As we move into the summer season, the lack of fresh, locally grown food is replaced by a bounty. Many of us will be heading to farmers markets or participating in CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), which are fun and social ways to stimulate the local economy and bring home the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables.
Firefighters and EMS still make house calls. How fast they respond is dependent on local volunteers being involved in their communities.
How does growing up in your county impact how much a child will earn across their life time? A recent New York Times article reported that research conducted by two Harvard professors found that where children grow up has a large impact on future income, and upward mobility of children. The research provides estimates of how much living in a county adds or takes away from the future incomes of kids growing up in poor, average-income, rich and the top 1% family income homes.
Grants are important for not only those that receive them but those that give them as well.
I love face-to-face learning. I want to be in a real room with real people having real conversations. But that is so old school.
If you would like to see change for the better in your community it's time to get involved in the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.
There are a number of ways local governments and economic development organizations can support local entrepreneurship without spending lots of public dollars.
The natural resources that are a part of our surroundings provide many benefits. They contribute to items such as scenic beauty, economic development, and recreation. In addition, they can also provide essential life sustaining elements. Such is the case for our water resources.
If you serve on the board of a community organization, faith-based group, service club or social service agency, you expect to give your time and expertise to support the good work and mission of your organization. But too often, the good work takes a back seat to tension, conflict and open hostility.
Many of the communities we live in strive to provide a clean environment to their citizens including clean water, green recreation areas and parks, agricultural fields and tree-lined commercial areas. Green infrastructure – a natural approach to managing rainfall with trees, rain gardens, wetlands and other natural areas can protect our water quality while also providing green space which attracts residents, visitors and commercial businesses.
How can municipal budgets be used to advance implementation of a municipal comprehensive plan? A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension aimed at answering that question, and others.
If we consider fighting blight we all win!
As I read and listen to local, state and national news, I’m reminded of how often change occurs in our communities.
Population appears to be shifting toward urban areas where public transportation, stores, and social opportunities are readily available. Younger people, mostly Gen X's and Millennials, are leading the charge. However, leading edge Boomers are joining the move too as they retire and open a new chapter in life. Is co-housing part of the solution?
Pennsylvania law requires boroughs and townships to hold organizational meetings in January – maybe community nonprofits should consider doing the same thing.
Civil society provides the services that neither government nor families and businesses provide. Volunteers are the lifeblood of many of these organizations.
Are you considering a survey to gauge your constituents’ or clientele’s perspectives or priorities? If so, there are a number of ‘rules of the road’ and other issues you’ll need to work through. This brief overview provides you with a look at some of the considerations you will want to incorporate into your next survey effort.
At this time of year when many hold dear the traditions of expressing gratitude for gifts received, and reciprocating with gifts to others, I am left thinking about the universality, across many faiths, of values embedded in these traditions.
Collaboration works when individuals representing various groups or agencies enjoy and trust working with each other. This trust does not occur overnight. It develops over time, perhaps working on a small project together and then increasing goals for a bigger project the next time
I guess it was the combination of a recent presentation by my colleague Liesel Dreisbach, as well as the Thanksgiving Season being upon us that reminded me of the importance of thanking those that serve in volunteer positions in the community.