Pints for North Light 2020

Pints for North Light 2020

Pints for North Light 2020: the same great event with a 2020 twist!

Join your friends at North Light Community Center for a night under the Venice Island stars, featuring local brews, bites from some of your favorite Manayunk restaurants, and exciting auction items.

This year’s silent auction will take place entirely online. Take your chance and bid on great items from Philadelphia sports teams, local breweries, your favorite businesses, and more. Bidding begins on Thursday, November 12 and will close at noon on Friday, November 20. Winners will be contacted and contactless pickup will be arranged.

Feeling lucky? Grab a raffle ticket for a chance to win a case of Troegs limited-release holiday ale, Mad Elf. The lucky winner will be announced at the conclusion of the auctions on Friday and a contactless exchange will be arranged!

Early Bird Tickets are available until October 31st. Can’t join us in person but want to show your support? Grab a 100% tax-deductible “There in Spirit!” ticket and raise a glass to North Light from wherever you are.

Purchase tickets, enter our raffle, and bid on our auction items!

*Masks must be worn at all times while not eating and drinking. North Light will comply with all City of Philadelphia COVID regulations.*

Election Day 2020

Election Day 2020

Election Day 2020 is fast approaching!

On Tuesday, November 3, polling locations around the city will be open from 7AM to 8PM. North Light serves as the polling location for Ward 21, Divisions 6, 7, and 12.

Check out some frequently asked questions below to make your Election Day plan!

Where is my polling location?

Confirm your polling location here. Be sure that your name, polling location, and party are correct.

Can I vote early?

Yes. Check PhiladelphiaVotes for a list of satellite election offices that allow for in-person voting.

Do I have to vote in person?

No. The deadline to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Ballots can be requested through the Department of State.

Do I have to mail my ballot through the USPS?

No. Ballots can be dropped off at any of the satellite offices or you can drop your ballot into a ballot box at City Hall, Eastern State Penitentiary, or Riverview Place on Columbus Boulevard. Please check PhiladelphiaVotes for the exact location of ballot boxes.

Can I see a sample ballot?

Yes. Search here for the address at which you are registered to vote.

Where can I find more information about the candidates and issues?

While nothing can replace doing your own research from various sources, the Committee of Seventy is a non-partisan organization that encourages engagement and advocacy. They can provide you with information and resources to inform yourself before you cast your vote.

LOVE – March 2020

Before I got the job at North Light, while completing my Master’s Degree, I was an intern for the Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro in his Office of Public Engagement. The main project that I was working on was the Pennsylvania Trauma-Informed Network (PATIN), which brought a level of understanding throughout systems of care across the Commonwealth that acknowledged the effects of trauma and adversity, and focused on developing resilience to combat the obstacles that life throws our way. After graduating and losing my student internship, I stumbled upon a place that was made to be trauma-informed. North Light already provided basic needs and empowered those most in need. My first day at North Light as the Director of Development was also my first day on my journey toward becoming a trauma-competent professional at Lakeside Global Institute. The key instrument that was missing at the Center was a shared understanding and language surrounding trauma and resilience. Lowering Overdose and Violence Epidemics (LOVE) was the initiative that grew out of this need for organization-wide training to make the transition toward really being trauma-informed. With the help of  a longtime community member, Steve Honeyman, to mentor me through this process, we put together a committee of more than a dozen board and staff members, volunteers, community stakeholders, and neighbors to begin the conversation around the need for trauma-informed care.

There was much conversation about the historical substance use that has existed in the Manayunk/Roxborough communities for much time, as well as violence that stemmed from that and the gentrification in the communities, which validated the need for this sort of initiative. North Light is uniquely positioned to reach those most in need and disseminate trauma-informed concepts throughout the communities we serve. I had the unique privilege, while being at North Light and continuing my professional development in the trauma-informed space, of being elected as an executive board member for the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), which gave me a network of experts from around the country to help launch the LOVE initiative in a meaningful way. We had built community support and now had the expertise to make this a successful effort.

LOVE officially launched on December 7, 2019 with a Trauma 101 training from Lakeside Global Institute to board, community, and staff members at North Light. On the same day, through the efforts of a few LOVE team members and board member Danny Phelps, we also launched our SafeZone initiative, to ensure North Light is a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA+ communities. This training was the first step of many to become a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive space, while ultimately working to build a focus on resilience and wellness into all of our programs. The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey took an interest in the initiative, and supported it beyond Trauma 101 to continue supporting professional developments at the Center, including allowing staff and volunteers to follow the same trauma-competent professional track that I did through Lakeside. Additionally, we are developing new programs, such as parenting classes, to promote trauma-sensitivity at the earliest stages to be preventative and promote happy and healthy childhoods. Finally, we are developing new partnerships, such as those with Unity Recovery and Recovery Centers of America, to support our constituents most in need of support.

North Light does not have the expertise to heal all people’s wounds, but it does have the trust to develop meaningful relationships to help people open up, and can connect people to the services and supports they need to thrive. That is what LOVE is working to do. Help create a continuum of care that helps those most in need. As top-down approaches, such as PATIN or CTIPP’s National Trauma Campaign, reach the grassroots, we can expect for the LOVE initiative to continue to thrive.