Dear Friends,

It’s an amazing joy to see Leadership Harrisburg Area alumni out doing great things in the community. Hundreds of people are fulfilling a shared mission of raising the quality of life in Central PA through effective community service & servant leadership. These folks are typically working under the radar and quietly helping others to be the best versions of themselves. They don’t seek recognition for their efforts. But when Leadership Harrisburg Area alumni are recognized for their efforts, it’s a win for all! The entire community benefits from their example and their inspiration is magnified. Please join me in extending heartfelt congratulations to 2 very special LHA alumni who are being honored as part of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC Catalyst Awards. 

2020 Athena Award Recipient
Sharon Ryan, LHA Class of 2001
President of Dasher Services and Author of The Talent Pool

2020 Business Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Recipient
George Fernandez, LHA Class of 2014
Founder of the Latino Connection

Both Sharon and George are former LHA Board Members and Committee Members; they are featured speakers in our programming; generous supporters; and special friends. We are so proud of you both!

Deepest congratulations to all of the awardees including Joe Arthur, Central PA Foodbank, Catalyst Award Recipient; Highmark Blue Shield, Corporate Citizen of the Year; Todd Phillips, True Legends Barbershop, Entrepreneur of the Year; and Viscul Creative, Small Business of the Year. 

Thousands of candles can be lit by a single one,
and that candle loses nothing by lighting another! 

