Congratulations To The TCN Homeless Services And Youth Development Committees!

17 care packages have already been distributed to local homeless teens.

 

You can help by donating any of the following items:   

X-Large Hoodies

Gloves
Hats

Socks
Toiletries
$5 Gift Cards to Local Food Stores

Prepaid Phone Cards

 

Items can be donated by contacting Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:

11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown

TCN Membership Meeting

Pottstown: A Community on the Move

Learn about the ways Pottstown Area Rapid Transit (PART) is coordinating with nonprofit organizations, Bike Pottstown, and SEPTA to expand the level and quality of transportation services in the greater Pottstown area.

Presented by Erica Weekley, Assistant Borough Manager

&

Kourtney High, Grants Administrator

Tuesday, January 20th, 8am-10:30am
Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

South Hall Community Room
101 College Drive, Pottstown

 

Join a TCN Committee.  Committees will meet 9am-10:30am.

Caregivers Support  Community Partners Against Abuse  Environmental Health & Safety  Homeless Services  Workforce Development  Youth Development 

 

    Registration required. Click here to register or call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.

Help Homeless Teens By Donating To TriCounty Community Network

The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers.

Here is Your Chance to Help

The TCN Homeless Services and Youth Development Committees are working together to create care packages for local homeless teens.  You can help by donating any of the following items:

X-Large Hoodies

Gloves
Hats

Socks
Toiletries
$5 Gift Cards to Local Food Stores

Prepaid Phone Cards

Items can be donated by contacting Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:

11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown

TCN Holiday Celebration

TCN cordially invites you to a holiday celebration.

Hot Breakfast          Networking          Games & Prizes

Tuesday, December 16th, 8am-10:30am
Copperfield Inn at Lakeside

594 West Ridge Pike, Limerick

Special thanks to our breakfast sponsors

Chestnut Hill College   Chestnut Knoll
Edward Jones Office of Bonnie Thompson
Frederick Living   Visiting Angels

Join a TCN Committee.  Committees will meet 9am-10:30am.

Caregivers Support  Community Partners Against Abuse  Environmental Health & Safety  Homeless Services  Workforce Development  Youth Development 

 

**Registration Deadline: December 9th.  Only registered members and guests will be admitted**

   Click here to register or call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.

Help A Homeless Teen

The TCN Homeless Services and Youth Development Committees are
developing care packages for local homeless teens.  You can help by donating any of the following items:   

X-Large Hoodies

Gloves
Hats

Socks
Toiletries
$5 Gifts Cards to Local Food Stores

Prepaid Phone Cards  

Items can be donated at the TCN Holiday Celebration on December 16th

or
Contact Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:

11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown

Patrick Callihan To Speak At TCN Meeting On September 16th

Patrick Callihan Executive Director, Tech Impact

Patrick Callihan
Executive Director, Tech Impact

Patrick Callihan is the Executive Director for Tech Impact, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world.  His background includes over 25 years of technology leadership and operations management.  As part of Tech Impact, Mr. Callihan led the development of national cloud-based service offerings for nonprofits under the brand npCloud (www.npcloud.org), providing organizations access to computing technology specifically designed for nonprofits.  Mr. Callihan also strongly believes in impacting his local community and led the launch of ITWorks (www.itworks.org); a program within Tech Impact that serves at-risk-youth with 21st century job skills.  He is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executives Group (GPSEG), Society for Information Management (Philadelphia chapter), C-Suite, and a member of the Cloud Computing Consortium at Stevens Institute of Technology.  Mr. Callihan will speak on the following topic:

 

Cloud Computing: Can Your Organization Benefit?

Cloud computing is one of the latest trends in Information Technology.  Mr. Callihan will demystify what cloud computing is and how it can benefit your organization.  Learn about the risks and benefits and specific programs available to help reduce your organization’s costs and increase efficiency.  Also learn how to utilize cloud computing to collaborate.

TCN Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 16th, 8am-10:30am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

South Hall Community Room
101 College Drive, Pottstown

 

Join a TCN Committee.
Committees will meet 9am-10:30am

Caregivers Support  Community Partners Against Abuse  Environmental Health & Safety  Homeless Services  Workforce Development  Youth Development 

 

Registration required.  Click here to register or call 610-705-3301.

Geocaching Treasure Hunt Sponsored By TriCounty Community Network

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

 
An Outdoor Adventure
Geocaching Treasure Hunt
Fun Field Events
Youth Focused Exhibitors
Free Lunch
Age 12 and under must have adult supervision for geocaching.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Dress for activity & weather.
Wear sunscreen.
Bring blanket for picnic lunch.

Geocaching starts promptly at 10am.

 

A shuttle will depart Memorial Park at 9:15am for those without transportation.

 

Click here to download the flyer.

Registration Required. 
Click here to register or call 610-705-3301.

 

Presented by the TCN Environmental Health & Safety and Youth Development Committees.

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Senior Health Expo Thursday, November 14, 9am-1:30pm, Sunnybrook Ballroom

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

Sunnybrook Ballroom is located at 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown, PA  19464.  Their website is http://thesunnybrookballroom.net/Home_Page.html

Senior Health Expo To Be Held At Sunnybrook Ballroom In Pottstown, November 14th

TCN NetworkOn 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 To Be Given By Mark Flanders And Erica Weekley At TCN Monthly Meeting

State of the Borough Address

Receive new and exciting updates on:

Community Collaborative Initiatives

Pottstown Area Rapid Transit

Pottstown Municipal Airport

Infrastructure Projects

Manatawny Gateway & Mini Golf Complex

TCN Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 15th, 8am-10am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

101 College Drive, Pottstown

Community Room

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.

TriCounty Community Network Job Announcement

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:

Email: work@tcnetwork.org

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.

Third Annual TriCounty Community Career Fair

Wednesday, May 22nd, 10am-2pm

Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown

 

Over 80 employers!

 

Special thanks to event sponsors: ExelonEDSIJ.P. Mascaro & SonsLifeSpan,Pottstown Memorial Medical CenterThe Mercury, and the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce.

This event is brought to you by the 

TCN Exelon Nuclear Workforce Development Program

For more information, please call TCN at 610-705-3301, Ext.2.

Youth Leadership Conference To Be Held In Pottstown

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.

Volunteers Needed

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 (dstewart@edsisolutions.com) or Tom Thunstrom (tthunstrom@pennlibertybank.comwith your availability.

Volunteers are needed from 8:30am to 3pm.  Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA) Is On The Move!

180933_10150092018677029_7436728_nLike 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/

TriCounty Community Career Fair

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