|Four Ways to Give Back for Day of Caring|
|1. VOLUNTEER! Make a difference by giving your time on Saturday, 4/23, to help with a few projects still in need of volunteers. Sign up individually or as a team. Opportunities are available with the following organizations throughout Lebanon County:|
|American Red Cross City of Lebanon Cleona Community Park Community of Lebanon Association Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County Friends of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks||Friends of Union Canal Tunnel Park Hilltop Playground Association Jubilee Ministries Lebanon Community Theatre Lebanon County Conservation District Lebanon Family Health Services Lebanon Middle School||Lebanon Valley Family YMCA Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails Palmyra Playtown by the Pool QUEST, Inc. Swatara Watershed Association The Salvation Army Lebanon Corps United Way of Lebanon County|
|2. GIVE A GIFT! Did you know the value of a volunteer hour is $25 in PA? Imagine the impact we could make together if there was a $25 gift made for each of the hundreds of Day of Caring volunteers. Make a gift, and encourage others to do the same to support local families and children.|
|3. DONATE! Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Give the gift of life – schedule an appointment to donate blood on Day of Caring at the Lebanon Family YMCA.|
|4. JOIN US! Join us at 11am on Day of Caring at your local Lebanon County library for a special story time featuring the book, Saturday! The first 30 children at each library will receive a free book and gift from United Way.|
|Thank you to our 2022 presenting sponsor:|
|Thank you to the following organizations for their support and sponsorship of the 25th Day of Caring:|
2022 PDA Virtual Volunteer Symposium, as we recognize and thank the volunteers in Pennsylvania’s Aging Network!
|Registration is now live!|
Register now and join us from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, on Wednesday, April 20 for the 2022 PDA Virtual Volunteer Symposium, as we recognize and thank the volunteers in Pennsylvania’s Aging Network!
We look forward to spotlighting volunteer success stories from across the commonwealth. The symposium will kick off with a greeting from Governor Wolf, followed by a welcome and introduction from Secretary of Aging Robert Torres.
This is a virtual event, presented via WebEx. Everyone is welcome to attend.
|STATE OF THE COUNTY 2022 Community members gathered at Fulton Theatre on Thursday for the Lancaster Chamber’s “State of the County” forum, with panelists highlighting topics including the job and housing markets, broadband access and embracing Lancaster’s growing diversity. Perspectives on jobs, rent, inclusiveness. Need seen for broadband, more affordable housing‘We have work to do’ to combat hate groups, chamber president says|
|ADVOCATES CALL FOR STATEWIDE HOUSING REPAIR PROGRAM |
The prime sponsor of the Whole-Home Repairs Act is confident it would be a game-changer for Pennsylvania.By passing it, “we can fight housing scarcity, community displacement and instability, and the deterioration of our homes, all at once,” state Sen. Nikil Saval said.Following his address at Crispus Attucks Community Center on Tuesday, Sen. Saval took a walking tour of Lancaster city’s southeast with City Council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El.Read More
|State Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, speaks about the proposed Whole-Home Repairs Act at Crispus Attucks Community Center on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)|
|Food Boxes are packed at the Central PA Food Bank’s headquarters in Harrisburg. (Source: Central PA Food Bank)||COVID-19 AFTER 2 YEARS: A Q&A WITH CENTRAL PA FOOD BANK’S JOE ARTHUR|
Joe Arthur is executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which partners with more than 1,200 agencies in a large swath of the state, including Lancaster County.In 2021, the Food Bank provided 69.1 million pounds of food throughout its 27-county footprint, serving 152,000 people a month on average. Read more
|COUNTY HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL GETS UNDERWAY|
The inaugural meeting was essentially for orientation and to lay the foundation for the organization’s work, Health & Medical Preparedness Coordinator Violet De Stefano said. Read More
|Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)|
|Join Us for Our 25th Day of Caring Saturday, April 23, 2022 Each year, hundreds of volunteers head out to volunteer projects throughout the county. Some are cleaning streets, painting, landscaping and gardening, reading to children, and more. Our goal is to make as much of an impact as possible in a single day for our local nonprofits. The staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic are greatly affecting these organizations who provide critical services to our community. By having volunteers tackle some of the projects that had been put on the back burner, they are able to keep their focus on ensuring the needs of our neighbors are met. Sign up by April 1 to volunteer, and you will get a free LIVE UNITED t-shirt!|
|Thank you to our 2022 premiere sponsor:|
|Does your nonprofit, church, etc. need help with a project? Contact Flame Vo.|
|Community Impact Grants We are pleased to announce the availability of $100,000 in community impact funding to nonprofits serving the Lebanon County community. Applicants must demonstrate an alignment with United Way’s areas of focus: Connecting families to community resources to help them improve their economic self-dependence. Removing barriers to learning for our most vulnerable children because education is the path to self-dependence. Giving all children a strong start in life. Grants will be awarded based upon number of applications received that align with United Way of Lebanon County’s areas of focus. Applications will be accepted through noon on Friday, April 8, 2022.|
|Have Questions or Need Help? Contact email@example.com.|
|Questions or comments about this newsletter? Contact Flame Vo, Director of Marketing & Communications.|
Loneliness and isolation | here are two articles that let us know that every day is not “sunshine and penguins” but there are ways to adjust.
