Educating Our Community
Mediation? Are you sure you don’t mean Meditation? Or maybe Medication? When we show up at Spring Fling every year to distribute information on how to resolve conflicts without going to court, we are often confused with other ways of healing problems. But yes, we mean Mediation, and we make it our business to educate the community about ways to solve conflicts without costly lawsuits but with good relationships as a result. With that goal, we attend a number of community events each year to distribute conflict resolution information and anti-bullying materials.
You will see us next at the Carroll Valley Night Out at their community building just west of Fairfield. It’s a family-friendly event featuring games, food and non-profit information. Carroll Valley is a borough which has taken advantage of MSAC’s low-cost conflict resolution process, so we’re pleased to partner with them in getting information out to adults and kids about solving problems peacefully, whether neighborhood issues or bullying.
Come the third Sunday in September, you’ll find us at the Adams County Heritage Festival from noon to 4 PM at the Gettysburg Rec Park on Long Lane. This celebration of community unity is held annually to recognize the food, crafts and music of various ethnic groups here and abroad. With no admission fee, the Festival is truly family-friendly event with a full afternoon of music and dance performances, delicious ethnic foods, craft demonstrators, cultural displays, special children’s activities and non-profit information booths. Look for our anti-bullying display!
If you’re searching for a speaker for your organization, you might consider asking one of our MSAC Board Members to speak about the process of mediation and how it differs from other forms of conflict resolution such as arbitration, negotiation or family-group decision making. If there is time, we can perform a scripted mediation to show just how problems are resolved. And if your church or organization faces seemingly insoluble problems, MSAC can also provide a team of mediators to help you work through a difficult situation involving a large number of people.
The annual Giving Spree, sponsored by the Adams County Community Foundation, is held in November at the Gettysburg Area Middle School. Like many local organizations, Mediation Services of Adams County depends on donations to keep our conflict resolution and information programs funded. The Giving Spree is an opportunity to donate to local agencies and non-profit organizations at an event which provides a percentage of matching funds. We hope to see you at our booth!
Because MSAC is a long-time member of the Chamber of Commerce of Gettysburg and Adams County, one or more of our Board members usually attends the monthly Chamber Mixers. That’s another opportunity to talk to us about why we believe mediation is a plus for our community and an opportunity for Adams County residents to learn to solve problems in less confrontational ways. Each year, we also offer a 22-hour Conflict and Mediation Training which prepares local government officers, organization leaders and human resource personnel to deal with thorny issues.
Adams County Heritage Fest
The 2018 Heritage Fest was cancelled due to the rainy weather. It was the first time the festival has ever been rained out. Don’t worry. The planning for the 2019 festival is already under way. More info to come.
Annual Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree
Every year, MSAC participates in the Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree. We’ll post the date and location for the 2019 spree as soon as they are official. To read about the success of the 2018 spree, click here.
Join MSAC members at the annual Spring Fling event, a health-and-wellness information fair in celebration of Older Americans Month.