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Our Mission

Kutztown Community Partnership envisions Kutztown as an inclusive community that welcomes all of our best efforts: to get an education, to do business, and to live well at every stage of our lives.

 

Kutztown Community Partnership serves as a liaison to build community, to forge positive relationships, and to foster cultural and economic collaboration in this historical college town.

Kutztown Community Partnership (KCP) is a non-profit 501c3 organization comprised of 9 Board members and 1 part time Office Manager. Our Board members are volunteers who are actively involved in the community, volunteering their time to make our town a better place for all and taking on leadership roles to keep the KCP organization strong for the future.

Staff

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Barbara Vogelgesang - Outreach & Theater Director

Barbara Vogelgesang has been a resident of Kempton for over 30 years. She grew up in New York City and holds a journalism and public relations degree from St. John's University. Barbara has worked at Madison Square Garden, Estee Lauder International and Feld Entertainment doing public relations & marketing, as liaison between artists and unions, and planning events.  She toured the United States, Canada and Japan with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as several other shows. 

Barbara’s involvement in non-profit organizations such as Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Camelot for Children and Hope Community Church, brings experience in grant writing, fundraising, event planning, marketing, and creativity to Kutztown Community Partnership as Outreach and Theater Director.  She is a published author, veteran performing artist, teacher, and motivational speaker focusing on leadership development and team building.

Barbara’s goals at KCP include reviving the Kutztown Strand Theatre, creating partnerships between businesses, nonprofits and the community through arts, education, economic and community development. Her other roles include grant writing, fundraising, marketing and event planning.
 

Board Members

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Jonathan M. Quier, F.D.

President

Co-owner Ludwick Funeral Homes and Cremation Care, Inc.

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Ellen Overcast

Vice President

Owner -Main Street Getaways Dream Vacations 

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Amanda Garcia

Treasurer

Kutztown University

Assistant Director of MSU Operations, Greek Life and Commuter Student Services

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Susan Derr

Secretary

Educator -Wyomissing Area High School, retired

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Christian Temchatin

Superintendent, Kutztown Area School District

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George Kusterer

Kutztown Borough Council

Retired

Fire Marshall, Kutztown Fire Company

Alexander J. Elliker

Owner Law Office of Alexander J. Elliker

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Nick Timpe

President and CEO at webCemeteries

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Kellen Cunningham

Coater Operator at Best Engineered Surface Technologies.

Programs

Electronics Recycling Days 2024

Brought to Our Community by the Borough of Kutztown and Responsible Recycling Services
 

Residents of the Kutztown Borough are encouraged to recycle old, unwanted, broken, and outdated appliances on May 4th and August 19th of 2024. Electronics Recycling Days will occur from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Railroad Street in front of the Train Station. The Borough has specific lists of items that are free to recycle as well as items that require a fee to recycle. Destruction of electronic devices also requires a fee. While attending one of Kutztown's Electronics Recycling Days please remain in your vehicles at all times. For further information on items, and exceptions. To contact the Kutztown Borough regarding Electronics Recycling Days, call 610-683-6131 or the Responsible Recycling Services at 484-641-5156. 

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2024 Refuse and Recycling Schedule 

Brought to Our Community by the Borough of Kutztown 

The Refuse and Recycle Collection Schedule for 2024 has been approved and released by The Borough of Kutztown. The schedule includes dates on which recycling services will be canceled due to holidays and collection refusal days. You can also find information on Kutztown's scheduled recycling days, as well as recycling instructions and lists of approved recyclables. If you need to have bulk items to recycle (furniture, appliances) you can find specific instructions and contact information on the official flyer, located at the link below. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the 2023 Refuse and Recycle Collection Schedule, please call Public Works at 610-683-6131.  Their offices are open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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THE WALL THAT HEALS

A Program of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Founders of the Wall

“The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is pleased to bring The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit to KUTZTOWN, PA to allow local veterans and their family members a chance to experience The Wall,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF. “Hosting The Wall That Heals provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War and educate visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America.”

 

The Wall That Heals is transported from community to community in a 53-foot trailer. When parked, the trailer opens with exhibits built into its sides, allowing it to serve as a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the divisive era in American history.

 

The three-quarter scale Wall replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. Visitors will experience The Wall rising above them as they walk towards the apex, a key feature of the design of The Wall in D.C. Visitors are able to do name rubbings of individual service member’s names on The Wall.

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Kutztown Strong

Vision: Where Healthy Behaviors Create STRONG Communities.
Mission: to Strengthen The Resolve Of the Next Generation.

Concerned citizens of all ages and backgrounds, living in Kutztown and its surrounding regions, united to form Kutztown Strong.

Members of this organization are committed to making a difference for our future generations.

Kutztown Strong’s efforts work to prevent substance misuse in the community by providing fun, safe environments for our young people to thrive. They have taken stock of the communities’ existing resources and work to create new venues where our children, youth, and young adults can express their uniqueness.

For more information, or to join Kutztown Strong, please contact kutztownstrong@gmail.com or check out their website: kutztownstrong.org

Our mailing address is: Kutztown Strong P.O. Box 181 Kutztown, PA 19530

Click here to checkout Kutztown Strong's Facebook page.

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Kutztown Thriving

Kutztown Thriving is a sub-committee of Kutztown Community Partnership that aims to sustain a healthy community through positive solutions and holistic endeavors.

Connect with Kutztown thriving on facebook or via email to stay up-to-date with their current endeavors, learn how to get involved or to ask them questions.

 

Click Here to visit the Kutztown Thriving Facebook page

Email Contact- kutztownthriving@gmail.com

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Peace.Love.Kutztown

Peace.Love.Kutztown is a program is designed to promote awareness and share information in efforts to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive community for all of Kutztown’s residents. The program’s mission is to start meaningful and productive dialogues regarding social justice.

 

Some Peace.Love.Kutztown efforts include Social Justice On Tap held at K’town Pub, Just Books, a Firefly Bookstore book club designed for teens. Artistic collaborations, such as Peace Day, which is a project with educators at Kutztown University and Kutztown Area School District also demonstrate social justice dialogue through art.

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