Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Started in 1971 by a group of local churches and community leaders, Ephrata Area Social Services was formed with a commitment to the idea of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” In October of 1970, a planning committee challenged the community to become a “community of the concerned.” Even during times of a flourishing economy, there are those in need who are all but forgotten to their community. EASS has grown to be a provider of diverse services capable of meeting an ever increasing demand from Neighbors in need.

EASS is a non-profit organization serving the Ephrata and Cocalico Regions of Northern Lancaster County. The criterion for eligibility is the expression of a legitimate need for help. EASS receives its support from the community. Donations come from churches, civic organizations, private individuals, businesses and grants. EASS receives no public funds.

Ephrata Area Social Services has fostered a tradition of reliability, providing services to those in need living in the Ephrata and Cocalico region.

Mission Statement

The mission of Ephrata Area Social Services is to channel effectively community resources into a network
of support for neighbors in need.

Ephrata Area Social Services (2 of 201)

2020 Board Of Directors

  • President: Mr. David Davies
  • Vice President: Rev. Glenn Beard, Jr.
  • Treasurer: Mr. Jim Martin
  • Co-Treasurer: Mr. Paul Trella
  • Secretary: Mrs. Robin Boyer
  • Board Members:
    • Mr. Chris Ament
    • Mr. E. Richard Young, Jr.
    • Mrs. Lori Beatty
    • Mr. Phil Hess
    • Rev. Matt Lenahan
    • Mrs. Kimberly Bahata
    • Mrs. Sandy Howe
    • Pastor Brad Haws
    • Mr. Todd Heck


  • Executive Director: Ms. Joy Ashley
  • Program Director: Ms. Lisa Gockley
  • Ephrata/Cocalico Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator: Mrs. Colleen Shaub
  • Volunteer Clothing Bank Coordinator: Mrs. Sharon Wasneuski
  • Volunteer Food Bank Coordinator: Mrs. Millie Wanner