2014 Community News & Events

April 4 ~ Visions of Monte Carlo, 5:30 PM at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey Hotel.  For further in

The Oath for Compassionate Service

The Oath for Compassionate Service is an excerpt from the book Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton. Ne

Winter Volunteer Opportunities

Work teams, youth groups, families ~ please take a look at these community needs and consider volunt


2014 Community News & Events

March 31, 2014 in Community Events

April 4 ~ Visions of Monte Carlo, 5:30 PM at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey Hotel.  For further inquiries or to place your ticket reservations, please call 717-238-2531.

April 11 ~ Literacy Night: Read with the Herd, 7:00 PM at the Giant Center with the Harrisburg Stampede.  Raising awareness for the American Literacy Corporation.

April 12 ~ Light the Way to Learning, 6:00 PM, Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey Hotel.  100th Birthday Celebration for the Dauphin County Library System.  To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.dcls.org or call 717-234-4967 x110.

April 16 ~ Film Forward Viewing & Discussion, 6:00 PM, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library in Hummelstown.  Register to attend by calling: 234-4967 x105.  Sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System.

April 26 ~ Race Against Racism 7:30 AM to 12:00 noon on City Island.  To register, please visit:  http://www.ywcahbg.org//events/race-against-racism-2014#.Uzm_gWd3uM8

May 1 ~ An Evening of Art and Jazz, WITF Public Media Center.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit:  http://www.barakarts.org/art–jazz.html

May 3 ~ Our Community, Our Leaders: Tribute and Scholarship Fundraising Dinner, 6:00-10:00 PM at the Radisson Camp Hill.  Purchase tickets by emailing Karla Gurian at euptreasurer@gmail.com.  Sponsored by Estamos Unidos de PA.



The Oath for Compassionate Service

December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Oath for Compassionate Service is an excerpt from the book Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton.

  • Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.
  • Limit one-way giving to emergency situations.
  • Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.
  • Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.
  • Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said – unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.
  • Above all, do no harm.

Winter Volunteer Opportunities

November 24, 2013 in Volunteer Opportunities

Work teams, youth groups, families ~ please take a look at these community needs and consider volunteering TOGETHER during the winter months.


Children of all ages can make Christmas special by coming to the Elizabethville Area Library on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 pm or on Saturday, December 14 at 12:30 pm. Attendees will hear holiday stories, make crafts, receive a free book and enjoy Christmas cookies. A special visitor will help welcome the holiday season.

This free program is sponsored by The Friends of The Elizabethville Library.  Registration is required. To register visit the online events calendar at dcls.org or call the library at 36


On Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the John Harris High School, Estamos Unidos will once again have “La Fiesta Del Niño – Children’s Christmas Party 2013”.  The John Harris High School is located at 2451 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103. The Christmas event will be from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

We will love to have you to come and volunteer with us. We need around 120 volunteers for our two activities:

1)      December 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

  • Please come between 9: 00 am and 3:00pm. (We will start the stage setting, wrapping session, decoration and any other thing that is usually needed at 9:00am until we finish.
  • Please park on Hale St. (which borders John Harris High School), and enter the building through the docking area. As always leave valuables at home and remember to lock your car.

2)      December 15, 2013 Children Christmas Party from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (All volunteers are needed at 12:00 p.m.)

On 12-15-13, EUP is expecting to have 900 or more children and to serve dinner to 1,500 or more, so be patient and flexible and above all be filled with the spirit of Christmas.Please register by emailing or calling Marisol Aviles or Hector Ortiz at Please plan to come at noon.  A mandatory orientation for all volunteers followed by a confirmed task assignment will take place at 12:45 pm.  Anything has to be set by 1:30pm. The program runs from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Marisol Aviles de Ortiz, Estamos Unidos, Christmas Party 2013 Chair,  717-991-5372.


