Community Partners

21.03.2013 Adopt-A-Days, Community Partners, Thank You! Comments Off

Standard Register Employees Give Goods

Employees pictured, listed alphabetically: Bruce Harris, Ann Helton, Kendra Knaub, Jane Maddux, John Maddux, Pamela McChalicher, Tina Potts, Stephen Samchuck, Wanda Stough, and Troy Warner

Employees of York’s Standard Register company keep an eye on the Bell wish list here on the web site to see what they might be able to do to help.

Pitching in as a group, they collected a bevy of hygiene items to satisfy personal needs of Bell service users.

When donations coordinator Janel Fox picked up the boxes of goodies, the group presented a check as well.


And PS, congratulations on our 100 year anniversary!

19.03.2013 Community Partners, Happenings, How YOU Can Help Comments Off

Church Group Event to Benefit Bell

Once again, the young people at Aldersgate United Methodist Church have chosen Bell as the recipient of proceeds from their annual fundraising party. Attendees from years past raved about the great time they had. Your chance to get in on the fun is coming on May 3.   Tickets are available for purchase online. CLICK HERE.

14.03.2013 Agency Announcements, Community Partners, Stories Comments Off

Bell Group Hears Mayor Read Proclamation


A group of staff and service users from Bell’s intellectual disability services department visited York City Hall on March 14 to hear Mayor C. Kim Bracey read her proclamation announcing March 2013 as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month.

WHEREAS: People with intellectual disabilities cut across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS: People with intellectual disabilities are valued members of society – our friends, neighbors and co-workers – who find fulfillment living everyday lives; and

WHEREAS: People with intellectual disabilities should have the right to make their own choices, to obtain the best education or training available, and to be active members of their community; and

WHEREAS: Citizens with intellectual disabilities and their families strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, C. KIM BRACEY, MAYOR of the City of York do hereby proclain Marh 2013 as INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in the City of York and encourage all residents to provide persons with intellectual disabilities opportunities for personal growth and to experience the many activites that make our lives rich, meaningful, and fulfilling.

Smiles all around!

01.03.2013 Agency Announcements, Community Partners, How YOU Can Help Comments Off

Bell Endowment at YCCF

announces that the

Bell Socialization Services Endowment Fund 

was started 15 years ago this month.


Bell Socialization Services Endowment Fund (1998)
This fund to help secure the future of Bell Socialization Services was established with gifts from the Nicholas H. and Margaret H. Carlozzi Charitable Foundation and Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Pandelidis. The Fund benefits homeless parents and children receiving emergency shelter in Bell Family Shelter and individuals and families served by Bell’s Mental Health and Intellectual Disability programs.

Please consider making a gift to grow the Bell Socialization Services Endowment Fund. Your endowed gift means the Community Foundation can provide community leadership by investing in high impact initiatives for future generations. Together, we make great things happen! Contact your financial advisor and/or the Community Foundation directly.

Thank you for investing in York County’s future!

York County Community FoundationCreating a Vibrant York County Since 1961

26.02.2013 Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Thank You!, Uncategorized Comments Off

Thank You for Cultural Opportunities

Staff and service users of Bell Socialization Services – and, in particular, the members of Bell’s Oasis House clubhouse pictured here - wish to thank the Ticket Outreach Program of the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center for making tickets available for clients to attend a selection of events at the Strand.

For people who would otherwise be unable to partake of the wonderful fee-based cultural activities in our shared community, it means a lot to have the opportunity to get dressed up and attend a show. For some, this socialization helps them realize the objectives of their individual goal plans.  Staff help clients to navigate the ins and outs of formal events, including appropriate dress and expected behaviors (like the difference between when to applaud for a major choral work compared to a jazz performance).

Service users in all three of Bell’s departments enjoy these stimulating and enriching activities. If you would like to further their access to cultural education, please contact our office of Community Engagement. Unused tickets from your season subscriptions, tickets as gifts, or contributions to our Cultural Awareness Fund are all options and qualify as a tax-deductible donation.


28.01.2013 Agency Announcements, Community Partners Comments Off

Innovation Award Finalist!

Thanks to a nomination from Marie Hartman of  Hartman Executive Advisors, Bell’s Support the Girls initiative has been selected as a finalist to receive the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal’s 2013 Nonprofit Innovation Award.

Here’s a clip from what was submitted:

Securing a grant from the Junior League of York to underwrite keynote speaker fees, Bell Socialization Services partnered with the funding organization to host a women’s empowerment event in the summer of 2010. Designed to be accessible to Bell service users and open to the public, the event featured an inspirational speaker, vendors with services geared toward women, and a fashion show using clothing from the Junior League thrift store. Another key offering for attendees was a demonstration of a proper bra fitting and an introduction to a new Bell campaign called Support the Girls.

Support the Girls was created in the spring of that year in response to a recognized need for proper foundation garments for females in all three of Bell’s service departments. Understanding that purchasing quality bras is beyond the financial capacity of these women, donations were solicited for a fund to be designated exclusively to purchase gift cards to retail establishments that not only sell bras but also offer bra fitting services.

Women in the community at large responded immediately and generously to newspaper ads and email appeals to support the fund and two dozen women were fitted with new bras in the first couple months. Partners included local women’s groups like civic organizations and Sunday school classes who donated money and salons who displayed Support the Girls materials for an initial eight- week period, encouraging their clients to participate.

