Dear Friends, 

With a simple mission to build a more just and generous world, GivingTuesday started in New York City in 2012. GivingTuesday, in a relatively short history, has leveraged an estimated $1.5 billion online and has gone global with more than 200 community campaigns across the US and 60 countries worldwide. In 2019, GivingTuesday spun into its own non profit organization led by Co Founder Asha Curran as its CEO.  
GivingTuesday brings attention to a specific day for giving; it provides non profit organizations with resources and tools; and it helps organizations leverage matching gifts to increase their overall proceeds from the day. Kudos to all the groups that are leveraging the power of this holiday!  
This Tuesday, next Tuesday, any day next week, next month, next year, the spirit of GivingTuesday is always needed. If you’re interested in giving; giving of your resources, your time, or your creative ideas, please respond to a need listed in this month’s edition of The Community Caller and help turn every day into GivingTuesday!
Thanks and take good care. Happy Holidays to all!
Una Martone, '07
President & CEO
Leadership Harrisburg Area
Angel Tree Through Project A.S.K.
Tis the Season to do for others, to remember the Spirit of Christmas and to hopefully bring a little joy to a child within our community. Christian Churches United's Project A.S.K. (Assisting Students and Kids) program is working through the West Shore School District Social Worker to bring Christmas to families who otherwise will do without. Please consider purchasing an item for a child in need from our Angel Tree.  For the children and families on this list, you will help brighten their Christmas this year. As you can see many of the items are necessities and very few "high dollar toys", that is because for many of these children a new coat is an extravagance.  Click here for the 2020 Project A.S.K. Angel Tree, review the available items, and click on the button to sign up. We will be adding items as we receive the requests so please check back regularly. All unwrapped items must be received by Wednesday, December 16th in order to allow time for time for processing, wrapping and delivery. If you have any questions, you can email us at
Joy to the Burg 2020 - The Gift That Helps the Homeless
Local artists are uniting to give the gift of music to help the homeless. Eighteen musical artists--in partnership with the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, ABC27, and Karns Grocery Stores--have contributed a song to Joy To The Burg 2020, an album raising funds for a winter walk-in shelter for women and other outreach efforts to those on the street through the work of HELP Ministries and Christian Churches United. There is something for everyone: sacred songs, Christmas classics, and even a few original numbers ranging from folk to chorale, country to rock, bluegrass to jazz. What better way to bring Joy to people struggling this Christmas? Joy to the Burg 2020 will brighten your holiday and makes a great Christmas gift for your family and friends. Album available via CD or Digital Download at and at all Karn's Grocery Stores. Tune in to ABC27 at 10 am on December 15 for a one-hour Joy To The Burg TV Special and Concert. Proceeds benefit the homelessness programs of Christian Churches United.
Be the Light for Someone This Season
The Salvation Army Harrisburg has a variety of opportunities for you to get into the holiday spirit and to Be The Light this Christmas season! If you are interested in volunteering, collecting gifts, adopting a family or senior, fulfilling Angel (Giving) Tree Tags, signing up to ring a bell at a Red Kettle stand, we have you covered! We have multiple opportunities for you and your friends to get together and make a difference. Click here for more information on each opportunity. Please feel free to sign up for one or all opportunities and share with friends and family. Without you, our volunteers and donors, none of this is possible. Also, if you have an idea or want to share how you can Be The Light this season, reach out and share with Kathy Anderson-Martin at or (717) 233-67755x114.
Volunteers Needed to Distribute Food Through the Holidays
Volunteers are needed to donate food and help with distribution to local families in Harrisburg. Save the Bananas is a supplementary food volunteer project, sponsored by Lee’s Good Eats, and is in need of food donations to help us continue through the winter. Dry goods are needed to fill food boxes we distribute to families in need in our community. (Monetary donations accepted as well for milk, eggs, bread, etc). Please email Lee Casher at to learn more, make arrangements to donate food, or volunteer to help.