Businesses, families, or individuals ~ please consider this opportunity to Adopt A Harrisburg Classroom.  Here is the simple way that it works:

  1. The adopting entity makes a $500 tax deductible contribution to the  Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation.
  2. A form will be provided, the adopter has a choice of school and grade.  If the adopter has no preference, a classroom and school will be assigned.
  3. The adopter and the classroom teacher get connected and decide collaboratively how the $500 will be spent.
  4. The classroom teacher then knows how to establish a purchase order(s) which is then reimbursed to the district by the Foundation.
  5. IF the adopter wants to volunteer in the classroom, that can be arranged with the classroom teacher.  Big Brothers/Big Sisters has agreed to do and pay for whatever background checks may be required.  This will be minimal – if at all.  This is an optional component of the program.
  6. A professionally printed sign will be placed outside of every adopted classroom:  This Classroom has been adopted by __________.

Please call Karen Snider at 230-8566 with any questions or e-mail ksnider.scfg@comcast.net.  Also visit the website:  www.harrisburgschoolsfoundation.org.


Open Door Winter Overnight Shelter needs female volunteers to sleep overnight and help as follows:

  • Make snack packs for overnight guests
  • Make bed pack with hygiene kits for the overnight guests
  • Assist in laundering bedding from the night before
  • Greet the overnight guests at 9 PM and do guest intake, distribute cots, bedding, snack
  • Make simple referrals ( HELP office, CMU, Crisis for example) and create log notes or questions about more complicated needs for staff to respond to in the morning
  • Respond to the CCS worker in regard to concerns with the overnight shelter during the night as necessary (on call)
  • Inform the SH worker of any emergency situations as they arise
  • Awaken the guests at 6:00 AM to prepare them to leave the building by 7:00 AM
  • Coordinate the clearing and neatening of the training room in the morning

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Julia Hoskins 234-7931 or email Jhoskins@ywcahbg.org


Help Address Winter Community Needs!!

November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

As the temperatures drop, many needs RISE throughout the Capital Region.  Overnight shelters seek volunteers to help with added volume; senior citizen groups often need help to address loneliness and depression among their clients and welcome friendly faces to just come say hello.  Many organizations need mittens, gloves, socks, etc. that they distribute to help folks stay warm on the streets; and, of course, the toy drives are all gearing up.  How will you help?  What can you offer to help keep someone safe and dignified this winter?

Before you act, research the proper protocols of the service organization that you seek to help.  Contact the organization to find out what it really needs most and discuss the logistics of delivery, visits, etc.  Maybe organize a collection at work or in your office building or host a service project INSTEAD of a holiday party.

If you just can’t find the right project, feel free to contact Leadership Harrisburg Area for ideas and connections.  Email lha@leadershipharrisburg.org

Get Connected this Fall!

September 16, 2013 in Community Events, Volunteer Opportunities

With the kids back to school and the air starting to chill, maybe you’ve found yourself with a few extra hours each week and would like to volunteer!  Check in with some of these great opportunities.  Whether you have a couple of hours a week or a couple of hours a month, use them to make a difference in the Capital Region!

There is still time to register for the Capital Region Heart Walk!  September 22 beginning at 12:30 at Metro Bank Park.  All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and local research and education.  Learn more here:  www.heart.org/capitalregionwalk

Project Homeless Connect is still in need of volunteers for this one-day service fair for persons who are homeless.  September 25 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Farm Show Complex.  To register or for more information, visit www.cachpa.org.

The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is hosting its 17th Annual Apple Harvest Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 5 at John Harris High School from 8:00 Am to 12:00 Noon.  Tickets available at the door.  All proceeds benefit students and families in the Harrisburg School District through grantmaking activities of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Foundation.

A “TV Tailgate” and BBQ Cookoff will take place at Metro Bank Park on Saturday, October 5 to benefit Uplifting Athletes.  The Penn State vs. Indiana game will be aired.  Tickets are $20.  Register at this link:                           https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/uplifting/eventRegistration.jsp?event=133

Let Up Farm will host its 3rd Annual Open House on October 19 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  More information can be found at www.legupfarm.org

Join the American Red Cross as a member of the 2014 Spirit of the Hero event committee member! The Red Cross is looking for motivated individuals to help plan and execute the signature event of the year which honors community heroes and exemplary donors. Committee members will be asked to attend monthly meetings either in person or via conference call, and to attend the event in March 2014. For more information or to reserve your spot on this year’s committee, please contact Melinda at 717-257-1822 ext 3553 or via email at melinda.roadcap@redcross.org .

