June’s Mental Health Forum had to be unexpectedly rescheduled.
For the in-person portion, we will be meeting in the Tea Garden outside the Mad Hatter Cafe and Co-op in Athens, PA.
Join us to share your concerns and ideas for improving mental health and mental health supports in our community. We will be building on our first forum and welcoming new people into the conversation, new perspectives and new ideas for taking action to create change.
This event is FREE!
Join us for all or for part of the discussion.
We will have both in person and virtual participation again.
Please register by if you plan to join us! CLICK HERE to go to the registration form. If you are joining us virtually, we will email you the meeting info.
On Sunday, May 23rd the first in a series of community discussions about mental health was launched in Williamsport, Pa. The forum was conducted both in-person and on-line to allow as many participants to attend as possible. The discussion was led by Liz Terwilliger, Libertarian candidate for Congress (12th District). The Break Room, a business focused on safe and fun ways to release stress and negative emotions hosted the event.
“The difficult times we all experienced this past year has highlighted the need for more attention to the mental health of our community,” said Liz. “These forums are needed to allow members of our community to identify what we need so that we can work together with area organizations and our representatives to find solutions that fit our unique needs.”
The discussion at the forum was far-reaching; conversation ranged from barriers to accessing care, qualifications and requirements placed on providers, and the stigma of mental illness and of seeking help. Also discussed were the preconceived ideas about individuals with mental illness and specific diagnoses and the recent increase in teen suicide.
As discussion around the stigma of mental illness and of seeking help gelled, Liz summarized the sentiment of the discussion, “I am not weak because I need help. I am strong because I sought the help I need.” This sentiment, changing the way we think and talk about mental health and wellness permeated the discussion.
Special attention was given by the group to our unique challenges living in a rural are. “A consensus from participants was the challenge in some of our district due to distance of mental health providers who are taking new patients, who covered by insurance or just finding any at all.”
Some participants identified cultural barriers they had personally experienced, such as hesitance to seek help due to fear of losing one’s guns or fear of what others in their family or community might think or say about them.
In each area the group discussed concerns and needs in depth and developed an action plan which will be acted on in coming weeks. The next Forum was scheduled for June 16th from 11am-1pm at the Lewisburg Farmers Market. For updates and more information, visit the Events and the Issues pages at lizterwilligerforcongress.org.
Fire Departments across the state have had their funding impacted by COVID-19 restrictions cancelling so many critical fundraisers. We want to do something to help the departments in the 15 counties of the 12th Congressional District. We are organizing a shoe drive fundraiser as a district-wide challenge.
Liz Terwilliger for Congress is providing supplies to departments, promoting the drive, collecting bags of shoes at the end of the drive, coordinating the shipping of collected shoes and distributing proceeds to each participating fire department.
Participating Fire Departments will collect shoes at their fire house, promote the shoe drive, store bags of shoes collected in a dry place out of the weather.
Departments will receive 100% of the funds raised for the shoes they collect. The more a Department collects, the more money they’ll raise.
As an added incentive, the Fire Department that collects the most shoes will get their name on the Firehouse Footgear Challenge Plaque (donated by Woodland Art) and will possess the plaque until next year’s drive.
Shoes have to be clean and gently used or new.
Liz Terwilliger is partnering with Funds2Orgs. They are paying for the shoes collected, by the pound. They are supplying collection bags that hold approximately 25 pairs of shoes. Each bag is worth approximately $10 in proceeds. Shipping will be FREE if we collect 100 bags of shoes combined from all participating departments.
Join us April 24th to Celebrate Earth Day and give back a little to the community by clearing brush and cleaning up litter around the pond at the Marysville Lions Club Park. There will be 3 projects we’ll be working on at this event. 1. Clear vines and low vegetation that is crowding David’s Walk. 2. Trash cleanup on the bank. 3. Cutting the low scrub around the pond. Bring work gloves, clippers or loppers and dress for the weather. We’ll be meeting in the parking area on the south side of the pond at 10am and working until we’re done.
Join us Saturday, April 17th at 9am, as we join Friends of Salt Springs Park to Clean Up the Park! Salt Springs State Park is a beautiful park north of Montrose in Susquehanna County, PA.
Friends of Salt Springs will provide food, beverages, and a T-shirt to all who come out and help with annual chores like:–Rake lawns and flowerbeds–Paint signs–Split, haul, and stack firewood–Dig out fire pits–Scrub picnic tables and interpretive signs–Pick up twigs, branches, stones, trash, flood debris from the campgrounds –Clean out the salt spring–Walk the trails and pick up and prune as needed–Clean up the vegetable garden–And, of course, “much more”! Visit their Facebook post for more information: Click Here
Liz Terwilliger For Congress is sponsoring a community drive to provide personal care and hygiene products to individuals and families who are faced with urgent need of these items. From now until March 28th items will be collected at locations throughout the area. The collected products will be distributed in the form of individual kits to those in need through a pop-up pantry style event in early April.
