Foodies: Red Alert for Restaurant Week York 2014

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by John Ellis

It’s that time of year again. And thanks to the people at Fulton Bank (This year’s major sponsor) it just might be the best Restaurant Week… ever. Sure, we’re biased to our local roots, but can you blame us?

Foodies can rest easy with budgeting – Meals will range in price from $5 to $30 depending on your flavor. The goal of restaurant week is to expose York as one of the top foodie destinations in the Susquehanna Valley, and to improve economic conditions in the process.

Some restaurants participating in the foodie fun are White Rose Bar & Grill, The Left Bank, Maewyn’s, and Nuts About Granola. A full list of participating Restaurants, Pubs, and other local businesses is on the official Restaurant Week website.

The event runs from February 22nd through March 1st. Restaurant Week YORK, PA 2014

Want some cash for your favorite charity? We’ll add $5 to the pot every time someone mentions @YAFCA and uses the #caredabout hashtag on Facebook or Twitter, including a location and photo (see our tweet here – we made our own as a friendly little example). The giveaway begins on February 22nd and runs through March 1st*.

We will announce the winner in a post right here on the blog on Monday, March 25th.

As usual, the entries will go on paper entries, and then the winner drawn on video. Now would be a great time to drum up some support for your favorite charity. Grab some friends and supporters and tell them to be sure to frequent Restaurant Week, and to tweet or post (on Facebook) their favorite dishes mentioning @YAFCA and using the #caredabout hashtag (featuring their favorite dish in a tweet or post).

There is a $100 max for this Social Giveaway.

Friday Roundup: What You Might Have Missed This Week

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by John Ellis

Good afternoon, and thanks for taking the time to catch what you might have missed this week at YAFCA. This is the first Friday Roundup of many more to come. So we thought we’d take a moment and explain why we’re starting this (it’s slightly selfish, we admit).

There are several reasons, really, so here you go – for your reading pleasure:

1: We like Google, and their lovely Google Bot – Statistics show that patterns in blogging are helpful when looking to improve your search engine indexing. Part of that pattern involves posting consistently, and posting content consisting of approximately 350 words or more. Posts of this length allow the “bot” to see that some thought was applied to the content.

2: We’re committed to giving you more content that highlights our Partners and Sponsors. Look for content covering this on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at approximately 3pm, EST.

3: To recap, here’s what to expect from here on out: Twice a week, you’ll have informative content – sometimes three you when we post YAFCAsts from our very own Board President Mark Boyd (PS, we have him to thank for all of this advice, that we thought we’d send your way). Weekly Roundup with YAFCA

And by the way, there is one post that you may have missed this week (yes, it was actually last week… we know). Anyhow – we’re proud that Kinsley Construction is setting the pace in their part of the Northwest Triangle in our very own York, Pa. We shared their inspiration for moving downtown and showed you a shot from inside the new diggs.

And that’s it – your weekly recap from YAFCA. We’ll see you on Tuesday at three!

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Kinsley Construction Relocates Corporate offices in the Heart of Downtown York

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by John Ellis
Kinsley Construction, LSC Design, Nonprifits, Northwest Triangle, Santander Stadium, York Revolution Baseball

(Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Robert Kinsley II had a logical reason for relocating to the Northwest Triangle; near Santander Stadium in Downtown York. “”We paid city taxes [at our other location], but we didn’t get any of the benefits,” he said.

His firm, LSC Design, relocated to its new offices in December. The newly renovated space is the former home of a 1920s constructed plumbing parts warehouse that has been sitting empty for decades. Kinsley’s decision to relocate offices in the old building was key in ongoing developments to revitalize the Northwest Triangle, an area many Yorkers believe is central to sustaining economic growth in the Downtown York community.

A contributing factor to the move was Kinsley’s desire to increase his giving downtown as well. Subsequently, vacant space in the newly minted office encourages collaborative thinking from employees and community members alike. Plans are in place to open the space up to expos and fundraisers for local artists and nonprofits.

Special thanks to YDR’s Hannah Sawyer for her full article on the new offices. Click here for her full article.

YAFCAst – YAFCA Board Secretary Sarah Ellis

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Podcast, Soundcloud, Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst! Our special guest this week is Sarah Ellis, board secretary of YAFCA and wife of founder John Ellis.  Sarah has been part of YAFCA from the time it was merely an idea, and gives us some insight into what she does, what YAFCA is all about, and what we can expect in the future.

So without further adieu, heeeeeeeere’s Sarah Ellis!

 

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YAFCAst – Andrew Ponti of the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society Tells Us About Upcoming Events on the Pride of the Susquehanna

Posted on: July 21st, 2013 by Mark Boyd

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Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst! Our special guest this week is Andrew Ponti, the executive director of the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society.  When we first spoke with Andrew in April, he gave us some background on the Pride of the Susquehanna and how the HARS uses the riverboat to promote the heritage of the area and provide education for our youth.

Harrisburg Area Riverboat SocietyHarrisburg PA City Island

This time around Andrew talks about upcoming events including free cruises for veterans, murder mystery cruises and the upcoming Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment!  You can find out more about HARS and the Pride of the Susquehanna here:  http://harrisburgriverboat.com.  In the meantime, heeeeeeeere’s Andrew Ponti!

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Partners Update: Help us Welcome our Newest Nonprofits!

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by John Ellis

Things have been picking up pace at YAFCA in the last six months or so. With the finalization of phase two of our site launch complete, we now have a growing following and presence for our business sponsors and nonprofit partners.

AngelsOfAmFallen

Allow me to take a moment to introduce our newest sponsors and partners: Angels of Americas Fallen: I met this patriotic organization through a former Air Force member who now lives in Colorado. We normally work locally, but since AOAF is supporting two children of fallen heroes local to Pennsylvania, we’re proud to support them!

 

 

scorePartnerSCORE York is local and probably quite familiar to most local business owners. We’re honored that SCORE joined our listings. We owe a lot to SCORE – They’ve provided lots of insight, and also helped us with portions of our business plan.

 

 

 
PawsPAWS of PA is another cause that’s near and dear to us, especially since Social Giveaway winner Jenn Bell nominated them for our Fall2013 Social Giveaway. Founded in 1979, PAWS is a no-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter group dedicated to saving the lives ofcompanion animals through spaying and neutering, pet fostering and adoption, and educational efforts. We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 membership-based organization that receives no government funding.

 

Could you recommend anyone else we should partner with? We are always looking for new local companies and charitable causes to promote in the community.

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YAFCAst – Theo Braddy and Sarah Galbraith Loucks from Living Well With A Disability pt 2

Posted on: June 16th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

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Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  Our guests are Theo Braddy  (Executive Director of Center for Independent Living of Central PA and Sarah Galbraith Loucks (CMP of Meeting Well).

challenge people with disabilities to discover their very best livesIn this week’s part 2 of our interview, Theo and Sarah discuss more about Living Well With A Disability and the work they do in promoting independence in people living with a disability.

Click on the links below for information on attending and/or participating in The Living Well With A Disability 2013 Conference and Expo coming up this August.

Living Well With A Disability Conference: August 23 – 26, 2013

FREE Expo: August 24 – 25, 2013

Listen to the YAFCAst here:

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YAFCAst – Living Well With A Disability 2013 Conference Info with Theo Braddy and Sarah Galbraith Loucks

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

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Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week our special guests are Theo Braddy  (Executive Director of Center for Independent Living of Central PA and Sarah GalbraithLoucks (CMP of Meeting Well).

challenge people with disabilities to discover their very best livesIn this week’s part 1 of our interview, Theo and Sarah discuss the concept of Living Well With A Disability and the work they do.  The Living Well With A Disability 2013 Conference and Expo is coming up this August.

