Guardian volunteers at EPN Block Party


We’d like to thank the team of volunteers for Guardian who helped us with last month’s EPN Block Party at Cottingham Stadium in Easton’s West Ward neighborhood.

We recently interviewed Laura Accetta, Claims Case Manager, Group Claims – Long Term Disability, about the experience she and her fellow volunteers had at our event:

1. How did Guardian become connected with PNLV so that your team could volunteer at the EPN block party?

My role since 2009 was as community organizer in the city of Easton/Weed and Seed Coordinator. I became familiar with PNLV when I met Yamil at the Community School Conference in Cleveland and then worked collaboratively with the organization during their introduction into Easton and forward.

2. What did your team think of their experience working with PNLV and interacting with the families at the block party?

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity of volunteering especially as many if not all of them live in Easton.

3. In what other ways does Guardian volunteer in the community? Is there a special office/department/team that coordinates community volunteerism for the staff? Why is community involvement important to the company?

Guardian feels strongly that supporting communities and giving back are essential. Guardian volunteers can be found in large groups such as locally at Musikfest and in smaller areas such as supporting local issues through raising funds by having dress down days. Guardian volunteers span the country and are coordinated through the Community Involvement Committee, the offices of Human Resources and Corporate Communications. In giving back to our communities it underscores Guardian’s corporate philosophy; people count, doing the right thing and holding ourselves to very high standards.


BPN Southside Block Party photos

See photos from last month’s BPN Southside Block Party at Yosko Park here:



2nd Annual EPN Resident Block Party in West Ward is Tomorrow!

Easton Promise Neighborhood will host its Second Annual Resident Block Party to bring West Ward neighborhood residents together while connecting them with local public service agencies this Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. inside Cottingham Stadium on N. 11th Street next to Paxinosa Elementary School.

The free event for EPN neighborhood residents will feature partner information tables from local non-profit groups, food and beverages, music, games and activities for children, and other entertainment. It will be held rain or shine. Attendees who get their passport stamped at each partner information table will be entered in a drawing for FREE raffle prizes.

For the first time the block party will take place inside Cottingham Stadium on the grassy playing field. We’ll have a large tent where you can hang out to enjoy all of the activities.

There will be water balloons to toss, sprinklers to run through, and of course the dunk tank! Plus we will be handing out cold bottles of water to refresh you! The first 200 people will get free ice cream, and the first 300 will get ice pops!

Event partners are Family Connection of Easton and the Easton Area School District.

Parents can also register their child for school in the Easton Area School District at the event. The following items are needed for registration:

  • Proof of immunizations
  • Four doses of DPT with one dose of tetanus and diphtheria on or after the fourth birthday
  • Three doses of polio
  • Two doses of MMR
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B
  • Two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) or proof of the disease
  • A current vaccine record must be presented at registration in order to register.
  • State birth certificate or other proof of birth
  • Completed school district forms
  • Student registration record
  • Home language survey
  • Health information sheet
  • A mortgage or lease agreement in the parent(s) name is mandatory, plus two of the following:
  • Current utility bill, moving permit, car registration or insurance, tax statements, current

credit card statement, check stubs from wages, public assistance, or social security.

  • If a mortgage or lease is not available in the parent(s) name, an affidavit of residency or

support is required. Contact Central Registration at 610-250-2400 extensions 35097 or

35099 for more information.

  • Custody papers or PFA order, if applicable.



BPN Southside Block Party is next Saturday

We hope you are saving the date for next Saturday’s 7/30 very first Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood (BPN) Block Party.

Join us at Yosko Park from 11 am – 3 p.m. for food, music, games and more!

This is a free event for Southside Bethlehem residents. Fun for the whole family, so bring the kids!

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Check out the EPN Block Party raffle prize winners

Congrats to everyone who won raffle prizes at the Easton Promise Neighborhood block party!

CarolXieng Darlene Moll Deranda Erika Perez Marta Martinez Rayaleen Ruby Delgado Terri Cole Wanda Perez


APN’s first-ever Block Party is tomorrow!

Our first-ever APN Block Party is almost here! The event is rain or shine tomorrow, and runs from 11 am – 3 p.m. on 8th Street between Chew and Gordon Streets. Be sure to stop in the APN office to register when you get there.

Be one of the first 100 people to register at the APN Block Party and get a free gift! The first 15 people will get a draw string APN bag, and the next 85 people will get an APN water bottle. Better get there right at 11 am when the party starts!

We’re excited to feature booths from 22 local organizations at this Saturday’s APN Block Party. Visit all 22 booths and get entered to win a $50 prize! Learn more at event registration starting at 11 am. A few highlights include:

  • Need health insurance information? Visit the AmeriHealth Caritas booth.
  • Have questions about public transportation? Visit the LANTA booth.
  • Learn how your kids can earn a bike when they visit the Community Bike Works booth.

Thanks to United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley President David Lewis for volunteering to be the first person in the dunk tank at tomorrow’s APN Block Party!  Think you can dunk him? Get there early and find out.

What part of tomorrow’s event are you most looking forward to?

  • 22 information tables from local non-profit groups
  • Cotton candy
  • games for children
  • face painting
  • bouncy house
  • dunk tank
  • basketball throw game
  • DJ/music
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley President David Lewis being the first person in the dunk tank
  • Free gifts for the first 100 people who register at the event


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

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?



Join us on July 26 for our first APN block party!

We’re excited to hold our first APN Block Party on Saturday, July 26 from 11 am – 3 p.m. in conjunction with a larger downtown-Allentown block party event being planned by our friends at CACLV.

Live music, food vendors, activities for the kids, and MUCH MORE! Save the date and plan to join us!

APN Block Party
APN Block Party