In the news
Stories of progress are everywhere at Community Progress Council. See what’s new in our program and services for low-income residents of York County, and celebrate with us on client successes and community impact.
Community Progress Council is happy to provide interviews, photographs, and other information to news outlets upon request. Media inquiries should be sent to Sarah Chain, Director of Marketing and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 846-4600, ext. 282.
Highmark Wholecare awarded a generous charitable donation of $25,000 in support of Community Progress Council’s housing counseling and education services. We are proud to be included in Highmark Wholecare’s $300,000 announcement in support of mission-focused nonprofits whose services directly benefit the community and the members that they serve.
The state Department of Health announced Monday, Sept. 9, that instead of distributing checks from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), participants will now receive an EBT card that can be swiped just like a debit or credit card.
The change will be positive for a number of reasons, said Carly Hess, clinic manager and WIC outreach coordinator for the York County Community Progress Council.
“Unfortunately, sometimes there’s a stigma that goes along with checks,” she said.
WIC checks used to be distributed to participants once every three months, Hess said, and each check was printed with a list of the approved items that could be purchased with that check, such as milk, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables or cereal.
Community Progress Council, York County’s community action agency, received the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s “Best Agency Award” during a Nov. 13 event in Harrisburg.
The Community Progress Council (CPC) was one of four out of 72 agencies across the state to be honored, according to a news release.
The CPC was recognized for its work with York County residents regarding home-ownership, home foreclosure, rental assistance and personal finance.
Its housing program provides one-on-one counseling, as well as educational workshops for residents.
Access to health care, jobs, housing, transportation and child care was just beyond reach. If they were attainable, they were costly necessities that made the difference as to whether there would be dinner on the table or lights on at night.
They scrambled to find jobs and to feed their families, while handling as best they could the mishaps and misfortunes that easily derail plans, leading to hunger or homelessness or both.
“There was a lot of uncertainty,” said Mike Buckingham.
Ever have your purse stolen? Accidentally cut your hand with a kitchen knife? A kid get sick?
For a middle class family, that might be an inconvenience.
For a family living below the poverty line, this might be a tipping point toward disaster.
That’s important to understand if you’re an employer or business leader in York County, the Community Progress Council thinks.
A poverty simulation at York College strives to help others understand some of the challenges of poverty.
Poverty is the issue of this generation. In York County, one in 10 individuals lives below the poverty level. That’s an annual income of $24,600 for a family of four. For many of you, that likely seems unimaginable, and yet it is a reality for more than 44,000 people right here in our county.
Nationwide, May marks Community Action Month, an appropriate time to honor and celebrate the impact of community action in the lives of families and individuals here in York County.
Community Progress Council is proud to be an honoree in the 2022 Central Penn Business Journal Nonprofit Innovation Awards!
Recognition of CPC in the Management Operations category was awarded based on innovations in our service delivery model, which has been fully re-designed to support a comprehensive, integrated approach to services to achieve our mission.
This innovation has involved every member of our team, and we’re happy to share this honor with you!
Community Progress Council, York County’s community action agency, is pleased to welcome two new members to its leadership team: Chief Organizational Development Officer Joseph Morales, and Director of Marketing & Communications Sarah Chain.
“We are eager to benefit from Joe’s depth of knowledge and experience as we continue to diversify our leadership, and from Sarah’s skillset as we continue to share and celebrate the impact of the work we do to empower people to move toward self-sufficiency,” said Robin Rohrbaugh, President/CEO, Community Progress Council.