This New York Times article, “How to Deal With Life in Long-Term Isolation” offers examples of people who have managed in scenarios of being alone or being isolated.
74 year-old Diane Evans has learned, “If adverse situations beat you down, there wouldn’t be an African American in this country. You do what you have to do to survive.” In this NPR article, “There’s No Stopping These Seniors; Even A Pandemic Can’t Bring Them Down”, there are stories of remarkable resilience many older persons are showing in the pandemic.
“Brooke and Bryan Smith pause for a snapshot at a fundraising event.” (Provided photo)
by Jeff Falk
“Marriage has been described romantically as ‘two hearts beating as one.’ And while that phrase certainly applies to Brooke and Bryan Smith, perhaps an even better way to describe their union might be ‘two hearts caring as one.’
“In the world of local service and community impact, the Smiths are a power couple.
“Brooke is the chief executive officer of United Way of Lebanon County. Her husband Bryan is the executive director of Lebanon County Christian Ministries.
“LCCM and the United Way are two of the highest-profile, most integral, and most diverse nonprofits in the county.
“The Smiths have been married for ten years, but each has only been in their respective roles for relatively short periods of time. While there are some unavoidable cross-over aspects to their personal and professional lives, the Smiths diligently guard against anything that can be construed as conflicts of interest.”
Click here to continue reading this story in its entirety at LebTown.
NOTE: Both Brooke’s and Bryan’s agencies are partner agencies with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Lebanon County partner’s network.
“The formula for what makes a community livable isn’t particularly complex. For the most part, the features and needs are fairly simple.
“But living in a place that, say, requires having a car for every errand or outing can be a difficult place to live if you don’t have a car or can’t drive.
“Living in a place without access to outdoor spaces, good schools and healthy food isn’t very livable, especially for young families.
“Living in a community that isn’t safe, or offers few activities, can be isolating for people regardless of age.
“On the other hand, a community that includes all of the features pictured in our “In a Livable Community” handout can be great — for people of all ages!”
AND people with a disability!
“Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies have created safe places where they can feel comfortable, welcome, and free to be themselves, both in public areas and in the privacy of their own homes. The most LGBTQIAPK-friendly places in the United States have several things in common, many of which you can duplicate in your neighborhood.
“No matter your sexuality or gender, you can create a more LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood by duplicating some of these same features. Through simple demonstrations of solidarity, welcoming, and active support of LGBTQIAPK businesses and services, you and your neighbors can make it known that you support them and are invested in their happiness.
Paint the Town
“One of the easiest ways to express your support is to incorporate LGBTQ symbols and traditions into your neighborhood. From simple design elements on your property to neighborhood-wide events, these public displays of inclusion are a must for any LGBTQ-friendly block:”
You can read this article in its entirety, click here.
We often get content submissions from lots of local, regional and national sources, the above article comes from a submission from David Dixon of NeighborhoodWeek.org
In an email, he writes: I hope these encourage your community members to lend a hand however they can. No act is too small for a person, animal, or even an organization in need, and volunteering is such a meaningful way to make a difference.”
Thank you, David.
Here is more from his email:
“One of our residents’ favorite activities during our annual neighborhood week is to find new ways to improve our community. While most of us volunteer in our free time at least a few times a month, we especially look forward to our Neighborhood Week when we all join forces to make a difference together.”
He continues by saying these articles “I hope will inspire Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link site visitors to get active on behalf of their fellow man (and pets in need!). These offer some great ideas (I shared them recently in our neighborhood newsletter to get the juices flowing for our next neighborhood community improvement project):