Hardship Committee

Hardship Committee Communication November 20, 2021

Thanksgiving Gift Cards

Today, Friday November 20, 2021, gift cards were presented to us as part of a Community Services Project of the Lancaster Labor Council in memory of Rich Trumka, the late President of the National AFL-CIO.

 The following Unions contributed to this project:
Central PA ALF
IBEW 126
IBEW 743
Plumbers & Pipefitters 520
USW 376
AFSCME Council 89

The Hardship Committee for BCTGM Local 374-G would like to thank all those who made this possible and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving!

Gift cards are available to be picked up at the Union Hall.




Hardship Committee Communication November 11, 2021

Additional Services:

Manheim Area:

 An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Meal
Chiques Church

4045 Sunnyside Rd.
Manheim, PA. 17545
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25th
Serving 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Eat-in or carry out
Church service prior to meal 9-10 am
Reservations are free but required
For reservations call 717-665-9417
Reservation deadline November 19th

FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday Nov. 25, 2021
Pick up in parking lot between 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Call 717-665-5880 by Nov. 22

Zion Lutheran Church
2 S. Hazel St. Manheim PA. 17545

Mount Joy Area:

FREE Thanksgiving Day Dinner
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Thursday Nov. 25, 2021
Curbside Pickup Only at
The Gathering Place
6 Pine Street
Mount Joy
Between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Call 717-653-5493(ext. 222)by Nov. 22nd to
make reservations

There are numerous publications and pamphlets in the Union Hall covering services available locally.  There are prescription drug cards there as well.  These cards can be used multiple times with savings up to 45%.

       Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission
       Getting Help for Alcohol and other Drug Problems
      150 North Queen Street
       Lancaster, PA. 17603
           Phone  717-299-8023
           Fax   717-293-7252


EMERGENCY HELP  for suspect overdose or other medical emergency call 911 immediately!

  If someone is threatening suicide or threatening to harm themselves or others, you can call Crisis Intervention 717-394-2631

  Support Groups
    AA – Alcoholics Anonymous 717-394-3238
    NA – Narcotics Anonymous 717-393-4546
    GA – Gamblers Anonymous Ephrata, Lancaster 855-222-5542

  Family Support
    Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics 877-298-5027
    Nar-Anon Family Group, Lancaster 717-285-2909
    Gam-Anon Family Group  Ephrata, Lancaster 412-281-7484
    PA-Problem Gambling Hotline 877-565-2112


Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program “CHIP”

       Surviving A Closing or Downsizing Pamphlet
         A guide to Agencies and Services in Lancaster County.

       Self Sufficiency Reference Guide
           A community resource guide for residents of Lancaster County.
          Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East at United Way of Lancaster County
                 Phone: 2-1-1
                 Email: 211@UWLanc.org
                 Web: PA211East.org
         Booklet available at Union Hall

         The smart way to save on prescriptions
         FREE Prescription Savings Card
         Download the FREE FamilyWize App today!
         Average savings of 45%
         Card with information and QR code available at Union Hall

          Try www.goodrx.com for coupons and savings on your prescriptions.

Hardship Committee Communication November 6, 2021

  The Committee is working on Gift Cards for Members who need assistance to purchase food for Thanksgiving.  We encourage members to take advantage of any and all services that are available. We do need people to sign up for the gift cards and provide the number of people in their family.  There are sign up slips in the Union Hall for our members to fill out and drop in the Gift Card box.  Deadline for sign up is November 15th, 2021.


 Advise from those that have been there:

  Make use of all services that are available to you.  These services are there for working men and women to help them get back on their feet. You can donate to, or assist, these same services when you are able and help provide for others that are in need.  Making use of these services allows you to stretch your money further and perhaps pay bills for which assistance is harder to obtain.

  Don’t wait too long to seek or ask for assistance. Some services are time sensitive but mostly the earlier you reach out for help the better. Contact your utility companies and explain your situation, preferably before you are behind in your bills.  PP&L and UGI have programs to assist people and most employees of PP&L are union members themselves.                  

  Contact your credit card companies and explain your situation to them as well.

  Jean Martin from the Lancaster Labor Council has a lot of experience with agencies that offer assistance.  Jean has offered to help our Members navigate through the process if needed.  She can be contacted at her office at 717-392-2518.  Her hours vary so you can leave a message if she is not there.  Members can call her on her  phone at 717-397-0769 anytime.


  Members can visit the Lancaster County Assistance Office at 832 Manor St. Lancaster, PA. 17603.  Phone (717) 299-7411
 For more details and other locations for services, visit the website below:


“211”  This is a free, confidential, vital service leveraged by millions of people across the U.S. every year.

      211 provides help with:

          Housing and utilities assistance
          Physical and mental health services
          Assistance finding and obtaining employment
          Services to address and prevent homelessness

Simply dial “211” or visit www.211.org to get help or learn more today. 

Prescription Savings Card
     There are some cards available at the Union Hall
     Use the card whether you are insured or not. Use every time!
     Average savings of 45%.


Akron Church of the Brethren/ Blessings of Hope
Every Wednesday from 11am-2pm, you can come and receive a free box of food and pick through an assortment of other grocery items to take home.
          Akron Church of the Brethren 
          613 Main Street  
          Akron, PA. 17501


  The Hardship Committee will continue to gather more information and offer pamphlets on services that are available for our members.

  Part of this Committee’s function is to gather information on food banks, 211, clinics, shelters and other Charitable Organizations that could assist Members as well as soliciting businesses for donations. The Hardship Committee would research information for County, State, and Federal programs such as Mortgage assistance, unemployment (in the case of a lockout), home heating assistance, credit card, banking, credit union assistance, food banks, medical, RX assistance and the International Hardship fund (administered by the International Union).   
  We will also work with the Lancaster United Labor Council to provide assistance, direction and information for our Members. 
  There are credit cards offered through the BCTGM that offer protections during a strike.
  This committee would also reach out to the Red Cross, charities and churches about assistance for our members.

  Any Member wishing to participate in the Hardship Committee should speak to any Executive Board Member, Steward or call the Union Hall.

  Any Member who has information that would be of benefit for our Members, please contact any Executive Board Member, Steward or call the Union Hall and we will include the information in our communications.   


Lancaster County

Union Community Health Services, Inc.
Arch Street Facility
333 N. Arch Street
Lancaster, PA. 17603

Union Community Health Services, Inc.
Bright Side Facility
515B Hershey Avenue
Lancaster, PA. 17603

Union Community Health Services, Inc.
South Duke Street Facility
South 625 Duke Street
Lancaster, PA. 17602

Welsh Mountain Health Centers

Horse & Buggy Program
717-354-4711, ext. 132

Meadow Creek Family Practice
435 South Kinzer Avenue
New Holland, PA. 17557

Welsh Mountain Medical & Dental Center
584 Springville Road
New Holland, PA. 17557