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Howdy!

It’s that time of the year already - school is ending, graduations are taking place and people are getting ready to travel and spend time with family.

The beginning of summer also marks the time that the Senate holds Session to deliberate on the state budget. My office has been receiving emails and letters from constituents who would like to see more funding for education. Examples include increasing the minimum wage for educators to $45,000 and protecting monies for PHEAA and college scholarships. While setting the budget is a complex process that involves compromise and outweighing good policies versus the bad, rest assure that I always have the interest of my constituents in mind when I vote on any policy and I will do what I can to enact the changes you want to see.

On May 14th, I held a Town Hall on Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis at the Norristown Public Library. I was happy to meet and hear from you, my constituents, and address any concerns or questions.

Pennsylvania could see countless benefits from the legalization and regulation of cannabis, including much-needed tax revenue, the availability of a legal treatment alternative to patients suffering from terminal illness and the satisfaction that comes with finally ending a prohibition on a natural substance that causes less than alcohol.

If you weren’t able to attend the Town Hall in Norristown, I encourage you to attend my upcoming Town Hall in Whitpain on May 23rd. Details are below.

I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of spring, and as always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to better serve you.

Sincerely,

Daylin

Annual Town Hall in Whitpain Township

Join me for the Annual Town Hall in Whitpain Township on Thursday, May 23rd from 6-7 PM at the Whitpain Township Building. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about mine and Sen. Street’s bill to legalize cannabis for adult use. For more information, call my office at 610-768-4200.

Annual Town Hall in Whitpain Township

12th Annual PA CareerLink Job Fair

Are you currently looking for a job? Then don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your potential next employer! Come out to the 12th Annual PA CareerLink Job Fair on Thursday, May 30th from 9 AM to noon at Montgomery County Community College. To register, please visit www.pacareerlink.pa.gov and click on “event”.

12th Annual PA CareerLink Job Fair

Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Alex’s Lemonade StandMy office will once again be fundraising for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Last year a total of $1.5 million was raised in the fight against childhood cancer and my office’s stand was recognized as a Lemonade Days All Star for raising more than $2,000. This year, we are hoping to raise even more. As in the past, our fundraising efforts culminate with a final lemonade stand at the Ludington Library on June 7th - so save the date! You can donate by visiting https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1687327.

For more information, call 610-768-4200.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Wayne Music Festival Don’t miss the annual Wayne Music Festival taking place on June 8th. The event attracts more than 10,000 people each year to enjoy a wide range of musical genres and artists from all over the country.  The Wayne Music Festival highlights local and regional acts, as well as over 75 local restaurants and vendors. Please email waynemusicfestival@gmail.com for more info or visit http://waynemusicfestival.com/

 

Mark your calendars! The Narberth Music and Arts Festival takes place on June 9th from 12-7 PM. Narberth's own Richy Leis will be hosting. Come get a beer, a bite to eat, and enjoy our local musical and artistic talent! For more information, contact narberthmusicfestival@gmail.com or visit https://www.narberthmusicfestival.com/

Narberth Music and Arts Festival

COMMUNITY KUDOS

ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth

ElderNet

ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth was founded in 1976 by representatives of community, religious and governmental groups. While the organization serves adults of all ages, their focus is assisting at-risk elderly and disabled adults with low to moderate incomes who reside in Lower Merion or Narberth. ElderNet helps older neighbors remain independent and provides a variety of free, practical services so they have access to healthcare, food security, and an improved quality of life. They also provide information to individuals who need assistance with housing, nursing care, or other necessities.

Among ElderNet’s variety of services is their core Care Management Program where licensed social workers provide in-home and in-office services to frail, often chronically ill elderly residents, disabled adults and families. During these visits, social workers address safety issues within the home, connect individuals to benefits, apply for Waiver and OPTIONS programs, connect individuals to financial support, provide caregiver support, work on housing issues, work on budgets, address hoarding issues, assist with long-term planning, and much more. These services improve access to healthcare, promote financial stability, and fight food insecurity.

Food PantryAdditional services include ElderNet's Community Resource Center and food pantry, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Center has a full-choice food pantry where residents living with low incomes come to shop for fresh produce, milk, bread, frozen meat, and pre-packaged and canned food. Last year, the food pantry provided 8,054 grocery bags of perishable and non-perishable groceries to those in need. The majority of food provided for program participants comes from generous community donors, as well as school, business, and faith-based food drives.

When funds are available, ElderNet can assist those who need money for fuel, rent, food, and other one-time financial emergencies through grants and locally raised funds. They also have a Lock For Life program administered by the Lower Merion Township Police Department that is intended to provide Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel access to residences in the event of an emergency where one is unable to open the door.

Last but certainly not least, ElderNet has a one of a kind Volunteer Program which is all about neighbors helping neighbors. Generous volunteers provide rides to doctors' appointments and grocery stores, or help with odd jobs, errands and yard work. Others visit participants in their homes to provide companionship and ease isolation, or to help go through mail or organize closets. Volunteers are also essential in keeping the food pantry stocked and running smoothly. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please complete and submit the Volunteer Application, or contact Liz Hill by email at ehill@eldernetonline.org.

Volunteers

ElderNet is an invaluable community resource that answers questions, helps individuals assess immediate needs, and finds resources to meet those needs. Whether you stop by, phone in, or send an email regarding your current situation, ElderNet will work to provide information and referral sources that best suit your individual needs. For more information, visit https://eldernetonline.org/ or call 610-525-0706. You can also find a great amount of information on various programs in their Resources section.

 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.