A different kind of depression

A different kind of depression

(Source: MHA Lancaster) Who are the caregivers of the world? According to the definition, a caregiver is "a family member or helper who regularly looks after a child or sick,...
Listen: Local leaders discuss homelessness crisis amid Covid-19 on WITF’s Smart Talk

Listen: Local leaders discuss homelessness crisis amid Covid-19 on WITF’s Smart Talk

Mike McKenna and Jennifer Koppel Two Lancaster County nonprofit leaders appeared on WITF-FM's public affairs program "Smart Talk" on Tuesday to discuss the crisis of homelessness that is playing out...
Gratitude for the generosity of caring Lancaster residents

Gratitude for the generosity of caring Lancaster residents

(Photos: FosterJFoster Productions) By Sam Bressi, President & CEO, Lancaster County Community Foundation; and Kevin Ressler, President & CEO, United Way of Lancaster County: Sam Bressi...
Seeking seasonal joy: Holidays and mental health

Seeking seasonal joy: Holidays and mental health

(Source: Provided) As we move into the holiday season, many of us see, hear, say, or sing the word "joy" on a daily basis. What does seeking a joyful holiday...
Thoughts on a virtual graduation during Covid-19

Thoughts on a virtual graduation during Covid-19

Heather Hutsell shows off her newly earned college degree. (Photo: Provided) Back when COVID-19 first started shutting down our community and those around the world, I knew it was going...
Breaking the stigma” A unique look back at Sandy Hook

Breaking the stigma” A unique look back at Sandy Hook

Have you ever been concerned that people who live with a mental illness are inherently violent? There are many who hear the words "bipolar," "schizophrenia," or "borderline personality disorder" and...
Thanks given: Reflections on a virtual Thanksgiving

Thanks given: Reflections on a virtual Thanksgiving

Heather Hutsell and her family share Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Clockwise from top left: Hutsell; her sisters Sarah and Laura; her mother, Nancy; and brother, Jeremy. Her brother...
Staying home for the holidays during Covid-19

Staying home for the holidays during Covid-19

Every year, I spend my Thanksgiving holiday with my family in South Carolina. It's a tiring and unamusing 10-hour trek by car, yet I do it because it's the easiest...
Monday Is National Information & Referral Day

Monday Is National Information & Referral Day

Lorna Swinton answers calls from the 211 hotline. (Source: Kyle Gamble) People in search of critical services often do not know where to go  for help or they become overwhelmed...
An open letter to Lancaster County schools

An open letter to Lancaster County schools

The School District of Lancaster posted this photo on social media of elementary school children returning to in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Source: SDL) For a group of...
Refugees are restoring my faith in democracy

Refugees are restoring my faith in democracy

From left, Manisha Sharma, Rajen Upreti, Samickysha Subedi, Matt Johnson and Nirmala Dhungana get out the vote ouside the Everest Grocery on Columbia Avenue. (Photo: Provided) If you know me, even...
Single mothers in the African immigrant community: ‘We need to be listened to’

Single mothers in the African immigrant community: ‘We need to be listened to’

Clockwise from top center: Bobbie Kemoi, her brothers Benjamin and Bethwell, mother Hannah, and sister Bella are seen in an undated family photo. (Source: Provided) Bobbie...
African immigrant entrepreneurs thriving in Lancaster

African immigrant entrepreneurs thriving in Lancaster

Musa Mmugambi plans to earn his real estate brokerage license. (Photo: Provided) Ron Mukuria (Editor's Note: This article was researched and written by Ron Mukuria as...
Nepali women pushing back against oppressive tradition

Nepali women pushing back against oppressive tradition

Left to right: Bimala Dhungana, Indu Dhungana and Smiriti Khadka. (Source: Provided) Author Apsara Uprety (Editor's Note: This article was researched and written by Apsara Uprety...
CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health web series to feature United Way’s Kevin Ressler

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health web series to feature United Way’s Kevin Ressler

Lancaster County United Way President and CEO Kevin Ressler will be the featured guest this weekend on "Conversations about Healthy Communities," an online video series from CHI St. Joseph Children's...
Love Your Block funds community empowerment

Love Your Block funds community empowerment

Jenny Germann's city-centric coloring books were just one of the Love Your Block funded projects this spring. (Source: Jenny Germann) If the pandemic has proved anything about people, it is...
Video: Volunteers give back to community during Day of Caring

Video: Volunteers give back to community during Day of Caring

A helping hand is what many Lancaster County volunteers offered during United Way of Lancaster County’s 29th Annual Day of Caring. Seventeen volunteer projects were offered over the two-day event,...
Update: Community Mental Health Assistance Program Expanded to all Lancaster County Residents

Update: Community Mental Health Assistance Program Expanded to all Lancaster County Residents

Update: The program has been opened up to ALL Lancaster County residents, regardless of your employment status. We will assist all adults and children with free counseling, copays and mental...