|Arch Street Center - Social Club||A social/recreational club for adults recovering from mental illness. Provides friendship, recreational options and gentle, unobtrusive professional guidance to adults with serious mental illness. Drop-in-Center. Lunch is provided
Activities offered include:
- Games, pool, table tennis
- Field trips
- Guest speakers
- Entertainment (television, movies, music)
An evening meal is provided for a minimal fee.
||Lancaster||Arch Street Center||Arch Street Center|
|Bright Side Baptist Church - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free Thanksgiving meal, usually the day of Thanksgiving. Reservations required.
Transportation and delivery to sick/homebound may be possible to local residents, must call ahead by November 15, 2018.
Volunteer opportunities available
||Lancaster||Bright Side Baptist Church||Bright Side Baptist Church|
|Cocalico Area Churches/Denver & Ephrata Community - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free Thanksgiving meal, usually the day of Thanksgiving. (Meal is held at an off-site location, please see Physical Site Address for location.)
Volunteers are needed, please contact Carol for details||Lancaster||Cocalico Area Churches/Denver and Ephrata Community - Thanksgiving Meal||Thanksgiving Services - Lancaster County|
|Columbia Christmas Ladies - Christmas Meal||Provides a free Christmas meal, usually the day of Christmas for senior citizens 55+ (no children). Reservations required by December 18, 2018.
Transportation for Columbia Borough residents can be arranged by December 23, 2018.
Donations and gifts needed, please call for details.||Lancaster||Columbia Christmas Ladies - Christmas Meal||Christmas Services - Lancaster County|
|East End Cooperative Ministry - Christmas Eve Meal||Provides a free holiday meal at the Community House Kitchen||Allegheny||Christmas Programs||Holiday Programs|
|Ephrata Area Social Services - Holiday Exchange Program||Coordinates the exchange of gifts in the Ephrata and Cocalico region. Churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals donate gifts to families who have signed up for the program.||Lancaster||Ephrata Area Social Services||Ephrata Area Social Services|
|Everlasting Life Ministries - Christmas Meal||Provides a free Christmas meal, usually a few days before Christmas.
Donations of turkeys, baked goods, canned goods and fresh fruit are needed. Accepted during office hours.
||Lehigh||Everlasting Life Ministries||Everlasting Life Ministries|
|First Church of God - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free Thanksgiving meal, usually the day of Thanksgiving. No reservations needed.
||Lancaster||First Church of God - Thanksgiving Meal||Thanksgiving Services - Lancaster County|
|Holy Apostle Episcopal Church - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free Thanksgiving Meal the day of Thanksgiving at the church. Eat in, take out, or delivery for shut-ins within the surrounding area are offered.
Deadline to register for 2018 will be Sunday,November 18th.
Phone 570-429-2272 or 570-429-7107
Meals that day will be delivered beginning at 11:00 am.
Meals picked up that day will be at 12:00 pm.
Eat in meals will be at 1:00 pm.||Schuylkill||Holy Apostle Episcopal Church - Thanksgiving Meal||Holy Apostle Episcopal Church|
|Lampeter United Methodist Church - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free Thanksgiving meal, usually the day of Thanksgiving. Reservations required by November 19, 2018. Home-delivered meals possible for local residents; call Nancy by November 19, 2018.
Volunteer opportunities available||Lancaster||Lampeter United Methodist Church - Thanksgiving Meal||Thanksgiving Services - Lancaster County|
|Lancaster County Project for the Needy - Christmas Food Basket||Formed in 1986, this all volunteer group raises money and collects food to distribute to needy families. The food is given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Groceries given to each individual or family are equivalent to two grocery bags and include items such as a 10-12 pound turkey, eggs, milk, bread, potatoes, frozen vegetables and fruit.
Monetary donations are welcome and are used to defray the costs of purchasing the groceries. The cost to feed one family is generally about $15.00. Donations should be sent to the Project and should be marked:
Lancaster County Project for the Needy
5813 Wild Lilac Drive
East Petersburg, PA 17520
Volunteers wishing to help package and distribute the food should come to the Clipper Stadium at 5:00am
||Lancaster||Lancaster County Project for the Needy||Lancaster County Project For The Needy|
|Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free family style Thanksgiving Meal. Reservations not required.
||Lancaster||Lutheran Church of the Good Sheperd - Thanksgiving Meal||Thanksgiving Services - Lancaster County|
|Our Lady of MT. Carmel Church||Our Lady of MT. Carmel Church||Thanksgiving Services - Lehigh Valley|
|Salvation Army Allentown - Holiday Assistance||Accepts gift/toy donations from Toys for Tots, Angel Trees and individual donors. Distributes items to families at Christmas. Must meet income guidelines. Apply for program in October - see helpful tips for sign-up dates.
Adopt-a-Family program matches donor groups with particularly needy families. Program focuses on working poor and special cases. Apply in October.
||Lehigh||Salvation Army Allentown||Salvation Army - Lehigh Valley Area Services|
|Salvation Army Lancaster - Christmas Assistance Program||Accepting Applications October 31, November 1 and November 2, 2019
Christmas assistance to low-income families and those in crisis situations who apply and meet criteria. Christmas gifts provided to children (up to 12 years of age) of families in need.
