Education & Workforce Development

Chamber Foundation

Advancing the free enterprise system through education and by promoting citizenship and leadership.

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, founded in 1990, was organized as a 501(c)(3) corporation exclusively for charitable, educational and cultural purposes. The Foundation provides a mechanism to establish, administer and finance programs to meet the community’s crucial and changing needs in line with the goals of the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, view the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation brochure.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or would like to discuss ways in which you can become involved in its work, please call Ginny Harriger at 717-264-7101 ext. 205 or email


Leadership Franklin County (LFC)

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Since 1985 over 630 area residents have graduated from the LFC Community program. With expanded offerings in 2009 with the addition of our LFC Youth program, we are able to provide more opportunities for leadership skills development to a broader audience.


Designed and delivered by a dedicated base of community volunteer business leaders, our LFC programs provide a unique venue for personal and professional development. LFC steering committees (most members are LFC alumni) deliver these quality programs year after year.

Graduates continue to volunteer all over our county and participate in our active LFC Alumni group.

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LFC Community is the flagship leadership program founded in 1986.  The mission of LFC Community is to develop a continuum of civic leaders who are engaged in the advancement of the community’s quality and growth.   Participants are taken through a nine month course where they learn about leadership and their community. For more information, view the program brochure or flyer. Applications for the class of 2019 will be available in March 2019 and are due June 30, 2019. The application will be available online as well as the employer survey.  Leadership Franklin County Community is sponsored by Salzmann Huges, P.C.

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Does you need a volunteer group to help advance a program, project or organization? LFC Community might be a good resource for you! Participants in the LFC Community program are required to complete a community service project as part of their experience. Requests for Projects forms will become available in June of 2019. For more information call 717-264-7101. 



LFC Youth began in 2009 with the mission to create a community of young people who are actively engaged in responsible, ethical and effective leadership.  The program is open to a selected group of 25 incoming sophomore high school students (public, private or home schooled) in Franklin County.  Recruiting occurs during January and February of the student's freshman year. For more information, view the program brochureLeadership Franklin County Youth is sponsored by Wilson College.


Key curriculum LFC Youth components include:  The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, Encourage the Heart PLUS Community Awareness, Service Learning   

Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2019-2020 and are due February 20, 2019. 

Apply online here or download the LFC Youth Application Packet 


LFC alumni LFC Alumni are graduates of our LFC Community program who stay involved in the community long after their class has graduated. Complete list of Alumni.  LFC Alumni can connect via their Facebook group or can learn about other alumni activities by contacting committee chair Michelle Ford


LFC Alumni run two events at IceFestPa: Polar Plunge Dunk Tank and Run Your Ice Off 5k.   Funds raised support the alumni scholarship fund and Relay for Life of Chambersburg.   

A 2017 LFC Community project team created 'Leadership Franklin County Service Opportunities for Leadership Graduates' as a resource for anyone looking for a non-profit board or committee positions - it is available here.

LFC Alumni of the Year award is given annually to acknowledge one alumni's accomplishments within the community. Nominations are due by March 1, 2019 and can be submitted online by clicking here.   Complete list of Alumni of the Year Winners.



FranklinCountyWorks Job Board

The Foundation's job board FranklinCountyWorks offers job listings from employers in Franklin County.  Chamber members, from all Franklin County Chambers, are eligible for discounted job postings.  Small business discounts (for employers with less than 25 employee) are also available.  Complete job posting information can be found here.




Foundation Grant Programs & Coalitions

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Educator in the Workplace

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation is excited to partner with Chambersburg Area School District for the 2018-2019 school year to provide CASD educators the opportunity to internship/job shadow with area businesses and implementing information gained in classroom curriculum.  Currently 20+ educators are participating in this important program. A Showcase event in April 2019 will highlight the year long program.


Innovative Technology Grants for Educators

Grants to teachers in Franklin County public schools are awarded annually to encourage the innovative use of technology in grades K-12. The Foundation offers the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts thanks to contributions from area businesses.  Contributing businesses are eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Innovative Technology Challenge Grant applications for the 2019 cycle will be available in early 2019.  Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics.


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The Community Education Coalition (CEC) was created in 2015 as a workforce development initiative for Franklin County.  The coalition defined a vision "To develop a strong community where all individuals have the opportunity to grow and prosper.  

The Community Education Guiding Coalition (CEC) focused on three priority areas and formed three specific groups of focus: Employability, Early Childhood Education, and Well-Being.  The Foundation sponsors the CEC Employability group, United Way sponsors early childhood education and Healthy Franklin County addresses well-being.

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This Foundation sponsored group is led by Angela Austin of Summit Health and Dr. Michael Doncheski of Penn State Mont Alto. The employability group addresses workforce development concerns from grade 3 through retirement.  The group partners with the Franklin County Career and Technology Center to hold a career exploration expo prior to the middle school open house at the school each April, and hosts an annual high school business challenge, and further promotes workforce development thru grants like Educators in the Workplace.

CEC Employability created the Franklin County High School Business Challenge in 2017 to encourage students to create their own fictional, yet profitable and sustainable business plans. The Challenge is open to teams of 3-5 students from any Franklin County, PA high school. Scholarship dollars will be awarded to the winning team(s).

Information packets for the 2019 contest are available online or by emailing


Franklin County High School Business Challenge Winners:

2018: Greencastle-Antrim High School: AssemBuild - Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Clare Hudak

2017: Greencastle-Antrim High School: Grean Bag - Collin Griffin, Matthew Lynerd, Nick Starkey, Austin Straley, Dylan Starkey

2019 High School Business Challenge Sponsors:

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Community Education Coalition (CEC) Partners:

CEC Early Childhood Education - Led by the United Way of Franklin County, the Early Childhood Group has a vision of every child on Franklin County having access to quality early childhood education.  The United Way organizes free training events for early childhood providers.

CEC Well-Being - Healthy Franklin County is composed of key community leaders from the education, health, faith, business, nonprofits and local government sectors. Our goal is to create and support healthy behaviors and lifestyles through education, awareness, programs, and access to services. These key leaders continue to identify value in identifying and strengthening efforts to address health and health care needs from a collective perspective. Go to Healthy Franklin County for more information.

Additional Community Workforce Development Coalitions:
Chambersburg Cares is an initiative of Healthy Communities Partnerships of Greater Franklin County Their goal is to promote healthy youth behaviors and reduce risk factors with a vision to have all youth grow into healthy, productive adults. 

Franklin Together - The Franklin County Reentry Coalition Mission is to develop strong collaborative community and professional partnerships that will empower and support formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to reduce recidivism and encourage them to become contributing members of the community.



Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Michael Doncheski, Immediate Past President - Penn State Mont Alto
Colby Fry, President - CVR Uniforms

Rebecca Holder, Treasurer - Orrstown Bank

Robin Russell, Secretary - Manpower
Angela Austin - Summit Health

Kim Crider, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Chairperson - Take Shape for Life
Karen Johnston, Healthy Communities Partnership
Crystal Lautenslager - Chambersburg Area School District

Laureen Lutz - 1st Ed Credit Union
Greg Meyers - Superior Floorcoverings & Kitchens, LLC
Rochelle Plummer - 180 Me, LLC
Shane Shatzley - JLG Industries

Angela Quigley- Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC

Ginny Harriger, Executive Director Chamber Foundation


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Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A  |  Chambersburg, PA 17201 
(717) 264-7101  |  Fax: (717) 267-0399