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May 6, 2022
Contact: Melissa Mesones-Ortiz, Deputy Communications Director
[email protected], (717) 255-6584

HARRISBURG- City residents looking critical, emergency support for themselves and their families can now get a streamlined online experience thanks to a new feature on the City of Harrisburg’s website.

On the main topline bar on HarrisburgPA.gov is a new tab, labeled LOCAL RESOURCES. Here, residents can access contact information for dozens of helpful non-profit organizations located with the City of Harrisburg in the areas of child and family services, food, local government, international and immigration, legal, mental health, shelters, and women’s needs.

The “Local Resources” section is the result of Harrisburg residents reaching out to the city looking for more information on the life-saving programs offered by city non-profits, and the city’s communications department working with information technology experts to make necessary changes to the city’s website.

“Harrisburg residents spoke up and we listened,” said Mayor Wanda Williams. “This new feature not only highlights the tremendous work being done by our non-profit organizations, but it will undoubtedly help the most vulnerable get the help they need faster.”

The Local Resources tab, launched May 6, 2022, provides enhanced functionality to greater accessibility to critical information from local community organizations. It features the following organizations:

Children & Family

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, East Shore YMCA, and the Salvation Army


Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Downtown Daily Brad, Ecumenical Food Pantry, Helping Hands Ministries, St. Francis Assisi, St. Stephen’s Episcopal


State Rep. Patty Kim, State Senator John DiSanto, Congressman Scott Perry, Dauphin County Commissioners


International Services Center, Latino Hispanic American Community Center


Dauphin County Public Defender, Dauphin County District Attorney

Mental Health

Case Management Unit, Crisis Intervention Program, Pennsylvania Counseling Services, T.W. Ponessa, The RASE Project


Bethesda Mission, Shalom House, YWCA Greater Harrisburg



Organizations looking to be featured on the “Local Resources” tab should contact Melissa Mesones-Ortiz in the City of Harrisburg Communications Office.

A one-page PDF version of the city’s Local Resources is also available to download here: https://harrisburgpa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Local-Resource-Flyer-1.pdf.

The new Local Resources tab may be visited at https://harrisburgpa.gov