- Angel Tree program for interested persons to purchase Christmas gifts for children of families in need.
2019 Registration Dates:
Thursday, October 31, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, November 1, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, November 2, 10:00am to 12:00pm||Lancaster||Salvation Army Lancaster||Salvation Army - Lancaster|
|St. Joseph Church - New Year's Meal||Provides a free New Year's meal, usually the day of New Year's.||Lancaster||St Joseph Church - New Year's Meal||Christmas Services - Lancaster County|
|St Mark’s United Methodist Church - Thanksgiving Meal||Provides a free Thanksgiving meal, usually the day of Thanksgiving. Reservations are required by November 16, 2018.
Home-delivered meals may be possible to local residents (Mount Joy, Rheems, Bainbridge, Elizabethtown, Marietta, Salunga). Call Church by November 16, 2018.
Volunteers needed, call 2-1-1 for private contact
||Lancaster||St Mark's United Methodist Church - Mount Joy||St Mark's United Methodist Church - Mount Joy|
|Toys for Tots - Lancaster||Collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
||Lancaster||Lancaster County Detachment of the Marine Corps League||Lancaster County Detachment of the Marine Corps|
|Toys for Tots - Schuylkill-Carbon||Collect new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.||Schuylkill||Toys for Tots - Schuylkill-Carbon||Toys for Tots - Schuylkill-Carbon|
|United Churches Food Pantry - Food Donations||Pantry provides emergency food to assist households who are food insecure stretch their family food budget.
DONATIONS of the following food items are appreciated:
Cereal and Oatmeal (especially the individual packs),
Canned Fruits, Mac & Cheese (especially microwaveable for kids),Applesauce,
Hamburger / Chicken / Tuna Helper,
Tuna and other canned meats,
Beef Stew, Ramen Noodles, Noodles and Pasta,
Snacks, Drinks and Other Goods:
Pickles and Olives, Healthy Snacks, Pancake Mix and Syrup,
Boxed Milk, Vegetable Oil,
Desert Mixes, Tea / Coffee / Cocoa,
Peanut butter and Jelly (especially grape),
Juices (16 oz/less), Jello and Pudding,
Condiments – Ketchup – Mustard – Relish – Mayonnaise
Volunteers are needed to stock shelves, unload deliveries, and most importantly to help each family find the foods that will best help them this month. We have volunteers who work once a week, others work once a month, and some are on call to substitute when someone is ill or away. Call the pantry 570-322-1657, and talk to Food Pantry Coordinator to volunteer.
Special Collections at a holiday time, Christmas – Thanksgiving – Easter, to allow us to give a special basket of food to clients! Call in and talk to Food Pantry Coordination to plan such an event together.||Lycoming||United Churches Food Pantry||United Churches of Lycoming County|
|United Way of Berks County - Volunteer Center||Connect volunteers to volunteer opportunities
- Administers the Volunteer and Community Involvement Holiday Guide which allows local non profits to post their holiday needs, click here to view current listings||Berks||United Way of Berks County||United Way of Berks County|
|United Way Volunteer Center||Serves as a clearinghouse of information on volunteerism in Lancaster County. Provides the following services:
- Administers Get Connected, a web-based volunteer matching application for individuals, nonprofit agencies and corporations
- Administers Corporate Volunteer Network
- Recruits volunteers for non-profit agencies
- Publishes bi-weekly newspaper column advocating volunteerism
- Promotes volunteer recognition
- Publishes directories listing volunteer opportunities
- Provides volunteer management assistance for agencies
- Administers the Student Volunteer Program which recruits and refers students to summer opportunities
- Recruits volunteers for educational entities, e.g. Service Learning, Book Challenge, H.O.S.T.S., etc.
- Works to connect individuals to Community Service sentence volunteer opportunities
- Serves as link to national organizations addressing volunteerism
- Administers the Holiday Giving Guide which allows local non profits to post their holiday needs, click here to view current listings
Day of Caring 2017 with be held September 8th and 9th
||Lancaster||United Way of Lancaster County||United Way of Lancaster County|
|Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley||Matches individuals and groups with volunteer opportunities in the Lehigh Valley. Member agencies may access assistance in recruitment, placement, recognition, and training.
Works to connect individuals to Community Service sentence volunteer opportunities.
Customized workshops and consulting services are available to facilitate the implementation of a volunteer program or to enhance an existing program. Fees vary based on the nature/duration of the project.
Donation Connection-Program that matches member agencies to obtain non-monetary items. See website to view needed items and contacts by agency.
Administers Holiday Hope Chests which allows anyone in the community to fill a shoe box with age/gender appropriate items that are then distributed to non-profit agencies in the Lehigh Valley (exclusively) serving children, click here for information
Encourage donations for dress down days in companies--proceeds go to to Puerto Rican evacuees
Recruit and mobilizes volunteers
||Northampton||Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley||Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley|