Poverty's Edge

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's take on poverty, how it affects our communities, and what we're doing about it.

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02 Aug

The “Ah-hah!” Moment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since Second Harvest’s very first Cooking Matters course took place. It feels like it happened yesterday; I still know all the names and faces of the kids that participated in that course. I remember thinking that my brand new volunteers and I had our work cut out for us with the kids at that first course. There was a resounding groan when it was announced that black bean and vegetable...

05 Jun

Audio: June 6th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Lincoln Leadership Academy at 6 PM

     Tomorrow morning, the Lincoln Leadership Academy, a charter school founded by former public school principal Sandra Figueroa, will hold its first-ever commencement exercises on Thursday morning.  Tomorrow evening at 6 PM, Ms. Figueroa will be my guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse.  She will be joined by two of her graduates, Karina Lovera and Abraham Delacruz. Lincoln Leadership Academy’s students are almost exclusively Latino, many attending to seek an alternative to urban public schools.  Charter schools are...

10 May

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

The Friday before Mother’s Day our country celebrates National Public Gardens Day to increase awareness of public gardens, community gardens, arboretums and botanical gardens. The West Ward Neighborhood Partnership is doing our part in Easton, where we have the largest number of community gardens in the Lehigh Valley.  Thirteen community gardens throughout the West Ward provide residents with a space to plant and harvest vegetables to enhance their diets, to socialize with our...

08 May

Audio: May 9th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Democratic Candidates for Bethlehem Mayor

    DEMORACTIC CANDIDATES FOR BETHLEHEM MAYOR  ON THURSDAY’S LEHIGH VALLEY DISCOURSE ON WDIY   (Lehigh Valley, PA)  WDIY’s weekly public affairs program Lehigh Valley Discourse will feature the Democratic candidates for Bethlehem Mayor on Thursday’s program, 6-7pm. In a relaxed, conversational style, J. William Reynolds and Robert Donchez will join host Alan Jennings on the program to discuss their vision for the city. The City of Bethlehem has a hotly contested race for...

02 May

Audio: May 2nd on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Alan Jennings Talks with Republican Candidates for Northampton County Executive, Dean Browning and Scott Ott.

    An especially interesting primary battle is taking place in the County Executive election in Lehigh County.  While Democrat Tom Mueller is unopposed in the primary, former county commissioner Dean Browning and current commissioner Scott Ott are fighting for the soul of Lehigh County’s Republican Party.  Browning is a conservative who was ousted in his bid for re-election two years ago when he voted for the budget proposed by then-County Executive Don Cunningham because it included...

22 Apr

Ready, Set, Expo Workshop Series to Start on April 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             For more information: Kimberly Stout (e) kstout@caclv.org (t) 610.433.5703 Sally Handlon (e) sally@hbrllc.com (t) 484.241.4124  Ready, Set, Expo Workshop Series to Start Lehigh Valley, P.A – Coming this Fall to businesses in the Lehigh Valley is the first Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo.  This will bring purchasing and procurement professionals from all levels of government (Federal, State, Local) as well as private industry...

22 Apr

PRESS RELEASE: DEMOLITION OF BLIGHTED PROPERTY ON SIXTH STREET TO BEGIN THIS MORNING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  For more information: Jessica Dreistadt  610-435-1490   Clearing of Site Will Make Way for Expansion of the Sixth Street Shelter The building at 221-223 North Sixth Street in Allentown will be razed beginning this morning, with the site cleared within days.   The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, which operates the Sixth Street Shelter, has hired Jerdon Construction Services as the general contractor on the project. Penn Quaker Site Contractors will demolish the building. Details of the agency’s plans to expand the...

16 Apr

PRESS RELEASE: LEHIGH UNIVERSITY INVESTS $250,000 IN LEHIGH VALLEY MICROBUSINESSES

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY INVESTS $250,000 IN LEHIGH VALLEY MICROBUSINESSES Unique Partnership with The Rising Tide Enables Students to Learn Community Development Lending By Making Loans Lehigh University officials and students joined representatives of The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund today to announce a unique partnership that will invest $250,000 in Lehigh Valley microenterprises through The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund.   Two Lehigh University seniors are learning community development lending, making loans from the university’s investment.  The press...

11 Apr

Audio: April 11th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Alan Jennings Talks with Democratic Candidates for Northampton County Executive, John Callahan, Lamont McClure and Glenn Reibman

    This week on Lehigh Valley Discourse, WDIY (FM 88.1) will present a unique approach to the age-old candidates’ debate.  The Democratic candidates for Northampton County Executive will join Alan Jennings for a candidates’ forum on Thursday at 6 PM in a live session.  The format will dispense with the rigid structure common to candidate debates in favor of a no-rules, conversational approach.  John Callahan, Lamont McClure and Glenn Reibman will have a wide-ranging discussion...

28 Mar

United Way Forum on The State Budget: Alan Jennings Offers Comments on the Governor’s Proposed Budget

The United Way held a forum on the state budget today. CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings was one of the panelists who offered comments on the governor’s proposed budget. His comments are posted below. For more information on the state budget, we suggest you go to http://pennbpc.org/2013-14-budget. You know, when you look down through history at those who inspire us, those we quote, those to whom we erect statues, it is always those who stand in...

01 Mar

West Ward Neighborhood Partnership offering Free Gardening Classes Start March 5th!

    Free Gardening Classes Starting March 5th!     When: Every Tuesday Nights, March 5, through March 26, 2013 Location: Salvation Army, 1110 Northampton Street, Easton PA Why:  Community and backyard gardens are a way to get involved with your community, live healthier, and create a better environment. You don’t need to know how to be a gardener to do it. People of all levels of experience are welcome, and that includes kids. The West Ward...

07 Feb

Audio: February 7th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Alan Jennings Talks with former leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” Sister Simone Campbell and Maryann Haytmanek, director of the NCC’s New Choice program

    Sister Simone Campbell was the leader of the “Nuns on the Bus,” the group of activist Roman Catholic nuns who followed U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on his election-year campaign stops, challenging his proposal to dramatically reduce spending for anti-poverty programs while cutting taxes for Americans in the highest income brackets.  She is the executive director of NETWORK and, in that position, has challenged America as well as church...

10 Jan

December 10th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Alan Jennings Talks with Civil Rights Veteran, Sheila Michaels and Kevin Easterling, Executive Director of the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Memorial Project of the Lehigh Valley

“With the national holiday celebrating the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just days away, I will turn the attention of listeners to the civil rights movement.”  – Alan Jennings, Executive Director of CACLV  Sheila Michaels, a veteran of the civil rights movement who worked for SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and CORE (Congress for Racial Equality) in the early 1960’s, knew and worked with some of...

07 Jan

Audio – Philanthropy on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Alan Jennings with special guests, Laurie Gostley Hackett, Charles Marcon, and Marlene Fowler discuss Philanthropy in the Lehigh Valley, December 10th, 2012 on the WDIY  – Lehigh Valley Discourse radio show.   [ca_audio url=”http://blog.caclv.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Philanthropy.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] ...

03 Jan

Audio – Bill Hansell on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Bill Hansell, Lehigh County Executive, speaking with Alan Jennings on December 6th 2012.   [ca_audio url=”http://blog.caclv.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WDIY120612-BHansell.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] ...

13 Dec

Press Release: Bosch “Stands Up To Sandy” With $100,000 Contribution to Relief Effort.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:    Alan L. Jennings  610-248-9900  BOSCH “STANDS UP TO SANDY” WITH $100,000 CONTRIBUTION TO RELIEF EFFORT  With Another $20,000 From Catholic Charities, Fund Quadruples, Enabling More Assistance to Be Offered to More Lehigh Valley Homeowners  The Bosch Group, a leading technology and services company with a major facility and over 700 employees in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, has contributed $100,000 to the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to...

12 Dec

Media Advisory: “Stand Up To Sandy” Relief Effort To Receive Major, New Contribution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:    Alan L. Jennings                          610-248-9900 New Funding Will Enable Assistance to Be Offered to More Lehigh Valley Homeowners A significant, new, private contribution will enable more lower-income homeowners whose homes were damaged by “superstorm” Sandy to receive help than originally announced.  The task force of local organization that raised funds and recruited volunteers to assist victims of the storm will announce details of the expanded relief effort at a press...

28 Nov

Hurricane Sandy and the Lessons I Learned

By Esther Guzman, Director of the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership As I sat watching the news and thinking of the destruction that Sandy may cause based on my experiences with hurricanes in Puerto Rico, it never dawned on me that in Pennsylvania, so far from the coast, we would experience power outages that lasted several days. Lo and behold…at 8:45 p.m. the power went out…so I thought…it will come back at least by tomorrow…but...

14 Nov

Press Release: Low-Income Elderly And Disabled Homeowners Eligible For Repairs To Homes Damaged By “Superstorm” Sandy: Repairs up to $1,000 per Affected Home

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:    Alan L. Jennings                             610-248-9900   Volunteer Effort Will Make Repairs up to $1,000 per Affected Home The task force that came together to coordinate the outpouring of good will following the February, 2011, gas explosion in Allentown has organized a volunteer-based effort to assist Lehigh Valley residents whose homes were damaged by the “superstorm” that disrupted the region the week of October 29.  The effort, custom-made to respond to the...

13 Nov

Media Advisory: Low-Income Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Eligible For Repairs To Homes Damaged By “Superstorm” Sandy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:    Alan L. Jennings                          610-248-9900 Details of Special Initiative to be Announced Wednesday  The task force that came together to coordinate the outpouring of good will following the February, 2011, gas explosion in Allentown has organized a volunteer-based effort to assist Lehigh Valley residents whose homes were damaged by the “superstorm” that disrupted the region the week of October 29.  The effort, custom-made to respond to the storm’s...

07 Nov

November 8th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Alan Jennings Talks with Representative Jennifer Mann

Among the changes that the 2012 election will bring is a new representative for Pennsylvania’s 132nd district, long served by Jennifer Mann. Representative Mann was elected at the age of 28 and served seven terms.  She has lots to say and Lehigh Valley Discourse will be giving her a venue on Thursday, November 8, at 6 PM.  Join Representative Mann and CACLV’s Alan Jennings as they talk about her experiences, the difference she made, her regrets, what’s wrong...

05 Nov

News Release: Local Food Banks Help Residents In Need Following Power Outages

Contact: Janice Osborne Regional Communications Officer Telephone: (610) 865-4400 Pager: (610) 830-9771 FOR MEDIA ONLY  Northeast PA food banks available to help residents See bottom of news release for complete list of Northeast PA Region Red Cross chapters and contact information  NORTHEAST, PA (Nov. 5, 2012) – The American Red Cross has been receiving numerous phone calls from the public asking about financial assistance for food or replacement of groceries lost during the recent power outages....

16 Oct

Press Release: CACLV Calls National Penn Bank Move to Downtown Allentown “The Ultimate Community Reinvestment Act”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  Alan L. Jennings  610-248-9900 Early this morning, National Penn Bancshares CEO Scott Fainor announced that the company will move its headquarters to downtown Allentown in 2014. The bank will bring hundreds of employees to the city, occupying several floors in City Center Two.  The building will be constructed on the northeast corner of Seventh and Hamilton streets where a building once occupied by First National Bank of Allentown is being demolished. The Community Action Committee...

11 Oct

October 11th On WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Discussing Children’s issues with Marci Ronald and Gregg Dowty.

If, indeed, children are our future, as so many like to say, what might that future look like, given the many challenges our children face: declining resources for education, for intervention when they are victimized by predators, for nutrition programs, limited ability of their parents to save money for their educations or to leave something behind for them, neighborhoods that are unsafe and so much more.  With an election just a few weeks away, the public policy debate...

09 Oct

Voice Your Ideas and Opinions Tonight at Envision Lehigh Valley!

  How do you ENVISION the future of Bethlehem? Join Envision Lehigh Valley,  tonight, October 9th at 6PM to 9Pm. Location:    Liberty High School                         1115 Linden Street                         Bethelehem, PA *** Free Childcare and refreshments available. To RSVP call 610-849-7825 or email cadcb-rsvp@caclv.org. For more information visit www.envisionlehighvalley.com    Envision Lehigh Valley is a public outreach effort designed to engage the citizens of Northampton and...

02 Oct

October 4th On WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Economist, Kamran Afshar and Tony Ianelli, CEO of The Greater LV Chamber of Commerce,

“The economy is bad.  The economy is good.  It needs to be stimulated.  It needs to be left alone.  It’s good for Obama.  It’s good for Romney.”  – Alan Jennings Join CACLV’s Alan Jennings and his guests for WDIY 88.1 FM Lehigh Valley Discourse on Thursday, October 4th, at 6 PM, as the discussion leading up to the November election focuses on the economy.  Alan’s guests will...

13 Sep

TONIGHT! September 13th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Party Officials on the 2012 Election

“Labor Day is the historic “out-of-the-gates” day for elections.  While many have been paying attention for some time, over the next several weeks the candidates and their parties and surrogates will be pummeling voters with attempts to convert them to their side or fire up their side to get out and help them win.”   – Alan Jennings Join CACLV’s Alan Jennings and his guests Tom Carroll, vice chair of the Northampton County Republican Committee, and Walt Garvin, chair of...

12 Sep

No Peas, Please.

We welcome back to Poverty’s Edge, Sharon Alexander, Development Coordinator at Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and NE Pennsylvania.         “What do you like most in your bag?”  “Do you like grape jelly?” “What about potatoes?”  These are examples of questions we asked in a taste test we recently conducted with the kids who receive a weekly bag of food as part of our Backpack Buddies  program.  Some of the answers we found were typical...

30 Aug

TONIGHT! August 30th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Maryann Haytmanek and Kathleen Daugherty

It’s a storied tradition in American politics: pick on the weakest among us. “Welfare” was (re-)introduced into the national political debate recently.  – Alan Jennings Join CACLV’s  Alan Jennings and his guests Maryann Haytmanek and Kathleen Daugherty, both of whom have decades of expertise on the issue.  They’ll talk about the facts, including how many people receive benefits, how much they receive and how many obstacles are in place that are designed to...

23 Aug

Neighborliness – a Nation that Cares

We welcome back Janet Ney, former Associate Executive Director of CACLV.  Janet currently serves as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Outreach for the Second Harvest Food Bank  of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. My sixth grade teacher used to accuse (yes, accuse) us of being rugged individualists when we failed to do what was best for the community.  She did not tolerate those who went their own way with no regard for...

16 Aug

Press Release: SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING CLASSES RECRUITING ENTREPRENEURS

Community Action’s “Start Your Business” Program to Start 29th Bi-Annual Sessions The Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown (CADCA) will begin its twenty-ninth “Start Your Business” program on Monday, August 20, 2012.  The comprehensive, 20-week program is held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 702 Hamilton Street, Allentown. CADCA’s entrepreneurial training program was created for people of low- to moderate-income who are thinking about starting a business or...

09 Aug

TONIGHT! August 9th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski

“So Mayor Pawlowski is proposing some bold measures, including unloading some major operations to private and/or outside interests.” – Alan Jennings Join CACLV’s Alan Jennings and his guest Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.  Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski has a problem.  Actually, like all mayors trying to make their cities viable in Pennsylvania, the mayor has big problems.  Having cut city spending to the bone, he still has major obligations such as meeting pension obligations for retired city workers.  Tune in...

08 Aug

TO FEED A COMMUNITY… TAKES A COMMUNITY

We welcome David Cool to Poverty’s Edge.  Dave has been  Agency Relations Coordinator at Second Harvest Food Bank for nearly a year.  In that time, he has seen an incredible increase in participation at emergency pantries throughout the Food Bank’s 6-county region. Dave knows that demand increases in the summer at the same time that supply decreases.   Over the past couple of years the need for food has risen at emergency pantries throughout the Second Harvest region.  Some pantries have reported numbers that...

