexual health services and resources to woman and families in the Lancaster area. Our services include pregnancy tests, ultrasound scans, pregnancy options information, encouragement & support, and material assistance, as well as pregnancy, parenting, and healthy lifestyle classes. During the COVID-19 crisis, we are providing free diapers, baby wipes, and infant formula to families in need.

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Aaron's Acres

Since 1998, Aaron’s Acres has provided children and young adults with special needs something very unique—possibility. The possibility to learn, to grow, and to succeed despite any challenges. With every family we serve, our goal is always the same: to provide therapeutically based, age-appropriate, social and recreational programs that nurture and enhance important socialization and communication skills. All children regardless of ability can partake in the Aaron’s Acres experience. Emotional, educational, and recreational support is offered for the entire family. At Aaron’s Acres, we remain committed to those impacted by our programs and we will continue to focus our efforts on the larger community.

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Advoz

Conflict and crime are inevitable in our community. But they can also be opportunities for positive change. Advoz works in our community when harm occurs (restorative justice) and to prevent conflicts from getting worse (training). Through time-tested dialogue methods, Advoz equips our community to constructively handle conflicts, violence and crime. With more than 30 years of experience, serving now approximately 900 youth and adults, businesses and organizations each year, Advoz enhances communication, accountability and mindfulness, empowering parties in a conflict or crime, even offenders and victims, to mend broken relationships, find resolution, and build stronger, safer communities. Advoz has stepped into the current reality by conducting virtual victim-offender conferences and offering virtual mediation in divorce and custody; landlord and tenants; and elder care.

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AHEDD

AHEDD provides employment services throughout Pennsylvania to people with disabilities. Individuals we serve include youth (as young as 14) in transition from school-to-work and adults looking for employment. Participants in AHEDD's services benefit from a customized plan that can include: skill assessments, career exploration and development, self-directed job search, job placement, work site support/training, and/or consultation on benefits management issues. This critical work helps people gain greater independence, become contributing members of their community, and meet the diversity and labor force needs of businesses.​​ During COVID-19, AHEDD staff is working remotely. We are able to provide our services virtually and are taking great precaution if a staff member enters the public. If a participant got laid off due to COVID-19, our staff still has contact with them to keep them prepared for when they are able to return or if they need to find a new job. In order to continue to give the support participants need, donations are so appreciated. We will get through this, together.

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Ambassadors for Hope

Ambassadors for Hope identifies the needs of children of incarcerated parents and advocates solutions to meet their needs. The Family Services Advocate, housed at Compass Mark, provides case management services to the children and their caregivers. Ambassadors for Hope supplements these services by assisting with resources that the caregiver is unable to provide, such as fees for before-school and after-school programs, camps, and emergency needs. We also foster positive contact between incarcerated parents and their children through a program that allows a parent to record a message to a child through the voice of a stuffed teddy bear. Families caring for a child with a parent in prison often struggle financially and emotionally. The COVID-19 crisis has increased the needs of many of these families. We will collaborate with the Family Services Advocate to assist whenever possible in meeting emergent needs. We are a voice for the 1000 children in Lancaster County who have a parent in prison and often go unnoticed. We address the needs of these children by: Educating and mobilizing the community; Empowering affected families; and Influencing public policy.

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Anchorage Breakfast Program

Anchorage provides a free nutritious breakfast every Monday through Friday, each week of the year to Lancaster City's low income, unsheltered and food insecure population, and to any and all who are hungry. During this time of pandemic, we have changed our normal buffet breakfast to a bagged meal containing a hot item, fruit, cereal, muffins, milk, juice, coffee. In addition to weekday breakfasts, we offer shower facilities to those who have no other shower options.

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Arch Street Center

Arch Street Center has been a valuable community resource since 1983. Our mission is to support the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness. Before the pandemic forced us to close our doors, the Center was open seven days a week, providing meals and a program that encouraged, empowered, and educated individuals living with serious mental illness while providing basic human needs like shelter and food. Arch Street Center wasn't just a place to go... it was a place to BELONG. Since the pandemic, we have continued providing our members- and anyone in the community who needs a meal- a free lunch. Our numbers have continued to climb as many of the community resources have been forced to close. To date, we average approximately 60 lunches per day. The worst thing for people with serious mental illness to do is to isolate. This virus has forced us and our membership to do just that - isolate. We need to stay active during this time to make sure our members have access to a meal and a friendly connection, even though we aren't able to socialize and engage.

