I have been providing leadership level support to PNLV on behalf of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley since 2009. When the organization obtained its own independent 501c3 status, I was honored to continue the journey with my colleagues and partners. Our United Way is committed to three measurable goals in education, healthy aging, and food access. Promise Neighborhoods are an integral part of achieving all three of these goals, but especially education.
2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?
Place-based, collective efforts are the only way we’re going to achieve real social change of any kind. Isolated interventions of programs and services have such limited impact. The game changer is to strategically connect those resources in neighborhoods, in schools, and in places where people, residents and the community at large can co-create opportunities for our kids and families. That is the real promise of Promise Neighborhoods. Besides, the data work they do is amazing!
3. What is the one thing that you want residents of our region’s three Promise Neighborhoods to know about the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors and its commitment to its mission?
Progress happens at the speed of trust. This work requires trust, which is born of relationships and commitment. It is a privilege to earn and keep that trust with folks involved in every aspect of this work.