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...
Free Online Training: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma Informed Care

Free Online Training: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma Informed Care

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is offering a new free, online, self-paced training course, titled "Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma Informed Care". This course provides a foundational understanding of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), resilience,...
New Web Chat Offers Addiction Help in a Hurry

New Web Chat Offers Addiction Help in a Hurry

The Addiction Resource Center at Compass Mark is adapting to reach out in new ways to the communities we serve. This week marks the rollout of a website chat feature...
Why it is important to connect

Why it is important to connect

Now more than ever it is important to connect. Learn more about the power of connection with Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
The power of positivity

The power of positivity

Positive think goes a long way in approving your overall wellness. Positivity encourages you to strengthen healthy habits, which in turn raises energy and mood. The cycle of healthy habits...
Good for the soul, good for the heart

Good for the soul, good for the heart

Practicing gratitude can have lasting effects in a person's life and can help lower blood pressure. Grateful people engage in more exercise and have better dietary behaviors. In just 5...
Risk & Protective Factors: Prevention’s North Star

Risk & Protective Factors: Prevention’s North Star

When our prevention specialists are out in the community, we’re asked some predictable questions about our work. Q: Are most kids using opioids? A: Definitely not. In nboth Lebanon &...
Finding Balance

Finding Balance

It has been 93 days since I went out for breakfast. That might not seem like a big deal, but I used to go out for breakfast twice a week....