Community Involvement Opportunities

The Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation is sponsoring the 2nd year of ADOPT A HARRISBURG CLASSROOM.


Dear LHA Alumni & Friends ~ as we plan our 2014/15 program year, we ask you to hold the followin

Team Project Applications Due July 7, 2014

If your non profit organization or community group is facing a challenge that current staffing and v


Community Involvement Opportunities

September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation is sponsoring the 2nd year of ADOPT A HARRISBURG CLASSROOM. Businesses and individuals who are interested in learning more should contact Karen Snider at or call 717-230-8566.  There are 185 classrooms available at the rate of $500 each.

Leadership Harrisburg Area is now accepting applications for holiday help or service projects through our Alumni on Assignment program.  Volunteers are available to plan holiday celebrations, help with gift programs, or address hands-on projects for non profit organizations or community groups.  Applications must be submitted well in advance of the event date.  Click here for more information and access to an online application:

If you are interested in volunteering with a community project or non profit organization, please email your interest to and we’ll help make a match for you!



July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dear LHA Alumni & Friends ~ as we plan our 2014/15 program year, we ask you to hold the following dates so that you can join with LHA for exciting educational and networking opportunities.  Stay tuned for more detail and registration information as we approach September.

Speakers Series (Radisson Camp Hill) 

Friday, October 17, 11:30 AM Luncheon

Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 11:30 AM Luncheon

Friday, March 20, 2015 @  7:30 AM Breakfast

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 11:30 AM Luncheon

18th Annual Non Profit Conference (Harrisburg Holiday Inn East

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 12:00-5:00

LHA Class of 2015 Graduation (Radisson Camp Hill)

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 11:30 AM Luncheon

Team Project Applications Due July 7, 2014

June 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

If your non profit organization or community group is facing a challenge that current staffing and volunteer structures cannot address, consider enlisting the help of Leadership Harrisburg Area!

Team Projects are meant to address a critical, organizational need; make long-term impacts; and provide a tangible deliverable.

Team Projects provide organizations with 5-7 professionals from September to May to work toward an agreed upon goal.

For a full description of the process; access to the application; and a summary of past Team Projects, click on the Community Connections tab.

Inquiries ~ call 717-213-5035.

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 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:

May 1 ~ An Evening of Art and Jazz, WITF Public Media Center.  To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit:–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  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 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  Also visit the website:


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


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

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:

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

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:                 

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

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 .

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 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




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 or visit 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 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

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.

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 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

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 or Officer Jennie Jenkins at

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 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

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 to learn more about the mission of PFSA.  Interested individuals should contact: Angela M. Liddle, Executive Director: