Boro, School District, and Hill School team up for Pottstown CARES 10/19 & 10/25


Borough, Pottstown School District, and The Hill School

Combine Resources and Volunteers for

Two Pottstown CARES Events

Residents invited to free community resource and activities fair on October 19; 700 volunteers to embark on Pottstown clean-up set for October 25


POTTSTOWN, PA –Volunteers from the Borough of Pottstown, The Hill School, and the Pottstown School District will combine forces to demonstrate their care for our hometown in several tangible ways in a two-part, two-day event, with separate components planned for Saturday, October 19 and Friday, October 25.

This joint CARES (Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability) endeavor was conceived last spring during conversations between Borough Manager Mark Flanders, Pottstown School Superintendent Jeff Sparagana, and Hill School Headmaster Zachary Lehman.  The three leaders envisioned a collaborative project that would help to “spruce up” a designated area in the core of Pottstown while also boosting community pride and awareness about Pottstown resources.  A small committee of representatives from these three key Pottstown entities began meeting late last spring; they sought feedback at a community forum held at the Ricketts Center in late June; and they have been meeting regularly since that time to manage myriad details for the project.

The first part of the CARES project will be a community education and activities day on Saturday, October 19.  (Please read below about the second CARES event on Friday, October 25.)  This free information fair on October 19 will occur rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Hill School, under the former outdoor hockey rink located off Beech Street near Hill’s Center For The Arts.  Attendees may park in the Center For The Arts parking lot. The GPS address for this location is 860 Beech Street.

This October 19 community day will allow nonprofits and other Pottstown-focused, helpful organizations — ranging from arts and recreational organizations to the Bloodmobile, Reduxtech e-waste recyclers, and other service providers — to share free materials about their programs and talk with Pottstown residents.

A variety of free children’s activities will be available through the YMCA and other organizations, and the Masons will be doing child identification fingerprinting.   

Numerous local food vendors will be on hand selling various refreshments, from French fries to vegetarian foods.  Free, gently used office supplies also will be available at a “Get Organized Pottstown” station.

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities will be accepting donations of food, clothing, and other essentials near the Center For The Arts parking lot in Hill’s old rink. Greatly needed items include: Canned soups and stews; canned prepared pasta; canned fruit; oatmeal; personal hygiene items; small bottles of  laundry detergent; cleaning supplies; socks; underwear; and coats.

In addition, the Chester County Pet Food Pantry will be accepting donations of pet foods, and Forgotten Cats will be represented.

An e-waste collector will be on hand to accept any old items that had electricity running through them.  The e-waste collection truck will be located in the Center For The Arts parking lot.

 The Miller-Keystone Blood Center Bloodmobile will take walk-in blood donations.  Registration for walk-in donations will be located in the lobby of Hill’s Center For The Arts.  People who would like to sign up in advance to donate blood on October 19 at The Hill may contact Jason Coady, a Hill teacher who is coordinating this effort, by emailing him at  Also, CVS will provide a flu shot clinic from 12 to 2 p.m.; people interested in getting a flu shot should bring their insurance card if they have one.

A voter registration table will be set up and individuals will be there to help people with this process.

As part of the day’s activities, The Hill will provide two free screenings of an inspirational, multiple award-winning film about “the power of one” demonstrated by nine individuals on six continents, all of whom are working to make their communities a better place.  The film “Opening Our Eyes” (PG-13, will be shown in The Hill School Center For The Arts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Green Room, located off the CFTA lobby.

Also, The Hill invites individuals to take a free, self-guided “Art Walk” architectural tour of Hill’s historic campus.   Interested guests should look for the Art Walk registration table under the rink roof, where they will be provided with a brochure and map of the tour sites as well as an Art Walk visitor badge.  All tours must begin by 3 p.m.

Additional organizations that have registered so far (as of October 10) to participate in the CARES information-sharing event include: Community Connections; Community First Development Corp., Inc; Children and Youth Services; the Colebrookdale Railroad; Genesis Housing Corporation; the Greater Pottstown Tennis Association; Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County; the Montgomery County Health Department;  the Pottstown Borough, including the Codes Department; Pottstown Carousel; the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority; the Pottstown Fourth of July Committee; the Pottstown High School Key Club; Pottsgrove Manor; Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Pottstown MOSAIC; the Pottstown Office of Family Services of Montgomery County; Richard J. Ricketts Community Center/Olivet Boys and Girls Club; Sunnybrook Foundation; the United Way; the World War II Dance Committee; and the YMCA and YWCA.

Participating organizations are asked to complete registration and set up between 10 and 11 a.m. on October 19.    They should enter the site from the Center For The Arts parking lot off Beech Street.

Hope Rocks benefit at Norco Fire Hall this Saturday

Lauren and John Fritz and friends are holding a benefit to raise funds for home renovations related to their sons, who both suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. More info is available at  There is also a facebook page and blog at Hope Rocks for Jake and Ryan.

Jake and Ryan (ages 10 and 6) have a form of MD called Duchenne with no cure and little treatment.  Their family is working with a local non-profit, Happy 2 be Home, to raise funds to modify their home for the kids.

The Hope Rocks for Jake and Ryan Benefit will be Saturday, October 12th, 7-11 pm at the Norco Fire Hall Banquet Room.  The night will include a BBQ dinner by Moyer’s Catering, live music by Andy & Company, and a Silent Auction with many wonderful items,  Tickets are $30.  All proceeds go to Happy 2 be Home, and will help them to create an accessible home for Jake and Ryan.


MOSAIC Produce Stand Open Again this Saturday at Garden!

This comes to us from Laura Washington, MOSAIC Community Garden Manager…
The Produce and Information Stand will Open Again this Saturday at the Garden at 423 Chestnut Street!
Thanks to our generous garden members and our generous garden plots, we have plenty tomatoes, green peppers, herbs and local fruit for sale!
Stop by and pick up the latest copy of Organic Gardening or other information on food justice and where to buy fresh, wholesome foods in our local area!  We have a list of local organizations and companies who offer nothing but the best.  Pick up a copy during your garden visit this Saturday!
The stand and information stand will be open for business on Saturday, October 5th at 9:30 AM sharp!
Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out on some of the super-fresh items being offered Saturday!  This may be your last chance…
MOSAIC is Popping UP Everywhere!  Catch Us “If You Can” at these LOCAL EVENTS!
MOSAIC has a table at this year’s Schuylkill River Festival
12pm to 6pm at Riverfront Park, 6pm to 8pm Art and Music on High Street. Music, Art, Kayak Rides, Stone Skipping Contest, “Artcicle” Recycled Bike Event, Historic Walking Tours, Petting Zoo, Food, Beer Garden and More!
Saturday, October 19, 2013 and Friday October 26, 2013
MOSAIC has a table on Oct. 19th at the Hill School and is lending a helping hand on the 25th along with the Hill School as part of the CARES endeavor!  CARES, which stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment and Sustainability is a two-day event pioneered by the Hill School, the Borough of Pottstown and Pottstown School District.  
The events were designed to  increase community activism, spruce up Pottstown’s core neighborhood, and create momentum for additional efforts. 
The 19th is an information and awareness event being held at the Hill School.  The event will offer a variety of services and resources, including a blood drive.  If you would like to register to donate, please visit and select the time that’s best for you. Thank you!
October 25th is the day planned to spruce up Pottstown!  Please email me to find out more and to learn how you can be a part of this great opportunity!

Pottstown Regional Public Library Joins Foundation Center’s National Network

This comes to us from the Pottstown Regional Public Library…

Thanks to a grant from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, nonprofit organizations and other grant-seekers in the tri-county area now have access to a valuable new collection of resources at Pottstown Regional Public Library.  The library has been accepted as a member of the Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center of New York.

The Foundation Center is the leading authority on connecting grant-seeking nonprofit organizations with philanthropic institutions.  Established in 1956, the Foundation Center of New York supports a nationwide network of resource centers, such as the one at Pottstown Regional Public Library.  These resources provide the tools and training needed to connect grant-seekers with grant-makers.  For more info about the Foundation Center, visit

The Pottstown Regional Public Library now offers free access to detailed information on grant-makers and how to apply for grants. The Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Foundation Center Philanthropy In/Sight, print directories, and proposal writing guides are some of the available resources. The Foundation Directory Online allows a grant-seeker to search by their area of interest, their geographic location, the size of grant, and other parameters.

Trained staff members and computers are available to help searchers make the best use of these resources.  As a member of the Funding Information Network, the Pottstown Regional Public Library will be holding training sessions on how to effectively use these resources and identify potential funders.

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents, providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Visit  for more information about the Foundation. Discover Pottstown area’s online community at to learn and share great information on how to lead a healthier life. You can also follow Mission Healthy Living on Facebook and Twitter.

