JANUARY 21, 2021
Dear Friends,

Congratulations to LHA Class of 2005 Alum, Floyd Stokes of the American Literacy Corporation, on being honored with The Extra Mile Award 2020, sponsored by Members 1st Federal Credit Union.
 
The award was presented in one-of-a-kind fashion during a zoom program on New Year's Eve. 
 
In 2020, Floyd's herculean efforts transformed the 500 Men Reading Event and the 100 Women Reading & Career Exploration Day into READING 365. Readers are enlisted from 11:00-11:30 AM every day through September 30, 2021. In his humble, servant leader way, Floyd shared award credit for Reading 365 with his daughters Madison & Olivia who are outstanding in their own right. As if this wasn't enough, Floyd went the extra mile in adding a 12 hour *Reading in the New Year* marathon to educate and entertain children from around the world. 
 
In addition to managing all the logistics of a daily reading program, Floyd addressed racial injustice head-on throughout 2020 and is continuing as long as needed. Floyd launched a new non profit organization, the African American Memorial Fund which helps local families who have suffered loss through violence. He hosted several community educational and memorial events including the "Take a Knee" event at which participants knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd. He hosted the "Say Their Names" event at which the names of Breonna Taylor and 300 other victims of police violence were read. 
 
For these efforts and MORE, Leadership Harrisburg Area is delighted to honor Floyd with The Extra Mile Award and we thank Members 1st Federal Credit Union for supporting this important recognition. 