Volunteers Needed to Staff Gift Wrap Booth
Volunteers are needed for the Holiday Gift Wrap Booth. Get into the holiday spirit with the UCP Holiday Gift Wrap Booth at the Capital City Mall in Camp Hill. Every year, UCP volunteers, armed with a festive selection of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, and good cheer are a welcome sight to busy shoppers. Sign-up here to volunteer at the UCP Holiday Gift Wrap Booth, December 1- December 24.
Family and Gift Sponsors Needed
Each year, the YWCA Greater Harrisburg seeks local individuals and organizations willing to support hundreds of families in need during the holiday season for our Holiday Giving Program. Residents and clients in need sign up for the program by submitting a wish list. Cheer sponsors then adopt the client’s wish list. It’s the most festive time of the year at the YWCA! This year, more than ever, we hope to spread joy to the individuals and families in need in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic! In order to protect the health and safety of our residents, donors and team, the YWCA is following public health and safety measures with regards to holiday giving. Check out the safety protocols hereYou can help us to bring holiday cheer to our clients and community from December 7-11. Here are some of the ways you can help.
  • Become a Cheer sponsor! You or your organization can sponsor a YWCA client's wish list. Click here to download a Holiday Giving sponsorship form.  
  • Purchase Needed Items from General Wish List. Another way to get involved is by sponsoring items on our general wish list. These items are distributed to the women and children that arrive in shelter over the holidays. Our general wish list can be found on Amazon here
Contact Monica Flickinger at or (717)-234-7931 ext. 3057 with any questions. And while we normally welcome individuals who are delivering gifts or volunteering to help wrap presents, social distancing presents us with new challenges. Therefore, volunteer opportunities will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Give the Gift of Storytime Online
Volunteers are needed to sign up for daily time slots to read a book to elementary age students. Reading 365 started on October 1, 2020 and will end September 30, 2021. Everyday from 11:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. with 15 minute time slots, The ALC is scheduling two readers from across the country to read. The reading will be held via Zoom and Facebook live Monday-Sunday. To sign up for a slot, click here.
Reading 365 is a program of The American Literacy Corporation, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since 2000, the ALC has served the community by partnering with community-based organizations, and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students. If you have any questions, please contact Madison Stokes at (717) 580-5429. You may also visit our website at
Improving Childhood Education. Interested?
Child Care Consultants (CCC), the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) is looking for Board Members to ensure that every child receives affordable high quality early childhood education to be successful in school and life. CCC does not operate child care programs, rather we help all types of early childhood education programs improve their services and assist low income working families in paying for child care. We serve seven counties, including Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York. CCC has offices in Lemoyne and York, a staff of 70, and an approximate $90 million budget. We value diversity and are looking for individuals who are committed to children and families. CCC is looking for persons with an accounting/finance background, attorneys, and “generalists” who can bring their unique perspective, interests, and passion to help us fulfil our mission. For more information view our website or contact Christy Renjilian, Executive Director at
Help Build Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character
Help Build Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character Who Make the World a Better Place
Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania will give you the opportunity to help girls shine their brightest. As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. Current volunteer opportunities include: serve as a panelist for our virtual Career Chats Series, help girls get outdoors as a camp/outdoor volunteer, support a local troop with programs and events, or become a leader to your own troop of girls. Register here to volunteer today! For more information, please contact our Member Services team at 800-692-7816 or by email at
Worldwide Celebration Recognizing the Contributions of
People with Disabilities
Thrive Aid-The Art of Protest is a world-wide virtual event that will debut on December 3, 2020, The International Day of Disabled People, to celebrate the lives and contributions of disabled people through disability art and culture. The overall message would be that we are creative, resilient, and we will thrive and survive with equal access to support. The event starts on the east coast at 7pm EST and will last approximately 3 hour with performances from some of the worlds leading exponents of disability arts. You can register now for this free event and get updates and more information here.