3rd Annual Pottstown Pet Fair this Saturday

This news comes via the Pottstown Pet Fair’s Facebook page…

This Saturday, the 3rd Annual Pottstown Pet Fair will take place in Memorial Park at 75 King Street from 9 am – 3 pm. There will be over 80 vendors. This is the LARGEST FREE PET EVENT IN Pennsylvania! Check out their Facebook page today and tomorrow to see all the vendors and wonderful sponsors too. Bring the furry loves in the family too, and if you don’t have any pets, our rescues can help with that adoption of a forever love of your life.

CARES Project seeks resident input for spruce-up projects

The Pottstown CARES Project will debut on October 25th as a new kind of community cleanup day in Pottstown’s core neighborhood. CARES stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability. It is being organized by The Hill School, Pottstown Borough, and Pottstown School District, and will include participation by students and staff from all organizations. Right now the organizers are seeking input from residents in the form of concerns and suggestions for doable spruce-up projects that will, nevertheless, make a positive impact on the neighborhood bounded by High Street, Hanover Street, Beech Street, and Edgewood Street.

Requests can be e-mailed to

The types of projects that could be undertaken might include painting a fence, cleaning up alleys, getting pot holes filled in, or weeds pulled from gutters and along sidewalks. Even if all the suggestions cannot be completed on Oct. 25th, the plan is to follow up with other CARES project days and the building of collaborative relationships to strengthen neighborhood pride, safety and appearance.

Property owners and residents who would like work done on their property will have to sign a waiver to allow volunteers to come onto their property. For more details, see Evan Brandt’s post here on The Digital Notebook.

More National Night Out activities on tap – August 6th!

The Pottstown National Night Out celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 starting at 6:30 pm at the Washington/Chestnut Street Park in Pottstown. 

Please join us for an evening of fun that includes:

Moon bounce

Popcorn machine

Rita’s Italian Ice


Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided, first come first served!

Representatives of several local non-profits and Law Enforcement will be in attendance.

The NNO is an annual community event showing solidarity against drugs and crime, and celebrating the partnership between the community and local police, fire and emergency services. 

The celebration is being coordinated by Genesis Housing Corporation, National Penn Bank and MOSAIC Community Land Trust.

Questions? Comments?

Contact Anna Johnson (


Youth Mission Week — Pottstown Helping Pottstown

Area churches are planning a Youth Mission Week. Read on to learn more and find out how to get in touch to participate

On Sunday, July 28 at 7 pm to Friday, August 2 at 4 pm, Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, Zion’s United Church of Christ, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will be working together to make Pottstown neighborhoods a better place.

Youth, who range from those entering sixth grade through those who just graduated high school, live at church for a week. Each day they go to a private home or an agency around town and do yard work, simple repairs, painting, cleaning out basements or garages, etc. Some groups also work at an agency. In the past this has included the Cluster Outreach Center and the Ministries at Main Street Homeless Shelter. In the evening, after showering, swimming, and dinner, they discuss what they have seen and done during the day and contemplate how they can carry forward a life of service to their community. Many youth use this event to complete graduation requirements for service projects.

We are looking for:

Homes where we can work. Most homeowners who we help are elderly, disabled, or have some reason why they cannot do the painting/repairs/clean-up themselves. If you, or someone you know could use a little bit of help around your home, please contact us as soon as possible to arrange for our coordinator to make a site visit.

Youth participants. We can take up to 30 youth and accept youth on a first-come, basis. We do not charge for participation.

Adult Volunteers. Volunteers are needed on-site between the hours of 9 to 3 on Monday July 29 through Thursday August 1. Volunteers must complete an application and comply with our “Safe Church” practices for children and youth.

Donations and Loaned Equipment. Donations of food and beverage for the workers, paint, garden plants, etc. for the homes we are working on are very much needed. We also borrow and return equipment such as rakes, spades, ladders, etc. A complete list of what we need will be posted on the website July 21, a week before Mission Week begins. And of course monetary donations give us the freedom to buy what we need.

Download applications and see what donations are still needed at

Contact Rev. Lisa Martin, Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 60 N. Hanover St. Pottstown, PA 19464 610-326-2243

Harris Family Ministries to hold annual Stop the Drugs, Stop the Violence Crusade


Living Water Outreach Worship Center

Riverfront Park

140 College Drive

Pottstown, PA 19464

Saturday, July 27, 2013

12pm – 4pm

 Free food!

Lots of fun & family entertainment!

 Teen Challenge Philadelphia will perform!

Resources will be available for all who attend.

Harris Family Ministries, Inc.

P.O. Box 3001

Stowe, PA 19464

(610) 764 – 4984

Courtesy of Harris Family Ministries
Courtesy of Harris Family Ministries

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