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The following are stories form the Greater Carlisle Area that have been collected as part of our Heart & Soul Project. This approach, aptly named Community Heart & Soul™, connects people with what they love most about their communities and translates those personal feelings into a blueprint for future decisions. A resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Heart & Soul focuses on building participation in local decision-making and empowering people to shape the future of their own communities. Rails to Trails, Run, Ride Ramble: April 17, 2016 One race participate explains the importance of recreation his community. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160417_011.mp3 A spectator at the race explains the importance of community events in her community. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160417_009.mp3 Neighbors Helping Neighbors: April 16, 2016 Hear what one community volunteer fears losing in his community, and his thoughts on getting younger generations connected to where they live. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160416_009.mp3 Listen to one community member talk about what she values about Carlisle, Pennsylvania. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ZOOM0007.mp3 Mount Holly Springs Marsh Preserve Clean Up: April 9, 2016 Mount Holly Springs Borough Council Member, Pam Still, interviewed volunteers about living, working and playing in Mount Holly and the importance of the Marsh Preserve. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160409_003.mp3 Black History Festival, Carlisle: February 27, 2016...

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Events & Volunteering

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Upcoming Heart & Soul Project Events We will be collecting stories at the following events. We’re looking for volunteers to help collect stories and man the tables at these events. To Volunteer at any of these events email GreaterCarlisleProject@gmail.com Upcoming Events for 2017 August 17 – Taking it to the Streets, Hamilton Elementary School, 5.30-7.30 (volunteers needed) Join us at the United Way’s Taking it To the Streets. August 31 – Shrub planting at Mt Tabor Cemetery & clean up of church, 1.00-4.00 In October 2016, 12 shrubs were donated to the Mount Holly Community and Heart & Soul to plant in the Mt Tabor Cemetery on the United Way’s Day of Caring. Our aim is to mark the boundaries of the cemetery to ensure the unmarked graves continued to be respected. In addition we will clean up trash around the church, and pull weeds and cut the grass. If you’d like to volunteer please email GreaterCarlisleProject@gmail.com. Heritage Festival Weekend, September 1-9 (volunteers needed) Following the success of our first Heritage Day on September 10, 2016, Heart & Soul is partnering with Cumberland County Historical Society and Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau to bring the community our first annual Heritage Festival Weekend. Heart & Soul will focus on the Greater Carlisle region, and we will use these days to share and highlight areas of cultural significance provided by the community. Tours, walks, talks and activities will be included, with many of the events free of charge. For a full description of events visit Cumberland County Historical Society’s Heritage Festival website – http://heritagefest.historicalsociety.com/about/  Heritage Festival Events Schedule Thursday, Aug. 31: McLain Festival Reception Two Mile House, 6.00-8.00  $50 or $70 for two Tickets can be purchased HERE Friday, Sept. 1: Whiskey Tasting  at Cumberland County Historical Society 5.30-8.00 $10 Tickets can be purchased HERE Saturday, Sept. 2: McLain Celtic Festival, Two Mile House, 9.00-5.00 Organized by Cumberland County Historical Society Tickets can be purchased HERE Friday, Sept. 1 & Sat., Sept. 2: U.S Army and Education Center guided walking tour of the Heritage Trail Both days tours will run at 10.30 & 2.00 Please email – usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil – to reserve a place. Sunday, Sept. 3: First Annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival, 10.00-4.00,  Downtown Carlisle Join...

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Get Involved

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Volunteer with the Heart & Soul Project   Heart & Soul Project Director Implementing our Heart & Soul Project as Project Director is Dr. Lindsay Varner. Lindsay is a native of Carlisle who received her BA from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s and PhD from Durham University in the UK. Contact Information: Lindsay Houpt-Varner, PhD Project Director Greater Carlisle Project, Heart & Soul 717-249-7610...

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Why Greater Carlisle?