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Bethany Christian Services

We are a Child Welfare Agency that has been providing several services in the Lancaster community since 1984. Our current services include Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption Services; Safe Families for Children Services (helping local families who are in crisis by caring for their children on a short term basis without any financial compensation); ReNew (serving Recovering mothers with Newborns); Counseling Services (including trauma based therapy for children who have been subject to abuse and neglect; family therapy; equine therapy, and pregnancy counseling); Refugee Resettlement Services; Adoption Services and Post Adoption Support Services. We have been primarily responding by meeting with clients via telecommunication services. When needed, we are still meeting with clients face to face and we are placing children with foster care families. We need PPE and hand sanitizer bottles.

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Canine Partners for Life

The mission of Canine Partners for Life is to increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities or who are in other situations of need. We achieve our mission by providing and sustaining professionally trained service and companion dogs. CPL’s primary efforts will be focused on an area within a 250 mile radius of Cochranville, Pennsylvania, but we look forward to continuing to place dogs with recipients from across the nation who come to us because our dogs and services are held in such high regard. We train our dogs to meet the specific needs of individuals and the environments in which they are living. We seek to establish a lifetime bond between dog and graduate. We commit ourselves to a comprehensive program of follow-up training and support services to ensure each team’s success in achieving their goals.

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Catholic Charities - Diocese of Harrisburg

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, Inc. exists to respond to the human service needs of people throughout the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg located in Central Pennsylvania. Catholic Charities fosters the ideals of Christ through a caring, living faith by: promoting and advocating respect for the sanctity of human life, Nurturing the central role of marriage and the family in society, and providing a continuum of high quality services to individuals, children, youth, married couples, families, and the elderly.

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Church World Service (CWS) Lancaster Immigration and Refugee Program

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CWS is fervently working to ensure that refugees and immigrants within the Lancaster area are supported and connected to resources to remain self-sufficient members of the community. We are responding to urgent and immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. *$50 can provide consultation with the Immigration Legal Services program* *$100 can provide interpretation or translation of documents* *$250 can provide assistance with employment applications, job prep, and placement navigation* *$500 can provide direct aide for clients in urgent need of rent, utilities, or other household needs* CWS Lancaster is committed to fostering welcome for refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers from all across the globe, equipping them for long term success as they integrate within their new communities. CWS works to serve the world’s most vulnerable and advocates in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

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COBYS Family Services

COBYS Family Services is a Lancaster based, Christian non-profit. Our Mission: Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services educates, supports and empowers children and adults to reach their full potential. *FOSTER CARE - We equip local families to care for some of the most vulnerable children in the foster care system. *ADOPTION – Find forever homes with loving families and provide support to those families. *FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION – Provide hands-on tools to strengthen family bonds and tackle challenges. *Counseling – Encourage families to work through problems and find healing. Each of these services contributes to fostering the God-given potential of every child, adult, and family COBYS serves. This kind of care goes beyond the bare-bones services that state and county funding can cover, and that is where our dedicated donors come in. Through their generosity, people partner with our talented staff to make a difference in one child's life. In one family's life.

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Columbia Life Network

Connecting you with local resources in your community. We offer a hand up to residents in need in Columbia Borough and surrounding communities. Whether you need food, clothing, shelter, employment, a medical home, or other necessity, our staff is here to help you find the services and programs that can help. Mission Statement: Engage COLUMBIA residents, provide resources at all stages of LIFE and establish a NETWORK of support. Columbia. Life. Network. During the COVID-19 pandemic our resources have been primarily focused on helping all Columbia residents access food resources and finding household sustaining wage employment opportunities for our clients.

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Columbia Presbyterian Church/Hands Across the Street

Born out of a faith community, we impact and transform lives through food, clothing and transitional living outreaches, serving Columbia, PA and surrounding areas. Due to Covid-19 we having been delivering lunches daily in our community as well as delivering food boxes weekly. Since 3/17/20 we have delivered over 25,000 meals, 2500 food boxes and have had multiple drive through grocery giveaways. We have distributed more then 270,000 pounds of food to our neighbors, what a blessing! We are so thankful to the donors, volunteers and businesses who partner with us to make it all possible!

