News & Events

Dinner and Conversation: Community Matters

Thursday, March 14, 2024 • 6:00-8:00 pm
The Inn at Leola Village, Casa di Fiori,
38 Deborah Dr , Leola, PA 17540

Join us for a celebratory evening of good food and conversation at our annual spring fundraiser.

We’ll share COBYS updates and highlight the care we deliver together through the lens of three COBYS families. Get first-hand accounts of how the expanded focus on best practice training and care meet complex the needs of these families.

Hear about the real world impact of our ministries as together we are making life-impacting differences for children and families.

Plus, meet new Executive Director Mike Lausch at his first COBYS event.


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Extra Give 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023 • 12:00 am-11:59 pm

Lancaster celebrated it’s day of giving with the twelfth ExtraGive. COBYS has been part of the Extra Give from the beginning. This year over $8.9 million was raised during the event.

We are so grateful to all who supported COBYS during the ExtraGive again, or for the first time. Over $51,600 was donated by 204 unique donors. The number of donors will be the basis of how the over $500,000 Stretch Pool provided by the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the High Foundation, Murry Foundation and many other generous companies will be proportionally divided.

COBYS is also grateful to our two generous sponsors who provided COBYS specific matching gifts during set hours in the day, helping to make donations more valuable to COBYS. Our donors responded to this generosity by donating during these times to access all the designated match funds.

Fillmore Container matched gifts between 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. dollar for dollar up to $100 per donation for  a total of $2,000.

Grauer’s Paint & Decorating provided a dollar for dollar matching gift from the hours of 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. up to $150 per donation for a total of $3,000.


We would like to add our thanks to the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the sponsoring companies to help make Lancaster’s ExtraGive such a special community event.



Live Podcast-Community Matters

On Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 5-6:30 pm in the Lancaster Library Community Room, 151 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603, “2 Adoptive Mamas” recorded a podcast episode in front of a live audience. An expert panel participated in an interactive conversation about the importance of the whole community supporting foster care and adoption as well as resources for foster and adoptive children.

This podcast can be heard here.

Other 2.A.M. podcast episodes can be heard at:


Colebrook Road Concert

Recap of Sunday, October 15, 2023
Stonebridge Farm, 1108 Bucher Ln, Lebanon, PA  17042

Despite the threat of rain, the show did go on! We gratefully didn’t need our backup plan of moving the music into the barn, but we did enjoy an afternoon of foot-stompin’ bluegrass music by local band Colebrook Road benefitting COBYS. Enjoy  (or bring your own food). Braised and Confused, Anytime Acai and Renewal Kombucha food trucks were available along with a hay ride and fire pit while listening to music at the home of Rachel and Mike Swank. Thanks to all who attended and supported this event.



Bike & Hike 2023

Sunday, September 10, 2023 • Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543

Over $127,000 was raised 

Despite the weekend’s off-and-on-again rain, and regretfully having to cancel the motorcycle and bike rides, you continue to support the mission of COBYS through the Bike & Hike event and the decisions we had to make for this year’s event. We were fortunate that the hardest rain came after the walkers returned to our Incredible Ice Cream Celebration at the Lititz Church of the Brethren.

For the complete recap visit:


Thanks Taylor Chip and congratulations on your 5 Year Celebration

Taylor Chip Family Fun Day was held Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 11 am-7 pm at 1780 Columbia Ave, Columbia, PA 17512, the future home to the Taylor Chip creamery. The wonderful, family fun-filled afternoon featured food trucks, vendors, kid activities, music and more.

The event proudly supported COBYS Family Services with donations and a gift from Taylor Chip totaling $6,022.

Thanks to Taylor Chip, their sponsors at the event and all who participated. We truly appreciate it!





All I wanted was to become a better parent and I know I won’t be the best parent ever and I can only take one day at a time, but I really did learn a lot and I’m very calm when dealing with all the children. Thank you two for all the advice.  

–Incredible Years participant