PHIA Meeting Showcases Community Organizations
The association hosted a networking event to encourage volunteerism and community investment.
The Perry Hall Improvement Association held its last meeting of the season Thursday evening at the Perry Hall Library. This time, there was no business on the agenda. Instead, a collection of community resource organizations set up at tables and offered information on their services.
Members of the Seven Oaks Senior Center, the Woman's Club of Perry Hall, Baltimore County Police and EMT services, and representatives from the Gunpowder Falls State Park attended and urged residents to get involved and stay informed.
Representatives from Meals on Wheels also spread the word about their statewide resources. They promoted a new program, The Lunch Bunch, which gives businessmen and women an opportunity to volunteer during their office lunch hours.
"If 10 businesses a week would participate in our communities, our goals would be met," said Liz Galea of Meals on Wheels.
Conservationist groups NeighborSpace and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy provided information on promoting more small parks and gardens and protecting streams from rooftop runoff, with the possibility of each home conserving up to 35,000 gallons of water per year.
Representatives from the Katie and Will Brady Memorial Foundation set up a map of the trails at Marshy Point Nature Center on the waterfront in Chase. The trails are currently being revitalized in memory of the foundation's namesakes.
"I am pleased that we had the opportunity to host this forum for residents to learn more about ways they can become more involved in the community," said Dennis Robinson Jr., president of PHIA.
"Although I do, of course, hope that attendees will consider joining the PHIA if they are not already members, I will consider the event a success if at least one resident identifies a meaningful way to become more involved in Perry Hall," Robinson added. "The overarching goal of the PHIA is to ensure that residents are proud to call Perry Hall 'home,'"