The Treasure Hunt
Free Family Fun
Saturday, June 7th, 9:30am-Noon
(Rain date June 8th)
PAL Sports Complex
1455 Chestnut Grove Road, Upper Pottsgrove
Presented by the TCN Environmental Health & Safety and Youth Development Committees.
Over 90 vendors – Free lunch – Free tote bag – Door prizes
Expo Workshop Schedule
Brought to you by TriCounty Community Network
9:00am – 9:30am Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
Presented by Robyn Slater, Chester County Department of Emergency Services
9:30am – 10:00am VA Benefits for Seniors
Presented by Tracy Pennycuick, MontgomeryCountyVA
10:00am – 10:30am It’s Not Your Mother’s Senior Center Anymore
Presented by Bob Hager, PottstownAreaSeniorsCenter & Virginia Cox, Boyertown Area Multi-Service
10:30am – 11:00am The Importance of a Will and Power of Attorney
Presented by John A. Koury, O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei
11:00am – 11:30am Senior Living Options
Presented by Stacey Petroff, HomeInstead Senior Care
11:30am – 12:00pm Medicare 101
Presented by Monique Scott, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On Thursday, November 14th a Senior Health Expo will be held at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
The Expo will be free to all attendees and provide information and resources on healthy living for seniors. Educational workshops will be offered by the TriCounty Community Network. Attendees will receive lunch and enjoy musical performances by Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford choral groups.
If you are interested in being a vendor for this event click here http://www.tcnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Senior-Health-Fair.pdf
You must return the registration form with payment by Wednesday, October 23rd.
State of the Borough Address
Receive new and exciting updates on:
Community Collaborative Initiatives
Pottstown Area Rapid Transit
Pottstown Municipal Airport
Manatawny Gateway & Mini Golf Complex
TCN Membership Meeting
Tuesday, October 15th, 8am-10am
Montgomery County Community College, West Campus
101 College Drive, Pottstown
You’re invited to join a TCN Committee and help address community issues. Committees will meet during the second hour.
Caregivers Support – Community Partners Against Abuse – Environmental Health & Safety – Homeless Services – Workforce Development – Youth Development
The Fundraising Gala Committee will meet 10am-10:30am.
Registration required. Click here to register or call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.
Training & Support Services Coordinator
The Coordinator will be responsible for organizing training and support services for TCN. The Coordinator will work with the executive director, staff, trainers, consultants, and partners to provide workshops and services to TCN members. Examples of specific responsibilities will include providing exceptional customer service to members, volunteers and partners; scheduling and supporting trainers and consultants; processing registrations; facilitating the collection and management of data; organizing resources and services; developing and maintaining the virtual support center; assisting with the coordination of a nonprofit conference and other events; maintaining evaluation systems; and other duties as they relate to networking, collaborating, and community outreach. Qualified candidates must have a Bachelors degree, a minimum of 2 years administrative/office experience, strong computer skills including database management and experience using cloud and file sharing services, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and function as part of a team, strong organizational skills, and an attention to detail. Hours: 35 hours per week. This is a full-time position. Location: 260 High Street, Pottstown, PA.
Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
No phone calls please.
TriCounty Community Network (TCN) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, or veteran status. We value and respect the diverse viewpoints and individual differences of all people and encourage diverse candidates to apply.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 10am-2pm
Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown
Over 80 employers!
This event is brought to you by the
For more information, please call TCN at 610-705-3301, Ext.2.
The TCN Youth Development Committee in partnership with the Pottstown School District will hold a Youth Leadership Conference at Pottstown Middle School on Wednesday, May 15. There will be several workshops on topics such as banking basics, social networking, safe dating, emergency preparedness, healthy lifestyles, drug and alcohol abuse, and stress management.
The Conference will also include brain break activities, an educational movie, and a resource fair for students to learn more about after school programs. Students from both Pottstown and Pottsgrove Middle Schools will participate.