Shop for a Cause - Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence
The Pursuit of Justice Purse Auction on Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 pm is an annual event that raises critical funds for the YWCA Greater Harrisburg's Domestic Violence Legal Center. Your support directly enables the YWCA to continue serving the needs of victims in Central PA. Register today for FREE access to the live and silent auction of handbags and accessories by top designers. You will also receive live updates about new additions to our raffle, silent auction and sneak peaks at our LIVE AUCTION BAGS! Your favorite bags and accessories are LIVE now on the BidPal site. Tell your friends! Once again, Steve Turner will be joining us, ZOOM STYLE for a fun, interactive LIVE auction. Handbags that will be available are from designers such as Aspinal of London, Tory Burch, Ted Baker, Kate Spade, and more! Register for the LIVE auction here. For questions, contact Tiffanie Keck at or call (717) 724-2250.
29th Annual Elegant Progressions
We are excited to invite you to join us for the 29th annual celebration of the Elegant Progressions progressive dinner! This partnership project between The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania and the Historic Harrisburg Association will take place virtually on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00pm
While we are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate in person, we are excited to announce our virtual program, which will be just as elegant, if slightly less social, than prior years. Your continued support and participation as a Sponsor or “Guest” provides significant operating support for these two important community charitable organizations. In these challenging times, with reduced programming possibilities, your support is even more vital than in prior years. 
This year’s virtual presentation will include many of the items you have come to expect from prior years: live musicians, speeches from our directors and sponsors, and a showcasing of Historic Central Pennsylvania homes. We will also be providing inventive and refined food and drink from our restaurant partners, who have been busy designing and preparing special at-home hors d’oeuvres that will be available for curbside pick up at Historic Harrisburg in insulated souvenir tote bags on Saturday, Dec. 5 between 4:30 and 5:30 PM. Free home delivery is being offered to all Sponsors as an added benefit. More information and registration available here.
Annual Holiday Champagne Brunch
The Civic Club of Harrisburg cordially invites you to our Annual Holiday Champagne Brunch on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 12:30 - 3:00 pm. Ring in the season with good friends, and  support our neighbors in need through the Salvation Army. Click here for list of needed items. Tickets are limited, so please get yours today by emailing by December 4. Click here for the menu by Mountain Laurel Catering. We are complying with COVID-19 guidelines issued by the PA Dept. of Health and the CDC. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently.  
An Inside Look at the Most Effective DEI Programs
Leadership Harrisburg Area presents the final installment in the 2020 Leadership Speakers Series sponsored by PNC Bank on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. An Inside Look at the Most Effective DEI Programs will be held virtually via Zoom, beginning with optional Pop Up Networking at 7:30 am, and the program from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Click here to register!
Art is Not Cancelled
Enjoy Music in the Lehr Gallery with a jazz ensemble performance and discussion with Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Director of Education Mark Hunsberger on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00 pm. This “annotated” musical performance in the gallery will include Hunsberger who will be playing rhythm in the ensemble and providing educational interpretation during the performance. Music selections will incorporate improvisation and 20th Century Jazz compositions performed globally during and after both World Wars. Discussion will provide a music historical perspective of the time period, focusing on the experience of Black American Jazz musicians who found respite in Europe from racist tensions in America. SAM staff will be available to make clear connections to the artworks on view. Register here to participate.
If you are looking for a challenge for your body, that offers a new perspective for your mind, try Art Moves + Accompaniment in the Galleries. Susquehanna Art Museum invites you to join instructor Shani Jones and pianist Ralph Diekemper for this unique and intentionally socially distanced movement and wellness class. Offered in the shared space of the Lehr Gallery, each class transforms into a live installation, where participants explore both movement and stillness, as well as interact with live musicians, amidst the artwork currently on view.  Class is limited to 12 students and masks are required at all times. Pre-register here for next upcoming class on Saturday, December 19.
See what is currently on exhibit at the museum.
Guided Christmas Tours of Fort Hunter Mansion
View the Mansion adorned for the holidays with traditional decorations of fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers. Guided tours highlight the seasonal trimmings and holiday customs of the Reily’s. Many thanks to the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg for their inspired decorating creations.
For the safety of guests and staff, new precautions and practices have been established. Tours are limited to 6 visitors per tour, are by pre-paid reservation and last only 30 minutes. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required. In between tour times, high touch areas will be sanitized. Open now through December 23. Closed Mondays.  COVID–19 Discount Admission – $5 per person. Click here for tour times and reservations.
