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Lancaster City Alliance is a non-profit that cultivates partnerships with business, local communities, the arts, education, non-profits, and government to ensure Lancaster is a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all.

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PA 2-1-1 East is Here to Help!

Small business owners are so busy taking care of their customers that they often forget to take care of themselves. This practice has been exacerbated by the stress of the COVID pandemic crisis over the last year. It helps to know that you are not alone and free community resources there to help.

PA 2-1-1 East is a free, confidential, comprehensive information and referral service that connects residents to the health and human services they need. Mental well-being is just as important as your physical check-ups. PA 2-1-1 can connect you with mental health crisis lines, counseling, and treatment, including support groups, case management, and mentoring programs.

Get Connected. Dial 211.

Lancaster City Alliance “Love Your Neighbor” Coffee Fundraiser Campaign!

Lancaster City Alliance is excited to introduce our special blend of coffee called “Love Your Neighbor.” We will be offering this coffee in partnership with Wanderlust Coffees – organically grown, fairly traded specialty coffees, air roasted in small batches in Lancaster, PA.

Proceeds from the sale of our new 💖 Love Your Neighbor 💖 blend will help support our mission of ensuring that Lancaster is a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all who live, work, and visit here.

Show your Lancaster 🌹 Love when you purchase our new coffee.
Pick up a bag for your home or as the perfect Valentine 💝 gift for a friend or neighbor.  Shop today here.
Available in:
 ☕ 12 oz. bags
 ☕ 2 oz. gift bags
 ☕ 5 lb. bags
 ☕ One-time purchase, or by subscription
 📮 Mailed directly to your home or workplace.

Have A Heart for the Small Businesses of the City of Lancaster!

HAVE A HEART during this critical holiday season by committing to Buy Local. Bundle up the family and come to the city to shop, eat, and make memories during three Festive Saturdays (and all week long) designed to make buying local even more fun this #shopsmallseason.

💙 Shop Online with your favorite City of Lancaster shop, boutique, gallery, or merchant. See a list of Lancaster City shops with an online shopping presence here:
💙 Participate in the “Have A Heart Festive Saturday” events. Find all the details here.  
💙 Don’t miss the magic of the Lancaster Barnstormers Christmas Tree Lane Decorating Contest to support Lancaster County nonprofit organizations and the small business community throughout the City of Lancaster this year! VOTE for your favorite tree today!

The Have a Heart campaign is brought to you by Fig Lancaster, Discover LancasterLancaster City Alliance, the City of Lancaster, and the Lancaster Barnstormers.  

An Extraordinary Day for Lancaster!

Thank you for your contribution to the Lancaster City Alliance during the 2020 Extraordinary Give. You helped us exceed our goal and showed your support when our community needed it most. Please enjoy this before and after photo of our façade improvement program. Your contribution will help to sustain this program and transform underserved neighborhoods in the City and for that, we are grateful.

Thank you,

The Lancaster City Alliance Team

Mark Your Calendar – for an Extraordinary Day of Giving!

The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster’s community-wide celebration of generosity. It will take place this year on Friday, November 20.

This year over 500 worthy nonprofit organizations serving people all across Lancaster County will take part in the Extraordinary Give. You can support your favorite organizations by sharing them through your personal network OR make an online donation of $10 or more. Thanks to Rodgers & Associates, High Foundation, and all the extraordinary sponsors, every donation at this website on November 20 will be stretched by a half a MILLION dollars so your dollars go the extra mile for causes you care about!

This year we hope that you will add Lancaster City Alliance to the list of nonprofit organizations that you will be supporting on November 20.

We are 100 percent sure you care about making Lancaster a clean, safe, and vibrant City for all. That is why when you support the Lancaster City Alliance you are setting a strong example for others to follow.

Save the Date – Velocity is Going Virtual!

Our one and only fundraiser of the year is here! Join us at Velocity 2020 and celebrate our City on Thursday, September 24.

Velocity showcases the very best that the City of Lancaster has to offer. Our art, culture, food, drinks, and fashion come together in one event to celebrate this vibrant City.

This year will feature a brilliant virtual Fashion Show from the most popular shops and boutiques in the City, Cocktail & Food Demos from culinary favorites in the City Restaurant Scene, and an exciting “Look Book” of what’s trending and new in our fabulous Retail Community!

Tickets are available now!

This year you can support the Lancaster City Alliance when you purchase exclusive Velocity swag ~ one-of-a-kind Velocity pillows or tote bags celebrating our City. Proudly display these beloved landmarks and help support our business community during this time of uncertainty.

Ville + Rue will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the Velocity Collection to the Lancaster City Alliance.
Pre-Order your Velocity Tote Bag HERE.
Pre-Order your Velocity Pillow HERE.

Proceeds benefit the Lancaster City Alliance and Downtown Investment District.

Save the Date – Velocity is Going Virtual!