Special thanks to event sponsors: Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, Susquehanna Bank, Coqui Studio, Wawa, Freshstart Fitness, Rita’s Water Ice, and Giant. For more information, please contact TCN at 610-705-3301.
The 3rd Annual TriCounty Community Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at Sunnybrook Ballroom. We anticipate upwards of 80 employers participating and a large community presence at the event! TCN is looking for volunteers who can give an hour or more of their time to help out at the Career Fair. If you can help, please contact Don Stewart (email@example.com) or Tom Thunstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your availability.
Volunteers are needed from 8:30am to 3pm. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Like the little engine that could, Sheila Dugan has taken the throttle of the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA) and is chugging uphill toward her vision of a revitalized central business district.
Unlike Main Street Managers in the past, this dynamo hit the ground running and is pulling PDIDA into the 21st century at warp speed. The PDIDA board has been reorganized, assessments are being collected, activities are being scheduled and a new cooperation is being fostered between PDIDA, borough hall, PAID, the TriCounty Community Network and other entities in Pottstown.
Sheila actually lives in Pottstown, is a downtown business owner (she and her husband own Grumpy’s) and her children attend the Pottstown School District. Sheila is INVESTED in Pottstown (a missing component in past Main Street Managers).
The perception of business owners in the downtown, by the general public, is poor. Sheila is trying to raise awareness that most businesses downtown are Mom and Pop operations. In many cases, one owner, one employee. Trying to “do it all” six days a week from open to close does not leave much time for people to attend PDIDA meetings (or much of anything else).
To combat the time problem, Sheila has come up with an innovative solution – block captains. The block captains will talk with their assigned business owners and attend the meetings to speak for the group they represent. The block captains will then convey the meeting results back to their group. Email is also being used to keep PDIDA members updated, in addition to block captains and meetings.
Sheila has been working closely with the Pottstown Police Department and Borough Manager Mark Flanders toward a solution for the vagrant problem downtown. Sheila said Mark Flanders and the Pottstown Police Department have been extremely helpful and cooperative in working toward a solution for this problem. You will see more police officers downtown walking a beat along with other measures that are aimed at making the downtown clean, safe and a welcoming atmosphere for shoppers, arts and restaurant patrons.
PDIDA is also working with the numerous social services agencies in Pottstown. These agencies will also play a role in managing the homeless and idle population that have been congregating downtown and hampering revitalization efforts.
Sheila works hand-in-hand with Pottstown Area Industrial Director Executive Director Steve Bamford to help market Pottstown and fill empty store fronts with new businesses. She said Steve Bamford has been great to work with. Marketing Pottstown is not an easy job.
Another important cooperative effort taking place is between the Pottstown Codes Department and PDIDA. Every building within the PDIDA zone is being reviewed and code violations are being identified where they exist. Clean and safe buildings are certainly more appealing to consumers!
Like many organizations, PDIDA has lost a large percentage of its funding. Sheila said individual and corporate sponsors are desperately needed as well as volunteers. For example, the PDIDA office downtown needs volunteers to help staff the office. Sheila is also working on fundraising efforts and is applying for grants to help fund events and projects.
While we are on the subject of funding and budgets, Sheila is Pottstown’s official Main Street Manager but receives only a fraction of the salary the former managers were paid. This is due to the loss of funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the Main Street Program. Pottstown is fortunate to have someone willing to take on this herculean task, put in the time, do the hard work and get results on a shoestring budget.
One last thing before I give you a list of upcoming events downtown. A while ago, one of my readers asked me if the façade program was still in existence. I emailed the former Main Street Manager, identified myself and posed my reader’s question. I never received the courtesy of a reply. I asked Sheila about this during our conversation and she told me that the façade program does indeed still exist and there is still money available.
Some exciting PDIDA events to look forward to include:
June 8 – 2nd Annual Iron Horse, motorcycle show
June 20 – Rumble Downtown (includes Misty May-Treanor and live music).