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Why Greater Carlisle?   Greater Carlisle’s mixture of historic towns, rural and suburban townships, farms and commercial zones are home to 67,000 people. Its green spaces, hiking trails, waterways, bike routes and proximity to South and Blue Mountains make it an ideal location for outdoor activities. The area is home to the US Army War College, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Dickinson College, and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The Borough of Carlisle, the county seat and host to collector car events, was ranked 16th on Livability’s Top 100 Best Small Towns list in 2015, with its variety of recreational activities and high level of public participation in redevelopment efforts cited as strengths. While Greater Carlisle has many strengths, it also has areas that need improvement. A significant number of jobs were lost when three manufacturing facilities closed in recent years. A 2011 needs assessment identified public transportation, affordable housing, job opportunities, environmental problems, racial divisions and poverty as requiring attention. The Greater Carlisle Project is working to to enhance long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability by connecting and enhancing community...

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Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul

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Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Community Summit On July 26, Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul held its first community summit at New Life Community Church. The night began with a dinner provided by local nonprofit, Hope Station. Afterwards, participants broke into groups based on Greater Carlisle Project’s 8 Priority Areas and analyzed over 800 stories collected by our Heart & Soul Initiative. Through this process, community members developed 13 statements which reflect what we value in our community: We value the rural and natural landscape that give us farmland, farmer’s markets and local food. Our community has a pride of place because our history is a part of our community’s present and future. We love our publicly accessible lakes, streams, parks and trails that allow us to engage in outdoor recreation and provide wildlife habitat and great scenery. We love and value the diverse mix of independent restaurants and retail in a walkable, bikeable community with employment opportunities and access to major transportation and big cities. We fear losing this way of life. We value a community of people who are attentive, helpful, friendly and welcoming; a place that is culturally diverse yet has a small town feel; and an atmosphere of engagement and connectivity. Because it builds relationships and strengthens ties to the community. We value having a wide range of educational opportunities for all ages, especially public schools, libraries and high education. We’re happy to live in a community that provides a wide array of health (not help) and human services for people in need. We worry about lack of low income housing, drug abuse and shortfalls in first responders. We in Carlisle value out small town feel with the people who care for each other, the safety and security and all the many amenities and its historic charm. We value the people of Carlisle and how we care for each other. We value safety and security. We value the aesthetics of Carlisle with its beautiful churches, historic sites, front porch decorations, gaslights and its wonderful downtown shops and amenities. We value the small town “feel” of Carlisle with its people, safety and the amenities.   The community statements are taken exclusively from the 800+ stories collected...

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What are our Priorities?

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Priorities of the Greater Carlisle Project   The eight priority areas stem from the vision of The Greater Carlisle Project. The vision of the GCP is a future in which all residents live rich, meaningful lives supported by community assets. The priority areas can be used to narrow searches on the interactive map. For example, by clicking on “Food and Farms” below, you can see community businesses or organizations that classify themselves as relating to “Food and Farms”. Groups are able to cross-list their priority areas. Priority areas include: Community: We celebrate diverse communities that are welcoming, inclusive, just, safe and full of life. Cultural Heritage, Arts & Recreation: We value our region’s rich heritage, vibrant small towns, rural landscapes and growing arts, cultural and recreational opportunities that meet the needs of our diverse residents and visitors. Economic Development & Jobs: We create family sustaining jobs that enable a vibrant quality of life for all residents. We actively support our existing businesses and seek new opportunities for economic development. Education: We treasure the quality and diversity of our educational institutions and support their collaboration with each other and with the wider community to promote and inspire continual learning and innovation. Energy and Transportation: We embrace energy conservation, more efficient homes, buildings and vehicles, expanded transportation options and clean energy that advance environmental, social and economic sustainability goals. Food and Farms: We champion our farmers’ success as stewards of our agricultural landscape who feed our communities with healthy, nutritious local food. Green Spaces, Blue Waters, & Clear Skies: We live in a landscape that is rich in parks, green spaces, farms, hiking and biking trails, water trails and diverse wildlife. We are sustained by clean air, clean water, and resilient and healthy forests, wetlands and streams. Housing, Health, & Human Services: We support good health, human dignity and quality, affordable housing as they relate to all aspects of physical, mental and social...

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