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Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization and boasts a service profile that interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that assist families at every age and place in life. CAP is person-centered, outcomes-based, data-driven, and focused on greater sector impact and systems change. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Food Distribution Center has ramped up to provide more than double the amount of food to local pantries. Domestic Violence Services is providing virtual services and launched a text service where victims can text SAFE to 61222 to be connected to an advocate. The emergency safe house remains open. WIC continues to provide access to healthy foods to families. Our early education center is providing virtual education and parent meet-ups. Because of COVID-19, we are unable to accept donations of goods, so monetary donations from our amazing community are going towards purchasing necessary items for the individuals we serve and to purchase safety items to protect our customers and our staff (masks, sanitizers).

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Compass Mark

Compass Mark's mission is to prevent addiction through education, skill building, and community mobilization. For over 50 years, we have been guiding and empowering people in Lancaster County toward a healthy and successful life path. We provide: * Addiction Resource Center services including information and referral assistance to connect people with treatment and recovery options; * School-Based Education to help students in Grades K-12 develop critical life skills; * Community-Based Services to address trauma and promote resilience; and *Training / Technical Assistance for educators, providers, and community members.* The COVID-19 pandemic is especially challenging for those at risk for substance use or gambling addiction. The above services are available by contacting our office at 717-299-2831 or by email at [email protected] We are here and ready to help! Contributions are accepted via our website and will be used to expand our addiction prevention programs for children, youth, and adults in Lancaster County. Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, and People Do Recover!

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Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services

Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS) is a social service organization that provides food, childhood hunger initiatives, financial support, and mentorship to our neighbors in need. During this time of COVID-19, CVCCS is prepacking food orders for clients and delivering them curbside to their cars at our building. Clients are provided a large variety of non-perishables, meat, dairy, produce, and bakery items once every 30 days by appointment only. New clients may call CVCCS at 717-208-3711 ext. 101. CVCCS also provides the Back on Track program to assist clients who work but are one paycheck away from a financial disaster. Back on Track seeks to help clients avoid a downward spiral to avoid homelessness. The clothing bank at CVCCS is currently closed due to the COVID-19 requirements in place at this time. Monetary donations are welcome to help us to continue providing vital services.

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CrossNet Ministries

CrossNet Ministries exists to offer help and hope by empowering people in Eastern Lancaster County. CrossNet Ministries offers programs in the areas of youth, food & nutrition, social services and community. Currently, during the COVID-10 crisis, we are focused on offering food/resources to those in Eastern Lancaster County. We offer a Food Pantry, Power Packs (food for the weekend), Free Summer Lunch Program and a monthly Community Meal drive thru style. All programs are currently drive thru. To learn more or sign up for any programs please contact our office at 717-355-2454. We also offer financial assistance and case management for those in Eastern Lancaster County. Appointments are virtual or over the phone.

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Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries

Diakon Child, Family & Community ministries serves at-risk individuals and families of all ages. In Lancaster, Diakon helps children find their forever families through Diakon Adoption & Foster Care. Through Diakon Youth Services, programs offer alternatives to detention for youth who have made a mistake in life. Both programs use evidence-based activities to help children and youth reach their fullest potential. In response to COVID-19, Diakon has transitioned to virtual technologies when feasible to continue offering essential services. Telephone check-in calls with clients, Zoom meetings for home inspections and a lot of donated home-made face masks have been used to safely ensure no disruption in service.

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Disability Empowerment Center

The Disability Empowerment Center is the Center for Independent Living serving Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. DEC is a private, nonprofit, nonresidential organization run by and for people with disabilities. People with disabilities are considered a higher risk population with regards to serious effects from the COVID-19 virus. The shelter in place order has increased the need our consumers have for emotional support, information, and back up planning assistance from our staff. The DEC staff has been working remotely since the stay at home order. The Independent Living Specialists are making wellness calls regularly to consumers consisting of: wellness checks, education on COVID 19 prevention, referral to support services, assistance in obtaining the Care Act Stimulus funds, and developing alternate care plans. DEC has advocated to ensure health care rationing proposals did not discriminate against people with disabilities and for schools to include special education in remote teaching. Additionally, we work with state agencies to distribute PPE to consumers who employ their own personal care attendants.

