Through inspiring community engagement with the goal of improving the quality of life, Communities in Motion is proud to coordinate many programs that benefit the Greater Philadelphia region. Our primary target audience is the youth population, as we believe if we can educate the youth on how to live a healthier lifestyle, than they will be making better life choices as adults.
Our goal of improving the quality of life in the region can be approached from many angles: we have programs that illustrate the importance of safety, seek to reduce congestion in the region, improve air quality, and generate interest in infrastructure funding and education.
Interested in getting involved one of these exciting programs or have an idea for something new?
Air Quality Workbook
Communities in Motion is proud to provide the “Where’s Mike?” air quality activity workbook and teacher resources.
One of the greatest challenges of educating the public, and school children in particular, about the dangers of air pollution and actions that the public can take to reduce air pollution is that many existing educational materials are too complex or not age appropriate for elementary school age students. Communities in Motion was a recipient of the PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education grant to develop an air quality education workbook for third and fourth grade students in the Commonwealth; as well as making it available to teachers and organizations across the Commonwealth.
Please click here to download the workbook, access the teacher’s guide, or use the workbook activities on your classroom’s smart board. (For best results, print double-sided on 11×17 paper.)
Designing Healthier Communities
Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation, held their 2nd Annual Designing Healthier Communities event at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - King of Prussia on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. With attendance nearly tripling from last year, attendees learned about various aspects involved in planning, zoning, design, walkability, cycling, and green parking infrastructure and how integrating these principles can create healthier communities from six dynamic speakers.
Chester County Commissioner, Michelle Kichline, moderated the event as well as presented. Commissioner Kichline updated attendees on some of Chester County's initiatives, which include multi-modal site design, public transportation, and trails, that work to create a healthy environment for their residents.
"One of the key factors in encouraging healthy lifestyles is promoting all modes of transportation. As we look at the change in demographics that are occurring not only in Chester County but regionally, we have to plan for supporting healthy lifestyles," said Chester County Commissioner, Michelle Kichline.
Commissioner Kichline went on to discuss the County's improvements with public transportation, as well as the County's extensive trail system and stressed the need to continue projects that support healthy communities.
Peter P. Quinn Intern
The Peter P. Quinn Intern gives students, who are unsure of their career paths, the opportunity to learn how local government, engineering firms, chambers of commerce and large organizations function while gaining work experience in a professional environment. The internship supports college students financially while providing them with an internship that will expose them to the public and private sectors’ involvement with transportation.
To see current and past interns, click here.
Currently we supply internships during both the Fall and Spring Semesters so please check back to apply.
Peter P. Quinn was the founder of the GVF (Communities in Motion’s parent organization). Peter retired as Executive Director of the organization in 2008, after 18 years of dedicated service to Chester and Montgomery Counties. On March 3, 2012, after a lifetime of dedicate service to the community, Peter passed away surrounded by his loving family.
Traffic Safety Town
Traffic Safety Town is an interactive streetscape for youth that teaches them how to safely navigate the streets on foot, bicycle or in a car. Students will learn a variety of concepts such as identifying street signs, individual road responsibilities, right-of-way concepts and the importance of signaling.
Thanks to grant funding through the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, Communities in Motion will be implementing this interactive program to third grade students in the Pottstown School District this Spring.