The Rider-Pool Foundation


Homelessness in the Lehigh Valley

Date posted: October 17, 2017

Imagine yourself as homeless. If you’ve always had a roof over your head, a steady job, and two nickels to rub together, it might seem like homelessness is something that happens to other people. But […]

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Lack of affordable, safe homes in the Lehigh Valley impacts quality of life for many residents

Date posted: October 16, 2017

A place to live is a basic human need. We all need a safe, clean and secure home in which to live our lives, raise our families, and sleep every night. Affordability is one of […]

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Understanding suicide to help prevent it

Date posted: September 10, 2017

Understanding suicide is something families, friends, and the medical community have grappled with for years. Despite a better understanding of suicide and more ways to help those with mental health issues, the number of deaths […]

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Lehigh Valley medical facilities working toward Zero Suicides with the help of improved patient screening process

Date posted: September 9, 2017

Gail Stern, MSN, Administrator of the Department of Behavioral Health for Lehigh Valley Health Network, has been a psychiatric nurse for 40 years. She has treated a number of patients for mental health issues during […]

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How supporting the Lehigh Valley’s arts & culture also supports the local economy

Date posted: July 20, 2017

Leonard Parker Pool and his wife Dorothy Rider Pool were patrons of the arts. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist and also a painter. They shared a love for arts and culture, and appreciated the impact […]

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The Baum School of Art & Building 21 in Allentown

Date posted: July 19, 2017

An interview with Shannon Fugate, Executive Director, of The Baum School of Art in Allentown 1. When did The Baum School of Art first begin working with Building 21 students? The Baum School of Art […]

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Rider-Pool Foundation Fellows reflect on their training in the Collective Impact Community Fellowship Program

Date posted: November 18, 2016

When The Board of Directors of The Rider-Pool Foundation decided to create The Collective Impact Fellowship Program in 2014 it set the stage for a unique approach to collective impact efforts. Its goal was to […]

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Passion. Power. Agency: Building 21 – by Ed Meehan

Date posted: July 12, 2016

Editorial by Ed Meehan, Executive Director – The Rider-Pool Foundation There is encouraging news to share about public education in Allentown. Specifically about a group of individuals who took personal responsibility, worked together, and did […]

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Ed Meehan op-ed on Building 21 first year successes featured in The Morning Call

Date posted: July 11, 2016

The Rider-Pool Foundation Executive Director Ed Meehan’s op-ed piece on the success of students and faculty of Building 21 during its first year was featured in today’s Morning Call:–20160711-story.html

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Three Questions with… Patrick Mulcahy of PA Shakespeare Festival

Date posted: April 20, 2016

1. What is the PA Shakespeare Festival? How long has it been in existence? What performances are being featured this year? Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a fully professional theatre company at DeSales University. The Festival […]

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