Mifflin County Communities That Care


As governors are trying to figure out how to ease back in to a new normal, please remember:

  • Some people don’t agree with the state opening... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • Some people are still planning to stay home... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may not lose their business or their homes... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • ‍Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • Some will wear masks for weeks... that’s okay. Be kind.
  • Some people will rush out to get the hair or nails done... that’s okay. Be kind.

❤️ The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay. Be kind.

We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home. But be kind.

If you need to go out, just respect others when in public, and be kind!

Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story. We all are in different mental states than we were months ago.

So remember, be kind.

We are not all in the same boat.

Heroes Among Us

During this unprecedented time, we say THANK YOU to the school personnel who continue to work hard to provide online learning, keep families informed, and continue to provide free lunches for those students in need.

And to the medical personnel who are on the front lines, providing continued care and compassion, we say THANK YOU for keeping our community safe.

You are greatly appreciated!

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on Tuesday, May 5th. You can join this global movement by “giving” in any way you can. Please join us in thanking the front line workers who continue to risk their lives to keep everyone else safe. The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has various suggestions on how you can participate on May 5th on their website. #JuniataValleyUnited #InThisTogether

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Silence the Shame

On May 5, the National Silence the Shame Day brings an opportunity to continue the conversation about mental health and wellness and erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

National Silence the Shame Day offers education and awareness, opening up conversations about mental health and wellness, mental illness, and recovery.

Consider that 1 in 5 Americans suffers from some kind mental illness. A neighbor, family member, coworker, friend, church member or classmate could be struggling with a mental illness but silenced due to the stigma.

Youth Spotlight: Rebekah Gerace, Ted Talk 2019

Bekah Gerace,18, was born and raised in Lancaster County. She graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2019 where she participated in cross country and the suicide prevention and awareness club, Aevidum. While at Manheim Township, she participated in the Spanish Immersion program from Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Through her high school years, she has faced cancer and many mental health challenges, which have helped shape her into the person she is today. Bekah enjoys writing poetry, photography, listening to music, spending time with her friends, and a number of outdoor activities, such as hiking and canoeing.

Bekah will be attending Penn State Berks in the fall to pursue a communication arts and sciences major to begin a career as an author. Through her personal experiences, she is aware of the growing need for not only a change in attitude and perception, but also in the quality of care in the mental health community.

Please take the time to view her TED Talk in the video above.

Mifflin County Communities That Care

MISSION: To promote the healthy development of the children of Mifflin County and to prevent juvenile delinquency, violence by and among children, teen pregnancy, truancy, school dropouts, substance abuse and undesirable actions and attitudes that may be harmful to youth.

VISION: Because of community-wide collaboration, Mifflin County will have safe, caring and drug-free neighborhoods for all children.