Giving Tuesday is a national event that happens the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The purpose is to encourage people to give back to their community as part of their holiday planning. The gifts you give to these organizations can truly change someone's life this holiday season!
This year, United Way of York County is hosting a #GivingTuesdayYork page on our website that lists all the participating organizations and provides a direct link to their online donation page. Below is a list of the York County nonprofit organizations that are participating in #GivingTuesdayYork. To access their individual donation pages, simply click on their logo. Please note that these are direct donations to these organizations and no administrative fees are being charged through United Way. Thank you for supporting our community!
The Arc of York County is dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The Arc is devoted to promoting and providing supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities.
Did you know your dollars to Bell Socialization Services bring change? It's true! Your gift on #GivingTuesday (or any day), brings vital housing supports and basic living skills to more than 1,500 residents of York and Adams counties each year! Help this vibrant, trusted organization continue its commitment to a mission of providing an environment of support and empowerment where people can improve their quality of living with your tax-deductible donation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever, in order to fulfill its vision of a world where all children achieve success in life. We currently serve over 300 kids throughout York and Adams Counties in our school and community-based programs. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, we are able to help the children in our programs achieve higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.
There are over 170,000 children under care of the state of Pennsylvania and that number continues to rise. Children’s Home is currently serving over 400 of those in need. Today’s Children’s Home is a dynamic social service organization that serves our community’s most vulnerable children, youth, and families by empowering children to thrive, strengthening families, and enriching communities. Our programs are diverse so can meet York’s varied needs. Making a difference requires the commitment and expertise of caseworkers and therapist, dedication from family, friends and foster families, and support from the community.
Christian School of York partners with Christian parents to provide a Christ-centered education for students age 2-Grade 12. We currently educate 345 students residing in 14 school districts in York County. We offer college preparatory classes, dual enrollment classes, athletic programs, extracurricular activities, fine arts classes including physical education, Spanish, art, music, library, and computers and many opportunities for community service. Every year we award over $750,000 in scholarships to our students. Through your donation, we will be able to offer additional scholarship money to families who want a choice in where their children attend school.
Community Progress Council, Inc., York County’s community action agency, empowers individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and advocates for change to promote community growth. Programs are in the areas of Early Childhood Education (Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K Counts, and Foster Grandparents); Housing Programs (Rental Assistance, York Homebuyer Assistance, Homebuyer Education Workshops); Emergency Services and Nutrition (WIC - Women, Infants, and Children, and Community Centers); and Case Management (including Work Ready). Your support will make the difference to improve the lives of York County individuals and families who are meeting the challenge of moving toward self-sufficiency.
Creative York, formerly YorkArts, is an arts-based, nonprofit learning center that nurtures imagination, creativity, and innovation in our community by providing students opportunities to explore their creativity through the arts. Creative York encourages active participation in the arts through their classes, gallery programs, outreach programs, and special events.
Crispus Attucks cares for the York Community by providing education services, human services, community development, and affordable housing that enhance the quality of life for a diverse population. Crispus Attucks is passionate about improving people's lives in York County. Our generous community of friends enables us to touch people's lives through a range of services for people of all ages in York, fulfilling our commitment to empower those in need from all backgrounds and walks of life.
About Downtown Inc.: Downtown Inc is THE organization working to enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district. We do that through:
• Economic Development - business recruitment and retention
• Promotions - advertising, marketing and special events
• Placemaking - beautifying the landscape, improving physical elements such as traffic patterns, public spaces, cleanliness, walkability
• Public Safety – working with police and sheriffs to mitigate criminal and vagrant activity
DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre offers an interactive theatre experience for the entire family. From camps and classes to full-scale productions of timeless tales and iconic stories, children and adults of all ages and skill levels will enjoy a hands-on theatre experience. Whether your passion is being center stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience, DreamWrights offers opportunities to explore all aspects of theatre from acting and designing to crewing and stage managing.
Family First Health is a non-profit community health center dedicated to providing a broad range of primary health, dental care, and social services in the communities we serve. We take a beyond healthy approach that goes outside the confines of the doctor’s office. As an inclusive health care model, we put everyone first. We want happy, healthy patient who are empowered to live better lives in better health. We strive to build a healthy community.