Communities In Schools of the Capital Region is looking to increase both public and private representation on it’s Advisory Board.  Accepted candidates will be responsible for developing long range strategic goals for the organization, promotion of Communities In Schools of the Capital Region to the community, ensure that the organization is in compliance with regulations that organization is subject to. Term of service is two years.  Board meets six times a year.  Contact Jane Hess jhess@cis-pa.org for more information.

A TEN TON CHALLENGE has been issued by the Harrisburg School District.  The school district is trying to raise ten tons of clothing donations to Community Aid.  Community Aid will pay 25 cents per pound of clothing dropped off in the Harrisburg area including these locations:  Ben Franklin, Camp Curtin, Downey and Foose Elementary Schools; Harrisburg High School; Marshall, Melrose, Rowland and Scott School.  The TEN TON CHALLENGE ends on September 30.

Join Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania in celebrating 10 years of service in Central PA.  November 16 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Radisson Camp Hill Convention Center.  Tickets are $65.  RSVP euptreasurer@gmail.com




Hello August!

July 31, 2013 in Community Events, Volunteer Opportunities

The American Heart Association is holding the Capital Region Heart Walk on Sunday, September 22 on City Island in Harrisburg.  Team are forming now.  For more information, to register or to learn more about creating a heart-healthy environment in your place of employment, please contact Megan Hernandez, Senior Division Director, at megan.hernandez@heart.org or visit www.heart.org/capitalregionwalk for more information.

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on September 3 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, 3211 N. Front Street.  Visit www.redcrossblood.org and use keyword ‘chamber’ to register or call 1-800-Red-Cross.

The Carson Long Military Academy is holding an Open House on Sunday, August 11 from 1:00-4:00 PM at their New Bloomfield campus.  For more information, please contact 1LT Michael Pray, Director of Admissions at michael.pray@carsonlong.org

The JT Dorsey Foundation needs volunteers to help with a 3v3 Soccer Tournament on September 2 during Kipona in downtown Harrisburg.  Please click here for more information. http://www.jtdorsey.org/about/jtdf-staff-application/

The South Central PA Sickle Cell Council is seeking volunteers to work concessions at upcoming Harrisburg Senators Games at Metro Bank Park.  Many dates and times are available to work in August.  Please contact Judy Chandler at 717-234-3358 for more information.

UCP is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and four committees that provide oversight over key aspects of our organization. The Community Relations and Development (CRD) Committee is actively recruiting additional members who are willing to put their time, talents, and abilities to work for a great cause.  The CRD Committee meets bi-monthly in Camp Hill.   We are looking for four to six additional committee members with experience in any of the following areas:

  • Public Relations
  • Internet Marketing
  • Printing and Design
  • Planned Giving
  • Community Organizing
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising

If you are interested in joining the CRD Committee, or would like further information, please contact Janeen Latin, Director of Development at jlatin@ucpcentralpa.org or 717-975-0611 x234.

Summer Community Connections

June 26, 2013 in Community Events, Volunteer Opportunities

New Hope Ministries has reported that the shelves are EMPTY of canned veggies.  Please help if you can.  Other needs include shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent. 

Mechanicsburg: 5228 East Trindle Road ~ 717-766-7333

Dillsburg: 6 N. Second Street ~ 717-432-3053

Hanover: 529 Carlisle Street ~ 717-698-3365

The East Shore YMCA is seeking volunteers to help with its 12th Annual Capital City Adventure Challenge on June 29 beginning at 6:30 AM.  The starting point is 25 Station Road in Harrisburg.  Please contact Renee PJ Cronin, Volunteer Coordinator, at reneecronin@comcast.net.

