March 2016
EPN & Paxinosa School to launch
West Ward Collective Impact Team
Earlier this year EPN released the results of its 2015 Neighborhood Survey of West Ward residents in Easton. That report acted as a springboard for its nonprofit community partners to work together on addressing the many issues that families living in that community (Census tract 142) are dealing with.

Paxinosa Elementary School Community School Director Ashley Sciora met with EPN Manager Ammar Sharif to begin the conversation on how to help solve those issues. Now a new initiative called the West Ward Collective Impact Team is being formed. 

Learn about the group's first quarterly meeting HERE and find out how you can be part of it!

Join us next week for Community Conversations in Downtown Allentown
This year the Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative in partnership with Allentown Promise Neighborhood will hold a series of events called Community Conversations. The goal of these events is to encourage APN residents to share their feedback and input on a variety of topics that affect their quality of life.

The first Community Conversation, entitled "Working Your Way Through Health Care," will take place on Thursday, March 31 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel on 7th and Hamilton Streets. The program will include tips on how residents can navigate the health care system, and also provide advice on paying their medical bills.

Learn more HERE.  

PNLV to discuss early childcare and
education issues at Bethlehem event
On Tuesday evening April 5, the Bethlehem Health Bureau is inviting the public to a special event dealing with issues surrounding early childhood development.

The free event at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Southside Bethlehem begins at 7 p.m. with the screening of the important documentary "The Raising of America - Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation" that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.

After the documentary screening, a panel discussion with local experts will focus on how society can ensure every child receives maximum health and well being. Learn more HERE. 

Meet PNLV Partner: Habitat of the Lehigh Valley

We're starting a new monthly series on our blog interviewing some of the strategic nonprofit partner agencies that we work with every day to achieve our mission in our three Promise Neighborhoods in the Lehigh Valley.

First up is Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley.

Read what Executive Director Deb Cummins had to say about the work her organization does with PNLV.

Paxinosa Kindergarten Registration in Easton
We had a great time attending Kindergarten Registration at Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton and handing out Kindergarten Readiness bags.

ASD Kindergarten Registration Dates 
Parents: It's almost time to register your child for kindergarten in Allentown School District.

Go here for Allentown dates.

The EPN March Resident Dinner was a blast!
Thank you to all of the West Ward families who joined us at last week's EPN Resident Dinner. We had a great turnout and a lot of fun.

Check out photos from it on our Facebook page. See you again in April!

Need help paying your winter electric bill?
Learn about LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

It's run by the U.S. government, and makes free heating bill help available to customers who meet income eligibility guidelines.
Learn more here.