Mayoral Musings: Opening of the 365 Foundation on West Main Street
by Mayor Garry Herbert, Lansdale PA
I am proud to announce that the 365 Foundation — a non-profit grassroots organization spearheaded by influential local female leaders — is ushering in a new era for the Lansdale community by opening a formal headquarters here in the borough signaling a significant milestone in its relentless pursuit of empowering women.
The grand opening event, slated for Feb. 9, promises an unforgettable experience. Attendees will be treated to a remarkable art exhibit, capturing the resilience of local female Ukrainian refugees. The office, adorned with a mural by local artist Isabella Ryan and equipped with a podcast studio, symbolizes the foundation’s commitment to expanding its outreach.
Under the leadership of Natalie Venezia, CEO and Founder of 365, the organization champions a diverse range of initiatives aimed at fostering social justice and inclusivity. Notable programs include the In the Pink Podcast, Crossing Fences (Women in Prison Poetry Program), The Time is Now-Women’s Summit, and the Women’s Monthly Concert & Art Gallery Series.
The inaugural art exhibit marks the initiation of the monthly Women in Art series, inviting the community to engage with the foundation’s mission for the first time. The artwork on display will be available for purchase or donation, with proceeds directly supporting a fund for resettling refugee families managed by Davisville Church. Contributions to the Davisville Church Fund can be made here.
The 365 Foundation’s dedication to promoting, defending, and empowering women in the community is evident in its multifaceted approach. By leveraging the arts, community service, and local partnerships, the foundation strives to create safe spaces for women to express themselves while advocating for equal rights.
Supporting organizations like the 365 Foundation is an investment in community well-being. Elevating minority voices through initiatives that celebrate diversity and empower marginalized groups can have a profound positive impact on the entire community. By providing platforms for underrepresented voices, these organizations foster a sense of belonging, understanding, and unity.
The grand opening event serves as a reminder that community empowerment is a collective responsibility. When organizations like the 365 Foundation take the lead in amplifying minority voices, they pave the way for a more inclusive and harmonious place to call home. As we witness the transformative potential of such initiatives, it becomes clear that supporting organizations dedicated to uplifting minority voices is not just a choice; it is an imperative for building a stronger, more vibrant, community for all.
(Mayoral Musings is a weekly op-ed column submitted to North Penn Now, courtesy of Lansdale Borough Mayor Garry Herbert. The views expressed are his own and are not representative of North Penn Now or Lansdale Borough.)