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 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 www.superreader.org.
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 aklinger3801@gmail.com
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 MemberServices@gshpa.org.
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 jjdtad@comcast.net or Executive Director, Ross Willard at recyclebicycle@verizon.net. Learn more about Recycle Bicycle here.
Help for the Holidays
It may be October, but for The Salvation Army Harrisburg we have been in holiday mode for weeks now! We have 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. Our first scheduled Christmas Distribution is just a few short weeks away! 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 Kathy.Anderson-Martin@use.salvationarmy.org or (717) 233-67755x114.
Volunteers Needed to Distribute Food Through the Holidays
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 xrsizer41@hotmail.com to learn more, make arrangements to donate food, or volunteer to help.
Volunteer Opportunities at UCP
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.
UCP Central PA is accepting nominations for qualified members to serve on the Board of Directors and Board Committees. Qualified candidates are successful community and/or business leaders who have a desire to give back to the community in a measurable way. 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. For more information or to receive a nomination form contact Janeen Latin at Janeen.Latin@ucpcentralpa.org or 717-737-3477 .
Give Some Holiday Cheer This Year
Each year, the YWCA Greater Harrisburg partners with local individuals and organizations 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 here. You 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 holiday_giving@ywcahbg.org 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.
Turkey Drive to Aid Families in Need
Project SHARE's Turkey Drive will place hundreds of Thanksgiving Dinners in the homes of families experiencing food insecurity during the holidays. $20 will sponsor a family with a turkey and $40 will sponsor a family with an entire Thanksgiving meal. You may donate a turkey or sponsor a family using our website or by simply texting the word TurkeyDrive to 44321 from your smart phone. 
COVID-19 has brought many challenges to all of us. Additionally there are new families whose employment has either waned or been suspended during these days. Project SHARE is here to help all of those in need whether it be through our monthly Distribution Days or our weekly Farmstand openings that welcome all for fresh produce, dairy and bread products to fill the gap. Join us around the table by helping others through Project SHARE in 2020.
Guided Ghost Tour at Harrisburg Landmark
Enjoy a spooky visit to the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion at 219 South Front Street in Harrisburg. There will be a guided Ghost Tour through the mansion on October 29 at 5:30 pm and again at 7:00 pm. Suitable for children and families, the guide will tell ghost stories of old Harrisburg and give visitors a rare peek of the mansion by candlelight. Snacks & cider will be served. Adults: $15, Kids 12 & under: $8 for tickets call: 717-233-3462. Due to CO-VID 19 restrictions, the tours are limited to a maximum of 15 people per tour. Masks must be worn. Please call to ensure your spot.
HSO Pops Virtual Concert
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra is excited for the first Capital BlueCross Pops virtual concert on Saturday, October 31, 2020! Tony Award winners Debbie Gravitte and Stuart Malina team up once again to reimagine Broadway favorites with a swing. Your virtual ticket lets you watch the concert any time from 7:30 PM on Saturday, Oct. 31st through Sunday, Nov. 8th. We know you’ll enjoy this new experience and look forward to the day when we can all be together again. Get your tickets by clicking here. Check here for a complete list of concerts in the 2020-21 Series .
Auction to Support Literacy in Perry County
Perry County Literacy Council's Annual Giving Fundraising Auction is a way that you can help to support our agency's work. Our auction will be held from Monday, November 2 through Sunday, November 15, 2020. To participate in the auction, click here. Auction items include a long weekend in Key West, Florida, as well as several baskets that include many local Perry County goods and services. There's also artwork, jewelry, and a Jack Daniel's half-barrel filled with bottles of liquor of all kinds. All items must be picked up on Saturday, November 21 from 10 am - 2 pm at the PCLC education center at 133 South 5th Street, Newport, PA 17074. We'll need to see proof of age for anyone picking up items that include wine or liquor. If you don't see anything you like but would like to support the work of PCLC, we have also included a donate button, where you can donate via PayPal.
Virtual Dr. Seuss Science Series for Children
Join an Environmental Educator from Wildwood Park on Thursdays at 10 am on November 5, and November 12 for fun interactive Dr. Seuss virtual story sessions for children ages 3-5. Stories, rhymes, and a craft/activity will introduce science through the eyes of Dr. Seuss. Program will be available on Dauphin County Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
Be Inspired!
Someone To Tell It To’s 8th Annual Gathering is Saturday, November 7th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. This year’s event is virtual and free of charge to all who tune in! Since the rise of COVID-19, we are especially excited about the challenge and the opportunity of doing a virtual event this year to engage our current supporters, as well as to broaden our scope to newer audiences outside of Central Pennsylvania. This year’s program will address the current state in which we are all living, especially the losses and disconnection we’ve all experienced in 2020, and how we can begin to heal from them. Not only will it premiere on YouTube on November 7th, but it will continue to be available for viewing at your convenience for several weeks to follow. We are hoping to have you join us and our special guests for an evening of meaningful insights and testimonies to the power of listening.
Shop With a Purpose - Loving Our Community Auction
Check out the Loving Our Community Auction from November 9 @9 am to November 15@10 pm. This is a multi-day online event featuring local artisans, businesses and bakers to benefit the ministries of Love INC of Greater Hershey. Live streams including interviews with key community sponsors, testimonials of God's work through the church, and special auction selections will be featured. Click here for more details and to participate. Love INC of Greater Hershey is a collaboration of churches seeking to alleviate poverty for under-resourced neighbors in need. 