The Harrisburg Police Athletic League will offer the 2nd annual Dancing with the Stars on Friday, August 16 from 6-11:00 PM at the National Civil War Museum.  Tickets are $100.  All proceeds benefit the new PAL Athletic Complex. To register to attend or for more information, contact Captain Annette Oates at aoates@cityofhbg.org or Officer Jennie Jenkins at jjenkins@harrisburgpal.org.

The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania is regional non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about chronic kidney disease and organ donation, and serving people in the mid-state whose lives are impacted by kidney disease.  We are currently recruiting for our Board of Directors and we are looking to build a diverse group individuals that can bring a wide range of skills, experience, knowledge and perspective to the organization.  The Board of Directors meets in Harrisburg five times each year, including a board retreat. Contact Patricia Bucek, Executive Director at pbucek@kfcp.org or (717) 652-8123.

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper is looking for individuals who can contribute unique skills and expertise that will complement existing Board members and organizational capacity as well as further our mission of protecting and improving the ecological and aesthetic quality of the Lower Susquehanna Watershed and Chesapeake Bay.  If you have the desire, vision and time to devote to Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, we ask that you submit a cover letter outlining your experience and your understanding of the issues facing environmental conservation in the Lower Susquehanna Watershed and central Pennsylvania.  Please send your letter of interest to Board President Andrew Miller at AMiller@MPL-law.com.

PA Family Support Alliance- Pennsylvania’s premier child abuse prevention organization seeks community volunteers for membership on their Finance Committee.  Members should have a background in business and/or finance and be familiar with fiscal responsibilities that govern a non profit organization. Meetings are held quarterly, largely by conference call and include review of the organization’s financial statements, review and recommendation to full board of the organization’s annual operating budget, oversight of investments and annual audit.  Please visit www.pa-fsa.org to learn more about the mission of PFSA.  Interested individuals should contact: Angela M. Liddle, Executive Director: aliddle@pa-fsa.org.

May Volunteer Opportunities

May 2, 2013 in Volunteer Opportunities

PA Family Support Alliance - Pennsylvania’s premier child abuse prevention organization seeks community volunteers for membership on their Finance Committee.  Members should have a background in business and/or finance and be familiar with fiscal responsibilities that govern a non profit organization. Meetings are held quarterly, largely by conference call and include review of the organization’s financial statements, review and recommendation to full board of the organization’s annual operating budget, oversight of investments and annual audit.  Please visit www.pa-fsa.org to learn more about the mission of PFSA.  Interested individuals should contact: Angela M. Liddle, Executive Director: aliddle@pa-fsa.org

Capital Area Girls on the Run is in need of volunteers to help staff their Spring 5K on Saturday, May 18th at Milton Hershey School.  This race celebrates the end of the Spring 2013 season and will include 365 girls, their running buddies, as well as family, friends, and community members (an anticipated 1,000 runners).  There are many opportunities to get involved such as set up, registration, kids activities, directing runners, tear down, and more!  Interested individuals should complete a brief sign up form at https://www.elleevance.com/beventLive.aspx?EventID=NBI09157850.  Make sure to check off “5K race staff” on the form.  Then the Volunteer Coordinator, Ritu Light, will then be in touch with more information.

Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA is seeking volunteers for its Defy the Odds  drop-out prevention program which was developed locally in to help combat PA’s high drop-out rates. The program was developed for girls in Grades K-5 and usually lasts 8 weeks, with a 1 hour session taking place each week -  volunteer opportunities are highly flexible!  Please contact Trish Mullinix at tmullinix@gshpa.org or call 717-884-4535 for more information.

Historic Harrisburg is currently looking for excited individuals interested in serving as a board or committee member.  The Board meetings first Tuesday’s of the month at 6:00 PM.  Interested individuals should contact John Campbell, Executive Director at John@HistoricHarrisburg.com or 717-233-4646

Community Build Days

April 24, 2013 in Volunteer Opportunities

Leadership Harrisburg Area is calling all volunteers to help build an All-Access Fitness Trail on May 3 and 4 as part of the Adventure Zone Playground.  The Fitness Trail will accomodate wheelchairs, walkers and include exercise stations for children and adults of all abilities.

