We are proud to announce $125,000 in grant investments to four local community benefit organizations including: ASSETS Lancaster, Lancaster County Council of Churches, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, and Lancaster Lebanon Education Foundation. These grants require matching funds which will ultimately generate $250,000 worth of impact to support a range of programs including workforce development, affordable nutrition, and refugee support. Trained community volunteers and staff review grant proposals and recommend grants to the Community Foundation Board of Directors who ultimately approve the investments.One specific example of impact is outlined here:
The Food Hub located at the Lancaster County Council of Churches serves as a central food
distribution site for Lancaster County. Maximizing donations from individuals and local businesses,
The Hub provides refrigeration that allows the program to provide fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs,
milk, and bread as well as an assortment of canned and packaged products to people facing food
insecurity throughout the County. In 2016, the Council served 31,000 individuals through the Hub,
the Community Meals program, as well as food deliveries to area senior housing facilities.
Our four Grantee Partners are listed below:
These grants seek organizations working to increase economic opportunity and/or youth development in Lancaster City and Columbia Borough. Grants require organizations to generate matching funds.
ASSETS Lancaster ___________________$40,000
Transforming Communities Through Business will build on the growing local social enterprise ecosystem. ASSETS has grown this core element of their work significantly through the Great Social Enterprise Pitch, through their Measure What Matters program that helps companies to analyze and improve their social and environmental impact,and through their Impact Fund to invest catalytic capital in social impact businesses that create thriving wage jobs.
Lancaster County Council of Churches ________________$20,000
Supports the Community Food Hub for all residents of Lancaster City, Columbia and surrounding communities. The Hub enables LCCC to serve nutritious meals countywide with greater efficiency than ever before. Services also educate clients on how to make healthy and affordable food choices. Advancing this new model in community cooperation will lead to systemic changes in the fight to end food insecurity and work to reduce education gaps, lost wages, and the high health costs of nutritional deficiencies.
Lancaster County Workforce Development Board_________$25,000
The Day Report Center offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenses or parole violations. By providing skill and knowledge assessment, remedial learning, job search skills, occupational skill training and job placement as well as wrap-around services including housing, drug and alcohol counseling & relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, mentoring, and other services, the Day Report Center is a comprehensive program addressing the behaviors and patterns of individuals who have been touched by the criminal justice system.
Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation _________________$40,000
A Place To Be, A Place For Me: A Welcoming New Start for Children and Families. Historically, Lancaster welcomes more than 500 refugees and immigrants annually via the federal resettlement program. Many newcomers are children who enroll in the School District of Lancaster after arriving. This project will underscore the welcome that the Refugee Center & Community School at Reynolds Middle School (RCCSR) offers. With broad connections in the local neighborhood, RCCSR is a place where children and families can access critical support resources such as Adult Cultural Orientation, Adult ESL and GED classes, financial literacy, homeowner/landlord rights and responsibilities, health and mental health education and job training.