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Eastern Mennonite Missions

Eastern Mennonite Missions trains, sends, and supports workers all around the globe who transform lives through ministry to children at risk, health and community development, leadership training, Muslim ministry, refugee relief, and more. All these efforts result from a desire to share the love of Jesus which brings hope and light to the world. During this unprecedented time, our workers are finding creative ways to be missional even when they can't connect with others face to face. They are using technology to provide training and tutor students, they are sending care packages to their neighbors, and they are witnessing to the hope we have in Jesus no matter our circumstances.

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Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS)

ECHOS’s mission is to mobilize communities to provide services that prevent and alleviate poverty and empower stability in our neighbors throughout the Northwest Region of Lancaster County. ECHOS offers thirteen programs to address needs including housing and related supports, individual and family assistance, case advocacy, emergency shelter, crisis counseling, community education and employment assistance, and education/training opportunities. With more people out of work and at risk of poverty and homelessness, our staff are prepared for an increase in service need during COVID-19. Staff are meeting with clients who once worked toward stability and gained it, now circling back around for needed services. ECHOS is committed to accommodating to the greater needs of our community during this pandemic. Efforts include extending emergency shelter services, accommodating our office space for social distancing, and utilizing different methods to continue providing intensive services to clients. Financial support for our programs is crucial to ensuring clients have the supports they need to maintain stability. Together, we can create a stable, thriving community.

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Ephrata Area Social Services

EASS is a non-profit organization supporting neighbors in need throughout the Ephrata and Cocalico regions of Northern Lancaster County. Our assistance programs include the Hand UP Exchange Food & Clothing Bank, Ephrata/Cocalico Meals on Wheels, Transportation Services, and Community Support Services. Our mission is to channel resources effectively through the collaboration of our partnering health and human service organizations to improve the lives of the residents in northern Lancaster County.

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Excentia Human Services

Excentia Human Services is a nonprofit organization in Lancaster County that provides services for people with developmental needs and autism throughout the lifespan. As an essential life-sustaining business, Excentia Human Services has been continuing to operate during the outbreak. There are more than 200 Direct Support Professionals working on the front lines in Excentia's 33 residential homes across Lancaster county. They are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people with disabilities and are doing an excellent job of supporting one of our most vulnerable populations during this difficult time. During the COVID-19 crisis, help us honor the dedication and hard work of Direct Support Professionals by making a donation to Excentia Human Services. Thank you for your support!

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Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center

Since 1981, Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center (GMTRC) has carried out its mission of “enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities” for local children and adults with a variety of disabilities. Our clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, anxiety and depression, physical disabilities, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder report that GMTRC’s equine-facilitated services provide physical, cognitive, emotional, and social benefits that allow them to overcome some of the challenges associated with their disabilities while simultaneously providing meaningful social interaction for people who are often disenfranchised from community activities due to their disabilities.

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Horizon: Empower The Orphaned

Horizon is a Lancaster-based nonprofit that works in developing countries to provide orphaned children with a sense of belonging and identity. We focus on family-based care, giving children all the tools they need to become independent, self-sustaining adults. We invest in small businesses within the community, building a sustainable network that keeps our programs running.

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Keystone Human Services

Keystone Human Services' mission is to create opportunities for growth and meaningful life choices so that all people can be valued, contributing members of their community. We provide care and support to over 200 individuals thru our Intellectual Disabilities Services, Mental Health Services and Autism Services in local Lancaster County neighborhood homes, as well as throughout PA. As a life-sustaining organization, direct-care professionals of KHS cannot work from home and continue to provide assistance to some of Lancaster County’s most vulnerable population during this pandemic. Support designated for additional assistance to upgrade sanitation protocols, obtain cleaning supplies and pay for extremely-increased personnel costs would be helpful. KHS' main focus is to keep individuals we serve and our staff healthy, safe and reassured throughout this emergency.

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kindHuman Foundation

The kindHuman Foundation is the giving arm of Humankind Water. We exist to help eradicate the world water crisis in emerging countries. Humankind and kindHuman Foundation partnered together to help those in need. In March, announced that we would deliver Humankind bottled water to anyone in need, free of charge, no strings attached. And boy was there a need! Over 400 families requested we deliver bottled water to their door because they were not able to afford it or were shut in and self-quarantining. We are continuing to provide free Humankind bottled water to people in need and have extended our efforts those on the frontlines. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. We are blessed and excited to continue these efforts.

