August 31, 2020
Dear Friends,

Where are we now? In the non profit community, progress is as varied as in the academic, corporate & government sectors.  

For many non profit organizations, crisis mode has yielded to creative new work patterns and survival has turned into lean & progressive management. But budget cuts & staff reductions are an unfortunate reality and volunteer support still lags with many would-be volunteers restricted from in-person activities.  

Workers in front line non profit organizations that provided emergency services, food & shelter during the most volatile months of the pandemic are likely facing burnout right now. Event Planners, Fundraising Professionals, and Programming Staff may be reaching the extent of their creativity in modifying activities (again and again).  Executive Directors who have been trying to keep their workforce motivated, their board members informed, and their organizations afloat may need a moment to breathe.  

If you can respond to one of the opportunities listed in this edition of The Community Caller, please do. The organizations will be tremendously grateful. If you can’t respond to the needs as outlined, here are some ideas to consider at this critical time when the community needs our non profit leaders to keep marching on.
  1. Make a donation to your favorite organization; even a small donation is a vote of confidence in these stressful times.
  2. Send flowers, a fruit basket, or a plant to your favorite non profit organization to show that you care.
  3. Hire an outdoor food truck or ice cream truck to visit your favorite non profit organization as a special treat for the staff.
  4. Send a thank you note or write a motivational email to a staff member (or more) at your favorite non profit organization.
  5. Post a thank you or kudos to your favorite non profit organization and tag it on social media.
Surely you have other ideas that don’t cost any money and take very little time. The point is that even the most simple act can have a profound impact. Let’s keep our non profit organizations going! They are critical to the quality of life in our communities.
Thank you and take good care.
Una Martone, '07
President & CEO
Leadership Harrisburg Area
Help Children and Have Fun Through Virtual Reading Program
Volunteers are needed to sign up for daily time slots to read a book to elementary age students. Reading 365 will start October 1, 2020 and 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
Serve on Scholarship Review Committee of HACC Foundation Board
The HACC Foundation is in need of volunteers to serve on our scholarship reviewer committee. As a volunteer, you will be asked to log on to our online scholarship management system, AcademicWorks, to review scholarship applications anytime between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12, 2020. We estimate the total time commitment to complete the review process to be no more than three hours, and it can be done from any computer at any time. If you volunteer, you will receive specific instructions by Sept. 29. You must sign up to be a reviewer every scholarship cycle. Even if you reviewed in the past, you will only be able to review if you sign up again. If you would like to volunteer to review scholarship applications, please complete this online form by Sept. 4. YOUR help with this project will ensure we are selecting the best candidates for our scholarship awards. The reviewer process is easy, so please help us to recognize our exceptional students who deserve a quality, affordable education. We welcome all HACC, employees, alumni and community members. Current HACC students are not eligible to participate as reviewers. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email
Help Make Dreams Come True
SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success. Volunteering is a way for you to give back, network with business experts, and share your knowledge. SCORE is proud to have the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. Join our team of 10,000+ volunteers, and share your talents and expertise with the small business community here in Central PA by being part of Susquehanna SCORE. You can help in four different volunteer roles: 1) Mentor: offer confidential business mentoring services, either in person or online; 2) Subject matter expert: provide focused knowledge based on your professional skills or industry; 3) Workshop presenter: lead local workshops, seminars and events to help entrepreneurs meet their goals and achieve success; 4) Chapter support role: share your skills in marketing, tech, finance, fundraising and more to help expand the outreach of SCORE. To read more visit our website. If you have specific questions please feel free to reach out to George Japak, SCORE Certified Mentor / Community Outreach at
Board Members for Brittany's Hope
Brittany's Hope is a 501C3 organization committed to recognizing the fundamental rights of all children. We empower families and communities to make real and lasting change in the lives of orphans and at-risk children. We do this through international special needs adoption grants and humanitarian efforts. We are 100% all about children and giving them a brighter future.