ForSight Vision provides specialized services designed to prevent, prepare for and manage loss of vision while building awareness within our community.
The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is the preeminent leadership development organization for over 3,000 girls in York County. We’re a team of trained staff and volunteers who are passionate about fostering girls’ creativity, encouraging curiosity and adventuring into fun, new things for girls that participate in the unique programs that we provide. Our dedicated team of volunteers, community partners and donors make a difference in the lives of girls in York County.
GDADFS is a non-profit serving senior students from Dover Area School District. The organization’s purpose is to provide scholarships to deserving senior students who are attending a 2- or 4-year college, university, or technical school. Since 2002 our organization has awarded over $200,000 to Dover students and we hope to continue to grow that award base with the help of those committed to the education of our youngest community leaders.
Our mission is to provide a positive and healthy experience to students of all ages and abilities through a coordinated program offering the highest level of service and instruction in the region, elite performances and training opportunities, and dedicated outreach activities that promote a lifelong enjoyment of the performing arts.
As a community cafe located in downtown York, Pa., Healthy World Cafe aims to build a sustainable community by providing nourishing food for all, where people eating a good meal in a welcoming, non-stigmatized place is given priority over the ability to pay. We focus on locally sourced ingredients that allow us to support our farms and small businesses, and prepare all our dishes from scratch.
As a pay-how-you-can cafe, we offer suggested prices: Some pay it forward for others, some pay a little less, but all receive a great meal. Diners are also welcome to volunteer an hour at the cafe in exchange for their meal. Your donation through #GivingTuesday goes directly toward supporting our mission and our work in downtown York!
The Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education connects our community to local food. We work to strengthen our local economy by supporting beginning farm businesses, and by encouraging consumers to eat and buy locally grown, fresh, healthy food.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring students in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement of South Central PA covers York, Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, Perry and the Western half of Dauphin County. This year we will reach more than 54,000 students, which requires more than 4,500 volunteers; compared to 45,000 students last year with 3,000 volunteers. This is the single largest increase in the local franchise’s history. Much of this growth is due to one day high school and middle school programs that reach every student at grade level and are offered at no charge to the schools. Never before has there been a greater need for helping to inspire the next generation. Join JA. Make an impact.
The Junior League of York (JLY) is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action of trained volunteers. JLY has been improving the York community since 1930 through a number of initiatives, grants, and volunteer assistance. Past activities include: grants to Junior Achievement, Martin Library, and Southern Community Services; volunteering to paint downtown parking lot bumpers; and being an initiating force in the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry's Diaper Bank, and Olivia's House. JLY is a membership based organization for women and is always looking for the next great volunteer in our community! Benefits of membership include community improvement, access to the vast resources of the Association of Junior Leagues International, leadership training, excellent networking opportunities and lasting friendships. For more information on the Junior League of York, including membership, please visit www.JLYork.org
or call us at 717-845-3041. Your generous contributions during #GivingTuesday and throughout the year will help support our operations in the community and provide training opportunities for women. Thank you for your support!
Leg Up Farm is a nonprofit therapy center for children with special needs. We believe all children are special and deserve the opportunity to meet their full potential. Our individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families. Leg Up Farm is the only facility in the country to offer physical, occupational, aquatic and speech therapy, counseling services, educational and recreational programming, and a variety of equine-assisted activities under one roof. Since opening in 2010 we have served more than 1,500 children.
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. More than just a nice experience, Make-A-Wish believes wishes have life-changing impact on our kids’ lives, allowing them to feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing to fight. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (717) 757-9474 or visit its website at http://greaterpawv.wish.org/
MidPenn Legal Services is free legal aid, providing equal access to justice to low-income families and survivors of domestic violence in York County, in civil matters. MidPenn does not handle criminal cases.
New Hope Ministries is a Christian social service agency that shows the love and hope of Christ by serving our neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts toward stability. We provide a variety of assistance and services in the Dillsburg, Dover, and Hanover areas of York County.
Olivia’s House is an organization of caregiving professionals and volunteers committed to supporting grieving children. Its purpose is to facilitate healing through grief and loss. As the premier free-standing, independent grief and loss center, we are dedicated to having the capabilities to support the growing needs of the community. In doing so, Olivia’s House has become a primary resource for local and national grief and loss education.
