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.

         

         

Letterpress printing… ever hear of it? While today’s generation probably has never heard a word about it, most others have.  Letterpress printing was brought to life when it was invented in the mid-15th century by Johannes Gutenberg.  This type of printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper.  A worker composes and locks movable type into a bed of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.  Pretty cool, huh?

Fast forward to the 21st century and letterpress is still very much alive.  So much so that on September 15, 2017, The .918 Club hosted the 5th annual Lancaster Printers Fair which showcased the letterpress printing.  The event attracted over 500 attendees, 20 vendors from six different states along with food trucks lining the street.  The giant tube roll competition featured Yazoo Mills’ huge 20” I.D. tubes that were used as “rollers” to transfer the ink from the letters to the paper, creating works of art.

A total of five colleges competed in the giant tube roll competition – Kutztown University, Millersville University, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, West Chester University, and Harrisburg Area Community College. Millersville University took home the grand prize as they were declared the winner.  Kids were also able to join in on the fun with smaller tubes to create prints with their names on them.

When asked why the event chose to showcase letterpress, Craig Welsh from GoWelsh said “The non-profit that organizes the fair is ‘The .918 Club.’ It’s dedicated to preserving letterpress printing.  ‘.918’ is the measurement in inches of the height of moveable metal/wood type used in letterpress printing.”

Check out The .918 Club for more information on letterpress and their events.

          

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.

     

We have been a longtime supporter and donor of countless non-profit organizations that raise money to find cures. Recently, we donated cores to AB Graphic, a leader in the label printing industry, who partnered up with other companies to help print stickers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Labels and Labeling says “The donated stickers will be printed at Innovative Labeling Solutions in Ohio and Nosco in Illinois prior to the show. HP Indigo will handle some printing on site, and AB Graphic will convert the stickers on its Digicon Series 3 finishing unit that will be on display in their booth (#3223). More than 350,000 stickers will be printed and donated to the National MS Society. That’s 210,000 feet of material that normally would be thrown in the trash going to a good cause.

The bulk of the printed jobs will be 2-inch round stickers to be used at the organization’s Walk MS or Bike MS events, which happen in cities across the US. Rectangle runner’s bibs also will be printed.

The National MS Society is America’s leading charity organization dedicated to multiple sclerosis research, education and advocacy. The society’s fundraising events raise money to fund research, support groups and lobbying efforts.

AB Graphic and HP Indigo have partnered with Acpo, Actega, Rotometrics and Yazoo Mills for this cause, and all have donated materials or services.”

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease affecting the central nervous system. According to the National MS Society, MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the
immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system.  The society says that MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The concept to donate printed labels came from Tony Bell of AB Graphic and Alon Bar-Shany of HP. Choosing the National MS Society as the beneficiary was an idea came from AB Graphic
operations manager Tim Staples.

“We’ve never done anything on this scale and with a large nonprofit,” Staples said. “We wanted to do something where we weren’t throwing away 20,000 meters of material a day. So much of this material is gone to waste.”

Staples continued: “Most of it is going in the trash. If a nonprofit organization can use these products, then it’s a win-win-win. We get to show our equipment, it’s a tax deduction for manufacturers, and it’s a great relief on these nonprofits.”

The initiative also is a ‘personal crusade’ for Staples, who was diagnosed with MS in May after what he first believed were complications from Lasik eye surgery. He lost sight in half of his eye, and when he went back to the eye doctor, he was sent for a brain scan that detected MS.

After the diagnosis he turned to the MS Society for help in understanding the disease.

“There’s a lot of information out there, but the reputable information comes from the National MS Society,” he said.

MS can cause many symptoms.  Currently, there is no cure for MS, but treatments are available to reduce the number of relapses and delaying the progression of disability.”

Join Labels and Labeling in donating to the cause here

      

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

          

At Yazoo, we continue to proudly support local charities and organizations in the communities where we all live and work.  Contributing to organizations that are kid-oriented is a passion of Yazoo’s because we understand and recognize the importance of helping provide a future as well as learning resources for today’s generation.

This year, Yazoo donated $5,000 to TrueNorth Wellness Services’ Amazing Kids Club program.  The Amazing Kids Club is a year-round, on-site therapeutic program for children and
adolescents from 2 to 21 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder.  The program focuses on developing communication, socialization, and play skills in a less intense environment than one-on-one strategies.  Additionally, the program is designed as either a stand-alone program or a supplement to other forms of treatment. Garrett Trout, CEO of TrueNorth Wellness Services, says “The program is a combination of behavioral and relationship therapy strategies and our Master’s Level clinicians design treatment plans to meet the developmental needs of each individual.  Family involvement and service coordination are key components of our programs.  We offer Pre-School and After School sessions,as well as an eleven-week specialized therapeutic summer day program.

The Amazing Kids Club program is currently in its 13th  year and has grown substantially from serving 32 children during the first year to over 200 today.  The opening of the new facility will eliminate the need for their current wait list by bringing the enrollment to over 300 children which will allow TrueNorth to continue meeting the growing need within the community.

Trout continues to say, “Yazoo Mills, Inc.’s donation to the Capital Campaign will not only allow us to serve more children in our Autism program, it will also allow us to expand mental health and substance abuse services to individuals in York and Adams Counties.  Thanks again for your generous contribution.”

     

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.