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Leadership Berks service-learning project

Developing a Capital Improvement Plan

Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania has been selected as one of seven nonprofits to be a service-learning project for the Leadership Berks Class of 2019-2020. An experienced team of Leadership Berks members will work with a team from Easterseals to develop a Capital Improvement Plan that will support program growth and the addition of new service lines to serve individuals with disabilities in Reading and Berks County.

The project will focus on Easterseals 7,000-square-foot medical clinic and outpatient therapy center in Reading, and its three-acre campground on Mount Penn. At its center in Reading, Easterseals provides specialty medical clinics and occupational, speech and physical therapy to children and teens with disabilities. The campground on Mount Penn is the site for summer day camp and other recreation programs.

The Capital Improvement Plan will evaluate existing facilities, assess the need for improvements or expansions, and propose strategies to achieve the recommendations including budgets and estimated time frames.

Nancy Knoebel, Easterseals CEO, states, “The Capital Improvement Plan will serve as a roadmap to prioritizing projects and acquiring the necessary funding to complete those projects. By planning for current capital improvements and anticipating future needs now, Easterseals will be positioned to shepherd its resources effectively, strategically grow our long-standing programs to serve more individuals and focus on intense growth where new opportunities exist.”

The Leadership Berks team includes Josef Becker, Operational Excellence Project Specialist at Penske Truck Leasing; William Fredericks, Project Manager at RGS Associates; Kevin Miller, Certified Financial Planner at Berkshire Investment Group; Philip Nguyen, Software Engineer at Enersys; Eric Stoudt, Operational Excellence Project Specialist at Penske Truck Leasing; and Adam Waszkiewicz, Supervisor at Audit Service Group, RLK LLP.

Leadership Berks is a signature program of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, in partnership with Alvernia University. It leverages the chamber’s extensive network, professional development resources and business leaders, and Alvernia faculty. Participants who successfully complete the program earn three credits in Leadership Studies that can be applied toward an undergraduate or graduate degree, and a tuition discount to be applied toward a master’s degree program at Alvernia.

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