Giving Back in Gettysburg

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Show Your Gratitude this Season by Contributing Locally

By Jennifer Mellace

Gratitude. It’s a word that holds so much meaning, especially around the holiday season—a time of year when people look to show their appreciation in one way or another. Some may show it by opening their homes to family and friends. Others show gratitude by volunteering their time at a local soup kitchen. And yet others show it by making a contribution to a local organization that holds special meaning to them. This season, Celebrate Gettysburg highlights five local nonprofits and shares how you can give back to these meaningful groups and others in your community.

Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
11 Goldenville Road, Gettysburg
http://www.adamscountyspca.org
717-334-8876

If you love animals, the Adams County SPCA is a great consideration for your giving list. Providing shelter and care for lost, abandoned, and abused animals, the shelter also educates the community about spay/neuter programs, animal wellness, and safety. “There is a reason these animals are here,” says Abigail Avery, shelter manager and humane officer. “They’ve been given up by their family or their owner died or they’ve been abused. But, they all need our help.”

During the first part of 2016, the shelter rehomed 171 dogs, 279 cats, 34 exotic animals, and four farm animals. “Since our renovation in 2015, partially made possible through donations, our shelter has attracted more people looking to adopt, which has helped make room for other animals who need shelter,” says Avery. This year the Adams County SPCA celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $50 and provide entry to a 1950s/60s theme night of dinner and dancing with an Elvis tribute artist.

“We also receive contributions when folks host Christmas parties and ask their guests to bring financial donations or supplies from our website list,” says Avery. Finally, you can help by purchasing $20 Giant Food gift cards through the shelter’s “Cash for Causes” program—for each card purchased Giant gives a portion back to the shelter.

Land Conservancy of Adams County
670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg
www.lcacnet.org | 717-334-2828

Founded in 1995, the Land Conservancy looks to preserve the rural lands and heritage of our county by partnering with local landowners to craft conservation easements. Since its founding, the Land Conservancy has collaborated with more than 100 Adams County landowners to preserve 9,822 acres of rural land. To help fund its work, the organization holds two annual fundraising events—an Art Auction each April and a Road Rally in October. “Anyone who loves Adams County’s beautiful, rural lands benefits from the Land Conservancy’s work and mission,” says Chris Little, a Land Conservancy board member. “If you love our gorgeous farmland, open fields, clean streams, and verdant forests—if you love fishing, hunting, or hiking—if you appreciate clean drinking water and plentiful, fresh food—you might consider contributing with your time and/or through a donation.”

Adams County Library System
140 Baltimore St., Gettysburg
adamslibrary.org | 717-334-5716

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” The Adams County Library System’s 69,000 library cardholders might just agree. There are six branches throughout the county, each carrying a selection of popular books and materials, and offering educational programs and lifelong learning opportunities for all ages. There’s plenty in store for children of Adams County, from story time programs for the younger ages to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) programs for the older kids.  “While it may seem early, now is a great time to sign up to volunteer for the library’s 2017 FunFest in June,” says Development Officer Dawn Smith. “It’s a great community event and our volunteers help make it a success.” Making a monetary donation to the system’s virtual library is also welcome. “We don’t receive discounts on our eBooks,” says Smith. “A donation of $81 will purchase one best-selling eBook, helping ensure availability to cardholders and offering another educational opportunity to the community.”

Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter)
117 York St., Gettysburg
www.gettysburgcares.org | 717-334-4195

From October through April—some of the coldest months in the region—Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. provides shelter when no other shelter can be found. In 2016 alone, shelter was given to 92 homeless people in our community—27 were children under the age of 12. The organization provides three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, and referrals for medical care for up to 30 people in 14 local churches. “We just celebrated our 5th birthday party with a fundraiser dinner,” says Board of Directors Chair Mary Stevenson. “The community is very supportive—we get a lot of donations of nonperishable foods, paper products, office supplies, etc. What we also really appreciate is financial contributions to help pay for our utility bills. You can imagine what they are like when we provide showers and laundry facilities for up to 30 people.”

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)
153 N. Stratton St., Gettysburg
www.sccap.org | 717-334-7634

Too often we hear about folks losing their jobs, or the elderly not being able to afford their medication or even basic necessities. That’s where SCCAP steps in, helping empower families and engage the community to provide critical services to assist low-wage earners and senior citizens in our communities.

Established in 1965, the first grant of $1,500 helped launch many programs that still exist in the community today, including Head Start, food pantries, Meals on Wheels, and other critical services. “In 1965 we were started by a group of concerned citizens, and today SCCAP is still staffed and governed by caring community members, dedicated to the families we serve, high ethics and integrity, and fiscal accountability,” says Megan Shreve, SCCAP’s executive director. “We have a rich history woven with caring staff, partnerships, donors, and volunteers—all of whom enable us to do this important work.”

The agency has brought revenue and service dollars totaling more than $10 million into the local economy. To continue this work, SCCAP relies on volunteers as well as monetary donations to its “Where Needed Most” fund, which allows funds to be allocated to the programs in most need.