01 Aug

Press Release: THE RISING TIDE BOOKS $219,335 TO 8 SMALL BUSINESSES, CONCLUDING THE MICROLENDER’S BEST YEAR EVER

22 Additional Jobs Were Created or Retained The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund made 8 new loans totaling $219,335, making 2011-2012 its best year since it was established in 2001.  During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund booked 19 loans totaling $585,805.  The loans resulted in 70 jobs created or retained. The following businesses received loans: Valley Stone Supply, a stone supply business located in Hanover Township, borrowed $35,000; Great Day Sports...

20 Jul

A Step in the Wrong Direction

We welcome Frank Sabatino, Weatherization Programs Specialist of the Energy Partnership program to Poverty’s Edge.  Frank worked at CACLV in the 1980’s and returned in 2000.  His anti-poverty work began as a VISTA volunteer in 1969.   Here at CACLV, I have worked with programs that help individuals and families with low incomes meet their energy needs for more than 15 years.  Every day during the cold months I get calls from people who range from young working mothers and fathers to...

17 Jul

NOT JUST A DREAM…

We welcome back to Poverty’s Edge Jennifer Hernandez-Reyes, the Communication and Reporting Coordinator at the Sixth Street Shelter (SSS). I was recently watching the Olympic trials for the USA teams. The look on the faces of those who won a spot on our team was priceless. It’s hard not to be proud when you’ve made such an accomplishment in your life. It’s the same face that we see here at the shelter when a family moves...

10 Jul

July 12th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Scott Parsons and Vic Mazziotti

“There is so much going on, so much at stake while too few people are paying attention.  Local politics affect our lives in so many ways and, yet, so much of it happens with too few people weighing in.” – Alan Jennings Join CACLV’s Alan Jennings and his guest Scott Parsons, first-year county legislator who defeated Ron Angle last year to join Northampton County Council, and Vic Mazziotti, who was part of an organized block of conservatives elected to the Lehigh...

03 Jul

What Is Your Vision for the Valley?

  What will the Lehigh Valley be like in 5, 10, or 20 years?  Whether your live or work in the Lehigh Valley, the answer will directly affect you.  Join Envision Lehigh Valley, a three year visioning project, and help us plan the future for the Valley! Envision Lehigh Valley is a public outreach effort designed to engage the residents of Northampton and Lehigh Counties to create a truly sustainable Lehigh Valley.  More than ever, the residents of the Lehigh Valley need...

14 May

Trees, Paint and a Party: Jordan Heights Community Day on Saturday May 19th

On Saturday May 19th Wells Fargo Bank will be working with residents and community leaders to make the Jordan Heights neighborhood shine a little brighter.  Volunteers will plant 28 trees on the 300 block of Gordon Street, complete a mural, designed by the community, at the corner of Jordan and Gordon Streets, clean up the Jordan Creek, build community garden beds and put on a community festival for residents of Jordan Heights. The

01 May

We Can Only Do So Much…

We welcome back Jennifer Hernandez-Reyes, Communication and Reporting Specialist at the Sixth Street Shelter (SSS) to Poverty’s Edge.    I am not a garden person.  Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that plants are not my friends.  But as I see the flowers come up year after year with very little maintenance, it got me thinking about our families. Year after year, I see families come into the shelter with very little, yet they seem to blossom while they’re here.  They look to our programs to bring...

17 Apr

It’s Time To “Save Our Homes”

  The American Dream is in danger.  The recession that began in 2008 has decimated Pennsylvania’s families and the communities in which they live.  While the recession is, technically, over, the sluggishness of the “recovery” has meant unemployment in excess of 8% for almost four years. Few families have the savings to outlast that kind of economic climate.   Since that time, foreclosures have occurred at an alarming rate and are expected to rise.  On April 3, 2012, the PA Save...

10 Apr

Press Release: Lehigh Valley Fair Budget Coalition will host a Legislative Forum on April 13, 2012 at 1 PM.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Lehigh Valley Fair Budget Coalition will hold a hearing at which invited state legislators will hear the concerns of constituents who have been receiving services but are at risk of losing those services due to proposed budget cuts to critical state programs.  The event will take place on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 1 PM at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center, located at 511 East Third Street in Bethlehem.  PA Representatives Steve Samuelson,...

04 Apr

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CERTAINLY CAN HURT YOU

We welcome back Chris Hudock, director of The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund to Poverty’s Edge.  Chris is strong supporter of our local communities’ small businesses.  He has been providing financial support to small businesses in the Lehigh Valley since 2005.  You likely know that your credit score impacts your ability to obtain a loan from your bank.  But did you know that your credit score can also influence whether a landlord will rent to you or...

28 Mar

Press Release: Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust To Celebrate First Homebuyers March 30th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                    (BETHLEHEM, PA) – Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust (LVCLT) will announce the sale of its first homes and introduce its first homebuyer during a press conference at noon on March 30 at 512 Cherokee St. in Bethlehem. The very first homebuyer, Jessica McGinley, recently purchased a home with help from LVCLT. Tours of the completed Cherokee Street home as well as a home slated for renovation next door will be available. LVCLT purchases properties, renovates the...

23 Mar

It Was Like Riding in the Victory Parade for a Basketball Championship. . .

We welcome Terry Pernsley to Poverty’s Edge.  Terry is a warehouse worker/driver at Second Harvest Food Bank.  Twice a month he works shoulder to shoulder with the many volunteers who assist with packing bags for Backpack Buddies and Boxes for the food bank’s senior program.  He enjoys giving back to the community through his work and his own volunteer efforts. It Was Like Riding in the Victory Parade for a Basketball Championship. . . Sunday, March 18, dawned foggy and gray. ...

21 Mar

Save the Date: Lehigh Valley Fair Budget Coalition to Hold a Budget Forum

The Lehigh Valley Fair Budget Coalition, a group of non-profits and local government organizations, will hold a Legislative Forum in the 6th floor conference room of Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center on East Third Street in Bethlehem on Friday, April 13, at 1:00 PM.   A panel of elected officials will listen and respond to real stories from Lehigh Valley residents about how the proposed cuts will impact their lives.  Governor Corbett’s proposed budget for 2012-2013 turns its back on Pennsylvania’s...

02 Mar

The White Shirt: Is Moral Fiber and Character Defined By a Specific Article of Clothing?

We welcome Dolores Singletary, Director of the Work Ready program to Poverty’s Edge.   Dolores has been serving as the Director of the Work Ready program since 2008 and has worked for CACLV since 2005.   Thank you for contributing! Some years ago I worked in a very busy environment that involved multiple retail establishments and property management.  This particular business had a very high volume of public traffic and the environment in general was hectic and chaotic. One of the part-time employees of...

27 Feb

LVRC’s Annual “State of the Valley” Report Released: Alan Jennings Offers The Closing Comments

 On Wednesday, February 15, RenewLV and the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium teamed up to release LVRC’s annual “State of the Valley” report.  The report offered a sobering assessment of the region that should surprise few people.  The report is full of very interesting data.  Alan Jennings offered the closing comments, imploring the nearly 200 community leaders in attendance to pursue solutions with a sense of urgency.  Many in attendance...

17 Feb

You shouldn’t be lifting those heavy boxes by yourself, dear!

We welcome Lindsay Deemer, Projects Coordinator at Second Harvest Food Bank to Poverty’s Edge.  Lindsay oversees the packing and distribution of nearly 1900 boxes of food that are given to low-income seniors throughout our region each month. She has the opportunity each month to interact with many interesting people, both the recipients and the volunteers who assist with preparing the boxes.  Thanks for sharing your experience!  “You shouldn’t be lifting those heavy boxes by yourself, dear!” This is what I typically hear...

14 Feb

A TALE OF STRENGTH AND THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

On February 14, 2010, Nikki W.  found herself keeling over in pain.  After months of testing, she was diagnosed with gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach).  Gastroparesis (GP) is a chronic illness without a cure.  Treatment options are limited. There are few medications available, mostly geared towards symptom control rather than dealing with the underlying problem. For this reason, they are often ineffective.  Nikki is an artist and has used her passion for photography to raise awareness about her illness...

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