East Stroudsburg, PA — Pocono Services for Families and Children hasappointed Chris Grape-Garvey of Henryville as its new community resourcescoordinator. The announcement was made by PSFC Executive Director Tim Lee.
Grape-Garvey has a wealth of experience in community outreach, volunteerdevelopment, marketing and special events. She most recently wascommunications and community outreach director for the United Way of MonroeCounty, where she worked for the last six years.
“We are thrilled to have Chris join our team,” Lee said. “Besides her expertisein communications, she has a strong background in fundraising. She has solidrelationships with so many people in our county’s nonprofit, education andbusiness sectors.”
Lee said Grape-Garvey will be instrumental in PSFC’s new role with the LocalEducation and Resource Network (LEARN), which will involve disseminatinginformation to the early childhood learning community. Community outreachthrough LEARN will focus on child care providers/practitioners, parents andfamilies.
Grape-Garvey’s responsibilities will include volunteer recruitment andcoordinating special events such as the annual dinner, golf outing and FamilyFun Day. She will be in charge of the agency’s upgraded website, social media,and an e-newsletter.
Besides her experience with United Way, Grape-Garvey previously workedas an account executive and chief copywriter for Gallagher and Gallagher inStroudsburg, a full-service advertising and public relations firm. She was a-more-freelance writer for the Pocono Record and a reporter with the Star-Ledger andNJN Publishing. Her education background includes working as a teacher’s aidewith Colonial Intermediate Unit 20.
An alumna of the 2008 Class of Leadership Pocono, Grape-Garvey holds a B.A.in communications, summa cum laude, from William Paterson University. Shehas taken graduate courses in education at East Stroudsburg University.
Her community involvement includes six years of service on the advisory boardof the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Monroe County, from 2006to 2011. She wrote a column for RSVP in Sage and Dignity for many years.A member of First Presbyterian Church in Stroudsburg, she teaches SundaySchool and previously coached soccer with the Pocono Mountain Youth SoccerAssociation.
Grape-Garvey has lived in Pocono Township for 24 years. She and her husband,Steve Garvey, have two daughters, Jillian and Erin.
The mission of Pocono Services for Families and Children is to provideresources for the evolving needs of community children and families, in supportof efforts to achieve their goals. PSFC provides supportive services for at-riskyoung children and their families in Monroe County, with a goal of promotingsuccess in school and life. The nonprofit agency is celebrating 47 years of servicein 2012 and continues to expand services and implement new programs. PSFChas centers in East Stroudsburg, Coolbaugh Township and Brodheadsville,as well as classrooms at JM Hill, Resica Elementary and Middle SmithfieldElementary.
PSFC is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs(NAEYC). For more information, visit www.psfc.org or call 570-421-2711.