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Join us for one of our monthly CareerLink events. This Thursday, July 13 all are welcome to attend for employment resources and career support! Register today for your PA CareerLink Montgomery County appointment at the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

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Thanks to support from people like you, we are able to move individuals and families beyond crisis and toward stability. We invite you to join us in our mission by showcasing your support. Make a contribution of any amount and your name will be featured on the Beyond Crisis Page of Support on our website this summer. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to ending hunger and housing instability in our community and promoting self-sufficiency. Will you join us?

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On Thursday, April 30, 2023, The Pottstown of Religious Communities hosted the annual Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk at Riverfront Park in Pottstown. Participants joined the 1-mile walk as individual walkers and created walk teams walk to raise awareness about local and global food insecurity as well as raise funds. The annual Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is the heart and “sole” of Pottstown. It is the only event that brings together all members of our community — young and old, all faiths and walks of life for a common goal — to end hunger, one step at a time.

The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk supports the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities as twenty-five percent of funds raised will support local efforts to provide food security to those in need in the Pottstown area. The funds raised are administered by Church World Services and seventy-five percent is directed to international hunger.

More details and a full list of participants and teams can be found here: events.crophungerwalk.org/2023/event/pottstownpa

Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk raises money to provide food locally, internationally
Channel 69 News WFMZ Coverage

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POTTSTOWN, PA, March 15, 2023 – The board of directors appointed Jacqui Good, former director of development and communications, as the executive director of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. Good follows long-time executive director, Barbara Wilhelmy, under whose leadership the Cluster experienced significant growth. “We are sad to see Barbara go, but wish her well in retirement,” said Roberta Body, board president. “We are fortunate to be able to have a seamless transition with Jacqui, who is well-poised to face the challenges for the next phase of the Cluster.”

Good is a Pennsylvania native who has worked with nonprofits since 1992, in Philadelphia, Berks, and Montgomery Counties. Her career has included fundraising, project management, communication, and operations. Since coming to the Cluster in 2020, she has doubled revenue from non-government grants and gifts. She has also been a champion for the Cluster’s work in diversity and inclusion. “It is my strong belief that if I am effective in recognizing and supporting our dedicated staff, they will be able to do their best possible work for our clients and our community,” Good said. “Together we will work to see what needs remain unmet to help our neighbors move beyond crisis and into self-sufficiency.”

She has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Good currently lives in Lancaster County with her spouse and animal family in the 1932 home that was built for her grandmother. She is the primary caregiver for her 90-year-old father, who lives close by. She spends her commute devouring audiobooks.

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities was founded in 1967 by a coalition of churches wanting to address hunger and now operates as an independent nonprofit. In 2014, the Cluster began offering services to house the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless in Montgomery County. Education and support programs have been added to help clients transition to self-sufficiency. In 2022, the Cluster served 4,452 households from our food pantry and reviewed 2,979 requests for help to prevent eviction. Our housing team works with over 400 landlords to establish stable tenants, making the Cluster an important link in the long-term success of affordable housing property owners. If you have any questions about programs or offering support, you can reach Jacqui Good at info@pottstowncluster.org. She welcomes your feedback.

 

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Jacqui Good, executive director of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

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HELP END HUNGER ONE STEP AT A TIME IN POTTSTOWN, PA ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2023!

Join the 1-mile walk as an individual walker, create your own team, or join an existing team!

HELP US END HUNGER ONE STEP AT A TIME IN POTTSTOWN
Together we can make a local and global difference!

The 2023 Pottstown CROP Hunger Details:

Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 5PM to 6PM at Riverfront Park for a 1-mile walk.
Registration is FREE! All participants who raise $25 or more will receive a t-shirt!

Why Join and Why Support? The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is the heart and “sole” of Pottstown. It is the only event that brings together all members of our community — young and old, all faiths and walks of life for a common goal — to end hunger, one step at a time! We invite you to walk to help end hunger one step at a time both locally and globally. The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk supports the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities and efforts to provide food security to those in need in the greater Pottstown area. A portion of the funds raised here in Pottstown will support the work of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities.

