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!

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.


At Yazoo Mills, we are commtted to being involved in our community’s events and have been for several years now.  Our company donates to many great causes year-round because our support helps strengthen the community in which our employees live.

In 2008, the Hanover YMCA started their LIVESTRONG program which has helped thousands of cancer survivors achieve their potential and lead healthier lives.  This is a free, 12-week program for cancer survivors that meets two times a week for 90 minute sessions.  The program helps survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body.

On October 4, 2015, the YMCA of Hanover, PA hosted the “Go the Extra Mile” half marathon to benefit their LIVESTRONG program.  Over 230 runners laced up their sneakers, stretched, and lined up at the starting line to participate in a cause that impacts the lives of cancer survivors and their families.  Yazoo donated $500 to the event which helped contribute to the overall raised proceeds of $13,000.