Community Support in Lancaster PA

"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"

The mission of Ephrata Area Social Services is: to channel resources into a network of support for Neighbors in need of Human Resources.

News and Events

Filmed in 2013
Ephrata Area Social Services has provided services since the October of 1971.

Free Community Meals

Meals Served Every Thursday
At One Of These Locations:

- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
- Bethany United Church of Christ
- First United Methodist Church

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Food donations are needed to keep up with demand

Donations of food can be made Mon. thru Fri, 9:00am to 4:00pm at 227 N. State St.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Meals on Wheels

Who We've Helped

EASS Holiday Exchange

The 2015 Holiday Exchange Program , was, once again, a successful program for residents in need of assistance to during the Christmas holiday. 263 families, 584 children received sponsorship or came into our Santa's room for gifts and, in some cases, food. Another 39 Teens were helped through the EASD/EASS Gift Card Program.

28 private families, 2 school, 11 organizations, 13 churches, and 17 businesses participated.

There are many to thank, here are a few that we will; The Applebee's Neighborhood Santa event is one of the highlight programs during the season with a breakfast and an "all out" gift giving effort with a visit from Santa himself. Kim Goshert coordinates this event as well as one in the Denver area at the Court Yard Cafe. Swamp Lutheran Church, Mellinger's Lutheran Church, Salem Lutheran Church and Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church have been involved for years. Hope UMC, Reamstown COG, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron Mennonite Church, Dove Westgate, Metzler's Mennonite Church and Hinkletown Mennonite also participated this year.

The Fulton and Susquehanna Banks continue to participate. Adamstown Rod and Gun Club, Funest Toy Store Ever, Unruh Insurance Co., Wellspan, ECH-Patient Financial Services, Java Tea's, Henry Schein, Compleat Restorations, Edward Jones-Akron, Bella Luna, G.R. Klinefelter, Small Wonders Academy, Ephrata Dialysis, KB Chiropractic all sponsored a children. The East Cocalico Lions Club, Ephrata Elks and AMVETS, PA Snowmobile Assoc., Cocalico Leo Club, Hometown Square, Forsythia Club, Mom's Club, Denver Woman's Club and Ephrata Woman's Club participated. The Ephrata High School Student Council and Ephrata Girls Basketball Team always sponsor children as well

Clearly there are many others, and it takes many to have this program work for the many families needing a helping hand during the holidays.

Most gratifying is having new families calling us to sign on as a sponsor and to have families, church and business folk get back in touch to share how wonderful their experience with the receiving family was.

Lisa Shaver, the EASS Program Coordinator, has been the "go to person" for the Holiday Exchange Program for the past 8 years. The success of the program can be attributed to her and, of course, to all of the sponsors and contributors to the Santa Room.

If you think that this is something that you would like to get involved with you can call us at (717) 733-0345.ask for Lisa.