We recently convened several of our partner agencies to discuss the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Raising Places grant opportunity. This grant focuses on Building Child-Centered Communities in a Culture of Health where all children and their families can thrive.
We started with an exploratory meeting to review the scope of the grant and align its goals and process with our own collective impact work in the Lehigh Valley community. We ended up applying for a $55,000 grant. On June 5 selected communities will be invited to participate in site visits, and in mid-July finalists will be notified, with grants awarded in September. Wish us luck!
Our partners on the project are:
Convener: Hasshan Batts Allentown Promise Neighborhood and APN Resident
Better Community Experts:
Jamie Santana – AHCIP Community Health Worker and Resident
Vicki Kistler – City of Allentown Health Bureau
Phyllis Alexander – Resurrected Community Development Corporation Board of Directors and Allentown Resident
Ron Dendas – The Rider-Pool Foundation
Sherri Binder – Ripple Community, Inc.
Elaine Donoghue – Lehigh Valley Health Network Children’s Hospital
Jacqui Scott – Allentown School District
Susan William – Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers
Jenna Azar – HYPE, youth leader
Susan Bartels – Big Brother Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
Janelle Zelko- Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley