Grief (n): deep sorrow, especially that’s caused by someone’s death.

It’s all around us and is inevitable but we still never think it’s going to happen to someone we know.  The heartbreak of grief can sometimes seem unbearable, especially to children who have a hard time understanding the “why.”  Olivia’s House provides a safe haven for children, teens and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Their organization remains the first of its kind in the Hanover, York and surrounding areas and continues to help over thousands of children and families at no-cost for over 20 years!

At Yazoo, we view our philanthropic efforts as investments to enhance the quality of life of people and non-profit organizations.  We recognize that our contributions will help these organizations maintain and expand their services, with our gift touching the lives of many.  Which is exactly why we have been partnering with Olivia’s House for many, many years as a Mortgage Angel, Walk to Remember sponsor, WINGS program sponsor and more.

In a letter from Leslie Delp, Founder and Bereavement Specialist, she says “Please accept a big HUG from all the folks at Olivia’s House as we received your generous gift of $10,000 to support the WINGS program and the children’s bereavement programs at Olivia’s House!”  She continues to say “Our mission is almost two decades young! Everything we do to support children and their families after the death of someone they love is only possible because people like you reach their hands out to help us in this way!”

A portion of Yazoo’s $10,000 donation was put to use as a Gold Sponsor for their Walk to Remember event and for their Holly Jolly holiday party at Heritage Hills which helped families face the holidays with grace and confidence.  We are thankful to have such a wonderful organization in our area to help children and families who are grieving and look forward to continuing our partnership with Olivia’s House!

    

Everyone in some form or fashion has experienced the loss of a loved one at least once in their life. Learning to deal with those kind of emotions are tough, especially for children.  That’s where Olivia’s House comes in.  Olivia’s House, a local grief and loss center for children, provides numerous services, programs, resources, and support for children and their families at no-cost whatsoever.  Their organization is the first of its kind in our area and has helped over thousands of children and families over the last 15+ years.

Throughout the year, Olivia’s House hosts many events to benefit their non-profit organization and the children and families it serves. Their Walk to Remember event was started to help families celebrate their loved ones.  The event this year, held in September 2017, was at Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center.  Along with Yazoo’s very generous donation, Olivia’s House raised over $46,000!  Aside from the Memory Lane walk itself, participants also enjoyed mini-golf, laser tag, and arcade games.

The event will be held next year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the same location. For more information about the event, please contact Olivia’s House.

            

You’ve heard the saying “it’s the little things in life,” right?  At Yazoo, we believe that the little things become big things and we strive to give back to our community year after year.  Being able to support local charities and organizations is extremely imperative to Yazoo, especially when it can have a positive impact on young lives.  The Hanover YMCA’s Kids Come First Campaign
was started to help build a stronger community and brighter future for our youth and ever since then, they have made a huge impact on so many lives.

The Hanover Area YMCA serves over 14,000 children, adults and families in the greater Hanover area.  In 2016, Yazoo was one of the 442 donors who helped the Hanover and Littlestown YMCA’s assist 1,812 people with scholarships and are expecting that level to increase tremendously in 2017.

Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Tara Kauffman, Financial Development Director, says “We strive to ensure that everyone is able to participate in programs and memberships regardless of family income. In order to achieve this, we provide need-based scholarships made possibly by generous donors, such as Yazoo Mills, to our Kids Come First Campaign.”  She continues to say “Yazoo Mills has ensured that countless children in our community are able to take swimming lessons, attend preschool, play sports, participate in gymnastics, and attend summer camp.  Our YMCA is blessed to have a true community partner such as Yazoo Mills, who has been a Platinum Level donor to Kids Come First since 2010!

         

Lacrosse.  This is a sport that has skyrocketed in popularity and has become more recognized over the last 10+ years in Pennsylvania.  If you aren’t familiar with Lacrosse, it is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick that is used to throw the ball in the air, across the field, and into the goal.  Tournaments are popping up everywhere but there has been a very popular one right here in our backyard for many, many years.

In its 11th year, the Lumberjax Shootout Lacrosse
Tournament took place on Saturday, May 13th at the Spring Grove School District’s athletic fields.  The tournament offers teams ranging from 3rd through 8th grade the opportunity to play other teams in surrounding counties and vie to be dubbed the champions of their division.

Originally, it started out as a four team High School/JV tournament with only 70 athletes playing on just two fields.  This year, they had a total of 58 teams with 1,050 athletes (boys & girls) competing for the championship title.  The biggest turnout the tournament has ever had was a total of 78 teams and 1,500 athletes playing on a 16 fields.  Teams from York, Cumberland, Lancaster, Union, Berks, and Baltimore counties traveled near and far to play theirhardest to have a shot at the title.   This was the first year in 11 years that it has rained during the tournament but that didn’t stop the athletes from showcasing their athleticism in the great sport of Lacrosse.

This event is carefully planned over the course of each year and takes a lot of time, effort, sponsors, and volunteers.  Yazoo was a major sponsor of the tournament and our donation helped contribute towards the $13,000+ that was paid in just referee fees alone.

For more information on the Spring Grove Lacrosse Club, please click here

        

Today, more than ever, it seems to be normal for most people to know at least one person [if not more] who’s life has been effected by some form of cancer.  Many have donated their
time, energy, and money in continuing to find a cure for those stricken by this disease.  There are many events to get involved in to help raise money and awareness for cancer.  One of those that is prominently known is Four Diamonds and their THON event.

