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Gettysburg Connection's Community Outreach program shares trustworthy news and information with underserved members of our community.
Informed residents are more engaged in local policies and procedures, more connected with their communities, and more likely to vote.
We direct our outreach to:
Our Spanish-Speaking Community:
Our ongoing Spread the Word (Pasa La Voz) text messaging program shares educational, medical, childcare, and legal information with our 7,000-member Spanish-speaking community.
Wellspan Health’s Yeimi Gagliardi says “Scaling communication for hard-to-reach communities has been and continues to be a challenge. Think about it for a moment. Are you tired of text messages that try to sell goods and services that sometimes are unnecessary? How about, instead, a text message service that actually delivers information that your family, friends, or neighbor needs? information about programs and services to improve your well-being, help you connect with others, or simply learn about events and activities for all? That is Pasa La Voz, a text-based Spanish-language information portal supported by the community and for the community. Please help us share the word and sign up for this free service.”
Our Older Adult Residents
Our Savvy Senior Information Portal shares health, financial, recreational, and community news via the U.S. Postal Service and social media channels to older adults living at home and in community housing.
Adams County Office for Aging's Linda Thompson says "Older adults in Adams County can use information about health, housing, finances, taxes, recreation, well-being, and more. Outreach to these residents is an important part of county-wide community service."
Our K-12 students
Our Building News Awareness program uses high school curricula and an internship program to engage students in local news and events.
Gettysburg Area High School history teacher Peter Sontheimer says “Providing the students with an understanding of history and civics is part of the critical mission of secondary social studies education. The challenge of making issues relevant to the students and providing them with accurate and localized information can be quite difficult. Local news organizations and journalists create a link between issues and the immediate community.“
“In an era of social media and a rapid news cycle, community publications provide an objective connection to local government, land use issues, and matters of social concern. Helping future voters to understand the connection between their quality of life and the local leaders. Rather than focusing on making national issues into local divisions local news can focus on turning community members into informed problem solvers. Finding the right sources for local news helps local teachers to maintain our inclusive local character. From introducing us to Apple Harvest Queens to tracking business zoning issues we need local professional journalists and the outlets that employ them. Students cannot care about local issues if they don’t know about them.”
The Gettysburg Connection Community Outreach Project will educate Adams County residents on important community issues such as health, education, transportation, housing, employment, and financial security. Donations to Local Media Foundation for this project are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for contributions. Please consult a tax advisor for details. The program is administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association.