The TCN Connection
WINTER ISSUE, JANUARY 26 , 2010
TriCounty Friendship House– Helping Children Today
260 High Street Article submitted by Staci Dori, Regional being, and supervision of children in
Pottstown, PA 19464 Director at Friendship House. the home of an approved family. The
p. 610.705.3301 Pottstown location also offers Trauma
www.TCNetwork.info Friendship House, a private not-for- Support Services for healing of the
profit corporation, has been providing children in care and is in the beginning
care, education and treatment for 400 stages of implementing the Parent
Not a member children since 1871. Child Home Program, a national early
& want to The Pottstown location of Friendship childhood literacy, parenting and
know what the House, established in 1990, offers fos- school readiness program.
ter family care and adoption services
buzz is about? for children and families in the Potts-
Stacy Dori can be reached at:
Sign up for TCN town and surrounding communi-
e-information: ties. Our foster care program is a 24-
Call hour, out-of-home living arrangement,
610-705-3300 or providing for the care, safety, well-
firstname.lastname@example.org Genesis Housing Corp– Affordable Homes
Highlights in Article submitted by Judy Memberg, executive renovates existing owner-occupied homes
Director, Genesis Housing Corp. for eligible lower income families. Genesis
this issue: Housing Corporation provides housing
Who We Are counseling programs that offer free
• Article by Judy
Since 1994, Genesis Housing Corporation monthly classes and individual counseling
has served Montgomery County as a 501 to help learn money management skills, to
sis Housing Corp. (c)(3) non-profit community development overcome the barriers of home ownership
• Article by Staci corporation and is dedicated to the devel- and to prevent foreclosures. We are an ap-
Dori, Friendship opment of affordable housing and educat- proved counseling agency for U.S. Dept of
House ing consumers on housing and financial Housing & Urban Development (HUD),
• Executive Direc- issues. PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and
tor’s message for many other programs. For more infor-
What We Do
• Professional De- mation, please call 610-
Genesis Housing Corporation has devel-
velopment 101 275-4357 or visit us at:
oped affordable housing by rehabilitating
• Check out TCN vacant homes and by building new homes www.genesishousing.org
FundRaisers! for lower income homebuyers. Renovated
homes are currently available in Potts-
Working together. Enhancing life. town. Genesis Housing Corporation also
Message from the Executive Director
Happy new year TCN members! qualified volunteers arriving at their doors. With so
many people either unemployed, or working part time,
For over four years TCN has relied on
a strong infrastructure of volunteers to many are seeking meaningful ways to give back to their
communities and building a network of colleagues.
move our mission forward with meaningful projects.
2010 is already shaping up to be a exciting year of col- Have programs and projects in need of volunteers? A
few things to do: create a volunteer job de-
laborative educational projects underway. Whether
you are working for a nonprofit or a business, today’s scription, have policies in place for “hiring”
and “firing” volunteers, and consider con-
economic challenges require you to build and nurture
your professional network. If you are actively looking ducting background checks. Still getting to
know TCN? Make sure to attend our general monthly
for work or thinking about a career change, volun-
teering in your community may prove a vital link. Now meetings for networking, education and more. Come
more than ever nonprofits are seeing an influx of high see what all the buzz is about! ~Mandy Blake-German
Federal Stimulus Dollars– Show Me the Money!
October 20th—At TCN’s October monthly meeting, • Direct benefits to PA residents include: tax re-
we featured United Way of PA President Tony bates, reduced federal taxes, increased unemploy-
Ross who shared updates about accessing federal ment benefits, increased food stamps, and contin-
stimulus dollars. Missed Tony’s presentation? Some ued health insurance for children through the
things to keep in mind: SCHIP program.
• On Feb. 17, 2009 President Obama signed the • Focus on your “ready to go” projects that do not
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act require sustainable funding.
• Faith Based organizations—you too qualify for ac- • Monitor the website: www.recovery.pa.gov
Mark your calendar: Tony Ross returns to present to
• Best for nonprofits to partner with federal, state TCN members on Tuesday April 20, 2010.
and local agencies
TCN Programs & Fundraisers: Mark Your Calendars
Friday, February 5th, 10pm — Benefit Dance VIVA Bistro Lounge, Wyomissing, PA
Come listen to a great band “Groove Dawgs.” More information at www.VivaGoodLife.com
Sunday March 7th, 1pm —Basket Bingo, North End Fire Hall, Pottstown. Lots of prizes, food, raffles!
TCN 101 - 1 hour Intro. to TCN-offered the 2nd Tues. of each month @ 2pm, TCN office.
TCN monthly General Mtg– Tues. Feb. 16th @ 8:30am –Veterans Affairs
TCN monthly General Mtg-Tues. March 16th @ 8:30am—Networking with a Purpose; Latino Panel Discussion
TCN monthly General Mtg- Tues. April 20th @ 8:30am– Environmental Solutions– A Panel Discussion
To view our calendar of Committee Meetings, check our weekly E-Announcements sent to TCN members each Thursday.
For a listing of Upcoming Events, visit www.TCNetwork.info or call 610-705-3301.
