(YORK, PA, April 21) – Members of the community helped York County Community Foundation (YCCF) create a thriving York County by awarding grants to 9 nonprofits totaling $47,584.
The community grant making program of YCCF invites residents from across York County to bring a wider perspective to the review process. Volunteer grant readers evaluated grants of $6,000 or less from the Fund for York County and the Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging.
This year’s volunteer grant readers reviewed 12 applications and awarded $31,000 in THRIVE grants (Fund for York County and Children’s Program Funds) and $16,584 from the Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging.
“We are very thankful for our community grant readers and their willingness to share their expertise with us,” said Roth J. Preap, Grants Program Officer at YCCF. “This year, we had 37 grant readers from 13 different York County zip codes, and each one brought their individual experiences, knowledge, and perspective to the table. Thank you to all of our readers for helping to make York County a more vibrant place for all!”
Community grant readers are members of the community who are at least 18 years old, reside in York County, and are not employed by a nonprofit agency serving York County. They participated in grant evaluation training held by the community foundation and used an online system to read and score the grants before deciding which nonprofits received funding.
The Fund for York County and Children’s Program fund award THRIVE grants that focus on helping low income children, families, and individuals build lasting financial security.
THRIVE grant recipients include:
- Girls Who Code Inc. for an after-school Club in York County for 3rd-12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment.
- Valley Youth House to support the independent living program to provide youth and young adults who are homeless or in foster care with housing, case management, life skills education, referrals, and employment/education support.
- Salvation Army, Hanover for the Hanover Service Unit to provide emergency assistance to residents of the greater Hanover Area in the form of rental assistance, utility help, and other needs.
- New Hope Ministries for the Dover Community Engagement Project for an integrated marketing campaign to bring new awareness about life-sustaining and life-changing programs available to low-income Dover area residents at our larger, renovated Dover Center.
- YMCA of York and York County for the Fund for Humanity which will provide financial assistance for men on the brink of homelessness in the YMCA Men’s Residence to help them remain financially stable.
- Children’s Home of York to set the future graduates of the George Street residence up for success by providing them with support as they transition to adulthood.
Embracing Aging grants focus on helping adults age 50 and older who struggle to meet their basic needs.
Embracing Aging grant recipients include:
- Studio 117 for York Music Therapy LLC and Studio 117 to bring free music therapy services, along with a professional music recording experience, to at-risk seniors in York County.
- Stewartstown Area Senior Citizen Center Inc. for “Inspire” to provide physical activity opportunities to help older adults begin or maintain an active lifestyle, at a safe and appropriate level of activity.
- Stewartstown Area Senior Citizen Center Inc. for “Access” to provide two computer stations with free internet access, word processing and other software, as well as access to a printer without charge to members.
- Windy Hill Senior Center, Inc. for an 8-session program designed to empower older adults to create their own life narratives to be passed down for generations to come.
York County Community Foundation creates a vibrant York County by engaging donors, providing community leadership, and investing in high-impact initiatives while building endowment for future generations. York County Community Foundation holds over 650 endowed funds and assists donors and nonprofits in reaching their charitable goals. The Community Foundation granted $6.5 million in 2021 throughout York County and beyond, and stewards approximately $211 million in assets.