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KPETS - Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services

KPETS registered volunteers and their companion animals promote well-being and offer encouragement in our communities by sharing the power and benefits of human-animal interactions. Serving local communities in health-related facilities, social agencies, special-needs programs, schools, libraries, retirement communities and hospices, KPETS teams readily visit wherever the human/animal connection may be beneficial. KPETS services are free of charge. ​ Currently, even though some of our volunteers are doing virtual visits, we are all anxious to get back to helping de-stress and comfort friends in our local communities through the human/animal bond. Touching Lives / Warming Hearts is what we do best, and it will be much needed to help us move forward.

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Lancaster Recreation Commission

Operating since 1909, the Lancaster Recreation Commission (Lancaster Rec) is an agency formed by a partnership between the City of Lancaster, School District of Lancaster and Lancaster Township. Our mission is to provide quality and affordable recreation and learning opportunities to Lancaster residents. We strive to improve the quality of life for every member of our community. Our philosophy is to get residents active and healthy by engaging in a range of recreational activities, events and programs. We offer services including youth and adult sports programs and leagues, senior centers, fitness and wellness classes, summer playground and day camps, full-day child care for infants through age five, before and after school care and community special events. Our target audience are the residents of the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Township, which serves more than 76,000 residents in a primarily urban area. During the COVID-19 crisis, we've been distributing meals to seniors and conducting check in calls. We're posting activities for families and hosting online yoga videos. We’ll get through this together and we're looking forward to returning to serve your recreation needs.

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Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a global, nonprofit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace. One hundred years ago, MCC was formed to help people in crisis after a pandemic. For the last century, MCC has moved toward similar challenges. Today, we are working hard to live up to this legacy. MCC is well positioned to respond to the impacts of the current crisis to respond to COVID-19, through: 1. Sustaining essential health services serving vulnerable peoples. 2. Expanding health prevention programming that can slow the spread of COVID-19. 3. Providing the most at-risk groups with emergency food assistance and support during the pandemic. 4. Ensuring that all MCC programs are minimizing risk and following public health guidance. Donations to support MCC, including work in response to COVID-19, can be designated to “where needed most.” Our MCC East Coast Material Resources Center in Ephrata continues to accept donations of kits and comforters (mcc.org/kits).

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Mental Health America of Lancaster PA

MHA’s mission is to promote optimal mental health through advocacy, education and support. The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. We are fervently working to respond to the increased mental health needs of our Lancaster Community. Contact MHA for mental health advocacy, education and support for yourself, a family member, business, classroom or organization. There is no cost for most of our services and we provide both one-to-one and group support. No diagnosis is required. Become active in our Suicide Prevention Coalition (stopsuicidelancaster.org), or Compeer (be a friend to someone in mental health recovery at compeerlancaster.org) programs. MHA provides financial assistance for uncovered, mental health medications & costs. Our Mental Health Academy will customize education on any mental health, or illness, topic and we will speak at your training or event. Although our physical office is closed, our dedicated staff continues to work remotely to maintain our level of service. https://mhalancaster.org/program-services-updates-page-covid-19/

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Mighty Mehal Foundation

Mighty Mehal Foundation provides financial assistance to those who wish to begin a life of recovery. Created to honor Shaun "Mighty" Mehal who tragically passed away from an overdose in 2017, we continue Shaun's mission of helping others battling substance abuse disorder. Shaun moved to Lancaster in 2006 to enter a recovery house and mentored countless individuals in Lancaster's recovery community until his untimely death. MMF awards monthly scholarships to qualified individuals entering recovery houses in Lancaster County who do not have the means to pay admission and rent. Our mission has grown as a result of COVID-19 to help those in our recovery community who have lost jobs and have no income to pay rent in their respective recovery houses. Our foundation has awarded more than 10 scholarships in March-April when we typically only award one per month. We receive no formal funding but raise money through organized fundraiser events and donations. Unfortunately, our funds are depleting because of the increase in scholarship awards. Our largest event of the year, scheduled on 8/29/20, is at risk of being cancelled and could prevent us from continuing to offer scholarships.