About CROP Hunger Walk: The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. The Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk supports the mission of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities as twenty-five percent of funds raised will support local efforts to provide food security to those in need in the Pottstown area. The funds raised are administered by Church World Services and seventy-five percent is directed to international hunger.

Let’s get social!

Help spread the word by sharing: pottstowncluster.org/pottstowncrophungerwalk2023

Use #PottstownCROPHungerWalk2023 and tag us @Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities when sharing or talking about the Pottstown CROP Hunger Walk on social media!

Take the first step here!

Register as a walker or create your own team 

Can’t walk this year? You can support with a secure online donation!

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Join us online at here: pottstowncluster.org/virtualevent2022 at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 for our biggest annual fundraising event! Everyone is invited to tune into this free annual event, which will include opportunities to financially support our mission of providing food security, housing stability, and supportive services and education in our community as well as a behind the scenes look at the impact your support is having on our work and in the lives of those we serve.

We will be premiering our 25-minute video on our website at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022. You can join us online, and we will have several watch parties in the greater Pottstown area for people to watch together in small groups. If you would like to attend out watch party located at our Outreach Center at 57 N. Franklin Street in Pottstown, please RSVP to Anissa at ajones@pottstowncluster.org. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

All donations support us in the Amazing Raise giving challenge!

2022 Virtual Event Watch Party

A great way to help us spread the word about our work is to consider hosting a watch party during our virtual event!

We will be premiering our 25-minute video on our website at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022. You can join us online, and we will have several watch parties in the greater Pottstown area for people to watch together in small groups.

Would you like to host a watch party?

We will provide individually-packed appetizers for you and your guests so you only have to provide beverages and decide who to invite. If you want to host one, or if you would like to join one, please reach-out to Jacqui Good at 610-970-5995 or jgood@pottstowncluster.org.

What is a Watch Party?
A watch party is a small gathering of people. Prior to the 7 p.m. start time of our virtual event, we invite you to gather with friends, family or colleagues to watch the event together! You can either setup your TV to stream the virtual event or you can connect your laptop to your TV.

Why Host a Watch Party?
A watch party is a great opportunity to share your passion for the Pottstown Cluster! As a group, you can make a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors in need. 

Don’t forget about the “PARTY” part of a WATCH PARTY!
Here’s your chance to have some fun and get creative!  You can select a theme, offer fun appetizers, and even play games!

Join our community of support by clicking on “PLAY” on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Until then, please take a look at our 2021 video below. Thank you for being part of our community. We are grateful for you.

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Holiday Food

2021 Holiday Food and Toy Program

Welcome to our annual Holiday Program. This year, our goal is to provide holiday food boxes for families and toys for up to 250 children; aged 16 and under.

 

For Our Families:

Deadline to Register is November 19, 2021

This year, we are serving families and children who live in the 19464 zip code area. We are asking anyone interested in receiving a holiday food box or toys to please sign up online below. Also, instead of offering in-person toy selection and shopping at our Outreach Center, we will be pre-packaging the toy bags based on your toy selection on the registration form. After you register, we will contact you to schedule a date and time to pick up your food and/or toys at the Outreach Center located at 57 N. Franklin Street in Pottstown.

If you have questions, please contact Anissa at ajones@pottstowncluster.org or call 610-970-5995 to receive more information.

Sign Up!

For Our Donors:

Are you interested in donating toys and/or food items to support our 2021 Holiday Food and Toy program?

To donate food items, please review our needed food item list and contact Anissa at ajones@pottstowncluster.org or call 610-970-5995 to sign up as a food donor.

Holiday Food Items:

green beans (400)
sweet potatoes (200)
mashed potatoes (200)
corn (200)
gravy (400)
cranberry sauce (400)
macaroni and cheese (200)
stuffing (200)

To donate age appropriate toys for children 16 and younger or gift cards for our older children, please contact Anissa at ajones@pottstowncluster.org or call 610-970-5995 to sign up as a toy donor.

All food and toys donations will need to be delivered to the Pottstown Cluster Outreach Center the week of December 17. 

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