Learn About Best Practices & Pivoting In the Pandemic and
Most Effective DEI Programs
Leadership Harrisburg Area presents the 2020 Leadership Speakers Series sponsored by PNC Bank. For $25, you will have access to the two remaining events in the series to be held on Tuesday, November 10, 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. Click here to register!
Fight Homelessness - Enjoy Evening of Fun and Inspiration
Join Christian Churches United on the evening of November 10 for the United In Love Variety Hour...CCU's Annual Celebration has gone virtual for one year only! (We hope.) Join your Variety Hour hosts D. Marie Tribble and Steve Schwartz at 7 pm along with special guest, author Dr. Drew Hart discussing his new book "Who Will Be A Witness?". Following the live Variety Hour on YouTube, there will be a Zoom Afterparty. The corresponding online auction will run November 6-10. Registration is only $10! Join CCU for a evening of fun and inspiration, while seeing how you can be a lifeline to people experiencing homelessness and others trying to avoid losing their housing during the unemployment caused by the current pandemic. More information and registration available here.
An Evening in the Shadows
Vision Resources of Central PA and Bonefish Grill bring the 9th Annual Blindness Awareness Event to the comfort of you home. An Evening in the Shadows will be held on Tuesday, November 10, beginning at 6:00 pm. This year only, you can pick up your dinner at Bonefish Grill or have it delivered to your home. This unique evening includes participants wearing lightweight blindfolds while enjoying a five-course meal paired with fine wines, all while linked to the online live event. Participants experience dining through the eyes and senses of someone who is visually impaired. Proceeds benefit the programs of Vision Resources of Central PA. Reservations can be made here. For questions or more information, contact Cheryl Cuddy at ccuddy@vrocp.org or 717.238.2531.
A Great Way to Spend Your Day
The Cumberland County Women’s Expo will be held virtually from November 12-15 2020. A variety of seminars, exhibit booths and resources will be available to experience at your own pace. Learn more and register here
Dog-Friendly Walking Tour: Pennsylvania’s Capitol Complex
On Saturday, November 14, 2020 historians Dan Fulton and David Morrison will lead an exploration of Capitol Park, highlighting the monuments, statuary and architectural details of the complex and surrounding buildings. Dogs must be on a leash. A watering break for the dogs will be provided by the guides midway through the tour.
The two hour tour runs from 10 am – 12 pm and begins at the Capitol Fountain, 498 Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg. Please purchase tickets here. General admission is $15, HHA members are $10, Students are $5, Dogs are free! Face masks are required for walking tours and social distancing measures are expected to be maintained by staff and guests. Questions may be directed to the HHA Office at 717.233.4646 or info@historicharrisburg.org.
National Take a Hike Day
On November 17th, grab your hiking boots, family and friends, and some water - it’s National Take a Hike Day! Get outdoors for some fresh air, scenery and exercise. Take a hike at your own pace on various terrain exploring the trails and wildlife at your local Dauphin County Park or Cumberland County Park.
WRAPPED Online Auction
The WRAPPED online auction will be held from November 30 - December 4 and benefit Leadership Harrisburg Area. The auction will be facilitated on LHA’s Facebook page, so if you haven’t already, please like our page now and stay tuned for forthcoming details on auction items up for bid. 
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice Workshop
Leadership Harrisburg Area and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Development Institute are pleased to open this important workshop to individual participation online via Zoom. Please select from two different dates and times and register today! Click here to register for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Click here to register for Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.
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.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
According to the CDC, nearly 26 million people are currently living with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and another 79 Million are diagnosed with a predisposition to the disease. In 2017, when Carl Payne was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, he never expected to be in that number. He had watched his father succumb to the nasty side effects of uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes, and once Payne got over the initial shock of his “new normal” he set out on a path to beat the disease! Carl, along with his partner MaDonna Awotwi, formed a minority centric Diabetes education and advocacy organization: FType 2 Diabetes. With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, the organization is challenging people far and wide to do 10 Squats for Diabetes because exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of Diabetes. If you would like to do your part to “Squat Out” Diabetes by participating in this challenge you can record a video of yourself and tag #ftype2diabetes on social media! Let’s all work together to make a difference, one squat at a time! For more detailed information, click here.
Joy to the Burg 2020 - Support Your Community
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. The album releases November 12 and will be available via CD or Digital Download at www.JoyToTheBurg.com and at all Karn's Grocery Stores. Proceeds benefit the homelessness programs of Christian Churches United.
PANO Offers Virtual Standards Training for Nonprofits
PANO is offering a 6-part virtual Standards for Excellence Implementation Series every other week beginning Wednesday, November 4 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!
Be Certified for Board Service
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:
  • Organization Website
  • Contact Name, Phone Number and Email
  • Date of Event
  • Specific Request
  • Description
  • Attach a flyer of the event, if applicable
Please send submissions to Leadership Harrisburg Area at LHA@leadershipharrisburg.org or call 717-216-5200. All content is subject to approval by LHA and may be edited for space. 
As a resource for businesses, our alumni, and community organizations throughout the Capital Region, Leadership Harrisburg Area teaches servant leadership and effective community service through discussion, demonstration, and experiential practices.