Greater North Penn

Montgomery County Community Connections Program Navicate Priya Bell shares real-time data about the type of services residents of the Greater North Penn region are seeking as well as areas of greatest need. Montgomery County Community Connections Program Navicate Priya Bell shares real-time data about the type of services residents of the Greater North Penn region are seeking as well as areas of greatest need.

Our Region:

The Greater North Penn Regional Cabinet geography includes the North Penn, Souderton Area, and Wissahickon School Districts. Municipalities in the region include: Boroughs of Ambler, Hatfield, Lansdale, North Wales, Souderton, and Telford; and Townships of Franconia, Hatfield, Lower Gwynedd, Lower Salford, Montgomery, Salford, Upper Gwynedd, Upper Salford, and Whitpain.

Regional Leader: Ella Roush, Coordinator for the Bucks-Mont Collaborative

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Our Accomplishments:

Act as a catalyst for collaborations currently benefiting our community

  • Volunteer Driver Program – We have developed a volunteer driver program that is currently enlisting volunteers to allow the program to launch. Learn more here.
  • Secured the lead grant to fund a dental clinic for our region’s uninsured and under-insured residents. The clinic has become a service of Abington Jefferson Health, originally run by the North Penn Visiting Nurse Association. Since January 2007, the clinic has provided access to dental care for thousands of individuals.
  • Began the dialogue in our Financial Stability Cabinet that grew into the North Penn Housing/Homelessness Providers’ centralized intake system that has transformed to become the Montgomery-County-wide, public/private partnership "Your Way Home" program to find permanent housing and helps for people in housing crisiss.
  • Provided the spark, through our Financial Stability Cabinet, to begin a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in our community. Since its inception in 2009, the program has returned millions of dollars to low and moderate-income families. North Penn United Way provides the leadership for this program.

Champion Advocacy

  • Train, coordinate, provide tools for members to advocate for their organization and, broadly, for preservation of services for our region’s most vulnerable people
  • Organize press conferences and provide opportunities for our members to interact with elected officials and candidates

Host Action-Oriented Annual Community Summit

  • Hosted or co-hosted seven community summits geared to raising awareness of issues and to fostering post-Summit action.
    • 2012 – Building a Vibrant Community through Conversations That Matter, with author and community builder Peter Block
    • 2011 – Unleashing the Power of Community to Reduce Youth Substance Abuse
    • 2010 – Meeting the Challenges of Elder Caregiving
    • 2009 – Protecting Our Children’s Future: Uniting Our Community to Reduce Childhood Obesity
    • 2008 – Leveraging the Power of Collaborative Partnerships
    • 2007 – Cultural Competence
    • 2006 – Tune In, Turn On, Drop In Summit on the needs and wants of aging Baby Boomers – how to serve them well and engage them in volunteerism

Train/Provide Supports for Leaders

  • Hosted Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Wissahickon Valley Public Library – June 2015
  • Administered the North Penn Nonprofit Academy from 2004 through June 2010 providing leadership training and development to more than 400 nonprofit leaders.