July 20 – 2nd Annual Sidewalk Sale
October 12 – 6th Annual Riverfest – PDIDA is taking on this event and adding an evening component from 6pm – 8pm which will include live bands, artists, beer garden, a Bike/Art event and a TriPAC show at 8pm. Downtown restaurants will be participating.
Sheila said she is always looking for participants, live music, artists and street performers for PDIDA events. I will again put in a plug for individual and corporate sponsors.
The Pottstown Visitors Center aka the PDIDA office is located at 17 North Hanover Street in downtown Pottstown. The phone number is (610) 323-5400. Sheila Dugan is the Main Street Manager and her direct line is (484) 948-6061. The website is http://downtownpottstown.org/
Sponsored by the TCN Exelon Nuclear Workforce Development Program
Wednesday, May 22nd, 10am-2pm
Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown
Career Fair PREP Workshops
Learn how to get the most out of your career fair experience.
Thurs, April 18, 7pm-8:30pm: Phoenixville Library, 183 2nd Ave., Phoenixville
Wed, April 24, 6pm-8pm: Rolling Hills Apts, Community Rm, 2120 Buchert Rd., Pottstown
Fri, May 3, 10am-12pm: Pottstown Bible Church, 431 E. High Street, Pottstown
Mon, May 6, 5pm-7pm: The Open Line, 452 Penn St., Pennsburg
Wed, May 15, 4pm-6pm: YWCA Literacy Center, 1830 E. High Street, Pottstown
Registration required for workshops. Please call TCN at 610-705-3301, Ext.2
The TriCounty Community Network (TCN) Build Up Youth Committee will be hosting a meeting on “School Emergencies: Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery”. In the wake of recent tragedies, the speaker, Matthew Moyer, principal at Rupert Elementary School will talk about how the TriCounty community can help our schools protect our children.
State Rep. Mark Painter will also be at the event and will speak to the attendees.
Tuesday, February 19, 8am – 10am
Montgomery County Community College, West Campus
Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown
Breakfast Sponsor: Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Click here to register or call TCN at 610-705-3301 ext. 2.
TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions. Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers six key programs: Build Up Youth, CARE (caregivers support), Environmental Awareness, Homeless Services, SAFE (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development. For more information on TCN, visit www.tcnetwork.org.
Presented by the TCN Homeless Services Program
Thursday, February 21, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
(Snow Date Thursday, February 28 same time and location)
Zion United Church of Christ
209 Chestnut Street, Pottstown
(Corner of Hanover & Chestnut Streets)
Informative Speakers; Networking Opportunities; Connections to Social Service Agencies in the Community; Information to Help Make Your Job Easier
For more information contact TriCounty Community Network at (610) 705-3301
WHAT: The SAFE (Supporting Abuse-Free Environments) Program of the TriCounty Community Network (TCN) will be hosting a meeting on “Domestic Violence – Discover the Signs” as part of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event is aimed at building awareness of domestic violence; helping individuals discover the signs of unhealthy relationships around them and what they can do; and the resources available to help those in unhealthy relationships.
Daniel J. Reavy, director of External Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania, will speak and share a video “Telling Amy’s Story”, a story of a Verizon employee’s life as a domestic violence victim and how it affected the world around her.
WHO: TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions. Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers six key programs: Build Up Youth, CARE (Caring in Alternative Residential Environments), Environmental Awareness, Homeless Services, SAFE (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development. For more information on TCN, visit www.tcnetwork.org.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
8:00 – 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: MontgomeryCountyCommunity College – West Campus
101 College Drive
COST: FREE for members or first time attendees. $25 for non-members.
Breakfast Sponsor: Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center
RSVP: Members of the media should RSVP to Karen Higgins, A&E
Communications, email@example.com or (610) 831-5723. To attend the event, register at http://www.tcnetwork.org/news-events/meeting-registration/ or call TCN at (610)705-3301 ext. 2.