Take Good Care,
Una Martone, '07
President & CEO
Leadership Harrisburg Area
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Be a Beacon of Health & Hope to Underserved
Beacon Clinic for Health & Hope, a medical free clinic and 501c3 organization located in Harrisburg, is seeking active and vibrant people to expand our board of directors. Areas where we could use additional expertise are marketing, public relations, and IT. Interested individuals should contact Lori Clark Robinson, Beacon Clinic Board President, at lorialrob@comcast.net 
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 at crenjilian@childcareconsultants.org
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Target Your Vote to Youth Mentoring
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region is honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through March 31, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign! To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit our website.
Emerging Leaders - Meet Philanthropy
Do you want to get more involved in your local community, but you're unsure where to start? Are you interested in learning more about philanthropic opportunities in Central PA? How about looking for a chance to network with like-minded individuals while making an impact? Look no further than The Foundation for Enhancing Communities' Emerging Philanthropist Program! We are looking for Harrisburg's emerging business and community leaders to learn more about the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in our region! If you're interested in applying, click here. Deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.
Nominate Your Favorite Nonprofit for Recognition
Each year the Central Penn Business Journal celebrates individuals and organizations who go above and beyond in their work with nonprofit organizations in Central PA. The awards highlight work in brand identity, collaboration, management operations, leadership and programs. Nominations are being accepted until February 12, 2021 for the 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Awards to honor local 501(c)(3) organizations that work to improve Central PA in pioneering new ways. Click here for more information and nomination form.
Webinars Offer Creative Approaches to Success
Perry County Council of the Arts is partnering with the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center to offer Breaking Brand: Creative Approaches to Business Engagement, a series of webinars designed to guide small business owners towards sustaining and succeeding in their small businesses. Attendees will learn how to understand, design, energize, communicate, and strengthen their brand during five virtual sessions held weekly on Mondays, 12 noon to 1 p.m., from January 25 to February 22. Click here for more information and registration.
Learn From Anywhere - Virtual Winter Lecture Series
Friends of Wildwood presents a Spotlight on State Species series featuring experts who will share their expertise on state species and their current status. All events are free to the public, but registration is required.
Brook Trout, State Fish: January 26, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Register here.
Firefly, State Insect: February 9, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Register here.
Mushrooms: February 23, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Register here.
Bird Walk: Waterfowl and Early Spring Migrants
Join bird enthusiasts at Wildwood Park on March 24, 2021 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am for an early spring walk along the Towpath looking for waterfowl and early spring migrants in their bright breeding plumages. Expect a few lingering winter species as well. There will be no sharing of equipment including binoculars so please bring your personal pair to use. Program limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration required, click here.
New Ideas to Engage Your Kids in Nature
Check out the complete list of upcoming activities for children and youth offered by Friends of Wildwood. Check out the Kids Discover Series, Virtual Dr. Seuss Science Series, and much more!
Get Ready, Get Set, Let's Play BINGO!
We need you! Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region on Wednesday, January 27 @ 6:30 PM for The Big Bingo, a virtual fundraiser that will help BBBS continue to provide resources and mentoring services during this difficult time.  Secure your spot to join the fun with a suggested donation of $10 which will provide you with one bingo card to be used for all rounds. Extra cards can be obtained through suggested additional donations of $2 per card. The event will consist of 6 games and prizes will be awarded! Click here for more information and to register. Zoom link will be provided to attendees.
Addressing Anxiety Among Youth & Young Adults
Anxiety rates for our youth and young adults are higher than normal, thanks to a lack of access to their social support networks and outlets for processing emotions. Girls on the Run Capital Area is offering a free virtual screening and panel discussion for the Indieflix documentary film ANGST on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6 pm. Angst is a film-based education program designed to raise awareness around anxiety, with an emphasis on youth and families. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, experts, and parents. Registrations includes access to further resources and materials. More details and registration available here.
Zoom Zoo - Virtual Pet Show
American Literacy Corporation invites you to join a Virtual Pet Show. Just log on to zoom Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 11:30 am - Noon and show the world your awesome pet! Click here for more information and zoom link.
Get Social! Go Red for Women
Be relentless in support of women’s health and help make a big impact in the fight to prevent heart disease and stroke. On National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5th, join The American Heart Association and supporters from across the nation in wearing red and sharing on social media. Encourage your friends, fans and followers to think about how they will go red and who they will go red for! Wear red and post a selfie on social media on Friday, February 5, 2021. Use #WearRedAndGive and tag @AHAPennsylvania in your posts. Be sure to follow @AHAPennsylvania on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Include #WearRedandGive in all your social media posts! For more information, please click here.
Brush Up on Your Bylaws
PANO is will offer a webinar entitled Bylaws: The "Constitution" of Nonprofits - The Art and Science of Making Them Work on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Very few people bother to look at their nonprofit bylaws until they want to take some unusual action or there is a dispute. And that is when you need bylaws that work!
  • Not bylaws that are open to several interpretations.
  • Not bylaws that describe the way things used to be done.
  • Not bylaws that fail to cover key power issues.
But bylaws that set out clear roles and responsibilities so that people can understand how to proceed, without litigation. Join Don Kramer, Editor and Publisher of Nonprofit Issues, for a line-by-line review of sample articles of incorporation and bylaws. You will learn how to avoid aspirational language, inconsistent language, passive tense, and ambiguities. Come with questions, leave with understanding! Click here for more details and to register.
*CPE & CLE credits are available for this program; to receive credit you must register through Nonprofit Issues.
Hidden History: The Importance of Narrative Correction
Join The Dauphin County Library and Dauphin County Commissioners for an evening with Christy S. Coleman as she presents The Importance of Narrative Correction, Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. There are many myths taken as truth in American history. Who has authored our nation’s past and who is missing from the narrative? Uncovering forensic legacies that have been forgotten can help us better understand this nation’s origins, conflicts, successes, and triumphs for the common good. Click here for information and to register. Share this flyer with friends.

Hidden Histories Program Series and Collection: The Library has partnered with the Dauphin County Commissioners to create a carefully curated, permanent Hidden Histories collection and program series that celebrates the life and work of visionary historian, Hari Jones. Both the program series and collection have been designed to foster ongoing community dialogue, discussion and discernment. Learn more here.
Learn Harrisburg's History from Home
Historic Harrisburg Association presents the Fourth Monday Program, a monthly lecture series. Enjoy the presentations online or in person at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center. Face masks are required, social distancing measures are expected to be maintained by staff and visitors, and attendance will be restricted to maintain current capacity allowances.

