Nonprofits serving York County children to receive grants

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch
"Coined \"the jungle gym room\" by children, this Children's Aid Society's Lehman Center crisis nursery area was painted by a boy scout for his eagle project at 400 West Market Street in York, Pa. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Dawn J. Sagert -"


The Foundation for Enhancing Communities has donated nearly $14,000 to local nonprofit organizations that dedicate services to young people in York County.

All grants given to organizations serving York County were donated from The Kids Trust, a separate fund within TFEC that was created in 2005 and supports organizations and services for children suffering from abuse or neglect.

Of the $33,138 awarded to organizations across the state under The Kids Trust, $13,886 was donated to nonprofits providing services to children in York.

Three area organizations will benefit from the grants, including the Adams-based Children's Aid Society, which will receive $5,000 for the Lehman Center Crisis Nursery in York City. The 365-day-a-year nursery provides short-term care for children whose parents are unable to provide adequate care, said Eric Chase, executive director and CEO of the Children's Aid Society.

Leg Up Farm will receive $3,866 for an animal-assisted therapy group program. The therapy will assist 7- to 18-year-old female victims of sexual assault, according to a news release.

The Salvation Army of York will receive $5,000 for its “Bridging the Gap: Abuse Prevention through Empowering Students with Character Education and Life Skills” program, according to the release. The six-week summer program teaches students about suicide and self-harm prevention and social skills, the release states.

The Harrisburg-based Foundation for Enhancing Communities previously provided grants on a yearly basis, but it has streamlined the grant application process to a biannual schedule, according to Jennifer Strechay, program officer for community investment at TFEC.