Pottstown, Pa. (August 16, 2012) –TriCounty Community Network (TCN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, social and environmental conditions in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, today announced its Build Up Youth program has received a donation from Susquehanna Bank’s Pottstown Office.
The donation will help support TCN’s Build Up Youth leadership development program for middle school students. The program includes an annual Youth Leadership Conference and a school-based leadership project. Through its efforts, the Build Up Youth program focuses on issues ranging from cyber bullying, drug & alcohol awareness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to safe dating, safe social networking, and protecting the environment.
“With so many negative influences for youth in our society today, our Build Up Youth program is an important initiative to educate these students and teach them the leadership skills to succeed in life,” said Jen Doyle, executive director for TCN. “We appreciate Susquehanna Bank’s financial contribution to this important program. We look forward to continuing to grow the program and positively influencing the youth of our area.”
“At Susquehanna Bank, we believe it’s important to invest in the future of our communities, and one of the best ways to do that is to support students,” said Katrina Belcher, Susquehanna Bank Market Manager. “That’s why we’re proud to contribute to the TriCounty Community Network Build Up Youth Program.”
About TriCounty Community Network
TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions. Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers seven key programs: Build Up Youth, C.A.R.E. (Caring in Alternative Residential Environments), Environmental Awareness, Family Literacy, Homeless Services, S.A.F.E. (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development. For more information on TCN, visitwww.tcnetwork.org.
Friday, April 20, 9:30am-1:30pm
Montgomery County Community College, West Campus
101 College Drive, Pottstown
Sponsored by State Representative Quigley’s Office, Montgomery County Community College, the Mercury, & TriCounty Community Network.
The EXPO offers all members of the community the opportunity to explore services, participate in activities and gather information, which is useful in living a healthy lifestyle. We anticipate offering a number of health screenings and interactive activities. We are inviting representatives from various organizations to discuss their role within the community, answer questions and offer demonstrations or screenings.
For more information call 610-326-9563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development is Seeking Your Participation!!
In 2009 Congress passed the HEARTH Act, the first new federal legislation governing homeless programs since 1987. The Act provides for increased local flexibility in developing and prioritizing local strategies and may substantially change the way housing and services will be delivered to homeless families and individuals in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Collaborative is partnering with the Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development to provide the community with current information on the HEARTH Act and the Montgomery County Housing Blueprint as well as to solicit your ideas and suggestions about how the County can best prevent and end homelessness and improve housing stability for all families and individuals.
You are invited.
You are invited to any of our community forums to learn about current affordable housing and homelessness in the County and to share your experiences and ideas about:
• Priorities for addressing different homeless subpopulations
• The performance of current local homeless programs
• Gaps and unmet needs in homeless housing and services
• Suggestions for program improvements
• Future strategies, including allocation/reallocation of resources.
Thursday, March 8, 9am – 11am
Salvation Army of Pottstown
137 King St. Pottstown, PA 19464
Hosted by the TCN Homeless Services Committee
Please RSVP to Natina Parker at 610.705.3301 x 2 or by email to email@example.com
A Message from the TriCounty Community Network Board of Directors
Dear TCN Members, Partners and Volunteers,
During the United Way Annual Campaign, please consider designating your contribution to TCN. Your donation supports our seven programs in youth development, caregivers support, environmental awareness, family literacy, homeless services, workforce development, and domestic violence awareness. Our donor choice number is 7863. Thank you for partnering with TCN!
~ TCN Board of Directors
Katrina Belcher, Janine Kelly, Betty Kutner, NHA, Lori Davidson, M.S., HS-BCP, Jenn Brown, M.Ed, Michelle Burke, RN, Pat Eltz, RN, MSN, Steve Goodman, Robert Slutsky, Esq., Joseph Szafran, MA, and Rebecca Villegas, MS Ed.
