Category Archives: Events & Actvities

Hamilton Relay Offers $500 High School Scholarships: Application deadline is January 30, 2021

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As the Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider for Pennsylvania, Hamilton Relay acknowledges that opportunities for higher education affect the future of Pennsylvania’s high school students.

We are pleased to once again extend the Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity to graduating high school seniors in Pennsylvania who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education.

Hamilton Relay selects one candidate from each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can also be found online here.

The scholarship deadline is January 30, 2021 and applications must be received or postmarked by that date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before March 1, 2021.

If you have any questions about Hamilton Relay or the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Program, please contact Amy Strawser directly. In addition, Amy and Sudan Bradley, will be hosting an informational webinar with details and instructions for applying for this scholarship award. The dates and links to registration for this webinar are listed below. We will be offering three different dates to accommodate your schedule, each date provides the same information.

Hamilton Relay is excited to give back to the community by offering this scholarship opportunity to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. We look forward to learning more about the outstanding students in Pennsylvania.

Amy Strawser, Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator | (412) 944-7424 | Amy.Strawser@hamiltonrelay.com


Please register for an informational Pennsylvania Relay Awards & Scholarship webinar at the link below. If accommodations are needed (ASL or CART services) please let us know at least one week in advance.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/5985698831524903950

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

“Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care” – Kaiser Health Network

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Central Baptist Village in Norridge, Illinois, held a socially distanced ceremony for one of its beloved nurses who died of COVID-19. Assisted living centers and nursing homes around the country offer grief counseling and memorial services for staffers and residents lost to the coronavirus. (Dawn Mondschein)

by Judith Graham

“A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.

“And it’s not over: Facilities are bracing for further shocks as coronavirus cases rise across the country.

“Workers are already emotionally drained and exhausted after staffing the front lines — and putting themselves at significant risk — since March, when the pandemic took hold. And residents are suffering deeply from losing people they once saw daily, the disruption of routines and being cut off from friends and family.

“In response, nursing homes and assisted living centers are holding memorials for people who’ve died, having chaplains and social workers help residents and staff, and bringing in hospice providers to offer grief counseling, among other strategies.”

Click here to continue reading this article in its entirety at Kaiser Health Network. 

Veterans Day, 2020 & the history of Veterans Day

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History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Continuing reading, click here.

Thanksgiving Basket Drive

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Register now for the virtual “Positive Change Conference”

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Compass Mark is partnering with Millersville University to host the annual Positive Change Conference on October 28, 2020. This virtual conference is supported by the Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and is open to social workers, educators, addiction and mental health counselors, probation officers, students, and community members. Continuing education credits are available for PCB, Social Work and Act 48.

This year’s conference theme, Collective Restoration, addresses major changes to the ways that helping professionals work with their clients and students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other societal stressors. The opening keynote “Creating a Healthier Normal in the Time of COVID-19” will be delivered by Dr. Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D.

For workshop descriptions, registration, and more information please visit:  https://www.compassmark.org/

SAVE THE DATE (October 9, 2020) – Hope, Healing & Recovery | a Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center event!

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Register for one or more of these upcoming FREE Link Webinars

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Register in advance for this webinar: :https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DGFShOoiT6iamQAo-JRpBg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Elections Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IyQOx6qASqaT_uS5KPHN5Q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Register in advance for this MORNING SESSION webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9WkGQvWURjGTInR2hU2jqA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Register in advance for this EVENING SESSION webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5pSJjWHhSoKv6ndWU2H0lg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


See all the upcoming Webinars here: https://berkslancasterlebanonlink.org/webinars-2/

ZOOM Death Cafes will return in October | They’re FREE; you can register now.

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Download this flyer as a .pdf with a clickable link.

Register in advance for one or both of these Death Cafe:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdumppjwsGt1cSEa_e2a-Ut6hwlaEJRcQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tuesday, September 15 | YOU’RE INVITED! LGBTQ+ Housing Webinar Series, Session 2

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The following message is sent on behalf of Robert Torres, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The results of the 2020 State Plan on Aging survey listed available and affordable housing as one of the critical factors in ensuring age-friendly communities over the next five years.  Therefore, we are pleased to share the attached invitation and encourage your participation in the second session of the LGBTQ+ Housing Webinar Series.  This session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM and will cover affordable housing options and supportive services offered locally. We hope you can attend.

Click here to register.

SAVE THE DATE | the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders forum will be on November 5

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