In 2011, the Bell community relations and development staff followed up on a lead based on a bra donation program they saw on the Today Show and reached out to The Bra Recyclers, a Phoenix, Arizona- based non-profit that collects and then donates new and gently used bras for women in need. Bell now receives periodic shipments of bras from the organization which it makes available to women in Bell programs as well as others in the community.

The primary goal of the Support the Girls effort is to empower women to improve their quality of living.   Outcomes thus far include women, who once receiving well-fitting bras, improved their appearance, gained personal and social confidence, became more actively engaged in their lives, secured new jobs for themselves, and displayed an overall more positive outlook.

Support the Girls clearly embodies and advances Bell`s mission, as evidenced by the  smiles on the faces of grateful women who have already been uplifted by it.

To attend the awards breakfast at the Valencia Ballroom in downtown York on March 7 and cheer us on, you can register at

You may also make a secure contribution to Support the Girls right now by clicking DONATE NOW.

04.12.2012 Community Partners, Thank You! Comments Off

Sweet Support


Front row, left to right, on sofa: Thalen Stenabaugh, Leatha Light, April Gross, standing: Layla, Candi Zinn; back row left to right: Beth Kochenour, Shasta Douglass, Nancy Leister, Nan Mavor, Dale Wolfgang

Nancy Leister and her dog, Layla, visit Bell Socialization Services’ Adult Training Facility (ATF, aka Bell at the Village) on the grounds of the Cross Keys Village Brethren Home Community, New Oxford on a regular basis. Sometimes Layla is dressed for a nearing holiday; sometimes Nancy brings cupcakes to share with service users and staff. And sometimes she brings a check.

Leister arrived on a recent day in November with a $1,500 donation from Sweet Charities – a Hanover-based nonprofit to which she belongs that raises funds to distribute to community benefit organizations.  The money will be used for activities to help empower individuals who attend the ATF program, which is part of Bell’s intellectual disability services department.

12.11.2012 Community Partners, Happenings, How YOU Can Help Comments Off

Family Fun at Kickoff this Sat Nov 17

What a wonderful and important lesson it is to share with the children in our lives the joy of meaningful giving. And what better way to empower them on that journey than participate in it together.

 You are cordially invited to join us at the kickoff event for York’s third annual alternative gift fair to be held Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market in Loganville.  The Gifts That Give Hope Fair helps make your holiday giving easy by offering many opportunities to support local community benefit organizations at the same time.

FOR THE KIDS A new element this year is a $5 Kids Shopping List. Children can shop with money from their own piggy banks and see pictures of how it will help those who are less fortunate.  It’s a great way to teach children that Christmas is much more than getting everything on their own wish lists.  Although the Kid’s List is only available at the kick-off, there is a copy below so you are first to see what’s new.

FUN & FESTIVITIES  There will be other family-friendly activities that add to the festive atmosphere. Right beside the Gift Fair is Santa’s cottage where children can get their picture taken with Santa. Entertainment from 1-3 pm will be provided by a local alternative folk band, 3 Dollar Suit.  The Farm Market has endless choices for gifts, decorations and delectable food items. Logan’s View Winery will offer wines crafted right here in York County and chain saw artist Paul Waclo will be creating a masterpiece while you watch! 

Plan to come out to the fair and invite your friends!  This is the perfect way to begin your holiday gift shopping. Everyone who makes a purchase at the Gift Fair kickoff will be eligible to win a gift certificate to Brown’s Orchards.

For those unable to attend November 17, online shopping is available until December 28. Click on the GIFTS THAT GIVE HOPE logo then click SHOP ONLINE to see the offerings by this year’s nonprofit organizations. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided for your records.

01.11.2012 Agency Announcements, Community Partners, How YOU Can Help Comments Off

Bell Participating in Third Annual Alternative Gift Fair

15.10.2012 Agency Announcements, Community Partners, Employee Recognition Comments Off

2012 Award Recipients

The positive life-changing outcomes realized as a result of individuals served through Bell programs would not be possible without the dedication and passion of many people.  In addition to Bell’s 300 employees, there are hundreds of volunteers, dozens of local businesses, scores of faith-based congregations and civic organizations, and a growing number of individual donors who make a difference with their commitment to help people in our community improve their quality of living.

Those whose lives are affected also make great efforts toward their own journeys toward recovery and self sufficiency and we applaud them heartily, too.

Here are the award recipients honored at Bell’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony and the employees recognized at the fall all-agency training which immediately preceded the community celebration.


Pauline Whitacre Community Service Award - Matthew Clay-Robison

Margo Atwood Community Service Award – Nancy Leister and Layla

Rita Patz Good Neighbor Award – Carl & Ethel Pease

Business of the Year Award – Al Kuhner, Kuhner Funeral Associates

Employer of the Year Award – PriceRite


Mental Health Services – Sarah Liles

Intellectual Disability – Leatha Light

Shelter Services – Latessa Coates


Mental Health Services – Christina Lawyer

Intellectual Disability Services – Pam Respress

Shelter Services – Diane Moya

Administrative Services – Oscar Herrera

Thank you to our event partners:  The Yorktowne Hotel, T & J Trophies, Re-Source York

Thank you to our event sponosors:  K & M Home Center, Robert & Judy Lease, Menges & McLaughlin, PC, Minnich’s Pharmacy, Quality Copy Products, Stan’s Roofing & Home Improvements, Teacher’s Protective Mutual Life Insurance, and Yeisley Electrical Service