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Olivia Cunningham Education Fund Recipient

Olivia Cunningham Education Fund

Almost two years ago, a special fund for trainings and in-services was created in memory of Olivia Cunningham, a former Friendship Community Team Member who recognized the importance of learning and applying new skills and information. She appreciated new-found knowledge and saw the benefits first-hand. We were able to interview a Team Member who has been the recipient of this fund; below you will find her answers on how this fund has benefitted her work experience. 

 

[Question] Team Member name:

Louise Barton

[Question] Job Title:

[Louise] Administrative Generalist

[Question] Number of years employed at Friendship Community:

[Louise] Over 16 ½ years at Friendship Community

[Question] How did you use monies from the fund?

[Louise] To attend a seminar, entitled “The Extraordinary Administrative Professional”, and to receive the accompanying handbook.

[Question] Why did you want to attend the class?

[Louise] I was attracted to this training because it sounded like it would really apply to my position at Friendship Community. Since I work closely with Caleb Cunningham, in Facility Services, and since I was an elementary teacher for 24 ½ years, before coming to Friendship Community, I was especially honored to be the first recipient of funding from The Olivia Cunningham Education Fund!

[Question] What did you hope to learn? 

[Louise] I looked forward to learning some new ideas, skills and techniques that I could apply to and enhance what I already do at Friendship Community, as I work with Team Members in various departments. It was my hope as well to share what I learned with my Administrative Services Team.

[Question] How did your attendance in this class help you in your job / role?  How did your job benefit from the training you attended?

[Louise] The seminar and the manual provided me with much “food for thought” as I consider and strive to apply what I have learned to my job and to my life!

The seminar covered skills related to relationships with others in the workplace, various forms of communication, problem-solving, organization and time management (including event-planning and effective delegation), stress management, etc. 

I really liked the handbook, entitled Administrative Professionals Handbook - 42 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Others! The book is fairly easy to read, includes many real-life stories/examples and is loaded with great advice! My opinion is that it would be very helpful for any Administrative Professional, not just for Administrative Assistants/Administrative Generalists like myself. Even though it says “written for women, from a woman’s point of view,” it also says “Anyone who is responsible for coordinating, managing, or being an effective member of an office team will benefit from this serious evaluation of how you think, how you look, how you act, how you live, and how you deal with others.” The book is all about “building and strengthening your people skills, learning how to put yourself first, and get more done in less time.” It’s “a practical book, where you learn to handle your own quality control.” 

 

Thank you, Louise, for your willingness to answer these questions for us!

 

Want to donate towards the Olivia Cunningham Education Fund and help Team Members like Louise? Your gift to this fund enables Team Members the opportunity to attend valuable and insightful trainings at no cost to them. You can make your donation via mail, phone or online! https://www.friendshipcommunity.net/donate/

 

Happy Monday! We hope you all have a wonderful week!

 

~Stephanie

 

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2020 Awards Ceremony!

2020 Awards Ceremony

Irvin Enck Leadership Award

This award was presented by Michelle Butler, Director of Operations.

In loving memory of a thoughtful and wise Director at Friendship Community, Irvin Enck, who died in 2014, the Executive Team selects a leader to honor who has exemplified outstanding leadership over the past year.

This recipient joined the Friendship Community team approximately 13 years ago and has continually demonstrated dedication in promoting the health of those they have had the pleasure of serving. In August 2015, this recipient stepped out of their comfort zone and assumed a leadership role offering a wealth of knowledge and experience within a leadership capacity to support services. Throughout the past five years this recipient has shown passion and commitment to their professional growth and that of others, a thirst for more knowledge, a passion for teaching and equipping others, and is a true champion for fostering teamwork. Their compassion is evident not only in their care for individuals we support but also in the concern for team members and our community. This team member is a faithful servant and follower of Christ impacting others in a profound and meaningful way. During a time when we have been challenged in an unprecedented season as a community, this recipient has embraced a deeper purpose amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They eagerly stepped forward to provide a broader level of leadership support and support to operations as we were impacted by the various facets of the pandemic. They are respected as a leader who brings forth a well-informed and strategic approach to mitigating risk and promoting health. 

This year's Irvin Enck Leadership Award goes to ... Carolyn Rudy! 

Congratulations Carolyn!

 

The Haverstick Award

This award was presented (on the video) by Kimberly Wohlfeil, Program Coordinator.

This annual award honors Charles and Laura Haverstick’s 3 deceased sons Charlie, David & Glenn, all of whom had disabilities and were served by Friendship Community. 

The Haverstick Award recipient is nominated by Team Members. Recipients are Individuals served by Friendship Community who have shown growth in the following areas:

  1. Giving back to the community
  2. Overcoming significant obstacles
  3. Surpassing previous capabilities

Throughout this past year this recipient has shown tremendous growth in many areas. This individual has faced adversity throughout their life in regards to mental health and general well-being which the individual directly faced this year. They made incredible strides. This individual moved to a new home with a new housemate and new team members. This individual worked through several difficult medical challenges while enduring the passing of the new housemate as well as a team member. All of this occurred during the many changes and restrictions with the covid-19 pandemic. Since the move to this new home this recipient has been able to develop positive connections and new relationships within the community. This recipient has developed new friendships in the local community with whom much time has been spent sitting and chatting. Overall words alone cannot describe the immense growth and strides that this year's recipient has made. What a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. We are delighted and honored to present this year's Haverstick award to Ginger Kline.

