Sometimes communities need to heal. Sometimes community groups want to share. We make that possible.
1. The CommUnity Zone in collaboration with CARE (Community Alliance for Respect & Equality) and Keystone Progress, is facilitating round-table discussions regarding racial justice in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are exploring way to encourage people to become more engaged in the community regarding issues of racial injustice and what changes need to be made. Other goals include finding the training needed to reduce institutional inequities.
2. We are also committed to staging a play entitled “My Soul Looked Back and Wondered” written by Derek W. Scott Synopsis: This theatrical production is written in two acts. It centers on the African American experience in the United State of America. The play begins with the capture and sale of men and women of color during colonial times, and ends with the Rev. Martin L. King’s “Mountaintop” speech. Audiences will gain insight into the mindset of different African-American historical figures throughout the course of history.
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is available to community members in need. Over the past year we have facilitated communication with case managers, made it possible for those with neither a computer nor transportation to pursue their professional goals. We have also been a safe place for those in need of respite from inclement or extreme weather.
Lewisburg Celebrates Good Neighbors: A Beloved Community Event
Our hope is that “Our Beloved Community” becomes a yearly event each June to celebrate our ties to each other, as well as to inspire further commitment to volunteerism and a bold vision for a better world. In addition, representatives from a number of local agencies will be staffing booths and providing information about many of the wonderful initiatives already happening in the Central Susquehanna Valley. A variety of service opportunities, including health care, education, animal assistance, and more, will be represented so that individuals may find personally meaningful ways to give something back to the wider community that nurtures us all. We at the CommUnity Zone and CARE believe in creating a place where all members of the community and organizations that serve them share ideas, talents and resources that contribute to a vibrant, caring and connected community. It’s a grand idea, but one that deserves more of our attention. While each of us can make a difference, together we can make true and lasting change.
Annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Vigil
August 6 and August 9 are the anniversaries of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. On those dates more than 100,000 Japanese instantly lost their lives and left several hundred thousand more to die painful deaths over the next days, weeks, and months.
As citizens of the only country in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons (not just once but twice) it’s important for us to mark this anniversary in a way that shows solidarity with those who were victims and to commit ourselves to work to prevent another similar atrocity. The subject of nuclear weapons in the hands of other countries is again in the news and the United States is busy upgrading and modernizing its own arsenal of about five thousand nuclear bombs that now have a total explosive energy of more than a hundred thousand times that used in 1945.
Stop The Hate/Unity Rally
Stop the Hate is part of a national effort calling for people of good will to act nonviolently as agents of healing in their communities, to speak up for the victims of hatred and intimidation, and to raise a united voice against hate-inspired violence. The national rallies began the year after the hate crimes and killings of James Byrd and Matthew Shepard in 1998. Each year, in October, several organizations, including CARE, the CommUnity Zone, and local church groups join Bucknell University to stand in solidarity in support of a better world.
When our community needs to heal, we take action and facilitate the process by organizing vigils and discussion to address the issue(s) so that we can affect changes that can prevent additional loss of life. Unfortunately, we were called to do this in June after the Charleston, SC shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Of the approximately 300 community members in attendance, 49 committed to taking action in order to prevent such violence in the Susquehanna Valley
Spotlight Discussion Series
Local inventors, experts, inspired community members, and our Partners and Patrons are invited to share their talents with our neighbors in our Spotlight Discussion Series. Our most recent presentations were delivered by Brenda Apple of SUN Home Health and Hospice regarding Advance Care Planning, and Robert Boehnlein who shared his invention, the Showerfish, which can save users 1.5 gallons of water per minute in the shower!
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