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Milagro House

Milagro House provides education, housing and support services to women and their children who would otherwise be experiencing homelessness and poverty. We use a holistic approach that includes a scaffolding of services – including intensive case management and life-skills programming – to address the root causes of poverty. This support, along with their educational credential, creates opportunities for women to break the devastating cycle of generational poverty and gain employment at a family-sustaining wage. Milagro House remains 100% operational through the COVID-19 situation, supporting one of the most vulnerable populations in our community – homeless women and children. The generosity of individuals providing gifts will help Milagro House provide housing, food access (in partnership with Clare House), transportation for our clients who are still working, and direct services, case management and program staff. Thank you for considering a gift to Milagro House – we are grateful.

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PA CareerLink

Whether you need help in making a move up the career ladder, have been affected by layoffs or plant closings that force you to go on an immediate job search, you’re a teenager looking for your first summer job, or you’re considering a career change, come to PA CareerLink®! We offer a variety of virtual services to help you put your best foot forward when taking the next steps in your career. * For individual help and access to immediate openings call our Job Seeker and Employer Help Line: M-F, 8:30-5, Call: 1-844-744-8451; for a virtual resume critique: submit to [email protected]; and for access to individual Career Navigation, individual Job Development, and a full array of Personalized Services: email [email protected] * Job Seeker Workshops Available via PA CareerLink Lancaster County YouTube Channel

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Pregnancy Resources at Cornerstone (aka Cornerstone Pregnancy Care Services)

Pregnancy Resources at Cornerstone empowers individuals to embrace life-honoring choices. We offer compassionate and professional medical care. We educate, equip and empower women facing unplanned pregnancies to make life-honoring choices for themselves and their baby. Speaking truth with love and compassion about abortion and walking in sexual integrity. Offering the hope of eternal life and Christ’s healing power to wounded hearts. Covid-19 has not shut down our work, but it has shut down two of our major fundraisers, our 10th Annual Ladies Tea & Auction and our Spring Baby Bottle Champaign. We are starting a Go Fund Me for the Month of May to Honor Mothers. our goal is $15,000. We are seeing clients for Pregnancy Testing and Limited OB Ultrasound on site, after they have completed their Virtual Intake Appointment. Our other services are limited at this time to online incentive classes for those enrolled in this program, curbside and emergency curbside material assistance.

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Pressley Ridge

Pressley Ridge provides individuals and families with hope and support through life’s challenges. We pride ourselves on partnering with families and meeting them where they are, when they need it the most. Each year, 10,000 children and families are strengthened through community-based mental health services, foster care and adoption, specialized education and new services for transition-age youth. Our more than 70 programs all share a common goal of establishing stable, healthy families and life-long connections that result in a successful, happy life. Pressley Ridge is classified as an Essential and Life-Sustaining Business, and we continue to serve the needs of our kids and families, while taking precautions to keep our staff safe, during this difficult and uncertain time.

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REAL Life Community Services

We do everything possible to connect the community to hope through partnerships, collaborations, and building relationships. Our organization is guided by six core values: 1. Centered on Christ – showing the love of Christ to those we serve by meeting their spiritual needs. 2. Purposeful Relationships – Consistently showing compassion through caring, trusting, and valuing people. 3. Meeting Physical Needs – Reducing poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, and providing education in Northern Lancaster County. 4. Meeting Emotional Needs – Providing security, significance, acceptance, and community. 5. Collaboration – Bringing together people, organizations, and opportunities to mobilize resources. 6. Integrity – Being honest, accountable, and trustworthy in all that we do. During the COVID-19 Crisis, as we do every day of every year, REAL Life Community Services helps people get through hard times, financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our Social Worker connects clients to assistance with rent, utilities, mortgage payments, food resources, dental, medical and behavioral health providers, and direction to walk through difficult times.

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Safe Communities

We help youth programs, schools, faith congregations, and other community organizations to develop institutional policies and cultures that can prevent child sexual abuse; educate adults about how to keep kids safe; and spread models that enable adult survivors to heal and lead in uniting communities to end child sexual abuse. We are currently offering Vicarious Trauma Groups for front-line workers' within organizations whose mental health has been affected by COVID-19. We are also offering a three part online workshop series for faith communities to respond to COVID-19: Healing Ourselves (Recognizing the traumatic impact of COVID-19), Protecting children from sexual abuse during COVID-19, and Helping survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence during COVID-19.

