Each May, members of the Lancaster County community participate in GoBeyond, a weeklong service initiative that unites people to serve in various community service projects, including meal preparation, diaper drives, blood donation and more. During the third annual GoBeyond, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health employees participated in a citywide clean-up project.

LG Health employees and their families work together during a citywide clean-up project during GoBeyond week of service.

Employees George Cattell, Jr., Exercise Physiologist, and Teke Drummond, Chief Executive Office Administrator, organized LG Health’s volunteer group. Both felt that it was a great opportunity to live the mission of the organization, while spending time outside of work in a family-friendly environment.

“As trusted stewards of our community’s health and well-being, we have the ability to be a positive influencer both at work and in our personal lives,” said Drummond.

GoBeyond was first launched in 2012 after a community group recognized that more could be accomplished if a daylong service initiative was extended and more organizations were invited to participate. Since then, not-for-profits, businesses and individuals have joined forces to answer the many community needs.

Leading up to the week of service, volunteers are able to sign up for individual or group projects that match their area of interest online through the GoBeyond website. This year, thirteen LG Health employees and their families joined a citywide clean-up project organized by Water Street Mission’s Teen Haven, a not-for-profit project that fosters teen leadership.

Employees and their families met in the southeast corner of Lancaster City where they worked together to clean a four-block section from Church Street to Penn Square.

“Participating in GoBeyond is a great opportunity that shows how much we care about our community, when we are at work and at home with our families,” said Cattell.

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