Save the Date!
Make your donation really count this holiday season by donating during the Adams County Community Foundation’s (ACCF) 2016 Giving Spree on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Make a monetary donation on this date and ACCF will match a percentage of your donation to the charity of your choice. Visit www.adamscountycf.org.

Agriculture & Environment

4-H Clubs of Adams County, Inc.
extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/adams 

Adams Electric Cooperative
www.adamsec.coop

Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania
www.pagardenclubs.org

Land Conservancy of Adams County
www.lcacnet.org

Project Gaia
projectgaia.com

Watershed Alliance of Adams County
www.adamswatersheds.org

Animals

Adams County Prevent a Litter
Society, Inc.
717-624-3408

Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
www.adamscountyspca.org

Pennsylvania Avicultural Society
www.paavsoc.com

Preservation of Animal Welfare & Safety
www.pawsofpa.org

Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries
www.shiningstarstr.com

South Mountain Audobon Society
southmountainaudubon.org

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Adams County Arts Council
adamsarts.org

Casa de la Cultura
www.casagettysburg.org

Community Media of South Central PA
communitymedia.net

Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra
gettysburgchamberorchestra.com

The Gettysburg Children’s Choir
www.gettysburgcc.org

Gettysburg Community Concert Association
www.gettysburgcca.org 

Gettysburg Community Theatre
www.gettysburgcommunitytheatre.org

Gettysburg Stage
www.gettysburgstage.org

Manos Unidas Hispanic-American Center
www.manosadams.org

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries
www.pcblpa.org

Project Gettysburg-Leon
www.gettysburg-leon.org

Business & Economics

Adams County Economic Development Corporation
www.acedc.org

Adams County Housing Authority
www.adamscha.org

Builder’s Association of Adams County
www.adamscountybuilders.com

Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce
www.gettysburg-chamber.org

Main Street Gettysburg
www.mainstreetgettysburg.org

Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Programs
www.adamscha.org

Rotary Club of Gettysburg
gettysburgrotary.org

Education & Research

Adams County Economic
Education Foundation
717-334-8151

Adams County Library System
www.adamslibrary.org

Gettysburg College
www.gettysburg.edu

Gettysburg Montessori Charter School
www.gettysburgmontessoricharter.org

Gettysburg Addressers Toastmasters
gettysburg.toastmastersclubs.org

Vida Charter School
www.vidacharterschool.com

Health

American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic
www.lung.org

Family First Health
www.familyfirsthealth.org

Gettysburg Medical Center
www.plannedparenthood.org

Hoffman Homes for Youth
www.hoffmanhomes.com

Mission of Mercy
www.amissionofmercy.org

PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Inc.
www.patsainc.org

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice
spiritrustlutheranhomecare.org

Historical

Adams County Historical Society
www.achs-pa.org

The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides
gettysburgtourguides.org

Dwight D. Eisenhower Society
www.dwightdeisenhowersociety.org

Gettysburg Black History Museum Inc.
855-804-8884

Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association
www.gbpa.org

Gettysburg Foundation
www.gettysburgfoundation.org

Historic Gettysburg-Adams County
www.hgaconline.org

Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation
www.seminaryridge.org

Sons of Confederate Veterans
www.scv.org

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
www.suvcw.org

Thaddeus Stevens Society
www.thaddeusstevenssociety.com

Human Services

Adams County Children & Youth Services
717-337-0110

Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center
www.kidsagaincac.org

Adams County Community Foundation
www.adamscountyfoundation.org

Adams County Habitat for Humanity
habitatadamspa.org

Adams County Office for Aging
acofa.org

Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association
www.acvesa.org

Adams Rescue Mission
www.adamsrescuemission.org

The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College
www.gettysburg.edu

Collaborating for Youth
www.cfygettysburg.com

Gettysburg Area Civitan Club
civitan.org

Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. (Combined Area Sources for Emergency Shelter) Inc.
www.gettysburgcares.org

Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen
717-334-2773

Gettysburg Fire Department
www.gettysburgfd.com

Healthy Adams County
www.healthyadamscounty.org

South Central Community Action Programs
www.sccap.org

Special Olympics of Adams County
www.specialolympicspa.org

Survivors Inc.
enddvsa.org

United Way of Adams County
www.uwadams.org

Religious

Christ Lutheran Church
www.christgettysburg.org

First Baptist Church
www.fbcgettysburg.org

Gettysburg Baptist Church
www.gbcchurch.com

Gettysburg Bible Baptist Church
www.gettysburgbiblebaptist.org

Gettysburg Church of Christ
www.gettysburgchurchofchrist.org

Gettysburg Foursquare Church
foursquarechurch.info

Gettysburg Seminary
www.ltsg.edu

Historic Church Walking Tours
historicchurchwalkingtours.org

Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice
icpj-gettysburg.org

Turning Point-Interfaith Mission
www.adamscha.org

Social & Recreational Clubs

American Legion
gettysburgamericanlegion.org

Catholic War Veterans Club
717-334-5005

Fraternal Order of Eagles
717-334-5816

Gettysburg Moose
717-334-5916

Knights of Columbus
717-334-2510

This nonprofit guide is in no way a full listing of all Adams County nonprofits.

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