It is an extraordinary morning here in Lancaster County. It's time again for the annual Extraordinary Give event organized by the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County's Largest Day of Giving. This 24-hour giving marathon will benefit more than 425 local organizations. Every dollar donated at ExtraGive.org on November 18 will be stretched with at least $300,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Rodgers & Associates, and their community partners to support the causes you care about.
A number of these organizations directly and indirectly impact the content I share here on GrandLancaster.com, like the Lancaster County Conservancy and the Lancaster Farmland Trust. So I thought what better way to "show" my support than to dive into the trove and actually SHOW you my support. Below are a few images coupled with #Extragive organizations who I fully endorse and need your support.
Each year the Lancaster County Community Foundation gets a lot of support on social media. If you would like to follow this extraordinary event check out the hashtags #extragive and #igiveextra. To my photographer friends, if you have an image or two to support one of these organizations get involved and share!
ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT:
I honestly don't even know where to begin with Lancaster County Conservancy. They are definitely one of my favorite organizations in Lancaster County. My family loves their mission to preserve our natural areas for future generations. We regularly take the time to visit the various nature preserves across the county. We love being outdoors and the nature preserves provide us a great opportunity to share that passion with our children.
take a look around the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve ...
The Overlook at the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is one organization I follow very closely. We spend a lot of time kayaking, and that has sparked many conversations about water pollution, run-off, and our effect on other parts of the country. I have a number of long-term projects I have been developing around this topic. Through all of my research the name Chesapeake Bay Foundation comes up again and again. They are very active on the issues, and continue the fight daily to see cleaner waterways for future generations.
360 view on Upper Bear Island in the Susquehanna River below the Holtwood Dam.
As you would expect we are lovers of our Pennsylvania State Parks. So Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation is a good fit for us. We certainly get around to a few of them. Below are a couple views from our trips to State Parks we love..
Overlook at Susquehannock State Park - Lancaster County
Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen
I had the pleasure of attend a performance by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra on the mission to share it in my Backyard Tourist Column in Lancaster County Magazine. In talking to the staff it became abundantly clear what a great organization they were. They are a dynamic organization providing a number of wonderful educational opportunities in a time when many music budgets are being slashed in schools.
Poole Forge is actually a place I have been visiting a lot recently. I love going there in the fall, but it's very beautiful any time of year. I'm honestly not active in the programs they have there, but I enjoy visiting and I think you would too!
Did you know that Lititz has more standing pre-colonial era buildings than Williamsburg? Amidst all of the large events, second fridays, and other fun stuff Lititz has to offer is a long history hidden in plain sight. I had the pleasure of organizing a photowalk of Lititz with the Lititz Museum and it was a blast! So be sure to check out their walking tours.
The Lititz Museum has been a strong supporter of many local Instagram hashtags including #Lititzgram, #LititzPA, and #Lancastergram. Be sure to give them a follow!
I hope you enjoyed this collection of images connected to #Extragive Organizations we support. There are many many more organizations taking part in this year's event so be sure to visit extragive.org for more details!