The Underground Railroad in Harrisburg, February 22, 2021, 6-7 pm
Presented by historians Barbara Barksdale, Calobe Jackson, and Norman Kelker (whose ancestors operated a “station” in the UGRR in Harrisburg).
Event is free, but registration is preferred. Register here.

Four Generations of Strong Women in Harrisburg, March 22, 2021, 6-7 pm
Presented by Virginia Roth. Ginny researched the houses and addresses of four generations of her family, assembling a fascinating story of remarkable women who headed households and businesses in an era when it was difficult for woman to own real estate. Event is free, but registration is preferred. Register here.
Take the Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge
This year, the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg will lead up to the Race Against Racism with a BRAND NEW 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge starting April 5. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants in the challenge will receive a daily email centered around racial and social injustice, asking them to read an article, watch a video, listen to a podcast, or reflect on a personal experience through unique categories of engagement and interaction. Registration cost is $30 for individuals and $20 for teams. Registration Includes access to the 21 Day Challenge content, race participation, a 21-Day Challenge Certificate of Completion, and a branded T-shirt. Registration must be completed by April 1 to guarantee a T-shirt. Click here for registration, opening Feb 1.
Virtual Race Against Racism
The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg's annual race is going virtual again this year! Mark your calendars for the 17th annual Race Against Racism from April 5 - April 25. The race supports the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The funds we raise are crucial to sustaining our racial justice programs throughout the year ahead. Our runners will participate in the Race Against Racism Virtual Race by running or walking a distance of 5K or 3.1 miles. Though this can be done any time between April 5 and April 24, we encourage runners to participate in the race on the 24th so that even though we won't be together, we'll be united!
Engage, Educate, Empower. REPEAT!
The Central PA Diversity Forum is hosted on the Third Thursday of every month, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. The community platform is a free and public space that discusses the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and equity as they pertain to public policy, the criminal justice system, education, faith, mental health, pop-culture, youth issues, and the unwritten social, racial, and cultural infrastructures that pose challenges to our advancement and liberties.

The Diversity Forum is more than just Talk; it is a place of truth & transparency, resolution, problem-solving, and action. University professors, Re-entrants, Executive Directors, Higher Ed Administrators, Government officials, and experts in race relations and social justice initiatives are among the bevy of scholarly speakers that share their stories and experiences.

Be encouraged to join a future conversation. Click here to subscribe to the Central PA Diversity Forum, and receive emails for future events. Engage, Educate, Empower. REPEAT!
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.
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Be a Virtual Mentor Who Makes a Real Impact 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region is looking for virtual mentors. During COVID-19, many youth are dealing with feelings of isolation, anxiety and loneliness. The time for change is now! January is National Mentoring Month and we’re looking for positive individuals who will give the gift of time and become a virtual mentor. Help a child in your community build resilience and inspire them to continue pursuing their dreams, even during difficult times. To learn more and sign up to be a Big, visit our website today!
Adopt An Apartment Volunteers Needed
Adopt-An-Apartment volunteers needed! Brethren Housing Association (BHA) is in need of volunteers for our Adopt-An-Apartment program. Volunteers (whether they are from a church, community group, family, or corporation) commit to cleaning and furnishing an empty apartment before a new family moves in. Volunteers have the opportunity to personalize the apartment and make it a home for the incoming family. Interested? Visit bha-pa.org for more information or contact BHA Program Director, Marilyn Bellesfield, at mbellesfield@bha-pa.org.
Help Families Experiencing Homelessness 
Interested in volunteering to help families experiencing homelessness? Brethren Housing Association (BHA) is need of volunteers to support our Adopt-An-Apartment program by cleaning and furnishing an empty apartment before a new family moves in. BHA is also in need of volunteers to donate cleaning and hygiene supplies, and work groups to assist the BHA Property Manager with renovation projects, maintenance needs, painting, and cleaning. These opportunities are great for church and community groups, families, and corporate team building activities. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at BHA, visit bha-pa.org or contact BHA Program Director, Marilyn Bellesfield, at mbellesfield@bha-pa.org.
Your Time is a Gift We Need!
Your time is a gift! Volunteers at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank produce the equivalent of a meal a minute while helping sort and pack food into boxes for families in need. Individuals or groups up to 30 can safely volunteer in the large, off-site Central Packing Operation with wide space for social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Saturday and volunteers must be 18 or older. To learn more, and to indicate your interest in volunteering, please visit the Give Time section of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s website.
Overnight Shelters Need Volunteers
Christian Churches United has opened 2 winter overnight shelters in Harrisburg to offer a safe and warm place to sleep during the coldest months of the year. Volunteers are needed at each shelter from 7:15-10 pm for nightly intake and hospitality, donation coordination; and light cleaning.

