When she heard about At the Table, Deepa jumped at the opportunity to gather a table. Deeply involved with Lancaster’s Indian community and many other local organizations, Deepa gathered not one, but several tables, at a local restaurant where guests shared a meal and discussed their hopes and dreams for Lancaster County. Thanks to Deepa and more than 100 other table hosts, we heard thousands of voices coming together At the Table to talk about positive ideas for our shared future. Learn about the Community Foundation's newest initiative.
Alimayu speaks with his actions. He brings a broad perspective to his volunteer roles at the Community Foundation thanks to his range of experience in Lancaster. As one of our volunteer grant reviewers, Alimayu reviews grant applications and participates on grant review panels. He adds voice to the decisions that determine our grant investments that support dozens of local organizations. When it’s time for the Extraordinary Give, Alimayu volunteers to take the early shift, so that he is free for the rest of the event to share with others and help celebrate our extraordinary community. Learn about volunteering in the community.
For Joel Walker, “risk” is never a four letter word. When he founded Industrial Resolution in 2010, one of his primary goals was to make Lancaster a hub of innovation and connectivity. With support from the Community Foundation, Joel and his team tried something risky: they created the Extraordinary Give App, a first-of-its-kind mobile application for Lancaster County’s largest day of online giving. Using the app, thousands of people can connect and support the causes in Lancaster they care about, putting the power of extraordinary community in the pockets of the people that make it just that. Partnerships between the Community Foundation and people like Joel help keep our community creative and willing to take risks. Learn more about the ExtraGive App.
In 2015, the 24-hour community celebration of giving benefited more than 350 local organizations. Every dollar that was donated at ExtraGive.org on November 20 was stretched with $350,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Rodgers & Associates, and our community sponsors. People from across the county came together to connect, engage, and support causes they cared about, making the 2015 Extraordinary Give our biggest yet!
There’s more to the bottom line than profit for Jennie. As first-prize winner of the 2015 Great Social Enterprise Pitch, Jennie’s business—the Lancaster Stroopie Company—is dedicated to promoting the benefits of social enterprise in Lancaster: a model that interweaves positive social impact with sustainable business planning. Stroopies works to employ members of Lancaster’s refugee sector, providing sustainable jobs for our community’s newest members. The Pitch served as a springboard for her business, with the prize money and services assisting her re-location to the Lancaster Sweet Shoppe on North Duke Street in Lancaster. Through her commitment to promoting people, planet, and profit, Jennie is helping change the way Lancaster County does business. Learn more about the Great Social Enterprise Pitch.
Sharing your voice is a passion that turned into a career for Luis. As a Baldwin Fellow with the Community Foundation, Luis enriched his role as an emerging Latino leader, undergoing an intensive leadership course that expanded his capacity to manage his organization and advocate for his community. As Executive Director for The Mix at Arbor Place, Luis works with the Community Foundation to implement programs that help Lancaster’s youth speak up, like We Rock The Mic, which teaches students to write and perform original poetry. Whether it’s on stage, in the boardroom, or putting up free little libraries on the corner, Luis works to express his voice, and is helping the next generation to find theirs. Learn more about the Fellows.
For Mary Beth, thriving as a single mother took more than just strength; it took determination. Without a car, she relied on the bus to take her son to childcare, and then to work. Through Wheels to Work—a program funded through the Community Foundation—Mary Beth got a vehicle, kept her job, and maintained stability for her children. Mary Beth committed to taking part in the Atlas Initiative in Columbia, a Foundation-funded program with the Community Action Program, helping low-income individuals attain their goals. Through commitment to her and her children’s sustainability, Mary Beth thrived on opportunity, showing that success is more than just strength. The Community Foundation works to empower people across Lancaster County with the resources to thrive. Learn more about Atlas.
When his job was changing, Craig Kauffman saw an opportunity. With the arrival of his new employer, BB&T, Craig helped launch the $10 Million BB&T Economic Growth Fund at the Community Foundation. This partnership established a Corporate Donor Advised Fund aimed at creating thriving wage jobs in Lancaster County. Now, a team of advisors from BB&T—with the support of the Community Foundation team—are making thoughtful grant investments that will catalyze positive action for job creation across the county, like Tec Centro (pictured): a center for adult education and job readiness training. New partnerships like the BB&T Economic Growth Fund will forge career pathways for more community members than ever before, and create new opportunities for growth in Lancaster. Learn more about the Fund.
Terri Shuman celebrates the present while looking to the future. Terri’s husband John loved nature, streams, and waterways. He was an accomplished water scientist and spent his career improving water quality across Lancaster County and the region. Before he passed, Terri and John decided together to create the Shuman Family Downstream Solutions Fund at the Community Foundation. Today, the fund stands as a tribute to John’s life and work and serves as a vessel for Terri and her family to continue to honor John’s work and make enduring impact on our community. Learn more about the Fund.
Daniella believes that you’re never too young to start giving back to your community. She has participated in three straight Extraordinary Gives, each time contributing to organizations, causes, and work across Lancaster that she cares about. Having lost her father in 2013, Daniella finds a new organization each year to support in his honor. In 2015, Daniella won a “golden ticket” drawing, adding an extra $1,000 to her contribution to Community First Fund. With support from people from of all ages, locations, and income levels, the Extraordinary Give has grown to become a community-wide celebration of giving. Learn More about the Extraordinary Give.
Our mission is to advance the vitality and well-being of the people of Lancaster County by inspiring generosity and by being responsible stewards of gifts for today and tomorrow. We continually work towards our vision to champion extraordinary community through inspired giving for sustainable, meaningful impact.