Discover Your Leadership Legacy
Beyond Leadership is an experiential learning opportunity that explores the 10 Essentials of Servant Leadership; highlights the history of servant leadership and its relevance today; and provides activities designed to build new connections among participants. LHA’s President & CEO, Una Martone, facilitates Beyond Leadership. Register here for the next training summit on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM online via Zoom.
Stand Up for Equality
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Harrisburg Chapter is campaigning to further our mission of EQUALITY and advancement for black women and girls by selling an Equality t-shirt. When you rock this shirt you are showing up and standing up for equality for black women and black girls everywhere! Shop the Equality tshirt NOW by clicking here. We're stronger together! Show up! Stand up! Join our movement!  All proceeds from Equality t-shirts sales directly benefit NCBW Inc. Harrisburg Chapter community advocacy programs and annual educational scholarship awards.  
Be Inspired and Share with Others!
Recently, Someone To Tell It To presented to the world our first EVER virtual Annual Gathering. The event will continue to be available for viewing online. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to watch and learn how Someone To Tell It To has been serving throughout the past year, as well as experience the powerful messages of our guests and speakers. Would you watch the video (which is one hour), share about the event on your social feeds, and encourage three or four friends who may be interested in Someone To Tell It To’s mission to watch it as well? We can’t tell you how much it means to us to have you on this journey with us.  Along with our board of directors, we thank you so much for your support and advocacy for this mission.  Click here for video.
Entrepreneurial Training Opportunity for Youth
The Camp Curtin YMCA COVID Cleaning Corps is a workforce development project offering young adults ages 16-24 the opportunity to learn the skillset of an essential career while earning a stipend up to $750 toward entrepreneurial expenses! Youth will receive ISSA and GBAC certifications and the tools and materials needed to get hired or start a business of their own. Through education and hands-on training, students will gain the knowledge needed to be a successful professional in the commercial cleaning workforce. Note: the certifications are not received but earned only if they pass the test. You can sign up for this program by contacting the Camp Curtin YMCA by email or by phone at 717-238-9622 or click here.
PANO Offers Virtual Standards Training for Nonprofits
PANO is offering a 6-part virtual Standards for Excellence Implementation Series every other week through Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. You won't want to miss this series if you could you use support with:
  • Navigating these turbulent times of COVID-19 and civil unrest 
  • Taking your organization to the next level of effectiveness
  • Incorporating the latest practices to strengthen your leadership and management
  • Boosting your potential to raise more money by showing your donors and funders the quality of your programs
All sessions will be interactive, offering opportunities to learn from the wisdom in the room through peer-to-peer sharing. We'll have large group discussions where you'll discover useful tips and strategies for applying the Standards in your organization as well as small group discussions using breakout rooms, where you can really dig in to how others' practices can help you improve your operations (and where you can share promising practices of your own!). 
You can pick and choose; attend one of the following six sessions or sign up for them all!
All sessions will be recorded so if you can't make it in real time, set aside some time later to catch up on what you miss!
You Might be Board Solid, but are you BOARD STRONG?
Board Strong is a program of Leadership Harrisburg Area that was made possible through a partnership with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This 90 minute video series addresses: the roles & responsibilities of non-profit board members; the financial oversight, fiduciary and compliance responsibilities of non-profit board members; non-profit board members’ role in fundraising; tips for non-profit board member to effectively tell the organization’s story; and tips for engaging high performing board. Anyone who is considering serving on a non-profit board; or who is already serving on a non-profit board will gain valuable insights from the experienced non-profit leaders featured in this video. To begin your certification process, click here.
The Community Caller is emailed to over 3400 subscribers on a regular schedule every month. The goal of the publication is to match people and resources with service opportunities and missions & programs that benefit the community. Announcements are placed primarily by non profit organizations, educational institutions, and other community organizations. If you would like to include an event or announcement in the next issue, please feel free to contact LHA with detailed information including:
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