Coming Together to Help Carlisle
We routinely provide you updates on how we are adapting our policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. That is only a small part of the picture The Borough is also working hard behind the scenes and collaborating with community organizations and stakeholders to ensure the Carlisle community weathers the storm and comes out stronger on the other side.
The following is a snapshot of a few of these collaborative efforts:
COVID-19 Collaborative Forum: This organization discusses post-recovery strategies and funding for the business and non-profit communities. The group is exploring a cooperative approach for setting priorities and managing available funding resources (Community Development Block Grant fund, CARES Act monies, etc.)
The forum is facilitated by Tim Whelan, Executive Director of the Cumberland County Housing and Rehabilitation Authorities. Participants include Borough Manager Susan Armstrong; the Executive Directors of Partnership for Better Health, West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland County Area Economic Development Corporation, Carlisle United Way, Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, and Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce; and Cumberland County Director of Planning Kirk Stoner.
Carlisle Area Emergency Response (CAER) Committee: This committee was created to address and fund emerging health-related needs within the Carlisle community. The Borough partnered with United Way to identify a line of discretionary funding that could be dispatched quickly to the most critical needs created by COVID-19. Donations to the fund can be made here: https://uwcarlisle.org/carlisle-area-emergency-response-fund-covid-19/.
Participants of the CAER Committee are comprised of public, private, military, academic, and faith communities. Carlisle Borough Councilors Joel Hicks, Deb Fulham-Winston, and Sean Crampsie, Borough Manager Armstrong, Dickinson College President Margee Ensign, Partnership for Health's Becca Raley, and representatives from the US Army War College are some of the participants.
Small Business Group Committee: The Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Carlisle Association facilitate this collaborative effort focusing on small business support during COVID-19 and post-recovery strategies. The committee disseminates the most up-to-date information on financial aid and assistance opportunities and provides webinars and virtual discussions to the small business community.
Participants include Borough Manager Armstrong, South Middleton Township Manager Cory Adams, Small Business Administration Rep Robin Burtner, CADEC director Jamie Keener, Representative Barb Gleim, as well as representatives from Congressman Perry and Senator Regan’s offices.
Community Action Network: Approximately 90 community leaders comprise this group formed by Dickinson College President Ensign. The group was formed in early March following a discussion with Mayor Scott and Borough Council on responding to the public health crisis and needs within the Carlisle community. One of the first initiatives of the group was the transition of the Stuart Community Center into a temporary shelter operation, led by the Borough and Community CARES.
The group has now broken into specific task forces, including one on Food Distribution/Food Security to ensure no one goes hungry during the pandemic and our recovery.
Participants in the network include academic institutions, representatives from the public and private sector, the US Army War College, the faith community, and the non-profit community.