Our Initiatives

Emerald Foundation’s non-profit Initiatives respond to unmet needs in the Community as well as connecting on a national level. Our Initiatives are supported by the generous donations of businesses and individuals, as well as public grants and through community funding.

How does the E respond to unmet needs?


By providing opportunities for all students to use Esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life, Esports moves the educational system into the 21st century both locally and nationally.

Autumns Food Pantry

Food insecurity in the Lancaster Community affects both young and old populations and inhibits the ability to thrive in school, at work, and especially if someone falls on hard times. Autumn’s Food Pantry offers a leg up with food provisions for those in need.

Rise 'N Shine Program for Adults with Disabilities

An often overlooked population, adults with intellectual disabilities face many challenges with growing and developing new skills that might help them get a job. The E provides an inviting space for adult intellectually disabled volunteers to learn skills that help in life as well as on the job, all the while serving other non-profit programs on site.

Emerging Artist

As school district budgets tighten, the arts are the first to appear on the chopping block. By providing aspiring artists to exhibit artwork in a gallery setting and host a show, the E recognizes the importance of art as a universal form of communication, often bridging the gap between cultures, generations, and those with physical or mental challenges.

Sports Safety

Sports-related concussions offer little forgiveness when they occur in multiples over extended periods of time, as they often do in sports activity. The E has partnered with Defend Your Head as its pinnacle program in addressing concussions in the game of football, introducing local and national platforms for schools to learn more and address the devastating consequences of these type of injuries.

Community Engagement

Local programs improve community health.

Rental Subsidies

Surveys of major cities show that less than 20% of non-profits own their office space which makes them subject to the unpredictability of the commercial real estate market.

Across North American and around the globe, thousands of communities, philanthropic groups, and government and private sector leaders are investing in non-profit shared services and building projects to promote healthy and vibrant communities. With a focus on youth, education, and health we curate specialized programming to fit the unmet needs of Lancaster County.

The Emerald Foundation Community Campus has become a center where everyone is welcome and our diverse community can come together to meet and learn from one another through our own non-profit initiatives, community programs, our Rental Subsidy Program, and events.

Community Voices

“Esports has given many of our players a place to belong in our school. We have seen growth in soft skills and academic performances across the board.”

Matthew Fox

Assistant Principal, Conestoga Valley

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