Lancaster, Pa. – Pa. based social service agency is addressing poverty by making funds available to help families make ends meet. As disposable income declines, some 76% of Americans have a hard time and struggle to pay for their needs. Community Clearinghouse Agency is launching a new voucher program designed to provide funds to help women and families pay for their needs. CCA partnered with the Trade Exchange Network who will provide their members with the funds they need to pay for things they want. The unique feature is that rather than cash, Credits serve as currency. Each member gets a free checking account to write checks to pay for goods or services from other members. Checking accounts are monitored using the credit and debit system. Unlike the old barter system where each person had to have what the other wanted with the same value, a hard match to make. The Exchange offers a pool of members that can trade with one another using credits as money.
Programs called LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) with 200 in the U.S and 1,500 in 39 countries offer mutual credit or complimentary currency, allowing members to trade goods or services without the use of cash. Because of a poor economy, Greece and Spain currently use this system, trading for food and household needs. Members earn Credits by selling goods or services; they can also purchase virtually anything within the Network. The idea, according to Dale Vega, CCA executive director is to provide funds enabling families to afford what they need. Families can purchases vouchers in any amount they choose, the Exchange subsidizes it based on a 5-1 ratio.
CCA is a volunteer based 501-C-3 social service helping Abused Women, Seniors, Veterans and Families in need in Lancaster County since 1995. Vega said “We anticipate that the new partnership will benefit thousands of families and CCA too. The Exchange serves as a no cost community service designed to help families get what they need. After quarterly operating expenses, the Exchange will donate the balance to the CCA charity to continue community services. Sponsors are invited to purchase a voucher in any amount and donate it to CCA for distribution to families that lack funds to pay for one.
An information kit and application are only available by mail. The charity asks for ten dollars to defray postage, printing and expenses, the Exchange will credit it to your account. Requests can be mailed to CCA P.O. Box 8361 Lancaster, Pa. 17604-8361. Inquiries by telephone or email are not accepted.
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Come mid-May, Lancaster city should have its first vegan bar and restaurant.
City council on Tuesday unanimously approved a liquor license transfer that paves the way for restaurateur Rob Garpstas to open root (The “r” is lower case) at 223 West Walnut Street.
Council approved the transfer following a brief public hearing that included a recommendation from Mayor Rick Gray for approval. No one opposed the transfer, which had been in Ruby Tuesday Inc.’s name, but was being held in safekeeping by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Gray wondered if there were many vegan bars around. Vegans do not eat or use animal products.
International singing and songwriting star John Legend will be the keynote speaker at The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 143rd annual dinner, the chamber said Friday.
The event will be held Wednesday, May 27 at the Lancaster County Convention Center from 5 to 9 p.m.
Legend will talk about the importance of giving back to the community, including his own effort to support quality education, the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Lancaster Parking Authority is about maxed-out on parking offerings, according to its executive director.
And the authority will need to add parking in several years to meet higher anticipated demand, according to Larry Cohen. So now’s the time to start planning.
The demand will come — in part — from a 96-room hotel planned next to the Lancaster County Convention Center, more and larger conventions that are anticipated at the center and other economic development, according to a report Cohen put together.
Cohen said he thinks there’s a misperception that there’s an abundance of parking because of the number of parking garages in the city.
Lancaster City is hiring a special-events manager for the Lancaster Office of Promotion.
LOOP, successor to the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, is creating the new position because of the office’s expanded role. The arts and entertainment events organization now promotes the city as a destination for the arts, shopping, cultural attractions, dining and special events.
The special-events manager will handle event and activity permitting and coordinate with community organizations, sponsors and city departments, according to the job description.
You can see the job description here: (We’ll cut to the chase: It pays between about $39,300 and $45,200.)
It is the state’s largest transit merger, and it is now official.
Lancaster County officials and Red Red Rose Transit Authority leaders took a little trip just over the Berks County line Thursday morning to meet with their Berks counterparts — and celebrate a transit consolidation nearly a year in the making.
The RRTA name and logo on buses, as with BARTA in Berks, will not change, and the public may not notice much of a difference, transit official David Kilmer said Thursday, “We’re on a good track, and ready to move forward,” said Kilmer, who was named executive director of the new SCTA, which will oversee operations of both RRTA and BARTA.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whole Foods Market is on its way to Lancaster County.
But shoppers who have been waiting a long time to read a sentence like that could have to wait three more years before they actually walk through the doors of the natural and organic food grocer.
Whole Foods Market announced Thursday that it has signed a lease for a 40,000-square-foot store in the Shoppes at Belmont, a mixed-use development planned at the corner of Fruitville Pike and Route 30.
“The people in and around Lancaster have been asking for a Whole Foods Market for some time now — and we’re excited to make it a reality,” Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic regional president, said in a press release.
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The Lancaster Barnstormers are the Atlantic League Champions. Gabe Jacobo homered to right-center in the bottom of the 13th to give the Stormers an 8-7 victory over Sugar Land on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium and a three-game sweep of the best-of-five championship series.
“I’m just so proud of this team,” Stormers skipper Butch Hobson said during the locker room celebration after the win. “I’ve had some wonderful teams, but this might be one of the best. Not because they won it, but because of the way they hang in there.”
The Stormers had won the first two games of the series in Texas before returning home to take the title in front of 6,084 fans.
For Jacobo, who was named the series MVP after the game, it was his second homer of the contest.
Editor’s note: We think this is a great concept and we like the fact that so many merchants are already on board.
About 30 businesses in downtown Lancaster have banded together and created a way for customers to have more access to their products.
The new website https://shoplancaster.net/ gives anyone unfettered access. Save on gas, parking and time. If you are busy, don’t live in the area or don’t have access to transportation, but enjoy shopping online, then this site is for you!
The website is easy to use, you can shop by vendor or type of product etc…