This year's Haverstick Award goes to ... Ginger Kline! 

Congratulations, Ginger!

 

The Gochnauer Award

This award was presented by Norm Ressler, Associate Director of Operations

This award honors the legacy of Mahlon Gochnauer, a founding Board Member, who served on the Friendship Community’s Board for over 20 years. Mahlon and his wife, Doris, had a son with disabilities, named Michael. 

Nominees for the Gochnauer award must serve as a Direct Support Professional, who exemplifies and encourages spiritual growth, advocates for community inclusion, and enables Individuals to “Impact The World With Their Capabilities”. 

This year's Gochnauer Award recipient goes above and beyond to make sure that the Individuals are excited to experience new places, new adventures and new friends all within the confines of this pandemic. This team member faithfully participates in all of the fun here at Friendship Community, capturing photo moments which are shared for all to see. This team member maintains connections throughout the organization as well as the greater community at large. This recipient understands the importance of friendship and thus assists the Individuals that this team member supports throughout the community to join in Milt Stoltzfus’ weekly activities. This recipient is cross-trained in multiple Friendship Community homes and we are so grateful to have this incredible person as a member of the Friendship Community team.

This year's Gochnauer Award goes to ... Rachel Jones! 

Congratulations, Rachel!

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Registration NOW OPEN for the Friendship Community 5K Run, Walk & Wheel for Capabilities!

Friendship Community 5K Run, Walk & Wheel for Capabilities

Thank you for your interest in this 5K and for supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism!

WHO: You! Runners, walkers, and wheelers of all ages. Gather your family, friends and co-workers. A great run for a great cause!

WHAT: The Friendship Community 5K Run, Walk & Wheel for Capabilities. Friendship Community is a Christian ministry cultivating capabilities of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties of south central Pennsylvania since 1972.

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2021• 7:00 a.m. – Check-In/Day of Registration begins• 8:00 a.m. – 5K Run, Walk & Wheel begins• 9:00 a.m. (approx.) – Award Presentation immediately following 5K

WHERE: Friendship Community – Corporate Office, 1149 East Oregon Road Lititz, PA 17543. Free Parking. The course will loop through Landis Homes and finish back at the starting line. Off busy public roads, ¼ mile - grass, 1 mile - packed fine gravel, remaining route – paved. Course Map . Alternate optional 1 mile paved course for walkers/wheelers.

WHY: FREE t-shirt (if reg. by 4/16, after that while supplies last), FREE Parking, Low Entry Fee, Safe Course - off busy roads, benefits Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Autism, and a LOT of fun!

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Donations and Stretches and Prizes… Oh My!

Donations and Stretches and Prizes, Oh My!

Over the past few weeks, you have met some of the Individuals supported by Friendship Community and you have read their inspirational stories.

Now you are ready to make a difference in their lives. But how do you do that? What happens next?

First things first. To make a donation, watch this video (https://www.extragive.org/info/how-to-donate-videos) for step by step instructions. Also, set your alarm clock! Friday, November 20 is just around the corner!

Then what happens to your gift? Your donation amount will be added to an overall “stretch pool”, a “pool” of funds from the Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF), presenting event sponsors Rodgers & Associates and the High Foundation and other community supporters. Friendship Community will receive a pro-rated portion of said pool (*based on how much money is raised in total donations). For example, if Friendship Community receives 10% of the total donations raised by all organizations participating in the ExtraGive, then we will receive 10% of the stretch pool on top of the original amount raised.

Also, when you make a gift during specific hours, Friendship Community can win additional prizes and awards! You, as the donor, don’t need to do anything beyond giving your financial support; members from LCCF and GiveGab (the online giving platform) will randomly choose organizations like Friendship Community throughout the 24 hours for prizes in a variety of categories. You can even divide your gift into smaller amounts throughout the day for more opportunities to win more prizes! Check out the specific hours and prize amounts here: https://www.extragive.org/prizes.

If you have any questions about your donations, do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the Development Team. You can email (development@friendshipcommunity.net) or call (717-656-2466).

Remember, when you give extra, EXTRAORDINARY things happen!

Thank you for your support of Friendship Community!

~Becky

 

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Meet Ed and his Team Member, Don.

Tonight, they’re eating baked chicken, peas and sweet potatoes for dinner. Smells good, doesn’t it? But, what may seem to be a simple dinner is actually the culmination of in-depth conversations and decision-making processes. See for Ed, Don and the other Individuals at Ed’s home, this dinner really started a week ago, if not longer.

The housemates sat down together at the kitchen table and planned out their breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the week. With the help of Don, they talked about nutritiously-balanced meals and healthy snack options. They looked through the grocery store circulars and created their shopping list. Prior to COVID-19, they would go grocery shopping together as a unit. What is often a mundane task for some is actually a learning opportunity and social outing for others.

With your gift of $227, you can provide Ed and his housemates not only a week’s worth of groceries, but more importantly, crucial opportunities to learn valuable life skills and be accepted as responsible members of the greater community.

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