Find Your People in Greater Reading
By Audrey Krupiak, Digital Marketing Coordinator, GRCA
Whether you are new to the Greater Reading region, looking to relocate here or have been here for years, your people are here in Greater Reading! There are several organizations and groups that will allow you to connect with those that share some of your interests and ideals.
Find your people in Greater Reading by connecting with the following organizations and groups:
- Greater Reading Young Professionals is an organization comprised of young professional between the ages of 21 and 45 that represent a variety of occupations and employers. By attending one of its several monthly networking, social, education, philanthropic or recreational events, you are sure to find a connection that will last a lifetime! Learn more and how to join at greaterreadingyp.org.
- Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) is the single point of contact providing the tools and resources to help businesses in Greater Reading thrive. The organization hosts nearly 150 events each year and houses two special programs that allow the Greater Reading business community to connect with one another. Learn more at greaterreading.org.
- Women2Women (W2W) is GRCA’s catalyst for developing women leaders and connecting women from diverse backgrounds to learn, share ideas and mentor each other. W2W offers a forum for women to create connections while gaining knowledge and building strategic alliances that foster personal and career growth. Learn more and join at berkswomen2women.com.
- The Berks Family Business Alliance (Berks FBA) is a leading resource in Berks County serving family owned and closely held businesses of all sizes. Berks FBA provides diverse programming and numerous interactive opportunities to local businesses so you can connect with like-minded individuals and share challenges. Learn more and how to join at greaterreading.org/berks-family-business-alliance.
- Leadership Berks is a program of the United Way of Berks County that trains and develops individuals to serve in nonprofit leadership roles within Berks County. Learn more about the program and how to apply at uwberks.org/leadership-berks.
- Career Ready Berks is an alliance developed by Berks County School Districts, Post-Secondary Institutions, businesses and local business organizations to provide information, resources and training programs to the 70,000 students in Berks County. Learn more about how Career Ready Berks can connect your business to the classroom at careerreadyberks.org.
- The LGBT Center of Greater Reading creates, administers and provides services, advocacy and support to the Greater Reading LGBTQ+ community. It offers several free diverse programs and services to empower and enrich the Greater Reading community. Learn more at lbgtcenterofreading.com.
- Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (BAMBA) is a nonprofit trail association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers in Berks County. BAMBA provides an inclusive environment for beginners to advanced mountain bikers with group rides and skills clinics. Whether you are a mountain bike enthusiast or aspire to be one, BAMBA wants to connect with you! Learn more at berksmountainbiking.org.
- Pagoda Pacers is a club devoted to living healthy lifestyles through fitness and competitive running, cycling and social events. The Pagoda Pacers welcomes all fitness enthusiasts from beginner to advanced. Learn more about Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest running club at pagodapacers.com.
- The Arts Take a class at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts or stop in for weekly figure drawing sessions with live models. Love the theater? Join one of the local theater groups as an actor or stage hand for the next big production!
- Volunteer Connect with the community through volunteerism. Greater Reading is a philanthropic community with many of its members volunteering their time and resources. Connect with others in Greater Reading by volunteering your time. Start searching for volunteer opportunities in Greater Reading at uwberks.org/volunteer.
Greater Reading is a well-connected community. Those living in Greater Reading are waiting to connect with you. We encourage you to come and connect with us!