“It is easy to forget that personal care items are a luxury to individuals and families in difficult financial times like these,” explained Liz Terwilliger. “To address this need, we have partnered with local businesses to place collection bins throughout the community. We will be creating individual kits with donated items and distributing them in a pop-up pantry style event where the public will be invited to drive up and receive a kit of products. We will have two different kits available, those with and without feminine hygiene products. Most people who are in need are associated with a community support organization. I wanted to directly distribute the donations to community members to reach people who might otherwise be missed, people who aren’t necessarily getting support somewhere else.”
“I am grateful to all the business owners who have joined us in this effort,” said Liz. “These businesses are not participating in support of my campaign, they simply stepped forward to help create change in our community.” Businesses hosting donation bins include FWF Wellness in Sayre, The Hair Mill in Wysox, Mad Hatters Café and Co-Op in Athens, Endless Mountains Brace and Mobility in Troy, Triple F Farms LLC in Gillett and Clock Works Coffee in Westfield. “Woodland Art of Warren Center is sponsoring an online donation option,” Liz explained, “so that people can donate funds to the drive if they can’t deliver items to one of these businesses. All of the funds donated will be used to create the individual kits.” Businesses interested in joining our effort can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/1oi0lpo9
“We often focus on the essentials of food and housing for people in crisis,” said Liz. “But these personal care and hygiene items can be easily overlooked. Something simple, like a toothbrush, can really improve someone’s life and their sense of wellbeing.”
Liz Terwilliger is running for Congress in the 15 counties of the 12th District. As a Libertarian, Liz emphasizes the importance of personal initiative and individual action. This Personal Care and Hygiene Drive is an example of this philosophy.
You can use this button to donate to the drive.
This donation is NOT tax deductible and does NOT go to the Liz Terwilliger for Congress campaign. 100% of these donations will go to the creation of these kits.
The Lycoming County Libertarian Committee joined me in dropping off bins. We are continuing to deliver bins as more businesses join us in the drive.
In Lycoming and Clinton Counties donations are being collected for the YWCA in Williamsport, bins have been delivered to the following businesses:
The Break Room of Williamsport: 1009 Washington Blvd, Williamsport, PA
YMCA Jersey Shore Branch: 826 Alleghany St, Jersey Shore, PA
BFit Fitness & Nutrition: 32 Riverview Rd, Linden, PA
Coles Coffee, Crafts & Consignment: 10 S. Main St, Montgomery, PA
Full Armor Wellness: 7893 Nittany Valley Dr, Mill Hall, PA
In Bradford and Tioga County donations are being collected for the creation of individual kits to be distributed at a pop-up pantry style event in early April. Donation bins can be found at:
FWF Wellness: 211 Desmond St, Sayre, PA
The Hair Mill: 2404 PA Rt 187, Wysox, PA
Mad Hatters Cafe & Co-Op: 400 N. Main St, Athens, PA
Endless Mountain Brace & Mobility: 6819 Fallbrook Rd, Troy, PA
Clock Works Coffee: Main St, Westfield, PA
If you can’t make it one of our donation locations, you can donate money towards the personal care kits using this donation button, sponsored by Woodland Art by Chris Terwilliger in Warren Center, PA. A $20 donation funds one personal care kit.
This donation is NOT tax deductible, does NOT go to the Liz Terwilliger for Congress campaign and does NOT go to the Libertarian Party. Participating businesses/organizations are not affiliated with Liz Terwilliger for Congress or the Libertarian Party.
If you or your business would like to join us to volunteer or as a donation drop off location please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/1oi0lpo9
In Image at the Top: Sally Combs (left) of Lycoming County Libertarian Committee and Liz Terwilliger (right) deliver a donation bin to Christine Kinney (center) on behalf of the YMCA Jersey Shore Branch
Liz Terwilliger for Congress is partnering with the Lycoming County Libertarian Committee for a personal care and hygiene products drive during the month of March.
Beginning March 8th and continuing until March 28th, we will be collecting items such as toilet paper, maxi-pads, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, soap, shampoo and tissues. Donated items will be distributed to those in need in two ways. We will be delivering donated items to programs, like the YWCA Northcentral PA in Williamsport, who provide services to individuals and families facing homelessness and other personal crises. We will also be creating “kits” with items donated for individual pick up at designated locations.
We are looking for businesses to participate as donation drop off locations and/or as pick up points for individual kits. For drop off locations, we would provide a donation bin, which we would deliver on or around March 8th. We would pick up the bin and any donations on March 28th, or earlier if requested. For pick up points, we would deliver a pre-determined number of kits for individuals to pick up from your location.
If you are interested in participating in this personal care and hygiene products drive, as a business or as an individual volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 570-731-0822 or complete the rsvp form, here.