Hobart’s Run, The Hill School’s community engagement and economic development initiative, has stepped up to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Pottstown as they grapple with the effects of Covid-19 on their operations, employees, and outreach. In late March, Hobart’s Run announced it was offering six $500 Community Impact Grants for nonprofits in the Borough, and five $1,000 Small Business Impact Grants for small businesses that started in 2018 or 2019 as part of Pottstown’s recent and marked revitalization.
“We are pleased to announce we did not turn away any of the applicants for the first round of Hobart’s Run Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Grants,” noted Cathy Skitko, senior director of institutional public relations for The Hill School and communications director for Hobart’s Run. “Many of the applicants told us about how they already are working to pay it forward by helping others in Pottstown. Their efforts including providing meals for low income families in the Pottstown School District, offering uplifting performance, and similar outreach projects.
Additional Funds for a Second Round of Funding
If significant matching funds can be raised, Hobart’s Run would like to offer a second round of funding, extending the grants to small, established Pottstown businesses which have demonstrated philanthropic contributions to our community and support for the Borough’s overall economic development.
To do so in a meaningful way, Hobart’s Run needs to supplement those dollars remaining in this particular fund. The organization is reaching out to Pottstown individuals or businesses who have been fortunate and suffered minimal financial impact in this crisis. Those community members who would like to contribute can use PayPal or send a check made out to The Hill School and earmarked “Hobart’s Run Covid-19 Response.” Checks can be sent to Hobart’s Run c/o 860 Beech St., Pottstown, PA 19464.
“The grants are Hobart’s Run’s small way of sending hope and solidarity to our caring community during an uncertain time,” said Twila Fisher, director of community and economic development for Hobart’s Run.
Hill School Alumni and Parent Support
Hobart’s Run, a 501(c)(3), was able to meet all first-round requests in part due to gifts made to supplement our fund by both Sitko Tree Farm in Pottstown, and Jason Ingle ’93 P'22 of Malvern, Pa., a generous member of the Hobart’s Run Board of Directors and Hill’s Board of Trustees and co-founder of Closed Loop Capital, which invests in food system entrepreneurs, and Greener Partners, a not-for-profit that connects communities to healthy food. The Sitko family includes Hill alumni Steven ’09, Christopher ’11, Emily ’13, and Elizabeth ’14.
The grants review team includes two Hobart's Run Board Members, Jason Ingle and Pottstown community member David Charles; two Hobart's Run student representatives, Noorie Dhingra ’21 (also on its Board) and Trent Charlton ’21; and Stephanie Trauner, administrative manager for the Hobart's Run team.
Receiving assistance from the initial grants were: Bethel Community Church of Pottstown; ArtFusion19464; Steel River Playhouse; Pottstown Athletic Club; the Ricketts Center/Boyertown Area Multi-Service; Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties; the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities; Kingdom Life Church; Pottstown Regional Public Library; Soley’s Painting & Home Improvements; Flavors Deli; Honey’s Homebrewed Café; Jet’s Softball Academy; and Tal’s Pets Co.
To stay posted on Hobart’s Run efforts during the ongoing situation, and always, please like the Hobart’s Run Facebook page.