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Samaritan Counseling Center

The Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission is to foster hope and healing through professional counseling, consultation and education while respecting and integrating personal and spiritual values. Samaritan strives to ensure that quality, professional services are accessible to all people, including those with limited financial resources. During the COVID-19 crisis we remain committed to serving our clients and our community by providing sessions via Video therapy. For those that find themselves without insurance, without a job or unsure of how they are going to manage counseling financially, we support them in therapy through our Samaritan Fund.

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Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development

We are the only nonprofit organization that offers dedicated outpatient pediatric therapy to children and young adults, along with educational and recreational resources. We are based in Lancaster County, and we serve families across all of Central Pennsylvania. Many of our clients are not able to visit the Center for services due to the COVID-19 pandemic because of their complex medical diagnoses. As a result, we are losing $100,000 a week in program revenue. In response, we have been offering telehealth services. However, telehealth therapy services only work if families have access to an iPad or computer and an internet connection, which some of our families cannot afford. Our greatest need at this time is philanthropic support, so that our doors can continue to stay open.

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Solanco Neighborhood Ministries

S.N.M. is a nonprofit serving Southern Lancaster County. Our mission is to engage families, meet needs and give hope to our community. We do so by providing an emergency food bank, assistance with other various basic needs (clothing, heat, diapers, etc.) as well as providing care through our Resource Advocates in order to get families connected to much needed resources, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Spanish American Civic Association (SACA)

COVID response: SACA switched its community meals and senior center feeding program to a "Grab and Go" meals program for residents of the Southeast area who are experiencing food shortages. It is currently providing 900 meals weekly to residents of southeast Lancaster City. WLCH-FM, SACA's public bilingual public radio station, is providing daily news and programming about COVID19 to help keep families safe. SACA has over 40 years of experience in meeting the needs of Lancaster's Hispanic community, including a range of human services. Tec Centro is the county's only bilingual education and skill training facility located in the heart of the city's southeast area and serving over 1,200 individuals annually. SACA Development provides affordable housing to first time home buyers, having rehabbed or constructed over 150 single family homes in the southeast. It also served as the developer of Conestoga Plaza, featuring the southeast's only full-service grocery store. SACA Broadcasting operates WLCH-FM, a bilingual public radio station to residents of Lancaster and York.

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The A Week Away Foundation

We provide Respites and support in various forms to families who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Our families are immuno-compromised and trapped in a continual "pressure cooker" of surgeries, chemo, and other medical treatments. There is incredible financial hardship and stress from bills and inability to work while a family member must be away for long periods of treatment. The everyday norm is what the world is experiencing with the COVID-19 crisis, and as we all now know, it can be exhausting. At A Week Away, we provide support with the goal of granting a custom Respite for the family. To be able to be "normal" for even a week can exponentially contribute to a successful outcome by removing stress and allowing the body to physically, emotionally and mentally recharge. We are regrouping during the pandemic and have had to postpone several Respites until it is safer to send families away again. As a result, we have lost reservations and deposit money. We are providing gift cards for meals and letters of encouragement for our families in the interim.

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The Arc Lancaster Lebanon

The Arc Lancaster Lebanon’s foremost concern is safety for the people we serve, folks with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families, and for the safety of our team members. We made an early decision to cancel all in-person events and programs and transitioned our in-person trainings to on-line trainings. We are utilizing virtual platforms with our other programs such as our sibling and self-advocate groups. The virus means a change in routine for those with IDD that creates challenges for them as well as their families and caregivers. The Arc’s advocate participates in web and phone meetings to help teams come up with solutions to the disruption in the lives of individuals with IDD who rely on routine and consistent support staff. Our largest fundraiser was to be held in April and the cancelation creates a budget deficit. Also, a state contract to monitor people who receive home and community-based services has been suspended. The Arc Lancaster Lebanon staff are available for advocacy needs at [email protected] or [email protected] Donations can be made at www.thearclancleb.org/support.

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The Factory Ministries

The Factory Ministries exists to empower people, connect resources, and build community. We offer a hub for connecting needs and resources for individuals who find themselves under-resourced and struggling with issues of poverty. We walk alongside participants, emboldening them to strengthen their community, achieve self-sufficiency, and create a new future story. During the COVOD-19 crisis, our doors remain open to continue to serve our community in Pequea Valley. We offer a Factory Market for food access and Advocacy services to connect residents with resources, services, and tools to create sustainable lives.

