The Second Annual Parkland Community Resource Fair took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00am to 2:00pm, at Asbury United Methodist Church. The resource fair is a fun, family-friendly, community building event featuring many services, programs, and volunteer opportunities available to those living in the Parkland area. Eighty different agency representatives met with community members to discuss the services they offer and how to get involved with their programs. New this year were 10 mini-seminars offered at intervals throughout the fair on different topics of interest (see seminar schedule by clicking READ MORE below).
Diane Irish, Home and School Visitor for the Parkland School District, approached the Parkland Ministerium two years ago asking for support in spreading awareness of services available to families and individuals struggling with difficult circumstances. Asbury Church readily took up the project and has been a great partner in fostering neighborhood networking in the Parkland area. Claire Wexler, who has worked tirelessly to help coordinate the event at Asbury, states it is a great opportunity to “connect the dots” between people in need in Parkland and the services available to them.
Diane Irish, the sole social worker for the Parkland School District states, “The Parkland Community Resource Fair is a fun opportunity for neighbors to network with each other and learn about the many opportunities available for them to get involved with their community and obtain support for themselves or others they may know who are in need of help but don’t know what services are out there. In my work with the school district over the past four years, I’ve noticed a lot of social isolation in our area. The Parkland School District consists mainly of suburban areas that lack community centers, town squares, or other natural gathering spots for residents. The resource fair provides a great opportunity for Parkland residents to gather at a central location and get to know each other a little bit while learning valuable information about community services.”
Light refreshments were offered for attendees and Michael’s Arts and Crafts will have free craft activities for the children. Attendees at the fair received give-a-ways from agency representatives and will have the opportunity to win a number of door prizes.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the event on May 3rd with hospitality-related tasks can contact Parkland School District Home & School Visitor, Diane Irish, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of participating agencies, click here: Parkland Community Resource Fair Agencies.
Parkland Community Resource Fair
Seminar Schedule for May 3, 2014
Room 1: AARP – Maria Santa Coloma – Medicare
Room 2: AETNA Outreach – Tangela Garvin – Preventative Care Services & Physical Health
Room 1: NHCLV- Cathy Cortijo – Affordable Care Act
Room 2: Lehigh County EMA – Tanya Hook – Emergency Preparedness
Room 1: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Sharon Reichenbach – NAMI overview (synopsis of each program)
Room 2: Community Exchange – Kathy Perlow – time banking
Room 1: Family Answers – Bill Arnold – Eldercare
Room 2: Haven House – Lori Richardson – Accessing MH Care without insurance
Room 1: Career link – Karen Lockard – Employment Services
Room 2: Penn State Cooperative Extension – Fred Buse – Gardening & Dementia
*schedule and presenters subject to change*