Giving Back in Gettysburg


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

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

Agriculture & Environment

4-H Clubs of Adams County, Inc. 

Adams Electric Cooperative

Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania

Land Conservancy of Adams County

Project Gaia

Watershed Alliance of Adams County


Adams County Prevent a Litter
Society, Inc.

Adams County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Pennsylvania Avicultural Society

Preservation of Animal Welfare & Safety

Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries

South Mountain Audobon Society

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Adams County Arts Council

Casa de la Cultura

Community Media of South Central PA

Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra

The Gettysburg Children’s Choir

Gettysburg Community Concert Association 

Gettysburg Community Theatre

Gettysburg Stage

Manos Unidas Hispanic-American Center

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries

Project Gettysburg-Leon

Business & Economics

Adams County Economic Development Corporation

Adams County Housing Authority

Builder’s Association of Adams County

Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce

Main Street Gettysburg

Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Programs

Rotary Club of Gettysburg

Education & Research

Adams County Economic
Education Foundation

Adams County Library System

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg Montessori Charter School

Gettysburg Addressers Toastmasters

Vida Charter School


American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Family First Health

Gettysburg Medical Center

Hoffman Homes for Youth

Mission of Mercy

PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Inc.

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice


Adams County Historical Society

The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides

Dwight D. Eisenhower Society

Gettysburg Black History Museum Inc.

Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association

Gettysburg Foundation

Historic Gettysburg-Adams County

Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Thaddeus Stevens Society

Human Services

Adams County Children & Youth Services

Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center

Adams County Community Foundation

Adams County Habitat for Humanity

Adams County Office for Aging

Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association

Adams Rescue Mission

The Campus Kitchen at Gettysburg College

Collaborating for Youth

Gettysburg Area Civitan Club

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

Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen

Gettysburg Fire Department

Healthy Adams County

South Central Community Action Programs

Special Olympics of Adams County

Survivors Inc.

United Way of Adams County


Christ Lutheran Church

First Baptist Church

Gettysburg Baptist Church

Gettysburg Bible Baptist Church

Gettysburg Church of Christ

Gettysburg Foursquare Church

Gettysburg Seminary

Historic Church Walking Tours

Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice

Turning Point-Interfaith Mission

Social & Recreational Clubs

American Legion

Catholic War Veterans Club

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Gettysburg Moose

Knights of Columbus

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


About Author

Jennifer Mellace

Jennifer Mellace is a a published author, editor, and marketing guru. Jennifer lives in Frederick, Maryland, with her husband, two children, and three dogs. In her downtime, she enjoys trail running and hiking with her black lab, Bella.

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