September 2015 NewsFlash

Upcoming Community Development Programs

Several programs being offered in late summer through the fall through webinars and workshops:

Land Use Decision-making webinars
This series of 5 webinars for Summer/Fall 2015 is designed to help planners, elected officials and citizens better engage in land use decision-making processes. Through this series you can learn more about: planning and current planning issues; local regulations and how and why they are created; planning tools and resources available to decision-makers in Pennsylvania; and how you can engage in planning to benefit your community. All sessions are from 12:00 - 1:15 PM (EDT/EST).

Dates & Topics:
• July 15: Active Transportation = Healthy Communities (was recorded and is available)
• August 19: Repurposing Land Use into New Venues & Inviting Spaces
• September 16: Economic Ecology of Healthy Watersheds
• October 21: Bees, Chickens, & Goats, Oh My!
• November 18: Community Economic Development: What is it, and What is Your Role in its Use in Your Communities?

Fee for the series: $30/person for non-credit registration; $60/person for CM credit registration. Register online by November 18 at Upon receipt of payment links to the previous recorded webinars will be provided.

Managing Volunteers to Build Community Capacity: Tools for Effective Volunteer Programs
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many communities. The more people who volunteer in their communities, the more engaged residents become and community goals can be attained more easily. Learn how to: write complete task descriptions and how they can help with recruitment, training and evaluation; develop orientation and training programs that fit the needs of both the volunteers and your organization; identify risks to volunteers as well as your clientele and implement policies through training; and plan recognition that meets the needs of different volunteers within your organization’s budget. This program will be held on September 1, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore, PA, PA 18512. Fee: $25. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by August 31. To register online, visit To register by phone or for registration questions, contact Extension Registration Support at 570- 825-1701 or For more information or questions about the event content, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or

Getting the Most from Your Grant Writing Efforts
The grant-writing and fund-raising environment is increasingly competitive. Organization and preparation matter. Obtaining grants is a process. This workshop will break that process down into workable strategies to ensure a more successful outcome. This program is recommended for staff, volunteers, and board members of community nonprofits, local governments, and other community organizations. This program will be held on September 17, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Penn State Extension office of Monroe County, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Fee: $25. Pre-registration, including payment and completed paperwork, is required by September 16. To register or for detailed information visit or contact Penn State Extension at 570-421-6430 or send an e-mail message to For more info or questions about the event content contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or
For more information on these programs and other Pike County Extensions opportunities, call (570) 296-3400; visit Pike County Extension, 514 Broad St., Milford, PA; or send an email to Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Laura Orben, Secretary
Penn State Extension
Pike County
Pocono District
514 Broad Street
Milford PA 18337
Phone: 570-296-3400, Ext. 1441
Fax: 570-296-3406
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