Allentown Promise Neighborhood will host its first neighborhood block party in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Community Exchange on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is part of a larger downtown-wide block party being coordinated by Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown.
Created to bring neighborhood residents together, the event will feature more than 20 information tables from local non-profit groups, food and beverages, a salsa dancing demonstration, games for children, face painting, a bouncy house, and a stage for musical performances and other entertainment. The APN block party is rain or shine and will take place on 8th Street in downtown Allentown between Chew and Gordon Streets.
Founded in 2007, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career. The Allentown Promise Neighborhood serves a nine-square-block neighborhood of the city’s downtown, known as Old Allentown Historic District. A subsidiary of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, PNLV accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts, like Allentown Promise Neighborhood. Its office is located at 347 N. 8th Street in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit organization that works to build and repair simple, decent homes for hardworking, disadvantaged families in the Lehigh Valley while helping to revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods. Habitat LV’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative concentrates resources in target neighborhoods so they can be transformed into vibrant, safe, and inviting places to live for both current and future residents. The goal of this broader community development strategy is the long-term strengthening of communities within the City of Allentown.
Community Exchange is a program of Lehigh Valley Health Network in which volunteers exchange their skills and services for someone else’s skills and services. Members can use their interactive database to find someone who can help or someone to whom you can offer help. Community Exchange is affiliated with the Time Banks USA. It originated in the U.S. in the mid-1980s when civil rights lawyer Edgar Cahn developed “time dollars” as a new currency to provide a solution to cuts in government spending on social welfare. He reasoned if there isn’t enough money to fix all the problems facing our country and society, why not create a new kind of money to pay people for what needs to be done?