News & Events

Bike & Hike 2024: Changes are afoot

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

A few changes are coming to our signature fundraising event. We are excited to introduce the Tasty Tour, a new opportunity for foodie walkers.

  • The new Tasty Tour is a shorter walk with stops at four popular eateries in Lititz. (more delicious details to come).
  • The traditional 3-mile walk and 10- and 25-mile bicycle rides remain.
  • The event will end (of course) with the Incredible Ice Cream Celebration.

The end of an era.
The motorcycle ride portion of B&H is being discontinued. Soon we will list some of the historic courses we’ve offered over the years on this page. We hope you will still join us and experience something new.



More details to come. Yum!

Save the date, Sunday, September 8, for the 2024 Bike & Hike.

For up-to-date information visit:



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

A celebratory evening of good food and conversation was held at our annual spring fundraiser.

COBYS shared a few updates and highlights, including the first in-public comments from new Executive Director Mike Lausch.

We then introduced three foster families who shared their experiences with foster care and COBYS. Their first-hand accounts helped us gain a deeper appreciation of the care being provided, when armed with best practice training, in order to meet complex the needs of kids in foster care. Through their stories we heard about the real world impact of our combined ministries as together we are making life-impacting differences for children and families.


Presenting Sponsor


Compassion Sponsors




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.

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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!