Our one and only fundraiser of the year is here! Join us at Velocity 2020 and celebrate our City on Thursday, September 24.

Velocity showcases the very best that the City of Lancaster has to offer. Our art, culture, food, drinks, and fashion come together in one event to celebrate this vibrant City.

This year will feature a brilliant virtual Fashion Show from the most popular shops and boutiques in the City, Cocktail & Food Demos from culinary favorites in the City Restaurant Scene, and an exciting “Look Book” of what’s trending and new in our fabulous Retail Community!

Tickets are available now!

Proceeds benefit the Lancaster City Allianceand Downtown Investment District.

Lancaster City Indie Retail Week 2020

In celebration of National Independent Retailer Month and Lancaster City’s superb retail community, the Lancaster City Alliance, the Downtown Investment District, the City of Lancaster Office of Promotion (LOOP) and other partners are hosting Lancaster City’s second annual “Lancaster City Indie Retail Week” running July 17 through July 24. Now more than ever, Lancaster City’s small businesses need your support. For a list of participating businesses and more information, visit lancindieretail.com

Special thanks to our community partners GoodThreeSusquehanna Style, and LNP│LancasterOnline, and our Sponsors: Ecklin Developmentj.a. sharpe Custom JewelerFulton Financial AdvisorsLEADS, and the 300 Block of North Queen Street

Lancaster City Alliance Important Updates

Ambassador & Clean Team Update

After careful consideration for their health and safety, the Lancaster City Alliance Red Shirt Ambassadors and Blue Shirt Clean Team will not be patrolling the City of Lancaster at this time. We look forward to returning them to the streets soon and for healthier days ahead. We will let you know the moment they are back in action.

How to Stay Safe and Support Lancaster City Small Businesses!

Our friends at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership shared the following information on how to support local, small businesses. Lancaster City Alliance is sharing their suggestions and have adapted them to Lancaster because we know you are eager to help.

Supporting Your Community
As we all make adjustments to scheduled events, realign our working arrangements, and rethink travel plans, we encourage you to continue to support your favorite small businesses even if you cannot visit them physically.

1. Call to see if your favorite restaurant is offering takeout or delivery, and tip the same amount as you would dining in. Community organizations are pulling together several lists showing what restaurants are doing, see them here and here.

2. Before you make a purchase ask yourself, do they sell it locally, think Easter Candy, bike parts, or household items. Now more than ever buying local is one of the best ways to help your neighbors.

3. You can buy gift cards online for many local restaurants, too.

4. Shop online or via phone. Many retailers have online shopping available, and our local and independent shops will help you get what you need via phone or other methods, if necessary.
Find information and details on a variety of businesses throughout our small business community here.

5. Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.

6. If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.

7. If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards or certificates to spend later in our various storefront businesses.

8. Share this information so others know how to help.

Please make it a priority to take all health and safety precautions you can to protect yourself and others in our community. Lancaster City depends on community support to thrive and our small businesses are a vital component of our economy year-round. We want to ensure their continued success while maintaining all appropriate public health safety measures. To that end, Lancaster City Alliance Staff will be working remotely but continue to have access to the tools and resources we need to assist the community. Our headquarters at 115 E. King Street will be closed to visitors beginning March 17, 2020.

How to Stay Safe and Support Lancaster City Small Businesses!

Our friends at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership shared the following information on how to support local, small businesses. Lancaster City Alliance is sharing their suggestions and have adapted them to Lancaster because we know you are eager to help.

How to Stay Safe and Support Lancaster City Small Businesses!
Supporting Your Community
As we all make adjustments to scheduled events, realign our working arrangements, and rethink travel plans, we encourage you to continue to support your favorite small businesses even if you cannot visit them physically.

1. Call to see if your favorite restaurant is offering takeout or delivery, and tip the same amount as you would dining in. Community organizations are pulling together several lists showing what restaurants are doing, see them here and here.

2. Before you make a purchase ask yourself, do they sell it locally, think Easter Candy, bike parts, or household items. Now more than ever buying local is one of the best ways to help your neighbors.

3. You can buy gift cards online for many local restaurants, too.

4. Shop online or via phone. Many retailers have online shopping available, and our local and independent shops will help you get what you need via phone or other methods, if necessary. Find information and details on a variety of businesses throughout our small business community here.

5. Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.

6. If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.

7. If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards or certificates to spend later in our various storefront businesses.

8. Share this information so others know how to help.


Please make it a priority to take all health and safety precautions you can to protect yourself and others in our community. Lancaster City depends on community support to thrive and our small businesses are a vital component of our economy year-round. We want to ensure their continued success while maintaining all appropriate public health safety measures. To that end, Lancaster City Alliance Staff will be working remotely but continue to have access to the tools and resources we need to assist the community. Our headquarters at 115 E. King Street will be closed to visitors beginning March 17, 2020.

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