We are looking for potential board members with IT skills (website and other) and finance/accounting. If you are interested or need more information, please email Andy Klinger at
Grassroots Leadership Opportunity
Harrisburg based Recycle Bicycle collects, repairs, and distributes bicycles to people in need throughout Harrisburg, Central PA, and beyond. In addition, they teach bicycle maintenance and safety to children & adults. Their services are invaluable for adults who need transportation for work and life saving for children riding to school and for recreation. Recycle Bicycle is developing a board of directors with professional expertise in various areas to take the organization through its next period of growth. If you are interested in learning more about board needs or volunteer opportunities, please contact board member, Jenifer Donnelly at or Executive Director, Ross Willard at Learn more about Recycle Bicycle here.
UCP Seeks Board Members
UCP Central PA is accepting nominations for qualified members to serve on the Board of Directors and Board Committees. UCP Board of Directors meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month at noon in Camp Hill. The governance of UCP Central PA is provided by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Qualified candidates are successful community and/or business leaders who have a desire to give back to the community in a measurable way. Board members exercise fiduciary responsibility, ensure due diligence and quality assurance of our programs, provide a link to the local community, support fundraising and development efforts, and participate in the review, revision, and implementation of the agency strategic plan. In addition, all Board members serve on one of the following standing committees:
  • Community Relations & Development Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of every other month in Camp Hill at noon. 
  • Human Resources Committee meets the 1st Thursday of the month in Camp Hill at noon. 
  • Programs and Services Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of the month in Camp Hill at noon. 
  • Operations & Finance Committee meets the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month in Camp Hill at noon.
UCP Central PA has been creating opportunities for people of all ages with all types of disabilities for nearly seventy years. Today our nearly 2,000 employees deliver on our mission as we empower 4,000 people with diverse abilities each year to live a meaningful life through innovative support and services. We are planting seeds daily until we achieve our vision of a community that embrace’s every individuals’ abilities. We encourage a life without limits for people who are born with a disability, acquire a disability through illness, accident or injury, or are aging into a disability through our comprehensive service offerings. 
Give Hope, End helping at a time.
Join the Central PA Food Bank for a virtual Town Hall on September 10, noon to 1 pm. We will share updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected our mission, inspiring stories on how you made an impact for those in need, and answer your questions about how together we can meet the continued increase in demand for food assistance in Central Pennsylvania. Our registration is now open and we encourage you to submit your questions in advance. Click here to register.
Friends and Family Night at the Ballpark
Join the Harrisburg Symphony Society for a showing of Mr. Holland’s Opus on Thursday, September 10th at FNB Field. Gates open at 7:00 p.m., movie starts at 7:45 p.m. (Rain date: September 17th) Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase from several local food and beverage trucks including 717tacos, Spring Gate, and Troegs. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a blanket and/or chairs to watch on the field! Admission $5. $25 for Society membership and movie. FREE parking. For COVID-19 procedures, more information, and tickets, click here.
National Prevention Town Hall
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence invites you to join our first ever PreventIPV National Prevention Town Hall on September 14th (1-6pm ET / 12-5pm CT / 10am-3pm PT).
This interactive town hall will bring together storytellers, advocates, and activists as we pivot our intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention work in response to the racial inequities that COVID has laid bare, especially for Black individuals and communities across the country. Explore meaningful relationship building with communities across states, sectors, and social justice movements. Space is limited. Registration closes on September 8th. Register here.
Leadership Speakers Series - Save the Dates
Leadership Harrisburg Area presents the 2020 Leadership Speakers Series sponsored by PNC Bank. Save the following dates: Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 & Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Each program 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.
Say Their Names
The African-American Memorial Fund will hold a "Reading of the Names" event at Italian Lake in Harrisburg on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7 pm. The African American Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides support to African American families whose unarmed loved ones have been killed by law enforcement.
The organization supports families in two main ways:
  • We provide scholarships to assist with the victim's children's education.
  • We assist with burial expenses for the family. (Coming Spring 2021)
For more information, please contact Floyd Stokes at
Power of the Purse Online Auction
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) presents the Power of the Purse. Join the movement and help us to broaden the awareness of, and respond to, issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. The online auction will open on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 12:00 pm and remain open until 1:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020, for participants to bid any time during that week. The Power of the Purse is the largest fundraising event for the Fund for Women and Girls with the purpose of creating a deeper understanding of a woman’s ability to be philanthropic. Join the movement and help empower women and girls in our community. Register here. Contact Jennifer Doyle, at 717-236-5040 or 
Week Without Violence Campaign
The Week Without Violence Campaign has one purpose: to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence – as part of a global movement with the World YWCA – against people of color, women and girls.