The links below will lead you to the information you need if you want to attend:

FREE Expo: August 24 – 25, 2013

Listen to the YAFCAst here:

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YAFCAst – Natalie Kopp Discusses The PA Breast Cancer Coalition And How You Can Be Involved

Posted on: June 6th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

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Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week our special guest is Natalie Kopp, Communications Director with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  This week, Natalie tells us about her history with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and how you can learn more about what they do through their newsletter.

If you want to sign up for their newsletter or find out more about their upcoming charity events, just go to http://pabreastcancer.org.   There, you will find all kinds of information about what they do and how you can get involved.

In June and July, they will be sponsoring the 2013 Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby at 5 different ballparks in Pennsylvania to raise money for breast cancer survivors and their families.  It’s a great event where the whole family can be involved.  For more information on that, visit www.pahomerunderby.org.  We hope to join Natalie for more chats in the future, but in the meantime, heeeeeeeere’s Natalie Kopp!

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JTSF Crab Feed

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by John Ellis


JTS.webRead on for event info, or click the JTSF logo to purchase tickets.

(Ticket sales for this event are now closed) 

Where: Kerry’s Green at 150 Country Club Rd., Red Lion, PA 17356
What: Crab feed to benefit the JTS Foundation
Tickets are $35 per adult, $10 for kids under 12 and free for kids under 3!

No tickets will be sold the day of the event, you must have a ticket to enter!

 

Hi friends!

We would like to give you some more information about our 3rd Annual Crab Feed which will be held at a new location this year! Of course, nothing has changed about the importance of this event! All proceeds benefit children and families in our area who are battling childhood cancer. Please join us on Father’s Day weekend to celebrate these families, remember those who cannot be with us and raise awareness and a lot of money!We are extending a big thank you to Kerry’s Green for becoming our new home to this beloved event.The event will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 5 p.m. featuring all-you-can-eat fresh steamed, Maryland blue crab from the fine folks at She’s Got Crabs! Additionally  we feature hot dogs, picnic side dishes and more desserts than you can handle!Beverages will be provided, non-alcoholic and alcoholic (sodas, tea, water and beer). Unlike in the past, this event is notBYOB. Please pass this along to friends who may have attended our event in prior years. If you have any questions about this please contact us at jtsfoundation@gmail.com.JTSF merchandise will be available for purchase. There will be a cash raffle as well as a few other special raffle prizes. If you cannot join us and would like to make a donation (monetary or in-kind), please visit our Facebook page or reach out to Savannah Smith at jtsfoundation@gmail.com! We appreciate your gracious support and look forward to seeing you at Kerry’s Green on June 15th! These tickets make a fantastic Father’s Day gift and help support the fight against childhood cancer.

Get yours today!

This post was originally published by our friends and partners at  The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation.

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Red Cross Statement on Oklahoma Tornado

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by John Ellis

The American Red Cross issued the following statement following the tornado in Oklahoma this afternoon:

RedCrossWebWASHINGTON, Monday, May 20, 2013 – Our thoughts and concerns go to everyone in Oklahoma following this horrific tornado.

The American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others; we continue to operate three shelters that were opened Sunday in the Oklahoma City area following the storms on Sunday.

Red Cross volunteers are out tonight with food and supplies supporting first responders.

More than 25 emergency response vehicles are positioned to move at first light Tuesday, and we expect that the number will increase. The Red Cross is also sending in kitchen support trailers to support the upcoming operation to provide meals to those forced out of their homes.

People in Oklahoma near the tornado area are encouraged to connect with one another and let loved ones know that they are safe. This can be done through the I’m Safe feature of the free Red Cross tornado app. In addition, if you have access to a computer, go toredcross.org/safeandwell to list yourself as safe. If not, you can text loved ones or call a family member and ask them to register you on the site.

This has been a major disaster, and the Red Cross will be there for the people in this state and this community. People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

This post originally appeared as a press release put out by the Red Cross on Monday.

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YAFCAst – Natalie Kopp Discusses Her Role at PA Breast Cancer Coalition, and explains about some upcoming events.

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst! This is part one of our series with Natalie Kopp, Communications Director with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. This week, Natalie tells us about the organization and their upcoming 2013 Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby.

In June and July, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition has their annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer Home Run Derby at 5 different ballparks in Pennsylvania to raise money for breast cancer survivors and their families. It’s a great event and your whole family can take part in it…even without swinging a bat! You and your kids can get out in the field and shag balls and have a great time. e involved. For more information on that, visit www.pahomerunderby.org.

If you want to sign up for their newsletter or find out more about upcoming events, just go to http://pabreastcancer.org.

In the meantime…heeeeeeeere’s Natalie Kopp!

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Support The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society: Giveaway!

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by John Ellis

AskAwayHave you read any of our posts from contributor Ellen Ross? If not, you have some catching up to do. Even better, you’ll support our nonprofit partners when you do.  The Pride of the Susquehanna is honored to be one of them. YAFCA is pleased to have a working relationship with both Ellen, and The Pride. Check out the following giveaway, originally published on Ellen’s blog.

This Summer, enjoy the local scenery of the Harrisburg area even at night, by taking a Arooga’s Wing Night Cruise on The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat!    You can enjoy the sunset on the river while you devour wings from Arooga’s! It doesn’t get much better than that! There is an Arooga’s Wing Night Cruise each month.

The cruises run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. 

The Pride is handicapped and wheelchair accessible. This cruise is for ages 13 and older. Restrooms are available onboard.

The wing options are as follows : 

  • All-inclusive of 10 BONELESS wings, veggies, sauce, FREE Yuengling frisbee plate, and a 2 hour cruise ($20.00)
  • All-inclusive of 5 BONELESS wings, veggies, sauce, FREE Yuengling frisbee plate, and a 2 hour cruise ($15.00)
  • All-inclusive of 10 REGULAR wings, veggies, sauce, FREE Yuengling frisbee plate, and a 2 hour cruise ($22.00)
  • All-inclusive of 5 REGULAR wings, veggies, sauce, FREE Yuengling frisbee plate, and a 2 hour cruise ($17.00)
  • Just the cruise. Wings not your thing? Take just the cruise. Enjoy the cash bar and the sights ($10.00)


Pride of SusquehannaTo purchase tickets visit: http://shop.harrisburgriverboat.com/Aroogas-Wing-Night_c19.htm

OR
Enter to win 1 free ticket to the June 19th cruise below! (It’s super easy!!!) 
Here’s How to Enter:

1. Like The Harrisburg Riverboat on Facebook here.
2. Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address.

Bonus Entry: (must complete the main entry first)

 **LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH BONUS ENTRY YOU COMPLETE**
1. Follow The Harrisburg Riverboat on Twitter here.

2. Sign up for The Harrisburg Riverboat email blast here.(You Get A $2 coupon!)   
3. Tweet the following:  
I entered to win a free ticket to the Arooga’s WIng Night Cruise from @Pride_Riverboat and @Ellen_ross1!  http://ow.ly/kPIgY
4.  Share this giveaway on Facebook.

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11:59 PM EST and a winner will be chosen via Random.org. 

Please note, to enter with comments, you must post your comment on Ellen’s blog!

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Leg Up Farm & This Saturday’s “Alarm At The Farm”

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by John Ellis

YAFCA is pleased to announce Leg Up Farm’s upcoming Alarm At the Farm event. Scheduled for this Saturday from noon to six. Leg Up Farm is holding its first walk to raise money to help support services provided to children with special needs and their families. Become united with other families sounding the alarm for disability awareness.

