During the October 3 Delaware County Council meeting, which was held at the Upper Chichester Municipal Complex, the Delco Council presented a resolution of recognition to the township’s Heart and Soul Leadership Committee for its dedication and work on behalf of the community. “This group is focused on positive change by recognizing the opinions and voices of the community,” said County Council vice chairperson Colleen Morrone.
The Upper Chichester Heart and Soul leadership team is comprised of 20 residents and local businesses who reach out to the community to encourage participation in the township’s planning and economic development process. “The community is responding with a lot of support and enthusiasm in this process,” said Judy Stang, chairwoman of the Upper Chichester Heart and Soul leadership committee. “More individuals are still joining the volunteer base.” The leadership team plans on holding facilitated meetings and seminars, in addition to attending community events, developing a community network analysis and communication channels and engagement methods to reach the most diverse audiences in Upper Chichester.
“The Heart and Soul team wants involvement from all the stakeholders,” said Lauren Aaron, secretary of the Heart and Soul Leadership Committee. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Orton Family Foundation bestowed a combined $65,000 in grants to support Upper Chichester in its quest of becoming a more vibrant, healthier and stronger place to live via the Heart and Soul community program. The grants, which were applied for by the Upper Chichester Board of Commissioners, will provide training and technical support to the committee and township. Upper Chichester Township joins the communities of Carlisle, Meadville and Williamsport, which have Community Heart and Soul projects underway.
“This alignment of interests, which include the humanities, the community and the economy make perfect sense,” said David Leckey, executive director Orton Family Foundation. “We all share a common goal—building communities that are stronger culturally, socially and economically. We look forward to seeing positive change unfold as the residents of Upper Chichester embark on Community Heart & Soul.”
Residents interested in participating are asked to contact assistant township manager Barbara Kelly at 610-485-5881, ext. 227.