Co-founders: Cynthia Peltier and Farida Zaid
The CommUnity Zone is a 501(c) non-profit organization.
The CommUnity Zone opened its doors on Market Street in Lewisburg, PA, in February 2012. Co-founders Cynthia Peltier and Farida Zaid had long dreamed of a place where the Central Susquehanna Valley community might come together to share ideas, talents, and resources.
The inaugural event: Lewisburg to Celebrate Good Neighbors: A Beloved Community, honoring Doug and Margie Sturm who took the concept of what it means to be an engaged citizen to heart. The day was full of entertainment and information encompassing a broad vision for bold, rigorous volunteerism and a multidisciplinary artistic expression that emerged from a love for one’s community and a vision for a better world. A plaque was installed in Hufnagle Park to commemorate these two exemplary people.
Learn more about that first event in this featured article from the Daily Item: Sturm family honored with kiosk during CommUnity event.
The CommUnity Zone works to build a strong, diverse, and thriving community in the Central Susquehanna Valley by connecting people with health and human service, social, and arts and cultural programs and other community initiatives.
We envision a community where all individuals, organizations, and businesses share ideas, talents, and resources to create and maintain a connected, caring, healthy, and vibrant Central Susquehanna Valley.
Diversity, Inclusion & Equality Statement
The CommUnity Zone strives to reflect the community’s needs for diversity, inclusion, and equality as well as educating the community about diversity, inclusion & equality to broaden community awareness on the importance of these issues as reflected in fine and performing arts.
The CommUnity Zone:
1. Passionately believes that Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality encompasses an appreciation for new culture, varied backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic differences, the disabled, and other underrepresented groups.
2. Strives to present programming and events that reflect Lewisburg and surrounding communities.
3. Strives to break down traditional barriers, both physical and financial, that have caused certain members of our community to be excluded from the opportunity to experience the arts.
4. Strives to be and to be perceived as an inclusive and safe place in Union, Northumberland and Snyder Counties for everyone to work and enjoy the arts.
5. We are particularly interested in creating programming that is intergenerational and strives to develop and hold events to engage youth and their families.
Co-founder and Director
As co-founder of CommUnity Zone, Cindy’s vision is to promote community collaboration and enhance public/private partnerships in order to strategically and measurably improve the lives of the underserved and under-resourced in the Central Susquehanna Valley. She has been a community organizer throughout her life, serving in leadership roles as a board member for the Campus Theatre and the Donald Heiter Community Center in Lewisburg, and in leadership roles with the League of Women Voters, the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center, and the Community Alliance for Respect & Equity. In addition, she worked as the Operations Manager and exhibitions coordinator at Bucknell University’s Samek Art Gallery for 28 years.
Paula Cogan Myers
CommUnity Zone Assistant
Paula has lived in the Susquehanna Valley for the better part of 20 years and is a supporter of the community collaboration vision of the CommUnity Zone. She currently works as an educational consultant in addition to her part time CZ role. She has worked as an international school college counselor, and in various roles at Bucknell University, including in student affairs, admissions, and communications.
STEP Americorps Communications and Outreach Assistant
CommUnity Zone has partnered with the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for Anna to work more locally. Anna joined the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in 2020 as the STEP Americorps Communications and Outreach Assistant. She graduated from Colby College in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Marine Science. During her time in Pennsylvania and Maine, Anna has worked to better understand the relationship between people and the land in which they live. She is especially interested in studying the early and recent history of local Indigenous peoples, and believes it is important to acknowledge this history when experiencing natural spaces today.
Originally from Lewisburg, Anna has a real love for the Susquehanna Valley. She is excited to facilitate connection between the community and the land, and increase awareness of the opportunities the Susquehanna River offers. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, writing music, and hopes to someday know how to swing dance.