Winter Overnight Shelter For Women and Non-binary People
Open nightly through March 31, 2021 - Guest Arrival: 8:00 pm–9:30 pm
Located at Grace United Methodist Church, 216 State Street, Harrisburg

Winter Overnight Shelter For Men
Open nightly through March 31, 2021 - Guest Arrival: 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
Located at Gospel Fellowship Church, 1635 N 7th Street, Harrisburg

CDC guidelines are being followed at both shelters. Masks required for all staff, guests, and volunteers. To help, click here or contact Aisha Mobley, Community Mobilization Coordinator, at amobley@ccuhbg.org or (717) 963-5985. Can't volunteer? You can still help by donating needed items for those who come in to stay overnight at the shelter.
It's a Dirty Job, Will You Help Do It?
Friends of Wildwood seeks volunteers ready to do spring clean up on March 13, 2021 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Kick off the spring season with litter clean up along Industrial Road. Tools and work gloves provided, but pre-registration is required. Group will meet at the Olewine Nature Center to begin. Refreshments will be available. Register here.
Help Build Girls Who Improve the World
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.
Send Thanks to Our Hospital Heroes
Join in expressing appreciation and gratitude to local hospital employees and EMT's that are serving the community! Project "Cards for Heroes" wants local frontline workers to know someone is thinking of them and supporting all of their efforts to save loved ones and neighbors by mobilizing the community to send cards of thanks. Please write a thank you card (or multiple cards) with a personal message and send them to Cards for Heroes, 570 S. 3rd Street, Lemoyne, PA 17043 by January 31, 2021. The goal is 2000 cards so please share this opportunity with friends and family. Contact Brian Miller at brianm@excelremodeling.com with any questions.
Is Your Company Looking to Inspire Local Students?
Junior Achievement of South Central PA recently launched a new way to help prepare students for a bright future. JA Inspire Virtual is a virtual career fair targeted to 8th-12th grade students. Students will enter the career fair after completing a career assessment, learning about career clusters and uncovering where they might excel in the working world. This information allows students time to select high school courses that fit within their newly found career interests. Your company can inspire students by sharing cool things about your business and marketing your company to students, educators, parents, and other businesses through JA Inspire. For more information please contact Allison Kierce at akierce@jascpa.org or 717-843-8028.
Opportunities to Support New Location in Enola
New Hope Ministries started offering services to our Enola, East Pennsboro, and Summerdale neighbors on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Take a moment to walk through the building with Executive Director Eric Saunders as he showcases our vision and highlights special features. Right now, our greatest needs are committed volunteers, donations for the food pantry (canned meats, fruits, and vegetables; cleaning products; laundry soap; diapers/wipes), ongoing financial support, and friends to share the good news that there is local help available for those going through hard times. For more information or to volunteer, click here.
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 www.superreader.org.
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:
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