Fresh posts in the ‘Interviews’ Category

YAFCAst – YAFCA Board Secretary Sarah Ellis

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, YAFCAsts

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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 | Fresh topics: , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Charity Events, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

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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.

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

Posted on: June 16th, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Special Events, YAFCAsts

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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 | Fresh topics: , , , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Special Events, YAFCAsts

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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 | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Charity Events, Interviews, YAFCAsts

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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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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 | Fresh topics: | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Charity Events, Interviews, YAFCAsts

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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YAFCAst – Andrew Ponti of Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

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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.  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 | Fresh topics: , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Charity Events, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: , , , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, Partners, YAFCAsts

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

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, YAFCAsts

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

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Partners, YAFCAsts

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 | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Blog Feed, Interviews

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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Preserving York: 1st Interview

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 By: John Ellis | Fresh topics: , | Fresh groups: Interviews

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 | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Partners, YAFCAsts

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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YAFCAst – Creative Director Renee Ellis Discusses Her Work With YAFCA

Posted on: December 24th, 2012 By: Mark Boyd | Fresh topics: , , | Fresh groups: Interviews, Uncategorized, YAFCAsts

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 | | Fresh groups: Interviews, Uncategorized, YAFCAsts

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!

 

An Interview With “Brit” Schwab, of Bell Socialization

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 By: John Ellis | Fresh topics: , | Fresh groups: Interviews

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…)