‘Tis the season to be jolly. It’s the time of year when most people are looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Children are doing the countdown to see what Santa has left them under the tree. So often we get caught up in “ourselves” that we forget those who have lost a love one, a job or any other hardship this time of year. Today I was able to walk through the Pottstown Community and embrace what this time of year truly means. The Tri-County Leadership Class of 2019 braved the cold and witnessed some of the great things local non-profits are doing for the community.
I have worked in Pottstown for over 5 years and never knew about the Steel River Playhouse located down on High Street. Standing in the main lobby I felt the same excitement and joy I get before seeing a show in the “City”. The volunteers and performers have a true passion for the arts and it shows through all of their hard work. A few of us left there planning our next girls’ night out for a show and a glass of wine! Little did we know that our next stop at the Salvation Army would introduce us to some of sweetest people, who reinforced there are still kind-hearted human beings. We jumped right in to help with the donations and sorting of food etc. There was a sense of warmth and love in the center one that you feel when you are around family. Our last stop pulled on my heart strings- the YWCA Tri-County Area. Our youth are the future leaders and it all starts at a young age. Walking through seeing the safe place the children have to learn and flourish was amazing. Being greeted with hugs and smiles made me want to continue along my journey of becoming the best leader possible.
At the end of the day, I drove home with a larger sense of purpose, knowing that I want to open doors for others. The words of my grandmother ringing in my ears- it takes a village…..
Blog Post by Class of 2019 participant:
Jenn Ulrich, Pottstown Hospital Tower Health