There’s still time to create a team and join YAFCA at the farm for a fun day filled with activities, food, and fellowship. You can sign up, volunteer, or become a corporate sponsor. You may also give a gift in support of Saturday’s event through an online donation.

LegUpPartnerLeg Up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in York County, Pennsylvania, for children with disabilities and developmental delays. We believe every child is special and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, they know that therapy takes a lot of time and hard work. Our individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services, and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families.

“Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

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Happy Mother’s Day from YAFCA

Posted on: May 12th, 2013 by John Ellis

Today is Mother’s Day –  a day when moms all over the country are honored with gestures of appreciation and love. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States.  Jarvis’ holiday eventually was adopted by the US and other countries all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother’s day.

Mothers-Day-2013

And right they are to recognize these often unsung heroes. After all, it’s impossible to exist without first spending close to thirty six weeks in the womb of one of the women who’s legacy this post, and day celebrates! And commonly this time in the womb is only the beginning. Personally speaking, my own mother Peggy has been supporting almost my every major decision since I opened my eyes for the first time in 1983. Heck, she’s even supported me through some of the bad ones… not out of error, but out of love and a knowledge that sometimes you gotta learn it on your own. So this is for you mom – and for all the other ones out there! I love you, and so do all of us at YAFCA! Thanks for all you do to make the world a brighter, better place.

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YAFCAst – Andrew Ponti of Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Harrisburg PA City Island

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst! Our special guest this week is Andrew Ponti, the executive director of the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society.  From starting out as a crewman on the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat to his current role as executive director, Andrew is a wealth of knowledge.

Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society

This is particularly good when the person conducting the interview (me!) has that burning question:  What does a riverboat and riverboat cruises have to do with non-profits and charities? The answer?  A lot.  In today’s part 1 of our interview with Andrew, he tells us a bit of the history behind the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society and their work as a non-profit organization.  In the forthcoming installments of our interview, Andrew will talk about upcoming events including the first Pride of the Susquehanna cruise of the season…Mother’s Day!  You can find out more about HARS and the Pride of the Susquehanna here:  http://harrisburgriverboat.com.  In the meantime, heeeeeeeere’s Andrew Ponti!

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YAFCAst – Part 3 with Savannah Smith of Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst! This week Savannah Smith of the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation in York, PA tells us more about upcoming events and how the foundation continues helping families dealing with childhood cancer. This is part three of our series of chats with Savannah, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with the work of the JTS Foundation.  Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in for more chats with Savannah and our other non-profit friends and partners.

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YAFCAst – Madeline Taylor Talks About Teens Stand For Charities

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Madeline Taylor, president of Teens Stand For Charities in York, PA tells us how she and five other teens overcame adversity and being told “you can’t do this” to make a difference in their community and around the world.

This story is tells how Teens Stand For Charities is finding ways to help in their community despite the perception that age is a barrier to ability and community influence.

Madeline Taylor of TSFCThis story is great inspiration for any teens who want to find ways to help in their community, but may not feel they’re being taken seriously.  You CAN make a difference.  Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in for more chats with Madeline and our other nonprofit friends and partners.

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YAFCAst – Savannah Smith of the JTS Foundation Discusses How They Put Donations To Good Use

Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Savannah Smith of the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation in York, PA tells us how they put donation money to good use in helping families dealing with childhood cancer.

JTS Foundation childhood cancer fundraiser
This is part two of our series of chats with Savannah, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with the work of the JTS Foundation.  Thanks for listening,and be sure to tune in for more chats with Savannah and our other non-profit friends and partners.

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YAFCAst – Savannah Smith of the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation for Childhood Cancer

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Savannah Smith of the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation in York, PA tells some of the story of how the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation came to fruition and a about how they help families dealing with childhood cancer.

JTS Foundation childhood cancer fundraiserI was fortunate and blessed to meet Savannah and her mother at the JTS Foundation fundraiser last September and all I can say is “What incredible ladies and what an incredible story!”  Listen for yourself and take a moment to visit the JTS Foundation website to find out how you can help the families of children with cancer.

This is part one of our series of chats with Savannah, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with the work of the JTS Foundation.  Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in for more chats with Savannah and our other non-profit friends and partners.

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YAFCAst – Tom O’Connor of Leg Up Farm Tells Us About Their Wellness Center And How You Can Get Involved

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Tom O’Connor of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf, PA (York County) tells about the Wellness Center at Leg Up Farm, how it helps with children with developmental delays and disabilities and how you can get involved and contribute to the service at Leg Up Farm.

LegUpPartnerPgLeg Up Farm is a progressive facility that incorporates horseback riding and numerous real activities that help both the mental and physical progress of every child. This is part five of our series of chats with Tom, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with what Leg Up Farm has to offer as we are! Thanks for listening, and if you want to learn more about their services, contact Tom O’Connor directly at 717-266-9294 or by email toconnor@legupfarm.org.

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YAFCAst – Leg Up Farms’ Tom O’Connor Tells Us About Rainbow Garden

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Tom O’Connor of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf, PA (York County) tells about the Rainbow Garden at Leg Up Farm and how it helps with mentally engaging children with developmental delays and disabilities while at the same time engaging them physically with exercise.

Leg Up Farm is a progressive facility that incorporates horseback riding and numerous real activities that help both the mental and physical progress of every child.

This is part four of our series of chats with Tom, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with what Leg Up Farm has to offer as we are! Thanks for listening, and if you want to learn more about their services, contact Tom O’Connor directly at 717-266-9294 or by email toconnor@legupfarm.org.

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Dealing with Differences in a Friendship

Posted on: February 20th, 2013 by Ellen Ross

It’s a common problem that comes up in a friendship where both people can’t agree on something they discuss, whether it be politics, religion, or a simple moral value. Once an issue like this arises, it’s easy for us to start second guessing if we can continue getting along with our friend and get past the fact that we believe two different things. If you are struggling with how to accept your differences then you need to remember that when it comes to certain issues, nobody is right, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

There is a reason why most people have several friends that they keep close to them that they can talk about a variety of topics with. Maybe one of your friends doesn’t agree on the casual relationships you take on in your personal life. The easy solution is that you simply need to not discuss that with them, and rather consult a different friend that would understand and support you.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining friendships despite disagreements.

1. Turn to Different Friends for Different Topics – If you need help making a decision that you know some of your friends may not agree with, make sure you only seek advice from the friends that you know will support you. Someone with a neutral point of view on hot topic issues or someone who doesn’t let politics or religion get in the way of any advice they give would be an ideal friend to turn to. For example, if you have some touchy dating issues, make sure you only seek discuss them with a friend who could relate to or understand your issues so that you don’t have to worry about offending anyone or even feeling judged yourself.

2. Agree to Disagree – Make sure that whenever a topic comes up in conversation that you know you both can’t agree on, you are always respectful of your friend’s view. Saying something like “ I see your point” is enough to let them know you respect their opinion and you accept it. After a touchy subject is brought up and you let your friend know you support their view, try to move on to a neutral subject.

3. It’s Never the End of the World – No matter what issue is at hand, keep in mind that there is a reason you choose to have your friends in your life. There are obviously several things you enjoy doing together or things you have in common. A simple argument or disagreement should NEVER mean that your friendship is over, and if it does, then you need to reevaluate who you let into your life. Does the issue at hand mean that you and your friend can never coexist together? Well, it shouldn’t

At the same time, you always need to remember to be a good friend to others so here are two tips on maintaining your end of the friendship despite disagreements.

