York County Community Foundation Awards Over $220,000 in Grants

York County Community Foundation Awards Over $220,000 in Grants

The York County Community Foundation (YCCF) is pleased to announce the recent $221,034 awarded in grants from its THRIVE grant program and the Codorus Watershed Fund to 13 deserving local organizations serving York County.

The Fund for York County is focused on supporting our community’s most pressing issues. THRIVE grants seek to provide funding opportunities for programs and collaboratives that transform lives and the York community. By building economic mobility for low-income individuals, YCCF can help people THRIVE!

Adrian Buckner, Vice President of Grants and Community Engagement/Chief DEI Officer shared, “YCCF continues to invest in impactful programs and projects throughout the County. We are extremely proud of the partnerships we have created with many nonprofits and look forward to additional opportunities to collaborate as we move the needle to help people THRIVE!”

The following grants were awarded from YCCF’s THRIVE grant program:

  • $75,000 to Community Connections for Children for its Early Childhood Education Initiative to develop and implement innovative strategies to increase capacity and teacher retention to ensure all children have access to high quality.
  • $23,000 from the Doris E. Schwartz Fund for Education to Spring Grove Area School District for creating a Lending Library for K-12 teachers to borrow instructional technology materials to enhance classroom instruction.
  • $20,000 from the Mabel Slifer Fund for People in Need to Bell Socialization Services for the purchase of additional beds, bedding, washers, and dryers to accommodate the increased capacity of the organization’s new shelter.
  • $18,035 from York County Community Foundation’s Children and Youth Fund to the York Jewish Community Center for its Infant Care Support program to expand the Early Childhood Education services offered at the Gan Rimon campus in Jacobus.
  • $10,000 to United Way of York County for its ALICE Study/Survey (in partnership with York College of Pennsylvania) to better understand the barriers to self-sufficiency, individual and familial well-being, and economic stability amongst ALICE households in York County.
  • $6,000 to York Builders Association WF NOW Foundation for its Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship program for York County high school juniors and seniors. Students will receive classroom and hands-on training in various building trades and participate in a 10-hour OSHA safety class, earning a certificate in construction safety. The program offers the opportunity to work alongside the Building Trades Instructor and York Builders Association members to learn entry-level skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry & HVAC, while also working on employability skills.
  • $6,000 to Bell Socialization Services for its Financial Help with Rent for Homeless Working Families Ready to be Rehoused program which will help families meet new landlord requirements for security deposit and first month’s rent.
  • $6,000 to YMCA of the Roses for its New American Welcome Center ESL Initiative that works with immigrants, newcomers, and local residents to help build a cohesive and equitable community where everyone can live their best life possible.
  • $6,000 to Junior Achievement of South-Central PA for its 2023-24 Junior Achievement Programs in York County Title 1 Schools. This project seeks to positively impact K-12 students in Title 1 schools within York County by providing JA programs to help them engage in their learning, build peer and community connections, and inspire them to envision their futures.
  • $6,000 to Girls Who Code, Inc. for its Enhancing Resources for Girls Who Code’s 3rd-12th Grade Afterschool Clubs Program to strategically intervene at this critical time to spark girls’ interest in computer science and encourage them to persist from elementary school all the way into the tech workforce.
  • $6,000 to Servants Inc. for its Servants’ Home Helps Project to purchase construction materials, including lumber, roofing materials, smoke detectors, replacement tools, and plumbing equipment.
  • $6,000 to YWCA Hanover for its Gen Zen Program to provide an intergenerational program in partnership with a local retirement home to offer eight seniors the opportunity to visit YWCA Hanover’s preschool and PreK classrooms to interact with the children.
Adrian Buckner, VP of Grants and Community Engagement and Jason Andrews, Grants Program Manager with Janise Bankard, Director of Development at YWCA of Hanover.
Jason Andrews, Grants Program Manager at YCCF with Joe Kirkenir, Director of Development and Communications and Jose Santiago, Director of Community Development & YMCA New American Welcome Center Director at YMCA of the Roses.
Jason Andrews, Grants Program Manager at YCCF with representatives from the Watershed Alliance of York, Inc.
Left to right: Jason Andrews, Grants Program Manager at YCCF, Mary Reinhard, Executive VP of Junior Achievement of South Central PA, Tom Russell, CEO, Allison Kierce, COO, Betsi Zikmund, VP Grants Management and Adrian Buckner, Vice President of Grants and Community Engagement at YCCF.
Jason Andrews, Grants Program Manager at YCCF, Anthony Schweitzer, Executive Director at Bell Socialization, Marcella Kinard, Director of Shelter Services at Bell Socialization, and Adrian Buckner, V.P, of Grants and Community Engagement at YCCF

The Codorus Watershed Fund supports land and water preservation efforts in York County. A committee of volunteers steward the grant funds to ensure the highest environmental impact.

The following grant was awarded from YCCF’s Codorus Watershed Fund:

  • $3,000 to the Watershed Alliance of York, Inc. to host a Youth & Family Fishing & Conservation Day to connect York County residents to the Codorus Creek Watershed by providing in-person educational programming and proper fishing etiquette and technique.

To learn more about YCCF’s grant programs, please visit: https://yccf.org/for-grant-seekers/grant-programs