The 2019 Extraordinary Give raised more than $10 million for nonprofits throughout Lancaster County.
In the Southern End, it also worked to achieve a less well-known goal - increase visibility of nonprofits' and the work they do.
Six local organizations work together year round to provide services to the Southern End.
Now they're joining forces for a special event geared to raise funds to assist them with the work they do.
The second phase of the long-awaited renovation of the Southern End Community Association's pool will be completed by next May.
Bids were opened October 31 and on November 4 SECA's board of directors approved the start of the project.
The Southern End Community Association is building on last year's success as it prepares for its annual auction.
The 2019 auction will be held on just one day.
"We tried one day last year and it was very successful," said SECA board president Carol Gibson. "We hope this year's sale will be bigger and better."
The design is almost complete.
Once that's done, the Southern End Community Association will seek bids to renovate its public swimming pool.
"We expect to start the project this fall," said builder Steve Risk, who is supervising the project for SECA. "We got 95 percent of the drawings last week."
Knocker ball will be among the games offered at the annual SECA Fest this Saturday.
This summer, the Southern End Community Association's programs will center around the pool.
"Our focus will be on the pool, all the renovations that have happened and those that will happen," SECA director Rick Kerns said. The recreation association is planning numerous events at the pool, starting with Free Friday on June 21
"We will have a DJ that night [Midnight Rebel]. I don't believe we've ever done that before," the director said.
Members of Solanco High School’s football team spent Saturday morning, April 27, raking leaves and spreading mulch at the SECA grounds in Quarryville.
The Southern End Community Association's pool will have to last for another year.
So on Saturday morning, April 13, members of Solanco High School's football team and a group of adult volunteers turned out to clean and pressure wash the pool and get it ready for the season. SECA began draining the pool the prior evening and completed the work by midmorning Saturday. This coming Saturday, volunteers will be cleaning up the area and the old pool will be patched and painted.
The Southern End Community Association has a new director.
Rick Kerns took over as SECA's leader on Monday, April 1. He succeeds Nicole Luecker. She had been SECA's director since 2014; her last day at the nonprofit was March 1.
The job will allow him to fulfill a lifelong ambition, Kerns said last week.
Making friends is tough.
It's especially hard, and important, for girls who are in the upper elementary grades, soon to move on to middle school.
Renee Rogers realized that when her daughter, Myah, had trouble learning how to make new friends. It became obvious when Rogers saw that Myah's twin brother had no trouble at all.
Rogers realized other girls may also have problems making new friends. That's when she decided to reach out to girls in fourth and fifth grades to bring them together and, hopefully, make new friends.
Two local nonprofit organizations are looking for new directors.
The Southern End Community Association is searching for someone to replace Nicole Luecker. She has been SECA's executive director since June, 2014. Her last day at SECA was Friday, March 1.
Leucker intends to take some time off before her next job. "I'm going to take a break for a little bit," she said. "I need time to reassess and reengage," she said.
The Southern End Community Association, Park Ave., Quarryville, has scheduled the following activities:
School's out with SECA
When school is out for selected holidays and in-service days, SECA will provide programs for children ages five through 13 all day. There will be supervised activities, including games, arts and crafts, and play. Children should bring bagged lunches; an afternoon snack will be provided. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The days will be Monday, January 21, Friday, March 8, Thursday, April 18, and Friday, May 10. Registrations should be made a week prior to each date.
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