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Letter to the Editor: We’re Working to Make Elizabethtown Stronger

Because of support from United Way of Lancaster County, Elizabethtown Hub, a partnership connecting social services in the northwest corner of the county is now poised to reduce the number of individuals/families living in poverty in our area. United Way, which is supported by many generous people in Lancaster County, awarded Elizabethtown Hub a Collective Impact Grant, providing funding toward this goal. These grants encourage collaboration and shared referrals among agencies so those in need can get help more easily. They also seek to avoid duplication of services so agencies can become more effective while making efficient use of limited resources.

Elizabethtown Hub is comprised of agencies, civic clubs, schools and individuals who believe in our vision: “Our community will be stronger when everyone has basic needs met, is healthy in every aspect of life, and is empowered to pursue personal growth and goals.”

We are fortunate to live in a community and county where people care about each other and work to help those in need. With the support of United Way and others, our Elizabethtown Community Cupboard provides food for 150 families monthly, the Winter Shelter provided 1,010 beds this past winter, hundreds of youth and their parents received substance prevention instruction through Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care, and ECHOS (Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services) kept 46 households from being evicted through financial support, counseling and/or arbitration. However, since poverty is multi-faceted, Elizabethtown Hub also addresses teen depression/ trauma, supports parents as they raise children, subsidizes quality pre-school (Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services, Elizabethtown Child Care Center and Elizabethtown Nursery School), and provides health services, mental & financial counseling, job training and mentoring.

If anyone is ever in doubt their United Way contributions are used wisely, visit Elizabethtown, where we are working together, volunteering and investing in our neighborhoods, and making changes that will make us an even stronger community. Join us. Contact elizabethtownhub@gmail.com.

REBECCA HOSTETLER

Leadership Team Volunteer

Elizabethtown Area Hub

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