Re-Source York inspires our community by being environmentally and socially responsible. We do this by selling donated home improvement items and furnishings at bargain prices to the community through our resale centers. In addition to reducing landfill waste, we are a revenue generator for our non-profit partner Bell Socialization Services and offer vocational training and job placement services for Bell service users.
The motto of the Rotary Club of York, PA, is "service above self" and one of our major focuses is on children. Your donation will help the Rotary Club of York’s Committees to provide programs to underprivileged children & youth in the community. There are several choices for your donation on our webpage, including:
- Literacy Committee provides books and eyeglasses to children
- Lend a Hand provides holiday gifts to children from CPC/Headstart, Youth Dev. Center and Crispus Attucks
- Little League Committee provides uniforms and equipment to players in the York City Little League program
- Student Education Committee awards scholarships and loans to York Co. High School students to attend college/technical school
- Educational/Vocational Guidance Committee provides support to the William Penn JROTC program
- America’s Promise Committee takes York City elementary school classes on a field trip
- Youth Exchange offers scholarships and loans for High school students to participate in the study abroad program
- Preserve Planet Earth provides trees in city neighborhoods and a floating island for Kiwanis Lake
- Honor Flight provides a trip to Washington, DC for WWII and Korean War Veterans & family members
Ryan’s Hope is a non-profit 501C-3, charitable foundation dedicated to conquering childhood cancer and enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families affected by Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (*DPIG).
Ryan’s Hope will work to increase awareness of pediatric brain tumors specifically DPIG and provide help, hope, care, and support to children and their families touched by pediatric cancer. We will raise funds to assist with cutting-edge cancer research, programs, and services that help children and their families cope with the many physical, emotional, and financial challenges associated with this disease.
All of the programs we fund will directly benefit children diagnosed with cancer, the families who support them, and the medical community who compassionately care for them.
Servants is a nonprofit mission organization based in Red Lion, PA. Servants plans and organizes short term mission trips and projects to help families in need. In York and Lancaster Counties, we provide volunteer home repair and maintenance services for older adults, people with disabilities, and single parent families. We plan short term disaster recovery trips across the USA to serve people recovering from natural disasters. We also serve at risk families in Guatemala by providing access to education, nutritious food, healthcare, and sustainable employment.
Special Olympics York County (SOYC) provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. All training and competition opportunities are provided free of charge to the athletes and their families, enabling everyone to experience the benefits of Special Olympics that extend well beyond the playing field. Special Olympics York County currently has 360 athletes, of all ages, participating in 17 sports programs. Our programs are supported by hundreds of volunteers, giving their time and talents and by the generous contributions from individuals, companies and organizations.
As a nonprofit operating in Pennsylvania, our mission is to provide high-quality school options for our Commonwealth’s 1.7 million students and to create a policy environment that leads to a performance-based, student-centered education system. Every day, our staff works to educate legislators and key decision-makers about meaningful reforms, engage and empower our StudentsFirst members in their communities, and develop innovative policies that put students first.
We are TrueNorth Wellness Services. Through counseling services, emergency crisis support, residential and vocational services, education and prevention, and lifestyle management services including chronic disease management, and pain management, the entire focus of TrueNorth Wellness Services is providing expert treatment, support, and all-around care designed for the individual’s needs.
VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove has been serving York and Adams Counties since 1909. We provide Home Health services for people who have an acute need or are recovering from a hospitalization, surgery, or accident. Palliative Care seeks to assist patients with chronic conditions to help manage their symptoms and control their pain. Home Care Plus adds personal care in the home, including assistance with bathing, grooming, light housework, meal preparation, and transportation needs. VNA Hospice addresses the needs of patients with a terminal diagnosis, concentrating on keeping them comfortable, managing their pain, social/spiritual counseling, and assisting family caregivers through the process.
It is the mission of the YMCA of York County to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We exist to develop and practice the principles of faith, hope, love, honesty, respect and responsibility.
The York Art Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit visual arts organization that began in 1905 when three visual artists and several businessmen came together to exchange views and interests. Over one hundred years later, the association has evolved into a vital organization with over 450 members. The primary objective of York Art Association’s mission is to provide opportunities in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland for individuals to expand their artistic skills or simply explore creativity through adult classes and workshops, children’s classes, exhibitions, and other special programming or using publications in our library. To achieve this goal, the association offers year-round day and evening classes for adults and children six days a week. The York Art Association holds diverse juried and non-juried exhibits each year. These exhibits include traditional and non-representational art in various mediums.
Founded on the belief that every student deserves a chance to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities, York City Dollars for Scholars, Inc. (YCDFS) has been providing scholarships and academic support to York City students since 1997. In 2015, YCDFS surpassed $1,000,000 in scholarships that impacted the lives of over 1000 students. YCDFS also helps make the transition from high school to college a successful one for participants in its Scholars Program. The Scholars Program provides 24/7 access to an adult mentor who advises students on financial, academic and personal issues through the use of organized group sessions as well as social media. Thank you for your consideration of partnering with us in this important work.
The York County Library System serves York County with thirteen locations and hundreds of programs for all ages. Their focus on early childhood education and innovative programming make them a premiere library system in the state of Pennsylvania.
Supporting York County Libraries on Giving Tuesday means more books in the hands of young children, more job resources for adults, and more enriching opportunities to the members of our community.
York County Literacy Council Adult Reading, English as a Second Language and the Next Step programs are transforming all aspects of lives of individuals, their children, and the community. All services such as classroom instruction, one-to-one/small group tutoring sessions, presentations, workshops, the digital learning center, the satellite branch of the York County Library System, and Literacy in the Workplace training are free and confidential. Clients work to obtain goals of earning their GED, improve their employment, post secondary education opportunities, pass their citizenship test, and reading to their children, all which help them achieve self-sufficiency.
York County Rail Trail Authority (YCRTA)
was formed in September 1990 by the York County Board of Commissioners and is comprised of one staff person and ten volunteer members. It was formed to develop the Heritage Rail Trail County Park, a 21-mile recreational trail that stretches from York City to New Freedom, PA where it links to Maryland’s 21-mile Torrey C. Brown Trail. The Authority is currently working to complete a 6-mile Northern Extension to the Heritage Rail Trail that follows the Codorus Creek northward to John Rudy County Park and to develop the Hanover Trolley Trail along a Met-Ed electric corridor stretching from York to Hanover.
Mission: To enrich York County communities and countryside through the development of a network of public, multi-use trails.
York Habitat for Humanity's mission is to provide safe, decent, affordable homeownership to people living in substandard housing. Through careful recruitment, selection, education and budget counseling York Habitat has successfully placed 117 families in its York County homes/rehabs over the past 30 years. Habitat has helped over 450 men, women and children buy a home that they would not be able to have through any other funding sources. York Habitat's program has, and will continue to, rely upon the generosity of the community and volunteer labor in achieving its affordable housing mission. As part of the Habitat program, the selected family will receive a "hand up" not a "hand out," providing the opportunity for them to leave inadequate housing behind by owning their own homes and building equity for the future. Homes are sold to the families for no more than 30% of their income, with no profit added, via zero interest mortgages held by York Habitat for Humanity.
Our project this year will benefit the York County Court Appointed Special Advocates. And will be utilized to fund "Holiday Hope" an annual event run by the Jaycees aimed at giving local children a warm and happy holiday. Each year we invite children and their families to join us for a shopping spree for needed winter clothes, and then for a breakfast with Santa. This year we are happy to partner with the York Rescue Mission to also provide a grocery bag with all the ingredients for a holiday meal.
YLT is York’s prominent community theatre, creating an environment of excellence in the theatre arts through diverse performances and innovative educational opportunities.
YLT is currently presenting its 83rd season! It is an opportunity for everyone in this region to fulfill that special artistic talent in their souls. YLT is a community treasure that teaches children and adults about teamwork, commitment, dedication and artistic expression. Involvement in the performing arts is an enriching experience for everyone, whether on stage, behind the scenes or in the audience.
There are shows for all ages and interests. Join us and be part of the magic that is YLT!
For 125 years, YWCA York has been working to empower women and eliminate racism in our community. Each year we help victims of domestic and sexual violence move towards safety and self-sufficiency, provide affordable yet high quality child care to working parents, empower at-risk youth to excel, promote healthy lifestyles among women, men, and families and improve our overall community. YWCA York reached over 28,000 individuals last year alone. Join us in the mission!