1. Be Supportive – Even if you don’t agree with what your friend is doing or saying, it’s important that you respect their opinions. You can always apologize that you can’t offer much guidance on a certain topic and then suggest that they discuss things with one of their other friends that might understand them more.

2. Opposites Attract – Sometimes you need a friend that can disagree with the bad decisions you might be planning on making. At the same time, never be afraid to let your friend know if you think something they are involved with isn’t a good idea for THEIR OWN well-being.

+Ellen Ross writes on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askaway.com.

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Effectively Dealing with Issues in the Workplace

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by Ellen Ross

So you finally landed your ideal job, you are making great money, and your job is in no danger of ever being eliminated from the company. Everything is going great, until you start to have personal issues with people in the workplace. Some people can never seem to get over issues with other people and it can ultimately lead to them leaving their place of employment, but that is not the answer. Settling issues in the workplace is actually very easy as long as you keep a few tips in mind.

Tip 1: Staying out of Office Drama
It can take years to build up a trustworthy friendship with a coworker, so remember to always stay neutral. If someone is venting to you about their boss, or another coworker, try not to join in by agreeing with them. This doesn’t mean you have to disagree with them, it simply means that instead of saying “Yes, you’re right, she really is a lousy boss”, you can say something more like “That’s a shame you’re having to deal with these issues but hopefully it starts working out for you soon.”

Tip 2: Stay Neutral
No matter what issues you see going on between the people you work with, always stay neutral and remain peaceful with everyone, even if you aren’t a fan of someone in particular. This makes coming to work everyday much easier for you because you’ll never have to deal with being put in an awkward position. If anyone ever asks you if you are close with another coworker just tell them that you like to stay neutral and you get along with everyone.

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Tip 3: Get Attention the Respectable Way
Your coworker got a promotion but you want to ensure that your boss still sees how deserving you are of one and you feel the need to highlight your successful projects you’ve completed. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t try to brown nose your way to the top. Agreeing with your boss and going out of your way to please him or her is okay if you are being genuine, but to really earn a promotion and the attention you seek you need to make sure it shines through in your work. Meet all your deadlines on time, or even beforehand, and make sure to realistically volunteer to assist your boss with something only when you are entirely capable of doing so. If you are worthy of a promotion, it WILL be recognized and you shouldn’t have to go out of your way to be noticed. Your work will win you the respect you deserve.

Tip 4: Remember that You Never Know Who You Might End Up Working Under Someday
That intern that you were never a fan of could very well end up being your boss someday down the road. Always treat coworkers with kindness and respect even if they don’t do the same back for you. It could mean the difference between getting a job under them someday, or having a good recommendation made about you that works out in your favor when applying for a promotion.

About the Author:
Ellen Ross+ writes on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askawayblog.com.

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YAFCAst – Founder John Ellis Explains YAFCA’s Purpose, Current Efforts and Widening Scope

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst, a continuation of our discussion with founder and president John Ellis.  In this second installment, John talks more about YAFCA’s purpose, its current efforts and the widening scope of its work compared to his original vision.

Stay tuned to YAFCA.org for future podcasts with John, YAFCA staff members, volunteers and our business and non-profit partners like Leg Up Farm and the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation.

And now…live from Bruch, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany…Mr. John Ellis!

YAFCAst – Creative Director Renee Ellis’ Insight Into The Creation and Progress of YAFCA

Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to today’s YAFCAst with YAFCA Creative Art Director Renee Ellis.   As well as being the creative art director, Renee is the sister of founder and president John Ellis.  Because of this brother/sister connection, she has interesting personal insight into the development and progress of YAFCA.

In fact, Renee’ says John’s idea of YAFCA’s mission of serving charitable non-profit organizations and the community in general actually started germinating 10 years ago!

Stay tuned to YAFCA.org for future podcasts with Renee, YAFCA staff members, volunteers and our business and non-profit partners like Leg Up Farm.

And now…live from York, PA…Renee Ellis!

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How Fashion Makes Us Feel

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by Ellen Ross

A woman trying to land a high-paying job wears a suit to her interview. A man trying to impress a woman on their first date wears a nice button up shirt and slacks that he’s even ironed out beforehand. So, why do people wear what they wear? One might say that we dress in whatever feels comfortable on us, especially when you are dressing for your job that you’ve had for over 10 years. But a simple change in wardrobe by wearing a suit to a meeting can help change your attitude immensely and get you out of that boring old daily routine.

A suit can make a man feel very powerful in the workplace.

Take the “power suit” for example; a woman could easily wear dress pants and a nice blouse to an interview, but when she wears a suit it makes her feel more professional and powerful. The way you feel about yourself has a major effect on your attitude and can mean the difference between getting a promotion or not. A suit is a common wardrobe piece of a businessman, which shows power and authority, but when a woman puts it on, it can do just a little more. A woman wearing a suit basically motivates her and can tell the world “I can do just as good a job as anyone else because I am powerful and professional.”

Have you ever noticed how a guy will dress on the first date when he’s really trying to impress someone? His usual attire may be a t-shirt and jeans but when he needs to really make a good impression, he has no problem ironing a collared shirt and slacks so that he looks well put together. This makes him feel more confident and it can show her that he is motivated to win her over.

When a woman gets dressed up for a formal dance or celebration she wears a fabulous dress and gets her hair and makeup done so she is flawless. Feeling like a queen, she has a fantastic night out and dances the night away in style. All it took to give her the best night of her life was a good occasion and the perfect ensemble!

There is a huge correlation between what we wear and how we feel. When I add jewelry to an outfit I feel much better about myself than when I wear no jewelry at all. Even if no one notices or compliments me, every time I walk by a mirror I am proud of myself for the ensemble I put together. This may answer the question as to why we always feel the need to buy a new outfit for a special occasion. There’s something about the crisp fresh feeling of a brand new outfit being worn for the first time that makes you extra proud of yourself. Sometimes, after being stuck at home all day, you just need to dress in a nice pair of jeans and shoes when you run errands to give yourself an extra boost of energy. So next time you look in your closet to choose an outfit, remember that when you feel good about how you look, you automatically have a more positive attitude.

About the Author:
Ellen Ross+ write on her blog Ask Away, an advice and fashion blog, where she posts about life, love, fashion, fitness, and a variety of other topics. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with her 4 Chihuahuas and works for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You can read her blog at www.askawayblog.com.

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YAFCAst – Leg Up Farms’ Tom O’Connor Discusses Their Use Of Horseback Riding As Therapy

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This week Tom O’Connor of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf, PA (York County) talks about the work of Leg Up Farm with using horseback riding as therapy for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

LegUpPartnerPgLeg Up Farm is a progressive facility that incorporates horseback riding and numerous real activities that help both the mental and physical progress of every child. This is part two of our series of chats with Tom, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with what Leg Up Farm has to offer as we are! Thanks for listening, and come back next week to learn more about our Creative Art Director, and more.

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Preserving York: 2nd Interview

Posted on: January 26th, 2013 by John Ellis

This is the second of a two part segment with Blake Stough, of the recently established blog, and movement known as “Preserving York (PY).” In case you missed it,  here’s a link to the first installment.  If you would like to hear from Blake more often, please let us know with a comment, as we are exploring the possibility of creating an ongoing segment!

(YAFCA)  2012 was big in many ways for PY. What can York expect in the coming year?

(PY)  Preserving York had a fantastic 2012 and the next twelve months look like they will be even more extraordinary. The Second Annual Preserving York Picnic is already being planned with even more attractions for guests to enjoy. Details will be provided in future stories and on the PY group on Facebook.