This October, the Week Without Violence is about investing back into our community’s future. That’s why we are offering a booklet, marketing local businesses who are interested in supporting our community, investing in our future, and making a commitment to equality. Each day, between October 19 and October 23, the YWCA will be hosting various events paired with daily themes that highlight issues that our communities are facing.
We know violence exists in many forms whether it manifests physically or in patterns of injustice. The Week Without Violence daily themes will include: awareness about human trafficking in our neighborhoods, allies of the LGBTQ community, racial justice, and a panel discussion on the response to domestic violence. You get involved and show your commitment to the cause of peace and dignity for all as we create a more just community together. This is your opportunity to join us and make a statement that you stand against racism, oppression and injustice. Show your constituents, customers, and shareholders that your values align with theirs on safety and equal access for all people, by supporting this important cause. The opportunities to support this cause are endless! You can sponsor a virtual event or advertise with us as a Premiere Supporter of the Week Without Violence to market your business! Click here for more details.
2020 PA Community Alliance Summit Goes Virtual
For the last several years, Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has sponsored and hosted the 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit as a day of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration-building among diverse organizations throughout Pennsylvania that are led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression. To ensure we do our part to keep everyone safe, we have decided the 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit should be a virtual event this year.  The previously published dates of September 16 & 17 are *cancelled*. The Council is working to formalize plans to hold a virtual Summit. We will post information on the new date(s) and how to participate on the PADDC website and our social media.
Continue Your Leadership Journey
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.
Online Fundraising Certificate Program is now VIRTUAL
Temple University has teamed up with Fundraising Master Trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, to offer this 10-week fundraising certificate program completely online! Let us help you take your fundraising to the next level. Learn the basics of fundraising with this immersive, self-paced certificate course that utilizes 10 online modules to increase your knowledge on your journey to earning your Fundraising Certificate. In this 10-week, online certificate course, participants will: 
  • Learn and articulate fundraising best practices.
  • Understand the importance of donor-centric communication and implement it throughout all fundraising writing and communication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute an effective integrated, multi-channel fundraising program.
All modules for the Fundraising Certificate Program will be available online. Course Dates: September 14 - November 18, 2020. Cost is $585. More details and registration available here.
In the Footsteps of Leaders - Gettysburg Leadership Program
PA Chamber Foundation and the Gettysburg Foundation have partnered together to present "In the Footsteps of Leaders" on Wednesday, October 7 - Thursday, October 9, 2020 in Gettysburg. 2020 has created an array of unprecedented challenges, testing the resiliency, fortitude, and adaptability of Pennsylvania’s business community. As we navigate the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the way we conduct business, it is critical that we look to historical lessons learned to effectively lead our organizations forward.
Join us as we gather on the Gettysburg battlefield to engage in interactive programming inspired by the actions of real-life decision makers at the Battle of Gettysburg. The 2-day program will focus on key leadership lessons in adaptability, strategy, communication, team building and decision making.
The program registration fee is $450 for PA Chamber members and non-members, and includes: all educational programming and course materials, access to the battlefield, shuttlebus transportation, “A New Birth of Freedom” Film and Cyclorama Experience, an exclusive networking reception and select meals throughout the program. More details and registration information available here.
ELS Moves to Spring 2021
After thoughtful consideration, Leadership Harrisburg Area is postponing the Executive Leadership Series until the Spring of 2021. We believe that everyone who participates will have a greater experience in the spring when site tours, keynote speakers, and high-level personal connections will be more feasible.
The Executive Leadership Series offers senior decision makers an opportunity to accelerate introductions to Capital Region business and community leaders. Click here for new program details, a video testimonial, and online registration. Or feel free to call 717-216-5200 to discuss this opportunity.
Be Certified for Board Service
Board Strong is a new 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 2600 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:
  • Organization Website
  • Contact Name, Phone Number and Email
  • Date of Event
  • Specific Request
  • Description
  • Attach a flyer of the event, if applicable
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