Category: Annual Report

Sustaining an Entertainment Gem

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts has been the premier location for entertainment in York for nearly 100 years. However, when the pandemic hit, venues, including the Appell Center’s two theatres, were forced to close and operate at reduced capacity for 18 months. Staff at the Appell Center credit the generosity of the York…


Blazing Trails and Saving Waterways

The York County Rail Trail Authority (YCRTA) has been designing and building rail trails in York County since 1990. At the completion of their first project in the summer of 1999, the Heritage Rail Trail’s former President Commissioner, Robert Minnich, declared with a smile, “On to Hanover!” Over twenty years later, the Authority was presented…


Laying the Foundation for a Life of Success

Early childhood education and childcare are essential for working families and our community’s economic prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already existing barriers to women’s economic participation, and further highlighted inequities that exist for families of color. Worldwide, statistics show an unprecedented number of women leaving the workforce to care for their children who were either…


Responding with Kindness and Understanding

For older adults living with dementia and their caregivers, going about their daily routines can be difficult. Interactions with store associates, servers, tellers, and even in times of emergencies with first responders, can be challenging, because they may not know how best to engage with them. Last year, YCCF’s Hahn Home Fund supported a collaboration…


Stabilizing Housing by Building Stronger Relationships

With a grant from York County’s COVID-19 Response Fund, Tenfold, a local nonprofit organization, developed a plan to help stabilize the rental housing market in York during the pandemic. The York Rental Stability Network (YRSN) is a referral-based program offering two services: landlord risk-mitigation program and housing stabilization services. The goal is to avoid eviction…


Being a Friend in Times of Need

Friends & Neighbors of Pennsylvania, Inc. (F&N) is an emerging nonprofit focused on assisting the unhoused population in York County with finding shelter and providing medical services. Shortly before the pandemic began, the York County Coalition on Homelessness counted 32 unsheltered people in York County. As of January 26, 2022, the unsheltered population was comprised…


Creating a Pathway to Lasting Financial Security

While analyzing the needs of the York community, the team at Shiloh Baptist Church recognized a lack of professional advancement programs for people of color and created The Impact Project (TIP). TIP is a 10- week education and job readiness project for youth between 13-18 years old. The Project is designed to minimize equity gaps…


Thriving As We Grow Older

Margaret Manning was extremely excited to turn 70 on March 6, 2020. Little did she know that less than two weeks later, our state and much of the world would be going into lockdown. Margaret, who is usually busy doing things for others, found herself having little contact with friends and family. Her excitement of…


York City Students Get in Gear

The GEAR Project is a new 36- week robotics and engineering pilot program for York City students in grades 9-12, supported by a grant from YCCF’s Children’s Program Fund. This innovative program is “geared” toward providing a well-rounded experience in all 4 disciplines of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Students meet once a week for…


Building Momentum to Healthy Living

Chris Kustanbauter developed Young Onset Parkinson’s disease at age 48. Now 57, he attributes his wellness to his healthcare providers and to the instructors of the Momentum Class offered at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). “When the program first launched in 2019, I was excited because it gave me the opportunity to take classes focused…