In the coming year Preserving York would like to offer the community tours of local historic properties, photo walks, walking tours of area towns, and more. We don’t always focus on your typical “tourist attractions”, and some pieces of history we highlight you may pass every day without knowing about its importance.

With the number of history and community events in the area I would love for Preserving York to be an active participant or to have a presence in the form of a display, where we can share our interests with others.

There’s a vast amount of historic memorabilia in the area that is undocumented. Some of these pieces are irreplaceable and Preserving York would love to digitally document them for those who do not have the means to do so themselves.

The elderly in the York County community hold a wealth of knowledge that we’d like to capture through the recording of oral histories. These recordings would be transcribed and made available for others to learn from.

These are just a few examples of how Preserving York can support the local community.

The time has come to make Preserving York an “official entity” and serious consideration is being examined to make it a non-profit organization or join forces with a non-profit that shares a similar focus on community.

(YAFCA) How can someone learn more about these events?

(PY) Those interested in learning about future events organized by Preserving York are welcome to visit PreservingYork.com, where updates are posted often. I also invite those interested in York County history to join the active Preserving York group found on Facebook. Preserving York “news” is also shared on my personal social media accounts, such as Facebook , Twitter , and Google+ . Anyone with questions or who would like additional information can contact me at any of those places.

(YAFCA) Are you the driving force behind PY, and are there any plans to choose an executive board if you form as an official nonprofit?

(PY) While I may be the “driving force” behind Preserving York, its loyal followers are the primary component that makes it a success. Without their assistance, guidance, and support I would never have been able to make PY what it is today. PY doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to the entire York County community, whether near or far. If Preserving York does indeed become a non-profit organization, an executive board would be a valuable asset to shape it into a viable community resource.

(YAFCA) Do you write more than the PY blog?

(PY) At the present time Preserving York receives the brunt of my writing attention, but I also do some light freelance writing for a local newspaper. I would embrace the opportunity to be a “guest writer” on blogs sharing similar interests as my own, and would also like to explore the possibility of Preserving York being a column in local newspapers or publications.

I can’t express strongly enough how much I want to engage those who rely on printed media versus the internet.

(YAFCA) Are there any other interests you have that stem from York’s history?

(PY) In addition to my work with Preserving York, I also collect any and all items related to the rich history of York County. When I say “any and all”, I mean no matter how insignificant it may seem to others. There’s a story behind every piece in my collection, but the challenge is listening to what it’s telling you.

At times I’m contacted by area residents who have items they would like to pass on to the Preserving York “cause”. If those items were ignored, there’s a strong possibility they could face life in a landfill or destruction in an incinerator, which occurs more than you can imagine.

Another interest of mine is exploring forgotten and abandoned properties and buildings, with the owners consent. I’ve explored church crawlspaces searching for tombstones and even a former prison with many secrets, but I’m always looking for the next opportunity.

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What’s behind Facebook’s changes and what does it mean for a York nonprofit?

Posted on: January 20th, 2013 by John Ellis

Posted on January 20, 2013 by Hannah Sawyer

I first met John Ellis, founder and CEO of You Are Finally Cared About, when he tweeted me. In 140 characters or less, he told me he was launching a nonprofit to help other nonprofits capitalize on the low-cost or free advertising opportunities offered by social media sites.

John’s story became one of the first I wrote for the York Daily Record, and although we were in touch many times while I worked on it, we’ve still never met in person because John is a member of the Airforce serving overseas in Germany. He’s building his York organization while separated by not only an ocean, but also at least six time zones. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn allow him to reach out to many here in York without paying exorbitant phone bills and gives him the ability to answer messages at hours that are odd for us back in the states.

Last week, I started looking into a Facebook messaging test that offered the option of paying a $1 charge to send messages directly to the inbox of someone you’re not friends with. Choosing not to pay the charge means the message is sent to the “other” folder — a gathering place for spam. The question that kept cropping up was why would anyone message someone they don’t know to begin with?

I actually do it quite frequently to get in touch with potential sources for stories, but my use is pretty unique. I thought John, whose business model is built around social media, might have a better answer. But like many, John doesn’t cold-message others either.

“Honestly, YAFCA very rarely connects to Facebook users through messages,” he wrote in an email. “We find that the social dialog with messages is very limiting, so it doesn’t necessarily fit with our business model, which relies heavily on the virality, or social reach of our interactions with users.”

He said he had discovered the other folder a couple of years ago when he wondered why messages he sent to people who had liked his organization’s Facebook page went unanswered. It’s typical for profile owners to stumble onto the folder, and Facebook acknowledges many don’t know it exists in the first place.

The other folder is one of many changes Facebook applied to profiles without much fanfare. Another was to swap out most email addresses listed on profiles from Yahoo or Gmail accounts to arbitrarily assigned Facebook email addresses. According to an article published by Slate, the changes are all part of the company’s complex effort to revamp its entire messaging system — the end goal of which is to become a do-it-all social utility.

“All of your messages with someone will be together in one place, whether they are sent over chat, email or SMS,” the company posted in a blog in 2010 at the start of the messaging project. “You can see everything you’ve discussed with each friend as a single conversation.”

The post went on to imagine that some people will have access to an entire history of friendship, from the first hello to marriage, moves, kids and beyond. Its a feature that also aims to make phone numbers and email addresses obsolete. And combined with the introduction of the social graph search function, it’s part of a big push to put Google, one of Facebook’s biggest competitors, out of business.

All this does little to explain the $1 charge exactly, except to say that it’s not an effort to boost failing revenue streams as many users who were angry with the fee claimed.

As John said, you never know quite what Facebook’s plan is. The social media market is constantly changing, and while it’s a valuable resource, it can’t replace the act of outreach by a company.

“There are so many avenues to reach people these days – the key is to be honest, open, and professional, and usually you can make a connection,” he said.

A call to serve in York City on MLK Day

Posted on: January 19th, 2013 by John Ellis

By EYANA ADAH McMILLAN 505-5438 / @ydfeatures (See the original article on YorkDispatch.com)

Six years ago, LaShay Stevens was a first-time volunteer at the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service program organized by local Crispus Attucks Community Center.

Now she is the event’s chairwoman.

Stevens, 31, said she expects about 150 people of all ages to participate in the day of service on Monday, Jan. 21, the national holiday for King, a civil rights leader who was born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated April 4, 1968.

The King Day of Service program begins with a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Crispus Attucks, 605 S. Duke St. in York City.

“The event will be catered towards the youth,” Stevens said. “We will have speakers, youth reciting poetry and Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and a praise dance performance by a group of local students.”

Then at 10 a.m., attendees will head out into the community to do volunteer projects, including a neighborhood cleanup around the center, a book read and giveaway for children, painting garages with the Salem Square Neighborhood Association and helping Crispus Attucks staff with game-day activities for youth at the center.

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“To be of service is what Mr. King was trying to get people to do … to come together and take part in the community,” Stevens said.  Volunteers are invited to return to the center at noon to receive free bagged lunches and to close the day’s events with a brief prayer, Stevens said. The day of service ends at 1 p.m.

Changed her life: Stevens said that becoming a King Day volunteer was a life-changing experience.

“After the first time I came to volunteer, I knew I had to be part of it again, to be of service to the community,” she said. “It encouraged me to (volunteer) throughout the rest of the year.”

Stevens became a volunteer with Crispus Attucks Rising Stars Youth and Family program, which provides after-school and summer programs, life skills classes, recreation activities and community service opportunities.

She now works in Crispus Attucks’ employment and training department and is a case manager for the Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT) program.

