Greetings from the Parkside Community Association,
We hope this finds you both healthy and safe. Thank you for your past support. It is only through the generous efforts of our members that the PCA is able to continue to pursue its mission to advocate, communicate and act on behalf of our Parkside neighborhood. The PCA serves as the voice of a diverse community and provides leadership to promote a safe, vibrant and historic neighborhood. By communicating residents’ concerns and encouraging business development, the PCA helps to foster neighborhood revitalization, beautification and sustainability.
What does the PCA provide to it its members? Amplified Voice -- Legacy -- Community Benefit
Community outreach by the PCA has been busier than ever during these unprecedented times. When Covid-19 first hit, the PCA immediately sprang into action. We created "Neighbors Helping Neighbors", a volunteer program for any Parksider in need of assistance. Whether it be general info, a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, PCA volunteers were there.
This past year community engagement efforts have continued by way Community Zoom meetings with updates and guest speakers, including discussions regarding the future of the 198 redesign. A fun neighborhood scavenger hunt and a virtual home tour was created to highlight the wonderful architectural features in our unique neighborhood. The safety of our neighborhood children remained one of our primary concerns and we handed out Spring and Halloween “Re-Imagined” treats to neighborhood children. We were able to continue showing free Movies in the Meadow in August. It was great to see so many people come out to enjoy this wonderful event in a safe manner.
The legacy of the PCA gives a sense of community, pride and belonging that is truly unique. PCA programing, such as the Snow Angels program, provide long lasting community benefits. Also, the PCA continues to monitor applications to the Zoning Board for permits seeking changes to the character of our neighborhood. The PCA made obtaining information about its history and programing easier by updating our website.
Over the past year, the PCA board of directors continued to review the PCA finances and increased Board of Directors engagement, all in an effort to enable the PCA to do more with less. This is necessary because of the current state of reduced funding sources available to not-for-profits such as the PCA. The PCA continues to deal with unavoidable reductions in funding, while at the same time actively representing our neighborhood and addressing our community’s concerns.
To continue to be able to do so, we are asking for your help.
Would you please consider contributing to the PCA’s Annual Appeal? Do you know that you can also donate to the PCA via SEFA or other workplace incentive programs? Please contact our office for more information. Of course, we’d also love for you to join and become a member, renew or upgrade your membership level, sponsor an event, or even consider serving on our board or a committee…but please do consider contributing.
The PCA Board of Directors