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The GateHouse

As an established nonprofit organization, The GateHouse aims to restore the human spirit of each one of its clients through comprehensive recovery services. We offer a continuum of care for individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. We offer housing, clinical services both residential and outpatient, transitional living, case management and recovery support. We are a community based organization and have 11 locations in Lancaster County. This pandemic has caused many barriers for our clients. Our clients who are unemployed due to lay offs or closures have struggled to pay rent. Our food supply for our current clients has become limited and we have had to use operating cash to supply our residents and staff with all the PPE required to keep our communities safe. We currently do have on site COVID testing but it is extremely expensive to provide. We also have a contingency plan if needed due to staff or clients become sick. These plans cause an overhead burden on our staff and organization as a whole. Any financial assistance would be appreciated to help us continue to serve our clients, community and their families during this difficult time.

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The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania (KFCP) founded in 1979, is dedicated to providing community-based education about chronic kidney disease, services and support to people whose lives are impacted by kidney disease and advocacy for more living organ donation in order to reduce the wait for a life-saving kidney transplant. Many kidney patients suffered income loss during this crisis and are struggling to pay for life-sustaining medicines, dialysis treatments, and food. KFCP manages the Patient Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF), an ongoing partnership program with registered Dialysis Centers. COVID-19 PEAF support helps dialysis patients, who are a high-risk group for coronavirus infections with transportation to and from dialysis, kidney-friendly foods, and essential medicines. KFCP is the only organization that provides Social Workers with resources to assist dialysis patients. By working collaboratively, this support connects the most vulnerable patients to essential medicines, renal nutritional supplements/food, and transportation to life sustaining dialysis treatments. KFCP has always ensured that its partnering dialysis centers continue providing patients that demonstrate financial need the life-extending care they require. We are determined to help patients through this crisis.

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The Shalom Project

The Shalom Project is a faith-based intentional community of young adults who affect social change through lives of service. Our one-year program brings college-graduated young adults to Lancaster, connects them with full time internships in local organizations, and provides housing and financial support as they learn, grow, and serve. Much of our in-person recruiting for the upcoming program year, beginning in August, happens on college campuses, and because events were cancelled we anticipate a smaller cohort. This, in turn, means that we will generate less income over the coming year. We are committed to supporting this group with a meaningful experience and appreciate your support!

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Triangle Therapeutic Riding

We service children and adults with Trauma, Autism, Traumatic Brian Injury, and many other disabilities, including veterans recovery groups. During this pandemic we are still assisting high priority clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicide risk, and addiction recovery through equine assisted therapy and therapeutic riding. Our lesson incomes, fundraisers, and events have been halted since the outbreak. However, the expenses of the horse care, facility rental, insurance, and all expenses remain. We have been holding services for our veterans free of charge since the program started, and in the past we have been able to offer scholarships to other clients because of our successful fundraising. During this time we are in need of financial support to help maintain the functionality of the program.

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Valley Youth House

Valley Youth House does more than just provide a home for Pennsylvania’s vulnerable, abused, and homeless youth. We partner with thousands of individuals each year to build a solid foundation for young people and their families. With dedicated street outreach, housing, counseling, skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, we empower resilient young people in establishing promising futures. COVID Reponse: At Valley Youth House, we are taking care of vulnerable youth and families, and as an essential life-sustaining business, our doors remain open. Now more than ever, homeless young people and families need emergency supplies, housing, and therapeutic support. Our staff are on the front lines of service delivery, and we are in need of additional resources to support our long term needs. Please consider making a donation to help ensure that we can continue to meet the critical needs of young people and their families.

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Water Street Mission

Water Street Mission is a Christian non-profit focused on walking along-side and assisting in the restoration of individuals and families typically marginalized in our communities. For over 110 years, we have been compelled by the mission that Jesus quoted from Isaiah 61 as he started his ministry: to bring good news to the poor, healing and hope to the hurting, and to see them become “Oaks of Righteousness” and restorers of our broken communities. Water Street Mission is here to meet the needs of our vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to provide shelter, support, and three meals a day for the men, women, and children in our shelters and residential dorms. Additionally, we offer a full medical and dental facility, as well as behavioral health counseling and career counseling. Throughout this crisis, we continue to provide food distribution to over 500 households in our community, struggling to make ends meet, as well as connect with the teens, children, and families that are a part of Teen Haven and Wonder Club.

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YWCA Lancaster

Our Mission YWCA Lancaster is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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