Cluster Chronicles March 2019

Cluster Chronicles

March 2019

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities Announces a Bold New Initiative, “Ending Hunger. For Good.”

Food Cooler

On March 11, 2019, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities — in partnership with Philabundance and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties — announced a bold new initiative, “Ending Hunger. For Good.”, to provide long-term food security for those facing hunger.

Through collaboration we will convene cross-sector partnerships coupling food and resources with education, financial literacy, health services, housing and/or job assistance to those in need, and, together, monitor its impact on participants’ stability, self-sufficiency and food security to create replicable models that end hunger for good.

From the Executive Director

From the Executive Director

Greetings Friends,

With the eternal hope of spring right around the corner, I am excited about the initiatives sprouting up at PCRC you will read about in this issue. Because of your generous and continued support, these program enhancements are possible as we strive to serve our community in many different ways. Through collaboration with area organizations, we are strengthening what we already do to address the needs of our neighbors in ways not previously possible, taking the next step to stabilize households. Read more here.

Also in this edition, you will meet our newest Board of Directors members — Michael Cross, Matt Green, and Judy Watts — and get to know Dawn Varady, a longstanding and active Delegate Assembly member. We also bid farewell in a tribute to another faithful Delegate Assembly member, Linda Moyer. I encourage you to check out “Around PCRC” and “Events, Happenings, and Opportunities”, paying special attention to our MARCH MADNESS Cleaning Supply Challenge!

I hope you will find ways to continue to be engaged with our work and be excited to hear about the difference your support is making for those we serve. Please keep our work in your prayers and share your interest in our organization with a friend. Together, we are helping to nourish lives and strengthen families in this community, and for that I am truly grateful.


Barbara Wilhelmy, LCSW
Executive Director

P.S. I encourage you to look through the enewsletter and let us know what you think in the Comments Section as well as share the newsletter with your friends and family and invite them to subscribe! (Social sharing options at the bottom)

Cluster Partners

PCRC Launches a Series of Pilot Programs in Partnership with Area Organizations

  • PCRC has formed a unique partnership with Philabundance and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties to offer critical services and supports, striving toward “Ending Hunger. For Good.” in the Delaware Valley.
  • To improve food pantry service, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities has joined MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN), Advanced Living Communities (parent company of Schwenckfeld Manor, a Lansdale housing site), and the HealthSpark Foundation to participate in a pilot food program that connects low-income people to food pantries via computer, a low-income twist on online grocery ordering.
  • A new Community Volunteer Leadership Program (CVLP) will kick off in July. The program is designed to provide individuals the education and foundational skills to serve as volunteer leaders with a nonprofit community, such as serve on a Board, or in some other way contribute.

Leadership Tri-County

Leadership Tri-County Selects PCRC as a Nonprofit Participant

Leadership Tri-County, an organization that works to prepare community members for leadership positions in the tricounty area, has selected the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities as a nonprofit participant. The two organizations will work with emerging leaders on human resources related projects for one month.

The Leadership class will be comprised of ten to fifteen individuals who have been selected for their potential to expand their involvement in the development of the tricounty area. Each member has demonstrated a commitment to leadership in both their community and place of employment.

Program participants can expect to grow as a leader in the community, develop personal and professional leadership skills, create long-lasting connections and friendships, gain knowledge of tricounty community assets and programs, and expand their network.

Cluster Hand

Around PCRC

Get the latest updates here!

  • Message from the Board of Directors
    Meet Our Newest Board Members
  • UP3 Program
    The 2019 spring session kicked off with 11 participants on Wednesday, February 27
  • Pantry Particulars
    Bring the Basics to Support Our Personal Care Pantry
  • Volunteer Voices
    April 7-13, 2019, is National Volunteer Week
  • Word from PCRC’s Delegate Assembly
    Meet Delegate Dawn Varady
    A Tribute to Linda Moyer
    Community Meals Schedule
    Delegate Meeting Dates and Locations

Cluster Happenings

Events, Happenings, Opportunities

Everything you need to know happening at PCRC!

  • Are you ready for the MADNESS of our March Donation Drive?
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, April 11
  • ​Girl’s Night Out Event – Coming this Spring, Details soon!
  • Annual Signature Page Fundraising Opportunity in June – Information coming soon!
  • Save the Date! Fall Fundraising Event on Thursday, September 26

Community Challenge Donation Drive

March MADNESS Community Challenge Donation Drive

Are you up for a challenge? Bring the Basics this month!

We invite you to help your local friends and neighbors in need of everyday self-care and household items by Bringing the Basics to our personal care pantry during our monthly community challenge donation drive.

Each month we will announce a new household or self-care item and goal. Our March goal is to help our families in need get ready for spring cleaning by securing 100 bottles of multipurpose spray cleaner and 100 rolls of paper towels. If we receive only 4 a day we will surpass our goal of 100!

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities

Through interfaith cooperation, PCRC provides tangible services, support, and spiritual guidance to address the basic needs of persons within and beyond the Greater Pottstown area, coordinating programs and referrals to help clients improve their overall stability.

Our current programs and services provide food security, household assistance, supportive services and referrals, case management and housing stability, and an opportunity for individuals living in poverty to participate in an education and support program.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Donations Accepted: Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM-Noon

PCRC thanks its Partners/Supporters!

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