Local Missions

Highland supports local agencies in the county by providing financial assistance and volunteers.  We regularly support the agencies by volunteering at local events.  If you’d like more information on how you can help, contact Lisa Murray.

Upcoming Mission Opportunities

Ongoing Mission Opportunities

 

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

https://lancasterlebanonhabitat.org/volunteer-opportunities/

 

Preparing Meals for Arch Street Center

Help prepare casseroles or cookies for 40 Arch Street members. Deliver to Highland. Please contact Linda Neumann lgneu56@gmail.com.

 

Market Share

Purchase a gift card for a local grocery store on Sunday morning at the Market Share desk in the Narthex!

Local Mission Partners

 

 

Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster

They have a confidential and secure Safe House which provides a temporary safe place for victims of domestic violence (and their children) who are forced to flee their home for safety reasons. Advocates are on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support, education and counseling, as well as information and referral to community resources. Services provided during the stay help to stabilize the victim’s immediate crisis as well as support long term goal planning.
 24-hour Hotline at 717.299.1249 for immediate help with an emergency or for more information about shelter services.

Mental Health America of Lancaster County

The MHA Mission is to promote optimal mental health through ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, and SUPPORT. Advocacy services are provided to those who need assistance in finding the best treatment and programs for their mental health. MHA disseminates information about mental illness, where to look for help and how to support peers with mental illness. Numerous free support groups are also available for several mental illnesses, including depression, bi-polar disorder, and anxiety. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available from clerical help to peer assistance.

The Power Packs Project

Research shows that “hungry children have a hard time learning in school, have short attention spans, and suffer more absence due to illness.”  The Power Packs Project empowers participating families living below the poverty line to better use their food dollars and assure their children are well-fed and ready to learn, especially early in the school week. In addition, staples like cereal, milk, and fresh fruit or vegetables are also distributed. To be sure, the distribution of food to those in need is an important element of Power Packs. But the critical mission is to educate families how to prepare low cost, nutritious meals. Families save the recipes to plan future meals and use the weekly “tips’ to stretch their scarce food dollars. Volunteers deliver food to a Lancaster city elementary school which requires about an hour or so once every few weeks.

Habitat for Humanity

Since 1986, Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity has been building, renovating and repairing homes, as well as revitalizing neighborhoods, throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. They believe that when individuals and families live in an affordable, stable home, they are better able to secure other essentials and opportunities in life, such as higher education, medical care, nutritious food and job opportunities.

Arch Street Center

Arch Street Center is an independent non-profit offering a membership-based day program for adults living with serious mental illness. We provide a safe, caring, and judgment-free space with a focus on socialization, recreation, and empowerment.

Milagro House

Milagro House provides education, housing, and counseling for women and their children experiencing homelessness.

First Reform Meals – Volunteer Opportunity

Highland partners with First Reformed Church in Lancaster city to serve a meal to the less fortunate, about six times a year,  Highland church members and their friends and family, provide a meal and a warm smile.  The dates for these volunteer opportunities can be found on this page.

The Transitional Living Center

The Transitional Living Center helps individuals, couples, and families experiencing homelessness to achieve their housing stability and self-sufficiency goals.

Vantage House

Vantage House provides drug and alcohol treatment for women who are battling an addiction. The women and their children reside in the center, and get treatment, support and counseling.

Lancaster County Food Hub

Rooted in Faith & Compassion, Lancaster County Food Hub provides services that honor the dignity of all by striving to meet basic human needs.

Market Share

Helping to combat hunger is as easy as purchasing a grocery gift card!

Do your own grocery shopping with the purchase of $25 and $50 grocery debit cards for Giant, Oregon Dairy, Stauffers or Weis from Highland. Highland gets a small return that adds up to BIG ways help others. The cards are on sale every Sunday morning in the Narthex or in the church office from Mike Nolt. Try to never shop without them!

For more information on getting involved in community outreach with Highland, contact the church office at 717-569-2651.

Highland Afghan Resettlement Initiative

As you know, Highland has two families assigned to us: a single 21 year old woman (“Minna”) who is the niece of Mohammad, (an Afghan we helped resettle 18 years ago) and the “Abdul Sayyid” family. These are fictitious names to protect their identity. Abdul worked for the American Embassy in Kabul, translating and in the purchasing and logistics area.  He is accompanied by his wife and three young children, ages 7, 3 and 8 months old.  We have been busy getting them situated; however, we need more people to assist them!  Some ways you could help are:

  • Transportation
  • Helping to navigate the job search process and job opportunities
  • Tutoring in English (while Minna and Abdul both speak English they could use additional practice and Abdul’s wife does not speak any English)
  • Homework help for the seven year old boy who begins second grade here
  • Finding a house or apartment rental
  • Obtaining driver’s licenses and purchasing used cars
  • Other activities such as getting a library card, visiting local areas

More families would like to come to Lancaster and Highland would love to sponsor more, but we need more volunteers to make that a reality!

Read the full update here: Afghan Resettlement Initiative Update

 

 

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. – Matthew 25:35

Contact the Director of Missions

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