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The Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation Present Two Community Heart & Soul™ Workshops on Community Engagement

Are you looking for a way to help your community realize its potential and create a better future? Are you interested in uncovering what makes your community unique and using that to empower residents to take action? Do you often think that the true needs of the residents aren't being heard or reflected in community planning efforts? Are you ready to build a team committed to strengthening your community’s capacity to meet challenges and uncover opportunities?

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) in partnership with the Orton Family Foundation invites you to attend a free workshop on Orton’s Community Heart & Soul™, method. A bottom-up approach, Heart & Soul aims to increase resident participation in local revitalization, using the humanities to gain a deeper understanding of community needs.

The workshops are offered in collaboration with PA Department of Community and Economic Development, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Historical and Museum Commission’s PA State Historic Preservation Office, PA Chapter of the American Planning Association, USDA Rural Development, and North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission.

During the day-long workshop, participants will learn more about the method, including:

  • How Community Heart & Soul has been used by communities across the country
  • Howto engage a wide range of residents and activate them to make a difference
  • How residents’ stories unite people, build a framework for planning, and provide a strong foundation for action
  • How to develop a project using the Heart & Soul process
  • How to apply for funding to support a Heart & Soul project.

The grant opportunity is only available to those who attend the workshop and can support the coordination and planning of projects inspired by the Heart & Soul approach.

Who Should Attend

Civic leaders – individuals and representatives of local government, community and economic development groups, civic groups, and other nonprofit and philanthropic organizations -- are encouraged to attend with a team. Participants are urged to register with a team of 3 or more individuals who could take a leadership role on a Heart & Soul project. So that we can keep an accurate head count all team members must register.

PHC has limited funds available to help defray travel costs for some teams that need to drive 2.5 hours or more to attend.

Event Details

Workshops will take place at two locations in Pennsylvania during the fourth week of October:

  • October 25 at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, 49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853
  • October 28 at the Nichols Village Hotel & Spa, 1101 Northern Boulevard, Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register now! Seating is limited.

If you would like to learn more about Community Heart & Soul before you commit to a workshop: PHC and Orton staff have prepared an hour-long informational webinar on to provide an introduction to the Heart & Soul method and preview the upcoming workshop. Watch the webinar.


Contact PHC at or 215-925.1005 or visit for more information.

Organizer Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Organizer of Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Orton Family Foundation's Community Heart & Soul Workshops

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions.

Today, across the commonwealth, we put the humanities in action to create positive change. Our programs and grants bring Pennsylvanians together to build avenues for civic involvement and community development, and for youth and adult learners to strengthen skills for school, work, and personal improvement.

Our operations are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Federal/State Partnership Office, with additional program funding from generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.



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