Heart of Williamsport to Hold "Summit Up" Event

Mary Woods, center, member of the Heart of Williamsport core team, promotes the project at a 2016 First Friday event. (Photo provided by Heart of Williamsport).
Learn What Matters Most to Williamsport Residents

WILLIAMSPORT -- The people of Williamsport spoke, and Heart of Williamsport listened.

After a year of story gathering, video interviews, survey questions answered, and story listening, the HoW team will host an event to review what the community said they value, and work together in small groups to interpret what matters most and to "sum it up."


It is very important for Williamsport residents to help with this next step, to insure that the value statements created accurately represent what people value in a meaningful way.

This is an opportunity for all residents to put their ideas into action at the "Summit Up! What Matters Most" community event, to be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Cochran Elementary School, 1500 Cherry St.


Attendees are to enter the Belmont Street parking lot and access school doors #9 or #10.


The event will be held in the cafeteria, and dinner and childcare will be provided.


The event is open to the public, but attendees are requested to RSVP to Patrice Brunson  by calling (570) 327-7512.

To guarantee a successful event, volunteers are needed. Please consider assisting and calling Mary Woods at (570) 327-0103, or emailing heartofwilliamsport@gmail.com.


More information is available on the web at www.HeartofWilliamsport.org

About Heart of Williamsport

The Heart of Williamsport mission is to collect stories from our diverse community, identify what people value, and share this information to guide Williamsport’s future.

We use storytelling as a way to connect with the people of Williamsport, to hear what they like, what they want, and what they want to see change. We’re collecting stories from a group of people as diverse as our community, identifying what they value, and using this to develop vision statements to guide local decision making.


Funded by a  Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant administered by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, the Heart of Williamsport follows the Community Heart & Soul™ method developed by the Orton Family Foundation.

About Susquehanna Greenway Partnership

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is a leading champion for the Susquehanna River Watershed, Pennsylvania's most important natural asset and the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.  SGP works to advance public and private efforts to connect people with our natural and cultural resources, and promote a sustainable and healthy environment. Learn more at www.susquehannagreenway.org.

About the Pennsylvania Humanities Council

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) connects Pennsylvanians to each other through stories, ideas, and experiences that can change lives and transform communities. PHC champions and redefines the role the humanities play in educating citizens and strengthening communities through programs that create pathways for learning and creativity, spark dialogue and civic engagement, and encourage diversity of expression. An independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, PHC is part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. Learn more at www.pahumanities.org.

About the Orton Family Foundation and Community Heart & Soul

With its Community Heart & Soul™ method, the Orton Family Foundation empowers people to shape the future of their communities by improving local decision-making, creating a shared sense of belonging and ultimately strengthening the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of communities. The Foundation assists the residents of small cities and towns in the use of the Community Heart & Soul™ method, a barn-raising approach to community planning and development that invites residents to shape the future of their communities in ways that uphold the unique character of each place. For more information visit www.orton.org

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