Stevens said she sees how the center’s MLK Day of Service is an inspirational experience for others.

“People have energy,” she said. “They’re kind toward one another and they’re ready to go out to serve. A lot of people bring their kids. The feel is a real sense of community.”

– Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.

Martin Luther King Day of Service at Crispus Attucks Community Center begins with a free breakfast program at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the center at 605 S. Duke St. in York City.

Volunteer efforts will be completed throughout the community from 10 a.m. to noon, when the CA will distribute free bagged lunches at its facility.

To volunteer, call LaShay Stevens at 848-3610 or email her at lstevens@crispusattucks.org.

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Preserving York: 1st Interview

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 by John Ellis

This is the first of a two part segment with Blake Stough, of the recently established blog, and movement known as “Preserving York (PY).” Walk with us as we explore the origin of the group, its current state, and what’s coming up next. If you would like to hear from Blake more often, please let us know with a comment, as we are exploring the possibility of creating an ongoing segment!

(YAFCA) How did you initially get involved with being interested in the history of York?

(PY) Following the death of my grandfather in 1997, my siblings and I received family heirlooms from his estate. Included were large, framed portraits of people from my grandparents family. Over time my father passed my grandparents entire photograph collection down to me, which included images from as early as the 1860s. I passionately worked to learn the identity of the subjects and how they connected to our family.

As my interest in genealogy grew, I found myself researching the areas where my family came from, which was York County on my father’s side. It didn’t take long before I became fascinated with all areas of local history.

(YAFCA) What lead up to the beginnings of your blog “Preserving York?”

Over the years I had attempted to create a number of different websites about York County history. Despite my attempts, none of them really “took off” and I moved on to other projects. Even during those early years, I wanted to include history that was submitted by others, which would do nothing but educate visitors even more.

As the use of social media grew I felt it was a great time to work on another local history project. Creating a blog seemed like a great pace to start. Despite my mediocre performance in writing classes during high school, I feel do a great job at getting my message across while including my own personal touch to each story.

After a slow start the blog really started to pick up steam, especially after I created the Preserving York group on Facebook. This is an extremely active local-history forum where members interact with others who share similar interests. Barely one one year old, the group is home to over 270 loyal members who consider each other family.

(YAFCA) You had a few events last year. Is there anything that stands out?

The First Annual Preserving York Picnic was truly the highlight of 2012. The idea for this event started as a simple picnic for members of the Preserving York “community”. The plans quickly evolved into a fundraiser that would support two local preservation groups. I had initially thought we would have 100 people attending, but the exposure given by the local newspapers caused interest to grow exponentially. We were fortunate to entertain over 200 guests who listening to several speakers and viewed displays from local historic groups. A catered meal was provided and as requested, guests brought their own pot-luck dishes for others to enjoy. Guided tours of the former distillery estate, Historic Shady Lane, were also given to guests who were eager to explore the 34-acre property.

Several thousand dollars of food and equipment were generously donated by local businesses and many volunteers helped throughout the day.

There is no doubt that social media is an essential component in today’s marketing. Can you share how this is part of the PY play book?

At the present time Preserving York is 100% an online entity. The marketing of PY is obtained through the use us several social media avenues including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Currently, the only PY social media account is found on Facebook in the form of a group page, which is discussed in another question. I’m struggling with the need to create additional accounts on other social media networks.

Because Preserving York relies heavily on the internet for exposure, it is virtually unknown to those who prefer printed media and have no access to the online world. While this may be an insignificant factor to some, it’s extremely important to a group specializing in local history. Elder members of our community who may not be “online” are a resource that I cannot ignore.

With that being said, PY needs to explore ways to capture that group of people, whether through a column in the local newspaper, a printed newsletter, or some other means.In your experience, would you say there are things that stand to make York’s history unique? If so, which of those are most significant, and why?

Every area of the United States and abroad has their own form of uniqueness, and York County is certainly no different. The problem we encounter is defining which piece of history is more significant than the next. Personally, I feel that each piece of history is significant, but I’d never put the importance of one in front of another….

Thank you for reading the first segment of our interview with PY. Come back next week for more, and be sure to check out the links in this article to learn more in the meantime.

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YAFCAst – Tom O’Connor Tells Us About Leg Up Farm’s Work With Childrens’ Disabilities

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to this week’s YAFCAst!  This weekTom O’Connor of Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf, PA (York County) introduces us to the facility and the work they do with children with disabilities and developmental delays.

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Leg Up Farm is a progressive facility that incorporates horseback riding and numerous real activities that help both the mental and physical progress of every child. This is part one of our series of chats with Tom, and we hope you’re as impressed as we are with what Leg Up Farm has to offer.

 

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NYE 2012: Making Your Resolution Count

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by Sarah Ellis

As 2012 comes to a close, I wanted to bring a little history of the “New Year” to you as we start 2013 at YAFCA with a blast! We have quite a few plans for the upcoming year and a hearty New Year’s resolution to help the community in many ways.

Did you know, the earliest recorded New Year’s celebrations date back about 4000 years in Babylon? Babylonians believed that the New Year began in late March when there was equal amounts of daylight and darkness. New Year’s celebrations were primarily for political purpose; new kings were crowned or the symbolic renewal of the ruler’s divine purpose.

It wasn’t until 46 B.C. that the calendar most widely used today was developed by the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar. His calendar named “Julian” was created with the help of the best astronomers and mathematicians during that time. Emperor Caesar decided that 1 January would be the first day of the year in honor of the Roman god of beginnings, Janus. Sacrifices were  given to Janus for his good favor, people would exchange gifts and houses were decorated with laurel.

Christian leaders in Medieval Europe, replaced the significance of the New Year holiday with increased emphasis on Christmas celebrated on December 25 and the Catholic Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, which is 9 months from Christmas and believed to be the day when the Virgin Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel, who told her that she would be the mother of Jesus, Son of God.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII re-established the significance of New Year’s Day among the Catholic world.

In today’s world, there are many different ways that people celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, including symbolistic foods, parades, songs, parties, fireworks, and New Year’s Resolutions among other traditions.

In Spain, eating 12 grapes after the clock hits midnight gives hope for the months ahead, legumes, black-eyed peas (Southern USA) and lentils (Italy) are symbolic of monetary coins and financial success. Consuming pork is considered to improve progress and prosperity in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal and a few other countries. Ring-shaped cakes and pastries in the Netherlands, Greece, and Mexico are used to show that the year has come “full circle”. Sweden and Norway have a rice pudding with a hidden almond in it.  It is said that whoever finds the almond will have 12 months of good fortune.

Songs like “Auld Lang Syne” have been sung for many years, but wasn’t regarded as “The New Year’s song” until played by Guy Lombardo, a Canadian bandleader who adopted the song for his annual New Year’s Eve radio and television broadcasts in the United States.

New Year’s resolutions have changed significantly in the past century. In the early 1900s a young lady would have said that her resolution was to be a better worker, more helpful, less self-centered and to improve one’s character. Lately, people are more concerned with improving body image, health, diet, finances, career options, and education.  A study in 2007 conducted at the University of Bristol by Richard Wisemen asked 3000 individuals, men and women, if they made New Year’s resolutions to find out success rates, failure rates, and how to make resolutions that are reasonable and sustainable.  They found that 88% of the individuals that set goals failed, and 22% of men achieved their goal when they used specific goal setting techniques. For example, instead of using the general goal “volunteer more”, set the goal to volunteer at least 2 hours per week and list some volunteer opportunities that interest you. They also found that when women publicly announce their goals and receive support from friends that 10% more of them are able to make their goal(s) a success.

