Category: Annual Report

Sowing the Seeds of Sustainability

On the night of October 25, 2021, lightning struck the Horn Farm’s historic farmhouse, engulfing the second and third floors in flames. Instead of giving up and considering the property a loss, the organization used the devastating fire to rethink its goals and immediately began working on a reconstruction plan. The 186-acre property which is…


Endowing Our Heritage

If you haven’t journeyed to the Susquehanna National Heritage Area (SHNA) visitor center recently, you don’t know what you’re missing! The organization works with partners and communities to advance a vision for the Susquehanna River and our region as a national destination for heritage and outdoor travelers. In addition to running the Zimmerman Center for…


Retaining Our Early Childhood Educators

YCCF is focusing our grantmaking on helping lower-income people achieve economic mobility. Quality childcare is critical to a child’s development and to a parent’s ability to sustain employment for the whole family to thrive. York County’s 2020 Economic Action Plan identified the lack of quality, reliable, and affordable childcare as a major barrier to attracting…


Reimagining Aging in York County

YCCF commissioned an Embracing Aging Study to assess the livability of York County. The report identified the need for centralizing information, services, and opportunities for older adults in the smartest, most efficient, and comprehensive way. As a result of this study, we set on a journey to create TroveStreet. Launched in Spring 2022, TroveStreet, an…


2022 Annual Report Message from the CEO and Board Chair

York County – you are remarkable! It is because of your generosity and our shared vision for our community that we can fuel community transformation. We are grateful for you! In 2022, we launched new initiatives and programs, celebrated milestones, and helped organizations and individuals sustain their legacies forever. We’re doing all of this in…


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…