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.
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: https://twoadoptivemamas.com/podcast/
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.
Sunday, September 10, 2023 • Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 W. Orange St., Lititz, PA 17543
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: cobys.org/bike-and-hike.
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!
Thursday, November 9, 2023 • 5-6:30 pm
Lancaster Library Community Room, 151 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603
Come sit in on the live recording of the “2 Adoptive Mamas” podcast and join us for an interactive conversation about the importance of the whole community supporting foster care and adoption as well as resources for foster and adoptive children. https://twoadoptivemamas.com/podcast/
RSVP and more details coming in October.
Friday, November 17, 2023 • 12:00 am-11:59 pm
Lancaster celebrates it’s day of giving with the twelfth ExtraGive. COBYS has been part of the Extra Give from the beginning. As before, it’s a great time to give to COBYS during this event.
The logistics are the same as in previous years. Simply visit ExtraGive.org between 12:00 midnight and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 17, go to the COBYS page or choose COBYS from the list of organizations. Using a credit card make an online donation of $10 or more. COBYS will receive a proportional share of the over $500,000 Stretch Pool provided by the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the High Foundation, Murry Foundation and many other generous companies. This year organizations will be awarded Stretch Pool funds base on the number of “unique” donors (a unique email = a unique donor). So even small donations from many sources add up!
Help make this year’s ExtraGive our best ever!
It’s risky and just downright scary, at times, now that we have grown to love a child who may not be in our family forever. But the joys of watching her change and thrive outweigh our own fears and insecurities. In the end, it’s not about us; it’s about God’s plan for our lives and hers. We have seen that God blesses when we submit to his plan and so we desire to keep on that path.
– COBYS Resource Parent Laura