At YAFCA, our 2013 New Year’s resolution is to partner with 10 additional nonprofits, and to secure 10 local businesses to sponsor our own nonprofit with good-faith donations. Our plan for reaching this goal is a minimum of one new contact per week, consistently. As you can see, we are really underestimating here! One of our “success” tactics that we have learned in the past year is that it’s best to set realistic goals! Better to find you are easily reaching a goal, and then increase, than to begin by falling short of a goal that is so high it is unrealistic right out of the gate. So be sure to set your goals wisely!

Another tactic you will find helpful is writing your goal down. Written goals should be approximately one paragraph, and contain your plans for short term, and long term progress. For example – Figure out what you need to accomplish each month to reach your annual goal. So for us that is a minimum of one new business and nonprofit on the books each month. Keep your “goal statement” somewhere you’ll see it often – reading it aloud will give you an edge, too!

So, what are your plans for 2013? Leave us some info in the comments, and we’ll be sure to keep tabs throughout the year to see how it’s coming!

 

YAFCAst – Creative Director Renee Ellis Discusses Her Work With YAFCA

Posted on: December 24th, 2012 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to today’s YAFCAst with YAFCA creative director Renee Ellis.  As well as being the sister of founder and president John Ellis, Renee’ brings her bright and creative graphic design talents to YAFCA’s mission of serving charitable non-profit organizations and the community in general.

Stay tuned to YAFCA.org for future podcasts with Renee, YAFCA staff members, volunteers and our business and non-profit partners.

And now…live from York, PA…Renee Ellis!

 

YAFCAst – Founder John Ellis Discusses Origin & Purpose of YAFCA

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Mark Boyd

Welcome to YAFCA’s first podcast (YAFCAst, if you will) with founder and president John Ellis.  In this first installment, John talks about the purpose of YAFCA and how it has come to be a reality.

Stay tuned to YAFCA.org for future podcasts with John, YAFCA staff members, volunteers and our business and non-profit partners.

And now…live from Bruch, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany…Mr. John Ellis!

 

YAFCA At The JTS Foundation 2012 Fundraiser

Posted on: December 12th, 2012 by John Ellis

YAFCA president Mark Boyd at JTSmith Foundation autumn fundraiser

At the end of September, YAFCA was proud to be a part of the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation’s annual autumn fundraiser in York.  What a wonderful group of people brought together by one special little guy!

Meeting Kristin and Savannah and getting to know the heart and soul of the foundation was an amazing and inspiring experience and we’re happy to support the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation’s cause to fight childhood cancer.

It was one of the first fundraisers where YAFCA has been able to show support and we were fortunate that Hannah Sawyer from the York Daily Record was there and took time out to talk with us.

You can read the full story in the York Daily Record here.

You can learn more about the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation here.

York organization launches with mission of providing support to other non-profits

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by John Ellis

By HANNAH SAWYER
The York Daily Record/Sunday News
Updated: 11/14/2012 01:40:13 AM EST

 

Mark Boyd sat down at a table at the annual autumn memorial luncheon for the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation, a local nonprofit, to talk and eat. He wore a white T-shirt with the letters “YAFCA” stamped across the front.
The letters stood for a new organization called You Are Finally Cared About for which Boyd is president of marketing. Boyd didn’t know Kristin Buckley, the founder of The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation, well. He came simply because he wanted to deliver a message of support for her and her organization, which seeks to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
Buckley’s son, Jed, died in 2010 at the age of 12 after a prolonged battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After Jed’s death, Buckley founded The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation in honor of Jed’s memory. The organization’s mission is to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer research.
But Boyd also was there because John Ellis, the president and CEO of You Are Finally Cared About, couldn’t be. Ellis is currently serving in the US Air Force and stationed in Spangdahlem, Germany.
In Germany, Ellis spends his days working full-time as a senior airman structural apprentice, performing routine facility maintenance and constructing Air Force buildings. His nights are spent working to grow his organization from across the Atlantic and to secure its non-profit status.
Attending Buckley’s fundraiser was one way for Boyd to help Ellis get the word out to the local non-profit and charitable community about the new resource. You Are Finally Cared About is unique in the non-profit world, Ellis said. Its purpose is to support other non-profits and charities by acting as an information hub for donors, customers and what Ellis calls the “in-betweeners,” or those who are both donor and customer.
The organization will operate primarily online. Its website, www.yafca.org, launched Nov. 6.
If he can explain and simplify the accreditation process for other non-profits by providing links to pertinent forms, a networking message board for users, and also advertise upcoming events, Ellis said, he can help encourage growth in the York non-profit and charity community.
“We’re focused on making sure community outreach doesn’t become so complicated that it doesn’t happen,” Ellis said.
Ellis believes individualized outreach through social media will separate his efforts from the more traditional methods, such as phone drives and mailing campaigns, that other larger organizations often use.
“We’re not just high-tech,” Ellis said. “We’re high-touch.”
“Donate money, that’s one thing,” Boyd said. “But donate time, that’s another.”
Buckley’s fundraiser generated more than $10,000 for The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation. She plans to put a portion of the proceeds toward supporting The Four Diamonds Fund and Penn State’s THON.
The support of Boyd, Ellis and the You Are Finally Cared About organization made a difference that day for Buckley.
“Having them at our fundraiser and knowing they feel our cause is worthwhile is a wonderful feeling,” she said. “It is imperative that small organizations like ours have help, support and connections. I think YAFCA is filling a much needed void.”
Ellis admitted facilitating the level of community engagement he envisions is no small task but said his work with the Air Force has taught him the determination he needed to tackle tough situations and dream big.
“If we can’t keep the buildings standing, then the planes can’t fly. I try to remind myself that I’m solving problems at work every day as I’m working to fix problems at home.”

Fall Leaf Raking

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by John Ellis

This Saturday, at COD York, meet up with fellow Yorkers and enjoy Reaching Out to the local community.

Come enjoy…  what will hopefully be great weather, lots of  fun, and a giving Spirit. COD York plans to assist as many as fifty local homeowners through the simple task of raking their leaves!   Plan to  meet in the lower parking lot at 10AM, gather into teams, and head out on the church bus, van & other vehicles as needed.  If you have a rake, please bring it.  They have about 20 extras for those who need them. If you’re planning on helping, please sign up by calling Bill Galinato at 717-767-6491.

 

 

Sigmund Freud: The Father of Behaviorism?

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by John Ellis

YAFCA. org is a Social Services Directory provided by Your Are Finally Cared About Inc. This post is one of many provided to inform, educate, and improve the community we live in.

Many thanks to Guest Writer Brittany Figdore for her contribution to our series, and the time she spent writing this for YAFCA.

Brittany has a degree in Parks & Recreation Management, with a double concentration in Community Programming and Therapeutic Recreation from Frostburg State University. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, under NCTRC. She has been a TR Programmer for Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Roanoke Valley since July 2008, working primarily with children and adults with developmental disabilities.

When given the task to write about Sigmund Freud, I cannot lie, immediately my mind went to “Oh God, why me?” While there is no lack of information or debates on this historical figure; that is exactly the problem, there is so much information on Freud and varying opinions on what he did, where would I even begin, and how could I try to make Freud interesting?

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What better place to start than at the beginning. We’ve all used the term “Freudian Slip”, but how many of us really know anything else about the man who coined that term? Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939) was a founding father of the psychoanalytic school of psychology and is best know for his structural model of the psyche (Id, Ego, Super-Ego), and 5 Stages of Psychosexual Development.

