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Expanding WellSpan's Mission into the Community

As a trusted partner in each of the communities in our service area, WellSpan partners with community organizations to expand its mission, building healthier communities and promoting lifelong health and wellness for all. This is accomplished through two grant programs: WellSpan Community Partnership Grants and Summit Endowment Grants. Summit Endowment Grants benefit residents of Franklin County; Community Partnership Grants benefit residents of Adams, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Both grant programs focus their funding on community needs identified by Community Health Needs Assessments including these components of our mission:

Care for All: Access to Care and Health Equity

Lifelong Wellness: Behavioral Health, Substance Use and Addiction, Lifelong Wellness

Healthy Communities: Community Connectedness and Social Determinants of Health

Specific to their regions, Summit Endowment also supports Adolescent Health, Workforce Development and Early Childhood Education and Community Partnership Grants also supports reducing gun violence in York.


Community Partnership and Summit Endowment Grants

Community Health Domain Community Partner County WellSpan's Impact Grant Award
Care for All
Access to Care Mission of Mercy Adams Access to dental care for underserved $5,000
Access to Care WellSpan Summit Physician Services Franklin Supported a Community Health Worker $36,342.84
Access to Care Hospice and Community Care York, Lancaster Analytics tool to real-time track hospice patient pain and symptoms to provide optimal care $15,000
Health Equity WellSpan Summit Physician Services Franklin Supported a bilingual Community Health Worker $52,871
      TOTAL $109,213.84
Lifelong Wellness
Behavioral Health Keystone Health Franklin Crisis Intervention Certification $4,908.60
Physical Activity & Wellness Pine Hill Recreation Area Franklin Increase options for families for outdoor play combined with literacy $8,000
Behavioral Health Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation Franklin Renewed support for Quest for SEAL, a program to increase mental health services in the school district $78,714.78
Physical Activity & Wellness County Libraries All Get Outdoors Summer Program $14,199
Physical Activity & Wellness Arc of York County York Playground renovation at Camp Pennwood $7,755
Physical Activity & Wellness Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian Action Coalition Adams Matching grant to support trail development $25,000
Physical Activity & Wellness Girls on the Run Lebanon Inspiring healthy habits for girls in Lebanon County $10,000
Behavioral Health Crispus Attucks Association York Virtual Arts Classes for Seniors $5,000
Behavioral Health Community Health Council of Lebanon County Lebanon Bring trauma-informed training to Lebanon county organizations $7,500
Behavioral Health PennCares Support Services Franklin Support for caregivers to reduce anxiety, depression $5,700
      TOTAL $166,777.38
Healthy Communities
Community Connectedness SpiriTrust Lutheran York Install Eversound systems so families can virtually visit to reduce loneliness $5,000
Community Connectedness Healthy York York Partial support for the Healthy York community coalition $45,000
Community Connectedness Community Health Council of Lebanon Lebanon Support for community coalition staffing $86,000
Social Determinants of Health Real Life Community Services Lancaster Warehouse 916 Food Distribution $20,000
Social Determinants of Health Good Samaritan Services Lancaster Expand Permanent Housing program for homeless $15,000
Social Determinants of Health CONTACT Helpline Franklin Connecting homeless or near homeless to resources $2,000
Social Determinants of Health WellSpan Special Projects Franklin Recuperative care site for those ready for hospital discharge without stable housing $25,000
      TOTAL $198,000
Region-Specific Needs: Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Health, Workforce Development, Gun Violence Prevention
Workforce Development Greencastle-Antrim Endowment Scholarships Franklin One-year scholarships for Greencastle-Antrim Sr High grants interested in healthcare $34,000
Workforce Development United Way of Franklin County Franklin Stepping Forward – reducing poverty by connections to training and employment $30,000
Early Childhood Children's Aid Society Adams Family Advocacy program. In -home visits $10,000
Early Childhood First Start Partnerships for Children & Families Franklin Creating a Family Center to improve school readiness $131,895
Gun Violence Friends & Neighbors of PA York Credible Messenger Role to decrease gun violence in York City $60,000
      TOTAL $265,895

$330,453 in regular cycle Community Partnership Grants and $120,766 in Slow the Spread grants for a total of $451,219.

$409,432.22 in regular cycle Summit Endowment grants and $78,376.66 in Slow the Spread grants for a total of $487,808.88.

The total community investment from all community grant programs was $939,027.88


Summit Endowment provided $34,000 in scholarships for Greencastle-Antrim high school seniors pursuing health care careers.

Slow the Spread grant impact: In 2021, both WellSpan Community Partnership and Summit Endowment grant programs offered a new round of Slow the Spread grants specifically related to COVID-19. These 19 grants totaled nearly $200,000 in funding.

Some examples of how these COVID

  • Lebanon County Christian Ministries: To reduce the spread, we needed to provide non-congregate shelter. This grant provided 250 nights stay in the hotel/motel setting, averaging 17 guests per night.
  • Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine: We had a patient in need of food who was unable to access the food pantry because she did not have a mask. This grant provided masks for every patient visiting the clinic and their family members.
  • Gettysburg Area School District Ruth’s Harvest Program: The grant provided meals and snacks for weekends for 265 low income students of the district.
  • Friends and Neighbors of PA: The grant provided funds for street outreach to 80 homeless individuals in York County. It provided support for a cold weather shelter, cold weather warming stations, mobile outreach and coordination with WellSpan for COVID-19 vaccine clinic.