Just before 5 p.m. Friday, Give Local York surpassed its $1 million goal.
While the rest of the midstate was heading home for the weekend, the more than 200 York County nonprofits taking part in the event had collected over $1,002,795 in donations, and they still had 7 hours to go.
“It’s overwhelming,” Meagan Feeser, coordinator of Give Local York, said earlier that afternoon. “We can’t keep up with the updates on social media.”
And while the financial benefit is the main goal, Feeser said the other benefit of the daylong fundraiser is the ability to shine a spotlight on the county’s nonprofits.
Topping the leaderboard in dollars raised is community outreach and performing arts education program Positive Energy Arts with over $120,000 and nine donations. The group’s mission is to inspire under-served youth through the arts. With a $50 donation, a young person in York City can attend a five-week summer dance camp.
The Community Progress Council, Inc. of York has received the most donations, with close to 300 donors giving over $18,000. A community action agency, Community Progress Council aims to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and advocates for change in an effort to promote community growth.
Give Local York organizers have used as a model the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s annual Extraordinary Give, hoping to mirror its success.
The York event closes at midnight Friday. To donate, visit givelocalyork.org.