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COBYS Bike & Hike 2020 – Social Distancing Edition

Yes, it’s on!

The tradition continues! 65-mile Motorcycle Ride • 10/25-mile Bicycle Ride • 3-mile Walk

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Here’s how you can participate in the 2020 edition of Bike & Hike!

Planned Date: September 13, New Rules

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at the Lititz Church of the Brethren • 300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543

We’ve made adjustments to Bike & Hike this year keeping social distancing and changing guidelines in mind. Final determinations for the “day of” event will be made closer to September 13.


Choose Our Course or Your Own; Rack Up Miles or Do a Challenge.

With group gathering restrictions in place, participants may choose to “Walk/Ride Where You Are”, choosing your own date and time.

Option 1: Walk or ride on your own time, on our course or your own course.

Option 2: The Challenge. Up your game a notch, and rack up the miles.  


Sponsor Mark Cunningham, Executive Director of COBYS.

In honor of COBYS celebrating of 40 years of service, Mark will cover 40 miles on foot the week prior to September 13.


Plan to participate in Bike & Hike? Please take this short survey to help us plan appropriately.


Registration is open! Click here to register!


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

Additional details will be added as they become available. Please check back throughout the summer.


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.