Our Philosophy

WHO ARE WE?

In 2000, a group of savvy volunteers got together, creating a grassroots effort to beautify downtown Lancaster. The goal: make the city a more attractive place to visit, shop, and live. Then, as now, we are a completely volunteer organization.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Each spring city lampposts are adorned with flower baskets, and each fall they’re decorated with holiday wreaths and garlands. LEADS conducts a variety of fundraisers to pay for these programs, and, since we’re a volunteer organization, virtually all contributions go directly to these costs.

As the LEADS footprint has grown, so have our expenses. Annual expenditures for the flower basket program now total $30,000. Our “Adopt-A-Basket” donations go toward the flowers, leaving another $13,000 for watering. And, when the city recently installed new light poles, we outfitted them with custom-made brackets at a cost of $40,000. We receive no assistance from the city or the county, relying completely upon private contributions.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you care about the beauty of downtown Lancaster and appreciate the difference the LEADS initiatives make, you can help by participating in one of our many initiatives. Check out the Adopt-A–Basket, Water-A-Block, Light-A-Pole, and Make-A-Contribution links to learn more.

Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success (LEADS)
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1721, Lancaster, PA 17608-1721