Together For The Common GoodThose five words summarize our mission statement. We believe that by bringing individuals and organizations together to serve Pequea Valley in strategic ways, we can help create a stronger and healthier community.
The Together Initiative is simply the means by which individuals and organizations can serve our community. We believe the old adage is true: If you want to go faster, go alone, if you want to go further, go together.
Grace Point Church of Paradise
Hershey Mennonite Church
Gap Community Church
Calvary Monument Bible Church
The Factory Ministries
Pequea Valley School District
Several local businesses
Members of the Amish community
The Together Initiative Network is one of the recipients of the United Way's Collaboration Grant. We are currently working towards the Bold Goals set out in the grant proposal.
BOLD GOAL #1: 100% of children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
We have opened a Pre-K Counts classroom at Salisbury Elementary. 20 kids have been taken off the "waiting list" and are receiving a preschool education. We have purchased Safari Learning for local preschools to use in addition to their curriculum and Ready Rosie to be distributed to every home that has a child from birth to five years old in the Pequea Valley Community.
BOLD GOAL #2: 100% of students and adults obtain a post-secondary credential.
Under-resourced adults have been given access to a greater number of competitive employment opportunities. Through the Literacy Council, several individuals have registered for a GED program.
BOLD GOAL #3: Increase the number of individuals and families moving out of poverty by 50%
Over 200 business men and women have donated time and money to remodel the classrooms at The Together Community Center. Some of the agencies we are partnering with to provide workshops for adults and teens include: No Longer Alone Ministries, Coby's Family Services, Tabor Community Services, Community Action Program, Literacy Council, and Pequea Valley School District.
BOLD GOAL #4: 100% of individuals, children, and families are connected to a medical home.
St. Josephs Children’s Health, Lancaster General Community Health and Wellness, Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation, Compass Mark, and various behavioral health specialists are providing access to medical and behavioral health services as well as workshops this fall.
In late 2011, several organizations in the Pequea Valley community got together and asked, what could we do to make Pequea Valley a better place if people and financial resources were no object? The answer to that question became our first year collaborative effort called Together 2012.
Between Grace Point & Keystone Churches, The Factory Ministries, Paradise Township and Pequea Valley School District, we began construction on a building for community food services, sponsored workshops, tutored students, cleaned roads, renovated an old building, put a new roof on another, threw block parties, taught cooking classes and much more.
What started as a grand experiment in 2011 has now matured to a strong partnership. We are all after the common good of the Pequea Valley area and invite you to join us in the journey!