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#GivingTuesday for CIL Opportunities

Contact: Hillary Hasson Center for Independent Living Opportunities 717-849-0991 Center for Independent Living Opportunities Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges to Give ‘Opportunities’ through a Special Fund York, PA Tuesday, December 1– Center for Independent Living Opportunities (CIL Opportunities) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. CIL Opportunities encourages local people to give to local people through our #GivingTuesday campaign to assist others with opportunities to be independent in our community. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. CIL Opportunities is a local, non-profit organization serving people with disabilities and the senior populations. This year they joined the growing #GivingTuesday campaign to bring awareness to the organization in its local area as well as to raise funds to assist consumers to achieve their independent living goals. #GivingTuesday will help develop a fund of ‘Opportunities’ that will pay for a person filling out a housing application that cannot afford the application fee, it will help fund someone’s 1st month of groceries who is moving out of a nursing home into their home, it could also fund someone grab bars in their bathroom if they are a fall risk. These are just little examples of ways CIL Opportunities can assist people with disabilities and seniors to remain independent. “Our goal is to empower the most vulnerable populations, people with disabilities and seniors, to achieve their independent living goals and maintain their health and welfare so they can be contributing members to our community”, explains Hillary Hasson, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living Opportunities. “We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.” Those who are interested in joining Center for Independent Living’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit their website to donate and/or visit their agency on December 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and donate in person or give your time by donating an item of decoration and help decorate their offices (we are having an Ugly Sweater Party, so wear your Ugly Sweater). For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter. About Center for Independent Living Opportunities CIL Opportunities is a private, non-profit organization serving people with disabilities, families, and the community in Adams, Franklin, and York counties on issues and needs related to diverse disabilities. CIL Opportunities was founded in 1992 and is governed and staffed mainly by people with disabilities. Our mission, dedicated to the integration of people with diverse disabilities in all aspects of life in our communities, CIL Opportunities focuses on: • Eliminating barriers • Ensuring civil rights and equal access • Promoting independent living CIL Opportunities provides free and confidential disability related services to people with disabilities, family members, individuals, and local businesses and organizations without regard to age, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation/identity, religious background, or severity of disability. All services and special projects prioritize self-determination by people with disabilities. About #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

CIL Annual 5k Run, Walk ‘n Roll 2015

Use Your Feet So Others Can Live Independently! was this year’s motto and one I think will embrace the community into our efforts.  This year was truly a great event and one to build on for the future events.

Want to thank our Sponsors for this year’s annual 5k run, walk ‘n roll:

Signs by Tomorrow
Image 360
Cornerstone Community Church
Accounting Services of York
Alternative HR
Aquamarine Travel
John Brenneman
Sandra Carsten

We also want to thank our 29 participants who got up early, came out, ran or walked and enjoyed camaraderie and fun!

To the staff, board of directors, and volunteers — you make it look easy!



Please help us keep our doors open

With the current budget impasse, we are operating on minimal dollars that were raised by donations and one small fee-for-service project. Until the Governor signs a budget we will not receive any funding from our operations grant (funder). We are asking for monetary donations from Corporations, Businesses, and other Community groups to keep our staff in place so consumers can continue to be served.

Monitary Donation Request 2015

York Spherion Gives Back to CIL

Local staffing company embraces the holiday spirit through community giving

York, Penn. — November 24, 2014 —  The York office of Spherion Staffing Services, a locally-owned recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider with nine Pennsylvania offices, is donating $1,000 to the ­­­­­­Center for Independent Living as part of the company’s national Community Giveback program. In total, local charities in Pennsylvania will receive $9,000 from the Ruggery Group.

“We are so excited to contribute to the Center for Independent Living,” said owner, Don Ruggery. “It is a great way to further our commitment to our local community and partner with our neighbors to make York a better place to live and work. The more often we are involved with organizations like this, the better we understand the needs of our community. This in turn helps us more effectively serve the individuals who live here. Our priority is putting the people of York to work and contributing to the health of local community organizations and businesses.”

On November 25 at 1:00pm, Spherion will be presenting a check to ­the Center for Independent Living in the amount of $1,000.00 at the local Center for Independent Living, located at 127 West Market Street, Suite 100, York, PA.

Each Spherion owner handpicked one or more organizations to “give back” to in advance of the holiday season. Overall, through this program, Spherion has donated $124,000 nationally to local organizations in the communities where it operates. Spherion launched the national Community Give Back program to thank their communities and to help advance the important work of local charitable organizations.




About Spherion

Spherion Staffing Services is a leading recruiting and staffing provider that specializes in placing administrative, clerical, customer service and light industrial candidates in temporary and full-time opportunities. As an industry pioneer for more than 68 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in virtually every industry through a network of offices across the United States. Spherion offers companies a unique combination of personalized customer service backed by the resources, knowledge and geographic breadth of a $2 billion dollar workforce leader. Last year we helped more than 3,000 clients find the right talent to meet their workforce goals. Each local office is individually owned and operated by a team of staffing specialists who are known throughout the community, well-acquainted with your business and supported by a strong network of talent. To learn more, visit

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CIL Opportunities is part of PA's statewide network of consumer-controlled centers for independent living and is a member of the Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living and the National Council on Independent Living.