About Port Allegany Heart and Soul

Welcome to Port Allegany Heart and Soul, where community is at the core of everything we do. We believe that every voice matters, and together, we’re shaping the future of our beloved town.

Building Port Allegany’s Future, One Story at a Time

At Port Allegany Heart and Soul, we’re not just planning for the future; we’re actively building it, one story at a time. Our mission is clear: to engage, empower, and unite our community through meaningful connections and shared values.

Our journey began with a simple idea: to uncover the essence of Port Allegany and use it as a guiding force for positive change. With the support of PA Humanities, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and the PA Route 6 Alliance, we’ve embarked on a transformative path to revitalizing our town.

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Community Engagement

  • Inclusive platform for residents to share their stories and aspirations.
  • Town hall meetings, neighborhood gatherings, and cultural celebrations foster meaningful connections.
  • Every voice matters in shaping the future of Port Allegany.
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Empowerment Through Collaboration

  • Partnership with PA Humanities, DCED, and PA Route 6 Alliance amplifies community efforts.
  • Residents actively participate in co-creating a future that reflects shared values.
  • Collective action drives positive change and revitalization in Port Allegany.
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Cultural Preservation and Revitalization

  • Honoring the unique talents and assets of Port Allegany through cultural celebrations and events.
  • Preservation of town heritage and traditions while embracing innovation and progress.
  • Revitalization efforts aim to create a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive community for generations to come.

Uncovering Port Allegany’s Essence for Positive Change

Transforming Our Town with Community Support and Engagement

Our journey began with a simple idea: to uncover the essence of Port Allegany and use it as a guiding force for positive change. With the support of PA Humanities, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and the PA Route 6 Alliance, we’ve embarked on a transformative path to revitalizing our town.

Through the Community Heart and Soul® model, we’ve created a platform for residents to share their stories, dreams, and aspirations. From town hall meetings to neighborhood gatherings, cultural celebrations to volunteer opportunities, there’s always something happening in Port Allegany.

Our Story

Igniting Curiosity and Collaboration

Our journey with Community Heart & Soul began with a spark of curiosity and a shared desire to see positive change in our beloved town of Port Allegany. It was Sharen Horvath, the innkeeper of The Inn on Maple Street, who first caught wind of this transformative program through the PA Humanities Council. Intrigued by its potential, she, along with Joyce Stehle and Dotty Anderson, attended an online workshop hosted by PA Humanities and PA Route 6 Alliance on March 17, 2023. From that moment, the seeds of possibility were planted.

Listening to Our Community's Voice

At the Women’s Club summer Concerts on the Square, we took the opportunity to gather feedback from our community members. We heard a mix of perspectives—concerns about the business section, but also a deep appreciation for our small-town charm, friendly residents, and picturesque surroundings. Inspired by the interest shown, we rallied support and applied for membership in the Heart & Soul program, securing co-sponsorship from Ardagh Industries, Port Allegany Borough, Port Allegany Economic Development Council, and the Women’s Club.

Fostering Partnership and Progress

As we awaited acceptance into the program, we wasted no time in mobilizing our community. With a call to action on Facebook, we rallied volunteers and secured funding from local organizations to host a successful Christmas lighting and festival. In November 2023, our efforts bore fruit when Port Allegany was chosen as one of four PA towns accepted into the Heart & Soul program. Since then, we’ve been hard at work, collaborating with representatives from PA Humanities, PA Route 6 Alliance, the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the national Heart & Soul Foundation. With dedicated team members, including our webmaster Nick Valentine and Facebook administrator, and the guidance of our appointed coach, we’re poised to usher in a new era of community-driven progress in Port Allegany.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn How it Works!

What is Port Allegany Heart and Soul?
Port Allegany Heart and Soul is a community-driven initiative aimed at uncovering the unique essence of our town and using it to shape a brighter future. Through meaningful connections, shared values, and community engagement, we're working together to revitalize Port Allegany.
How did Port Allegany Heart and Soul begin?
The journey of Port Allegany Heart and Soul started with Sharen Horvath, innkeeper of The Inn on Maple Street, who discovered the program through the PA Humanities Council. Intrigued, Sharen, along with Joyce Stehle and Dotty Anderson, attended an online workshop in March 2023, sparking the initiative's beginnings.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved! Attend town hall meetings, neighborhood gatherings, and cultural celebrations. Share your thoughts and ideas through surveys and community discussions. Join our Facebook group and stay updated on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Who supports Port Allegany Heart and Soul?
Port Allegany Heart and Soul is supported by various local organizations, including Ardagh Industries, Port Allegany Borough, Port Allegany Economic Development Council, and the Women's Club. We also receive guidance and assistance from PA Humanities, PA Route 6 Alliance, and the Department of Community and Economic Development.
What is the Community Heart & Soul® model?
The Community Heart & Soul® model is a proven method for community development, focusing on listening to residents' stories and aspirations to guide positive change. It emphasizes inclusivity, collaboration, and honoring the unique qualities of each community.
How can I stay updated?
Stay informed by joining our Facebook group and following our social media channels. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates on events, meetings, and other opportunities to participate in shaping the future of Port Allegany.

Join Us in Shaping
Port Allegany’s Future!

Ready to be part of something bigger? Join Port Allegany Heart and Soul in our mission to revitalize our town and build a stronger, more vibrant community. Whether you’re passionate about preserving our town’s heritage, fostering inclusivity, or simply want to make a positive impact, there’s a place for you here. Attend our upcoming events, share your ideas, or volunteer your time—it all makes a difference. Together, let’s write the next chapter of Port Allegany’s story. Join us today!