Professional Development 101
Word of Mouth!! It is the holy grail of marketing. It's Question 3: Do you treat your donors, staff, clients, & customers
effective and inexpensive. Everyone dreams of achiev- with respect? Giving the best respect and service leads to folks
ing it, but few organizations are truly able to make it talking about you—in a good way. Stay consistent and ensure that
work. Before you assume you know it all, ask yourself your staff receive the same level of respect you offer to your cli-
some important questions: Question 1: Is there some- ents/customers. So, are folks talking about you behind your
thing unique or different about your organization/ back (in a good way?) If so, congratulations! Now the challenge
business? Figuring this out soon will help keep the is how to keep the buzz going? Find the talkers—the connec-
word –of-mouth buzz alive longer. tors—the people who spread the word. Talk to them! Thank
Question 2: Can you easily articulate your unique val- them and make it easy for them to keep spreading the word about
ues? Being able to speak about your values demon- you (i.e., give them brochures, or business cards).
strates your integrity and will allow listeners to connect
Pssst- Word of Mouth is still the #1 tool TCN relies
with you on a deeper level.
on for attracting new members!
What’s TCN Been up to in the Past 3 Months?
Highlights of TCN’s impact in the community from Education Committee working on a Panel on Hispanic Issues
October—December 2009: after the March Gen. Membership Meeting (See pg.2)
TCN members voted in 14 new full members and 7 Environmental Task Force—Educational TV program to air in
Associate members for a total of over 158 members in March 2010
Home & Community Resource Committee– finalizing Re-
BUSY Teen Committee– gearing up for the 13th An- source Guidebook targeting caregivers. Designing short informa-
nual Spring Summit on May 12th —Targeting middle tive programs for caregivers in community settings.
school students. BUSY Teen Pilot project launched in
Legislative Committee—Advocating for improved P.A.R.T
collaboration with the Pottstown School district.
BUS services and scheduling legislative visits in the tricounty area
BUSYTeen website being launched in Feb.:
www.BuildUpYouth.org—Check it out! Marketing/Membership Committee– Growing TCN!
Domestic Violence Committee—Performance of TCN welcomes Tina Seibert, our new
Mirror, Mirror at Norristown High—January 22nd. FirstCall Phone Specialist.
Posters being created for Dr. Offices.
FirstCall: Tri-county’s Information & Referral
As we start a new calendar year, TCN would like
you to be aware of the critical impact the FirstCall
information and referral phone line has had in our
local communities. The graph demonstrates that,
since January 2008, we now have more than four # of calls
times the number of people calling in each quarter.
From January—March 2008 we referred callers to
37 TCN member organizations. In Oct –Dec. 2009 TCN referrals
we referred callers to over 180 TCN organizations!
And it is clear that we have been working hard at Jan ‐ Apr ‐ July ‐ Oct. Jan ‐ Apr ‐ July ‐ Oct.
giving people multiple referrals that could best serve Mar June Sept ‐ Dec Mar June Sept ‐ Dec
08 08 08 08 09 09 09 09
their needs. FirstCall = an awesome resource!!
Board Members Spotlight on the Board
Name: Lori Davidson
Katrina Belcher, Current Position: KEYS Student Facilitator
Susquehanna Bank Agency: Montgomery County Community College, KEYS Program
Zenta Benner, Member of TCN Since: December 2009
Frederick Mennonite Community,
Pottstown Family Center
Michelle Burke The TCN Connection asked Lori Davidson, one of our newest Board Members and ac-
TriCounty Hospice tive participant on the Legislative Committee, “What was it about the TCN’s Mission that
Lori Davidson made you decide to volunteer on our board ?” Lori told us that, “the part about
Mont. Co. Community College ‘advocacy to improve health, social and environmental conditions in the tri-county area’
KEYS Program still gets me every time I read it.. I am passionate about education and legislation to
Gary Hawkins, address transportation issues, welfare issues and the environment because they all
Griswold Special Care directly affect my clients.” She hopes to see TCN increase membership and committee
Janine Kelly, participation this year—especially the Legislative Committee!
Women’s Center of Mont. Co.
Professional Home Care Service
Rebecca Villegas Our Mission is to build relationships among organizations, commu-
Penn State Ext. Office
nity members and businesses through advocacy, information shar-
ing and education to improve health, social and environmental condi-
Special Thanks to TCN Supporters
If there are no special announcements or additional blurbs that you need space for, utilize
this space to thank the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, United Way and our
TriCounty Community Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in which contributions are tax deductive
according to the law.. The official registration and financial information of the TriCounty Community Network General Meetings
may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free: 800-732-0999. Registration does
not imply endorsement. . Federal Tax ID # 23-2684794.
What: A meeting for TCN members and
guests to network, review organizational
Submit your review about TCN today! Go to: www.greatnonprofits.org. On business and hear educational speakers.
this website you’ll find a place to find and review great nonprofits, help others
find a trustworthy nonprofit making a difference in the tricounty region.
When: 3rd Tuesday of each month from
September to June
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. beginning
with 15 minutes of networking and refresh-
Where: West Campus of Montgomery
County Community College in Pottstown.