Did you know that childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children with over 16,000+ kids in the United States diagnosed every year?  Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer through superior case studies, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

On March 3, 2017, the South Western High School students held their annual Mini-THON, a small-scale version of the Penn State THON, and joined more than 70,000 students worldwide in a powerful movement to defeat childhood cancer. Through months of planning, fundraising, and sponsorship through local companies including a donation from Yazoo Mills, at the end of
their all-night event, the students at South Western quickly learned that they had surpassed their original goal of $55,000 and revealed the total amount… $70,554.31!  We are incredibly proud of all who were involved and can’t wait to see how much they raise next year!

For more information on Four Diamonds, please click here

          

The perfect formula for props?  High school + fall play + set design = Yazoo tubes.

Spring Grove High School, a local school in our surrounding community, was in need of some materials for their fall play called Midsummer Jersey.  Yazoo donated six tubes and the students involved in the play turned them into trees as a part of the set design.

The play was a take on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that takes place on the Jersey Shore.  Claire Shubert, director of the fall play, chose Midsummer Jersey and later found out that it was written by a York County native, Ken Ludwig.  She said “the students wanted a comedy and I wanted something linked to Shakespeare, so the play fit perfectly.”

Shubert also picked the play so students could learn more about Shakespeare and the 1960’s, the era the play is revolved around.  The play ran from November 18-20, 2016 and
each performance presented a packed house with laughter bouncing off of the walls.

      

It has been two years since Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children, opened their doors and hearts to the town of Hanover, PA.  Since that time, they have served over 50 families and a total of 62 children through their “Hearts Can Heal” program.  As a non-profit organization, they are not able to do all that they do without the support of many generous donors.  Yazoo Mills will become a Mortgage Angel for the second time, donating $1,500 to Olivia’s House in Hanover for the month of November 2016.

The Hanover location is located at 101 Baltimore Street and is a 15-room facility which serves to meet children’s grief and loss needs in the greater Hanover community.  Olivia’s
House offers a variety of no-cost programs and services to meet the many needs of grieving families such as Pre-Death Support, Peer Support Programs, WINGS – Social Support, Lending Library, Educational Support, Professional Adjunct Services, and Pet Loss Services.

Our donation and support will play an integral role in helping sustain central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland’s premier grief and loss center for children.

For more information on Olivia’s House and how you can help, please click here

       

In 2011, five New Oxford High School students sustained fatal injuries from a car crash.  New Oxford, as well as surrounding communities, felt the heartache and grief as their families lost their loved ones.  The families affected by this tragedy along with great community support, created a non-profit organization in 2012 to honor their children and the sport they all
loved the most; soccer.

Since the start of the 5 Angels Memorial Soccer Tournament, the non-profit has raised over $16,000 which in part benefits the New Oxford HS Soccer program, given out nine college scholarships,
and has also given the Hanover Soccer Club Youth Program $4,000 along with two sets of goal posts.  The two-day 5th annual tournament, which was held this past weekend, was played at UTZ Soccer Fields in Hanover with a 16-team bracket. Yazoo Mills has proudly donated to this tournament for the last three years and is thrilled to see the out-pour of community support as well as ensuring that kids who want to play soccer, will be able to play with donations from the tournament.

For more information on the 5 Angels Memorial Soccer Tournament, please click here

     

For over 30 years, Hanover Hospital has been committed to providing physical therapy services for children with special needs.  In 1993, Hanover Hospital added an outpatient therapy practice, and was officially designated as Pediatric Specialty Therapy Services.

Each year, Hanover Hospital holds their annual golf tournament with the proceeds going towards a certain program within the hospital.  This year, the tournament is called “Tee Time
for our Kids” which will benefit the Pediatric Specialty Therapy.

“As a need for pediatric therapy has increased, the program has outgrown its basement space at Cherry Tree.  This summer, the program will be moving from its current Cherry Tree location to the York Street Medical Center.  In order to provide the services and accommodate the growing patient base, a renovation to the existing York Street Rehab location is needed.  The renovation project has an expected cost of 1.2 million dollars.” the company’s website said.

Yazoo Mills has been a loyal contributor to numerous Hanover Hospital events for many years and will be a Bronze Sponsor ($3,000) for this year’s golf tournament.  We are more than
glad to donate to such a great cause and understand the impact our donation will have on the services provided to special needs children in our community.

Yazoo Mills has been an active contributor to all things when it comes to the New Oxford and Hanover communities.  Recently, Yazoo donated $1,000 to the Hanover Area YMCA So Much More Capital Campaign 2016 for the South Hanover YMCA.

The Hanover Area YMCA has been serving as a leading non-profit organization in the Hanover community for over 47 years.  During this time, the YMCA has been blessed with many opportunities to grow within the continually expanding Hanover geography.  As the residential neighborhoods in South Hanover continue to see exponential growth and migration to this part of Hanover, there is a vital need for a larger YMCA in this area.

The Capital Campaign 2016 is designed to raise funds for the new South Hanover YMCA.  This facility will provide more opportunity for residents and children to participate in health and wellness activities.  The new gym will have two indoor multi-sports turf fields, expanded 24-hour fitness center, expanded child care center, new full size gymnasium, three outdoor athletic fields, and a walking trail.  Not only will the new facility bring more families together to participate in activities, but it will also bring in more memberships, more programs, more revenue, and will be more accessible with 15 acres of land.  Yazoo Mills is proud to support such a great campaign where this dynamic new facility will be important in the support of the growing Hanover community.