LANCASTER, PA—The city of Lancaster is a place of promise for non-profit organizations. Many of these non-profit organizations promote good will for the community. The Crispus Attucks Community Center is one of those organizations.
The Cripus Attucks Community Center (CACC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission statement strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African-American heritage. According to executive director Cheryl Holland-Jones they are “The last African-American organization in Lancaster County.”
CACC is a 90-year-old organization located on Howard Avenue in Lancaster and unfortunately is of a dying breed according to worker Derek Smith. There were organizations similar to the CACC but they have shut down due to lack of funding. The workers of CACC fear the same fate. Smith in an interview stated “We do not have many volunteers or full time workers so it is very hard to run multiple programs all by yourself.” He additionally went on to say that “Our funding for certain programs, such as our food bank, have been cut. While we are able to maintain the funding necessary for such programs we are losing money.”
It is difficult to give and become involved with nonprofit organizations such as Cripus Attucks Community Center at times. There are situational factors that can impede our abilities to help even if we wanted to. However the idea of benefiting the greater good should be the focus of any people who have any desire to get involved with this organization.
The Cripus Attucks Community Center fosters a vibrant, diverse and prosperous community, rich with cultural heritage and educational opportunities. To name a few of the diverse programs they run in order to strengthen the community as a whole include C.A Café Food Market, Disproportionate Minority Contact, Youth Intervention Program as well as programs to strengthen families in the community. It is unfortunate to know that an organization such as this that offers so much opportunity to benefit the greater good is of a dying breed.
With a college campus comes hope and promise for organizations such as the Crispus Attucks Community Center. Students are looking for opportunities to build their resumes and gain experience in hopes of finding full time positions come graduation. The Crispus Attucks Community Center is a great place to start as they need the help and students need the experience. If you are interested in volunteering at the CACC visit their website for more information.