A group of concerned citizens got together to figure out how they could help protect essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and The Berks PPE Resource Network was born. Now universities, hobbyists, nonprofits, businesses, and arts organizations are working round the clock, using technology to 3D-print face shields. Find out how you can help.
Kids walking to the 3rd and Spruce Rec Center have a fresh view. A coalition led by the Reading Recreation Commission and the Wyomissing Foundation have invested time, money, and labor into a transformative facade project, offering a boon to homeowners and the neighborhood.
Reading's Alvernia University has taken a remarkable journey from Catholic orphanage to groundbreaking educational institution. From helping local high schoolers access college to hosting interfaith exchanges to running an organic farm, students at the Berks County college are taught to give back, collaborate, and connect with the surrounding community.
Festivals and concerts provide a huge economic boost to urban areas and rural regions alike by creating jobs, drawing tourists, and supporting local businesses. Keep that in mind this summer when you're purchasing a ticket or snagging something from the merch table.
Justin Schenck created the Growth Now Movement podcast to inspire entrepreneurs and encourage self reflection. Now he's taking his message to the next level with a three-day festival in downtown Reading.
Hospitals, schools, and social service institutions are on the front lines of the country's opioid epidemic, but what about parks? That was a question at the center of the latest PA Urban Parks & Recreation Exchange, which tackled safety, prevention and recovery.
In 2011, this city of more than 87,000 people and 28 parks had no active rec centers and zero playgrounds. But that was all about to change with the genesis of the Reading Recreation Commission, an organization that has flourished thanks to creative funding solutions, a whole lot of elbow grease, and one inspiring leader.
Take a wealth of venues and cultural organizations, coupled with proximity to major Northeast arts hubs, accessible cost of living and a historic city rife with inspiring spaces, and you've got the perfect recipe for an arts-and-theater boomtown.