The help of  200 volunteers is needed to accomplish a variety of tasks throughout the two-day build including skilled and unskilled construction, child care, and food preparation and distribution.  There will be something for everyone to do, and no one will be turned away.

Age Restrictions:

  • 18 years and older: unsupervised
  • 14-17 years old:  no power tools
  • 10-13 years old:  no tools
  • 9 and under: in childcare

All volunteers must sign up at this link:  http://www.timetosignup.com/adventuretrail/signupsheet/14921

May 3: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon OR 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

May 4: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon OR 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lunch, water and t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers!

THANK YOU to the LHA Team Project members who have coordiated this unique service opportunity:

Jason Brenner, Monica Helt, Kristen Houser, Brenna Kernan, Jeremy Medernach, Brian Ostella, Karen Roland, and Dave Vassilaros.



Volunteers are Needed!

January 29, 2013 in Volunteer Opportunities

The Non Profit community depends on volunteers for many reasons including skill, knowledge and expertise; connections, insights, and great ideas!  If you can add any of these things to a local organization, please get involved to make the Capital Region a better place!  As our non profit, service, and arts communities thrive, the multiplier effect raises the quality of life for all residents!

BARAK is currently accepting nominations for new members of its Board of Directors.  The board meets the first Monday of each month from 5:30-7:00.  Nominations should be provided to Wendall Murray, CEO, wmurray@barakarts.org or 717-695-9466.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the  Capital Region is seeking volunteers to join their ranks.  To learn more, please visit www.capbigs.org or  contact Todd Duffie at tduffie@bbecinc.com.

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank needs volunteers to help solve the problem of hunger in America… Become a Hunger Study Volunteer!  Travel in a group to different sites around Central PA from May 2013 through August 2013 and interview clients and collect data. You can pick how many hours you want to sign up for! For more information,  contact Matt Hess or Sarah McCree at 564-1700, or sign up via the webpage www.centralpafoodbank.org/volunteer

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is looking for people with Human Resources expertise to serve on their Human Resources committee. This committee provides input to the Food Bank on policies, compensation, staff development and benefits. The Food Bank staff is responsible for implementation, but needs help in establishing strategies and having proper review and oversight as part of its governance. Meetings would be quarterly, one-two hours each time. Contact Susan Steadman (Class of ’13) at ssteadman@centralpafoodbank.org or 724-3197.

Paxton Ministries has opportunities for new board members.  For more information visit www.paxtonmin.org or contact Jodie Smiley at jsmiley@paxtonministries.org

Harrisburg Police Athletic League builds trust and enhance relationships between law enforcement, residents especially the youth in the neighborhoods they share in order to prevent crime and improve community safety.  PAL currently has several open seats on its board of directors and is actively seeking a treasurer.  For more information, contact Patrol Officer Jennie Jenkins at jjenkins@cityofhbg.com or call 717-315-4016.

The Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is looking for energetic volunteers to assist with planning of their 2013 fundraising events. For more information on the organization please visit www.childrenscancerrecovery.org or email kmyers@cancerrecovery.org.

The American Literacy Corporation is gearing up for the expansion of the 100 Men Reading Day, now the 500 Men Reading Week February 25 through March 2.  Please go to: www.superreader.org to register online.  Even if you have participated before, please register again.  This is a new system.

The Friends of the State Museum is seeking board members to enhance the work of the Friends and who demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the State Museum as an educational and entertainment resource to the community  Please contact Joan Prescott at teach161@gmail.com for more information.

The Nativity School of Harrisburg is accepting nominations to its Board of Directors.  The Nativity School is a private, non-denominational middle school for inner city boys helping them break the cycle of poverty and cultivate character and determination.   Since 2001, 100 graduates have gone on to attend local private and public schools from The Nativity School.  The Board of Directors meets once a month.  If you are interested in learning more about the nomination process, please contact Sherri Phillips, a graduate from LHA’s Inaugural Class of 1987, at sphillips99@comcast.net.