Genesis Housing is joining with the Hill School, Art Fusion 19464, Pottstown Athletic Club, Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, CustomFit and others to create a day for families to spend time together learning about low-cost outdoor and indoor activities available in our area.
The Pottstown Community Field Day will take place on Saturday, August 27th from 11 AM – 2 PM (Rain date: Sunday, August 28th) at the Chestnut Street Park (Washington & Chestnut Streets). There will be 15 stations of fitness/sports or other activities for group participation for about 5 minutes. The DJ will play family appropriate music continuously until the 5 minutes are up. At that time, the DJ will use audio equipment to announce SWITCH and each group will move on to a new station. Each participant will receive a coin for every station they complete. When they complete 10 stations, participants will receive a free gift. We will track how many people completed the minimum challenge equating to at least 45 minutes of fitness.
We are asking for area businesses and organizations to participate in the 3-hour event by making a donation, facilitating fitness stations and setting up information tables. In appreciation for any organization that donates and/or participates, we will advertise their company in social media outlets and in printed materials. We will also provide the opportunity to set up an information table and include coupons or other information in the free gift packs.
For more information or to support the event, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (484) 300-2410. Please join us and be a part of this great day!
Here is some excellent Pottstown news!
A culinary student at Montgomery County Community College‘s West Campus in Pottstown is doing something to help the struggling residents of Pottstown by offering a free meal to those in need!
It’s so gratifying to see young people get involved with the community! They bring such enthusiasm and energy to the table! Many times they think of great solutions to problems because they have the ability to think outside the traditional “box”.
This young woman needs your help and here is her story –
A Pottstown local, Julia Zion, MCCC culinary student, recently reached out to the folks of Occupy Pottstown and offspring groups, to request a little help with a very cool community project she has just started. It’s called Wednesday Night Community Meals. This is a pretty simple, yet powerful idea, and it goes like this:
Every Wednesday through August Julia provides a meal at the little park at Washington and Chestnut Streets in Pottstown at 7 PM. Food and drinks are brought in and served and tables and chairs need to get to and from the playground at Zion Church. The meal is open to the community, but is intended for those who may not have a lot of food to put on their tables now, etc. She has had about 18 people attend the meals, but plans for up to 30. One of Julia’s desires is to give some Pottstown folks a hand-up via a good meal. Period. Simple, right?
Julia is looking for some local groups to take this project on with her through the summer. Julia could really use some volunteers and food to be donated for this Wednesday, June 27th. But on any Wednesday during the summer, Julia can use all the help she can get!
This would be a great project for churches, scout groups, service organizations, local corporations etc…
If you would like to donate food, money or your time, please contact this amazing young woman at email@example.com. She would LOVE to hear from you!
The Chestnut Street Park and adjoining police substation will soon be beautified by a mural project. Genesis Housing is funding the mural to be painted on the side of the substation facing the park. Anna Johnson, co-founder of Citizens for Pottstown Revitalization, appeared before Council urging them to approve this project (which they did unanimously).
The Gallery on High found an artist for the project who will design the mural and work with high school students to complete it.
Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Genesis Housing, Citizens for Pottstown Revitalization and the Gallery on High for partnering on this project to help transform a neighborhood!
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN POTTSTOWN, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011
“America’s Night Out Against Crime”
Pottstown, PA July 15, 2011
Pottstown residents will participate again this year in National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Activities will be at Chestnut Street Park at the corner of Washington and Chestnut Streets in Pottstown, starting at 6:30 pm. The celebration is being coordinated by Citizens for Pottstown’s Revitalization, the MOSAIC Community Land Trust, Pottstown, PA, and Genesis Housing.
Residents old and young are invited to be at the Park at 6:30 pm for the start of the activities. There will be hot dogs and refreshments, public safety demonstrations, and a story time for kids with book reading on internet safety awareness. The official activities for National Night Out, or NNO for short, will last until 8:30 pm.
New this year for Pottstown will be a four-block walk through the streets near the Park. The traditional display of support for NNO is to keep an outside light on during the evening, and to sit outside on a porch or step. The organizers are excited that the short march will add even more spirit and fun to this year’s celebration. Residents who cannot make it to the park are still asked to leave their lights on, and sit outside as their part of the vigil! Rain or shine, the event will go on.
NNO is an easy way, on a single day, to invest in community spirit and to show that the neighborhoods are being taken back by the people from the criminals. Residents are asked to come out to show solidarity against drugs and crime, and to help develop a partnership between the community and local police, fire and emergency services.
Any organization wishing to set up a table is encouraged to join the activities; please bring your own table and any information or handouts you would like to give away. The organizers will not be able to provide tables. (To help the organizers with planning, please send a note in advance to VivaPottstown@hotmail.com to let them know you’ll be there with your table!)
Thousands of communities and millions of citizens will be participating across the U.S.A. In Pennsylvania alone, as many as 150 municipalities will be taking part. NNO is sponsored by the National association of Town Watch.
ABOUT National Night Out and National Association of Town Watch:
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, was introduced by the Association in 1984. The event has grown from 400 towns in 23 states the first year, to over 15,000 communities in all 50 states with 37 million people last year in August 2010. The 2011 event is expected to be even bigger. More information on NATW and NNO can be found at www.NationalTownWatch.org.
ABOUT Genesis Housing Corporation :
Genesis Housing Corporation is dedicated to the development of affordable housing and to the education of consumers on housing and financial issues.
Since 1994, Genesis Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has served Montgomery County as a community housing development organization (CHDO). Our general activities include the rehabilitation and new construction of homes to improve and stabilize neighborhoods and to provide opportunities for lower income homebuyers to purchase homes at affordable prices. Genesis Housing Corporation also provides housing counseling and money management services for potential homebuyers and homeowners. More information on Genesis is available at www.genesishousing.org.
ABOUT Citizens for Pottstown’s Revitalization:
Citizens for Pottstown’s Revitalization (“CPR”) is working to unify all of Pottstown’s pockets of activism. In keeping with CPR’s mission to breathe new life into our community through positive actions, community involvement, courage and respect, we invite you to submit news and comments promoting the betterment of Pottstown. Viva Pottstown! More information is available at www.VivaPottstown.com
ABOUT MOSAIC Community Land Trust, Pottstown PA:
MOSAIC Community Land Trust, Pottstown, PA is a local non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing affordable homeownership opportunities in Pottstown, developing a community garden at 423 Chestnut Street, and empowering residents to participate in the improvement of their own neighborhoods. Collaboration is the key to their efforts to create long-lasting change, and they are already partnering with local businesses, volunteers, Pottstown School District, Pottstown Borough and other community organizations, such as The Gallery and Genesis Housing Corporation. MOSAIC has been working with a nationally-recognized expert in community land trusts, thanks to a grant from National Penn Bank. More information available at www.PottstownCLT.wordpress.com
Help plant a garden in the park. We will be putting a small vegetable garden beside the Police Sub Station building. Plants, mulch and soil donated by Colonial Gardens, Phoenixville and the raised vegetable garden courtesy of Genesis Housing Corp. We will also discuss the mural that is planned for the park. Light refreshments will be served.
Several local scientists will demonstrate interactive and fascinating science experiments geared to amaze elementary and middle school age children. Event sponsored by Genesis Housing Corp. and Arkema Inc. Food will be served to event participants.
Food Prep and Service (Light food Donations for Garden Party)
Please Respond if interested in helping.