TCN Donor Choice #7863
TriCounty Community Network
260 High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
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Pottstown, Pa. (November 9, 2011) – TriCounty Community Network (TCN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, social and environmental conditions in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, today announced that its Homeless Services committee will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, November 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at The Salvation Army of Greater Pottstown located at 137 King Street.
Open to the local community, the meeting is aimed at increasing awareness of homelessness in the area and providing valuable information about how individuals and organizations can help the area’s homeless. CADCOM (Community Action Development Commission) will sponsor the breakfast which enables local agencies to share information about their work in the surrounding counties.
“We hope to draw awareness to the homeless problem and dispel the many myths that go along with this stigma,” states Joanne Class, Aging and Adult Services Intake and Referral case manager and co-chair of the TCN Homeless Services Program committee. “Many people do not know how wide-spread the problem is because they do not see it. People are hiding to protect themselves and protect the only valuables they have left in this world. Many of the homeless desperately want help but resources and beds are limited. Homelessness is also on the rise.”
According to the Pottstown Mercury’s May 3, 2010 article, titled “Number of Homeless in Montco on the Rise”, there were 244 homeless people in 2007, 407 homeless in 2008 and 749 homeless people in 2009.
With program funding being drastically cut, there are not enough resources to go around; however, individuals and businesses can help by working to find permanent housing for those who are struggling and help add security and stability for the community.
“We have an incredible amount of great resources and agencies in our area that we will highlight at the November 15 meeting,” added Class. “And Pottstown is full of generous, intelligent community members who can help make this situation better. Our goal is to get the community members connected to the agencies to help improve our resources.”
Donations of packages of new, men’s tube socks are requested to be brought to the meeting to help the homeless in the area fight off frost bite throughout this winter season. To attend, RSVP to TriCounty Community Network at 610.705.3301.
About TriCounty Community Network
TCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, membership-based organization that partners with nonprofits, businesses and community members to improve health, social and environmental conditions. Serving Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, TCN offers seven key programs: Build Up Youth, C.A.R.E. (Caring in Alternative Residential Environments), Environmental Awareness, Family Literacy, Homeless Services, S.A.F.E. (Supporting Abuse Free Environments), and Workforce Development. For more information on TCN, visit www.tcnetwork.org.
Pottstown, Pa. – The SAFE (Supporting Abuse Free Environments) Committee of the TriCounty Community Network (TCN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, social and environmental conditions in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties in Pennsylvania, presented a special safe dating workshop at the 37th Annual NOVA (The National Organization for Victim Assistance) Conference held in Philadelphia, Pa. on August 14-17, 2011. The workshop included a presentation of the “Mirror, Mirror” safe-dating play that was written to spread awareness of domestic violence issues and give the audience information to recognize warning signals in order to prevent violence before it occurs. TCN’s goal was to show other organizations at the conference how to replicate the play and facilitator-led discussions.
“Mirror, Mirror” was created and performed by Pottsgrove High School students in 2008 with the help of play-write Aileen McCulloh under the direction of Todd Kelly, Pottsgrove High School English teacher and Drama Director. The play has since been performed in many locations throughout the TriCounty area. Each performance is followed by a professionally-led discussion about the issues presented in the play as well as how to get help if they or a friend or loved-one needs assistance.
This year’s NOVA Conference workshop was led by Todd Kelly, Pottsgrove High School teacher and TCN SAFE Committee co-chairs: Kristine Wickward, legal advocate for the Women’s Center of Montgomery County and Janine Kelly, community education director for Women’s Center of Montgomery County; as well as Chuck Gallun, coordinator of SAFE Project at Creative Health Services; and Karla Romberg of TCN.
Each year NOVA holds a conference at a variety of locations around the country to bring international agencies and individuals together for training, networking, and to provide up-to-date information on national advocacy issues.
To find out more information about the “Mirror, Mirror” performances please contact Jen Doyle at TriCounty Community Network at 610-705-3301.