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ExtraOrdinary Give 2020

Thank you.

Thank you for helping COBYS Family Services provide compassionate care to children and families at risk by contributing to us during the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Extraordinary Give on Friday, November 20, 2020

Over $85,000 was donated to COBYS, going far beyond our goal for the day. We are humbled by the support and are so grateful for such confidence in our mission to educate, support and empower children and adults at risk in our community.

COBYS participated with more than 500 other nonprofits in Lancaster County’s largest day of giving. This year over $13.4 million was donated. Every dollar donated will be stretched with more than $500,000 from the Community Foundation, Rodgers & Associates, The S. Dale High Family Foundation, and other community partners. The stretch fund is distributed proportionally to the amount each organization raises.

We thank our friends who gave at the stroke of midnight to help us once again earn one of the $500 Early Bird prizes offered to the first 20 organizations to reach 50 “unique donors.” (A unique donor is a unique name and unique credit card number, so a couple could give two unique donations, so long as they used different credit cards.)

This year COBYS again joined our partners at Brethren Village to host giving stations in the lobby at the Wolfe Auditorium and in the Game Room at Fieldcrest.

To learn more about the Extraordinary Give visit If you have any questions please contact Anne Stokes at 717-656-6580, ext. 101, or


COBYS Bike & Hike 2020 – Social Distancing Edition

Friends of COBYS make the 2020 Bike & Hike a huge success!

Yes, it was on, oh boy was it on!

The tradition continued – in a modified format. What wasn’t modified was the generosity of our supporters:

Over $140,000 was raised during the 2020 Bike & Hike!

Despite the restrictions in place due to the pandemic, this is the second largest amount in 24 years ever raised during the Bike & Hike event. COBYS is overwhelmed and humbled by the response of our friends and supporters. With so much uncertainty in the world, we can certainly count on the people who value the services we provide to children and families at risk in the community.

Social distancing guidelines and crowd size restrictions necessitated changes, but we were able to still offer a 65-mile motorcycle ride, a 10 or 25-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile walk. Many of our participants joined us on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Lititz Church of the Brethren. Some completed their trek on their own time, on their own course. Others chose to support participants who rode or walked, or Executive Director Mark Cunningham as he covered 40 miles by foot (one for every year COBYS has been serving the community) the week prior to the Bike & Hike.

And of course, we had ice cream!


COBYS is truly grateful for the support of our corporate sponsors, individual participants and people who supported Mark or other participants. With this continued support COBYS can add an element of certainty delivered with compassionate care to the lives of abused and neglected children and families at risk.








If you missed the Bike & Hike this year, you can still contribute. Click here to make a donation. Thank you.

For more information click here, or questions contact Rebekah Hamilton at or Anne Stokes at Call 717-656-6580.



We thank our sponsors for their generous support of the mission of COBYS and our ministries. We encourage all participants to contact and patronize these businesses for products, service and solutions.


Supporting Sponsors

The Country Store, LLC
J.B. Zimmerman
Keller Bros. – Merchandiser, Advertiser, Pennysaver



Family Fun Walk 2020 – Walk Where You Are edition

You “Walked the Walk”. Thank you!

This was not your regular Family Fun Walk.

Thanks to our COBYS Family Fun Walk Walkers! Since COBYS wasn’t able to hold our annual Family Fun Walk in Harleysville, PA, we asked participants to modify the event and “Walk Where You Are”. We’re so grateful for all who did! Some participants shared a few of the photos of their walks and post-walk treats!

We’re so grateful to this dedicated group. More than $6,500 in gifts and pledges was raised for COBYS Family Services!



COBYS 40 Years Celebration Banquet

Thank you for helping us celebrate 40 years!

Thank you to all who attended, supported and celebrated the 40 year history of COBYS with us on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Middle Creek Church of the Brethren.

At both the noon and evening seating we enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship then shared a look back at the journey and evolution of COBYS in care and service to children, families and individuals at risk in our community.

Each decade we reminisced about the work being by COBYS.

We also honored the service of Glen Fans, our first executive director and Ann and Dennis Saylor who fostered 116 children over 32 years.

We were grateful to have so many supporters join us, as well as several distinguished elected officials. Lancaster County Commissioners Ray D’Agostino and Craig Lehman presented a Letter of Commendation. State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin presented a joint Senate Citation and a representative from Lloyd Smucker’s of

fice presented record of remarks that were placed in the Congressional Record honoring COBYS. We are thankful to each of these officials for supporting the work we do on behalf of children and families.

The 80s: Humble Beginnings

From the seeds of a shared desire to serve, to the formation of an agency with the focus of helping children in need and building stronger families, the first decade gained momentum on a path to make a real difference in people’s lives.

The 90s: Expanding to Meet the Needs

Activity, expansion and growth defined the 90s. Services shifted to meet the demands to best serve the children and families we were called to help.

The 2000s: Depth of Service Added

Additional services are added to continue care for adopting families, new property is purchased and existing properties improved to accommodate the expanding programs so units can operate efficiently. COBYS mission is officially defined.

The 10s: Recommitting with Room to Grow

COBYS adapts and recommits to its core values while fostering common sense growth to meet the increasing needs in the region.

Click here to see the video of the banquet.

We thank everyone who supported COBYS through this event with a donation. If you were unable to attend, there’s still time to give through this event.

Click here and choose “Banquet” from the Gift Designation drop-down menu.