It was hard enough to stay awake in any Psych class a majority of my college career (Sorry Mom & Dad, the truth can be harsh!), let alone recall information and facts that are sitting on a shelf collecting dust in the far recesses of my brain, that were only crammed in there for an exam or two. So, unless you’re well versed in Freud and knew what the above mentioned concepts were, a little refresher may be in order.

Psychoanalytic psychology; other than being a mouth full, what is it? Freud was a proponent of the idea that an individual’s behaviors and actions are influenced by their unconscious thoughts. In order for patients to recognize these thoughts, they would engage in free association; which is when you speak about anything that is on your mind. It is during free association that dreams and slips of the tongue (Freudian slips) are revealed and the relationships between the Id, Ego and Super-Ego explored. Critics of Freud often site that many of his theories and thoughts are too generalized and over emphasize the unconscious mind. Continually, it is also pointed out that concepts of psychoanalytic theorists, like Freud, are difficult to measure and quantify. Despite its flaws, the psychoanalytic school of psychology was the base for Behaviorism, Humanistic, and what we now call Contemporary Psychology.

It is the Id, Ego and Super-Ego working together that shape our behaviors. Together, they are like a system of checks and balances.

The first of the three to develop is the Id, which is present at birth, and according to Freud is the primary component of our personality. The Id is driven by our need for pleasure and immediate satisfaction, needs, and wants. “I’m hungry; I want that sandwich.”

Our Ego is the reality of the situation and keeps us from making unacceptable actions because of the impulses of the Id. “I can’t have that sandwich because it isn’t mine.”

The Super-Ego is the last to develop as it is our sense of right and wrong, and we learn that from our parents and other authority figures. It acts as a balance for the Id and Ego; suppressing the unacceptable urges of the Id and keeping the reality of our ego in check. “I can’t have that sandwich because it isn’t mine and stealing is wrong. But, I can go to the store and buy what is needed to make my own.”

In Freud’s 5 Stages of Development, he generalized that each individual goes through these five phases and failure to conquer or master a stage will result in a fixation on that particular stage in adulthood, and will remain a fixation until dealt with accordingly. On the flip side of the coin, if each stage of development is mastered successfully, the result will be a healthy personality. The five stages, and progression through them are as follows: the Oral, Anal, Phallic, Latency, and Genital stages. It’s here where we run into additional controversy and have to come to our own conclusions on how valid Freud’s theory is today.

Modern psychology argues that, while there may be a correlation between these “stages, and ones personality in adulthood, to generalize that a specific event that early on in life is the cause of a current behavior is just too vague. There are too many variables that could come into play in that vast time span to concretely say “B” is due to “A”. Another argument about the stages of Psychosexual Development is that all of Freud’s conclusions were based on case studies, rather than objective observations. If he were even able to scientifically test his theories, how could he have proven that libido (which according to Freud was the driving factor in all five stages) was the motivating force?

With this all said, trying to look at Freud with an objective mind, one has to take everything with a grain of salt. Not everything someone says has to be tied to a subconscious thought or childhood experience. If someone based everything off how it would be analyzed by a Freudian theorist, they’d wouldn’t be able to say anything without over analyzing it, and try tying it to some fluke event in their past.

Do I think that there is validity in Freud’s stages?

Yes.

Do I think that just because a person is super organized, obsessive, inflexible and called “anal- retentive” by others that that is all because of something that happened when they were potty training?

Absolutely not.

We are all products of our environment; nature and nurture are constantly changing who we are and how we react to situations, right up to the day we die. And llet’s face it; Freud wasn’t that far off when he said that our primary motivation is libido. Marketing companies, movie producers, authors, and the music industry all capitalize on this premise every single day. Sex sells.

Seventy-one years later and as a society, we are still talking about Freud. Whether you view his thoughts and concepts as bogus and unfounded, somewhat applicable, or relevant and germane, Freud had a lasting influence on the history and future of psychology and psychotherapy.

York’s Polar Plunge 2012 – It’s a “Special Affair!”

Posted on: June 25th, 2012 by John Ellis

We found out about York’s 2012 Polar Plunge when we were perusing Facebook and noticed a friend of ours was participating this year. In the spirit of good-natured fun and games, we couldn’t help but donate some dough to Jane Hoffman’s dive into some frigid February water! You can join in on the fun, too by clicking here. As of this post, shes’s at $155. Would you consider donating to her cause?

Check out the very happy Jane! – She’s on the right!

Stay tuned for Jane’s “Post Plunge” interview!

An Interview With “Brit” Schwab, of Bell Socialization

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by John Ellis

We stumbled across Britta during a networking social for the York Young Professionals (YYP) at Maewyn’s in York, Pennsylvania, and she quickly became our primary POC for our partnership with Bell Socialization. She played an integral part in our connection with Averie Clark, the Marketing Chair at Bell. And we must say – her flare for laughs and winning smile sure caught our eye (but this one belongs to Britta)!

 

After engaging with Britta, we felt that someone this dynamic must certainly have quite a few gifts and talents to offer the non-profit sector, and we got curious about what she might have to say about it herself… so we asked her some questions about exactly that:

Introducing the interview between YAFCA and Britta! In the interview, you not only get the inside scoop on Britta, but on what’s happening at Bell, and learn how to get involved, and make a difference!

 

1 ) Tell us a little bit about yourself before we get started. What do you like to do? Hobbies, family?

I LOVE to be outside and enjoy nature……in my free time I can be found reading, kayaking, hiking and when I have extended free time, traveling. My family and friends are very important to me, and are supportive of the work I do. When I was growing up (along with my family) I did a lot of volunteer work, helping others has always been something very important to me and part of the story as to how I came to be employed at  Bell.”

2 ) Can you tell us a little bit about how Bell got it’s start?

Bell Socialization Services, Inc. began in 1966 as “The Bell Club,” a social gathering for people being discharged from local psychiatric hospitals into the greater York, PA community. The agency began simply as a place for people with mental illnesses to gather together and share in social activities such as community dinners, movie theater trips, and camping trips. Over time the agency developed and expanded to where we are today.”

“Currently, Bell offers mental health, mental retardation and shelter services. Each year in some capacity we meet the housing, recreational, vocational and basic living skills building of more than 1000 people. All of Bell’s services follow the psychosocial rehabilitation modelwhich focuses on assessing individual strengths and needssetting personal goals, and providing an environment that encourages growth and development. Bell’s ultimate goal is to help its consumers live as independently as possible in the community. Bell Socialization Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization funded in part by federal, state, and local governments, as well as grants and tax-deductible donations.”

3 ) What do you do at Bell, and how does it help Bell function as a whole?

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I work in the Human Resources Department as the Human Resources Coordinator. In my position I primarily function in the following areas; hiring employees, benefits administration, wellness programs, employee relations, internships in my department, and recruitment of great employees! One of my personal beliefs is if an employee’s satisfaction in the work place, encouragement to succeed, support and (hopefully) a feeling of empowerment are linked to how they will in turn support our consumers (service recipients) in short, it is my hope that if an employee feels supported and empowered, they will in turn carry that support and empowerment to the consumers with whom they are working.”

4 ) What’s the most important thing people can do to help get the word out about Bell, and the services you offer?

First, I think it would be helpful for someone who is interested to check out our website at www.bellsocialization.com to learn more about what we do. We have pages on Facebook (Employment at Bell Socialization) on FacebookLinked In, and we are also on Twitter (@BellSocServices).  On our website an interested person can be connected to employment, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as other ways to support the work we do such as financial contributions, in -kind donation gatherings of personal hygiene items, games, books, household items, as well as fundraising opportunities for individuals and groups.(more…)