Sunday, July 19, 2009

Association Self-Assessment Nears Completion

In preparation for the YWCA of the Mid-Atlantic Region Council Peer Review, a local team of community members led by Board member and chair, Michelle Collins-Sibley conducted an assessment of our Association. Peer Review provides an opportunity to build capacity of local Associations. The team compared our Association's work and practices to the 45 standards developed by the national movement, which reflect industry and YWCA best practices. The team met weekly to review agency documents, seek clarification, and provide recommendations to strengthen the Association and our work. The team assessment was overwhelmingly positive. Michelle and the staff are working to wrap-up assignments before the onsite Peer Review, which is scheduled for October.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Check Out the Neighborhood

Across the street from the YWCA in front of the caboose is a newly constructed stage, which is already getting a lot of use. Friday night concerts are drawing a nice size crowd including former YWCA program director, Connie Pyers. The tunes were a welcome addition to my recent evening work session. I found myself humming along as as I pulled documents for the YW's upcoming peer review team meeting. Remember to come early to get the best parking spaces and to bring your own lawn chair.

The next morning the space is buzzing as vendors arrive for the Saturday Farmer's Market. Lots of fresh flowers, plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and baked goods fill the marketplace from 9-12, at reasonable prices, and the bounty changes as the harvest season unfolds. This year, the Ohio Direction Card is accepted by many vendors allowing more folks to take advantage of fresh foods and support the local economy. New this year is a craft section on Main Street. The market is a great place to catch up with friends, listen to some local musicians - Rock Salt & Nails or Michelle Fergason - visit the bookmobile, and pick up some locally grown or made goods. And the YWCA has a front row seat!

Child & Adolescence Youth Visits the YW

A great group of Alliance youth visited the YWCA recently to lend a helping hand. The kids scrubbed all the folding chairs, mopped Haggart Hall, and created 4th of July cards for Meals on Wheels seniors and the great group of volunteers that deliver meals . Thanks to former Board member, Jennifer Parmenter for making this possible.