Category: Revitalizing Downtown

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 […]

Building a Community with a Sense of Home

Each person in York County deserves a place to call home. York Habitat for Humanity is built on this premise and thanks to generous donors to YCCF’s Fund for York County, 14 more families will call Chestnut Street in York City home. The largest project ever led by York Habitat for Humanity will be built […]

Shining a Light on York’s Unique Assets

York’s fabulous historic architecture has made it a national historic district, with an “historically edgy” downtown. At its center, stands Continental Square. The heart of revitalizing downtown, the Square was neglected until YCCF commissioned a study to revive it. The study envisioned lighting the exterior of its iconic buildings as a way to highlight their […]

$111,000 in Grants From York County Community Foundation to Support Education, Workforce Development and Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization

York, PA — Twelve programs designed to improve the quality of life in York County are the newest recipients of grants from the York County Community Foundation’s (YCCF) Fund for York County, Beautiful York Program Fund, Children’s Program Fund, and the White Rose Foundation Fund. “Through building relationships with the organizations applying for grants from […]

Recapture The Riverfront

Christine Beddia’s family planted roots in York County in 1957, when her father, Frank Beddia, immigrated from Sicily, Italy, at the age of 13. His hardworking entrepreneurial spirit provided for her family and served the York community well.  When he suddenly passed away in the fall of 2007, Christine and her family searched for a […]

York Is Home

Joe Wagman has philanthropy in his blood. His father taught him lessons of giving, passing along his own father’s simple adage: “You must attend to your family, your business, and your community, in that order of priority.” Joe and his wife, Susan, take that responsibility seriously. They are passionate about the York community, particularly its […]

Yorktowne Hotel Re-Imagined for a Vibrant Downtown

The historic Yorktowne Hotel has been a cornerstone of downtown York since 1925. However, in recent years the once elegant grand hotel has needed repairs and updating. When the property was placed on the market for sale, the community was concerned that potential uses for the building could be detrimental to current downtown revitalization efforts. […]

Beautiful York – a Work in Progress

Every spring, thousands upon thousands of sunny daffodil blooms pop up in parks and gardens throughout York City. These perky spring blossoms are the result of the Daffodil Dig, a collaborative effort between York County Community Foundation, City of York Parks and Recreation Department, and numerous volunteer groups. The dig, which was held each October […]

Op-Ed: Partnering For A Greater York

This editorial first appeared online in the York Daily Record on July 27, 2016 In these days of political speeches about fixing government, it is refreshing to hear that York officials are not waiting for legislative change but are proactively pursuing strategies to strengthen the fiscal health of our municipalities.  Michael Doweary, York City’s business […]

Elders And Youngsters Revitalizing York Together

Dr. Bill Thomas, guest speaker at YCCF’s recent 2016 Annual Meeting on May 23, is a renowned authority on geriatric medicine and elderhood, who graciously met with staff from the York Daily Record’s editorial board prior to the meeting. What came out of that lengthy conversation was a better understanding of what it means to […]