Co-founders: Cynthia Peltier and Farida Zaid
The CommUnity Zone is a 501(c) non-profit organization.
The CommUnity Zone opened its doors at 417 Market Street in Lewisburg, PA in February 2012. The goal of the Zone has always been to create a space where all members of the Susquehanna Valley would come together to share ideas and share all the talent and resources.
The inaugural event: Lewisburg to Celebrate Good Neighbors: A Beloved Community honored Doug and Margie Sturm who took the concept of what it means to be an engaged citizen to heart. Their volunteerism and creativity knew no bounds. The day was full of entertainment and information encompassing a broad vision for bold and vigorous volunteerism expressing it through a multidisciplinary artistic expression that emerges from a love for one’s community and vision for a better world. A plaque was installed in the park to to commemorate these two exemplary people and serves as a reminder to the importance of what it means to be an engaged citizen.
With a bit of luck and a lot of elbow grease, the directors of both groups - Cynthia Peltier of the CommUnity Zone and Ellen Ruby of the Downtown Partnership - found the perfect place. In February of 2022, they joined forces at 328 Market Street to form the Community Partnerships building. In the months that have followed, this space has slowly but surely grown toward our goal of forming a central hub for all things Lewisburg, with office space for both our organizations, a central room with a stage and seating for all sorts of events, and a window front and hallway space for posters and brochures. It's even an official satellite office of the Visitor's Bureau!
Ellen Ruby (left) of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, Scotta Magnelli (center) of the Campus Theatre, and Cynthia Peltier (right) of the CommUnity Zone: Three community leaders representing three great partners in Lewisburg!
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 in order to broaden community awareness on the importance of these issues as reflected in the fine and performing arts.
The CommUnity Zone:
Our Mission, Our Vision
The idea behind the CommUnity Zone is right in our name: the emphasis of UNITY in our COMMUNITY. We work to connect the people of the Central Susquehanna Valley with health and human services and programs focused on society, the arts, and culture, in order to build strong, diverse, and thriving bonds. Our vision is a community where all individuals, organizations, and businesses share ideas, talents, and resources to create and maintain a connected, caring, healthy, and vibrant Valley.
As a small nonprofit organization, we work hand in hand with a multitude of partners in and around Lewisburg and the Susquehanna Valley region: fellow nonprofits, local businesses, individual volunteers, and local governments and institutions. Together with our partners and donors, we’re able to enact a wide variety of programs that support our mission of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equality, through everything from rallies to arts programming to community events.
Co-founder and Director
The 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, 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.
Social Media and Technology Coordinator
Amy was born at Evangelical Community Hospital and while she has come and gone from Lewisburg over the years, she has always considered Central Pennsylvania her home.
After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Psychology, she made it her mission to help organizations and small businesses in a variety of administrative capacities. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to the Zone's social media and website, writing for our newsletters, and helping Cindy in any way she can!
Alex Stammers is an Operations Specialist with a passion for leadership and community building. Originally from Bloomsburg, Alex brings a diverse range of interests to the table, including art, writing, humanities, philosophy, and outdoor activities. With a demonstrated knack for leadership, diplomacy, and arbitration, Alex is committed to making a positive impact on the world by assisting individuals through the power of community. Alex is dedicated to the philosophy of doing better by our fellow humans.