Community Matters Lecture Series

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Arm In Arm proudly launched Community Matters in late 2019. This new 3-part educational series aims to bring together leaders passionate about the issues facing our area, raise awareness, and build connections that create sustainable impact for our community. Each part in the series will tackle a topic connected to Arm In Arm’s three pillar programs: food, housing, and job support.

Our second event, Community Matters: Feeding Children’s Futures, will focus on childhood hunger, with particular attention on the unmet needs in our own backyard. According to Feeding America, nearly 10,000 children in Mercer County are food insecure. These kids are more likely to repeat a grade, experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills, and face behavioral and emotional struggles. Join us to learn how you can help ensure every child in our community has access to the food they need to thrive today and for the rest of their lives.

Wednesday, February 26
Refreshments and Networking: 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Panel Discussion: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
YWCA Princeton, W Center
59 Paul Robeson Pl, Princeton, NJ 08540

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With more than 35 years of experience as a Social Worker, Lenora has worked in the Princeton Public Schools for 28 years. Currently serving as Coordinator of Student & Family Services at Princeton High School, Lenora is there to assist and advocate for all students, families and staff who need supportive services in the areas of housing, clothing, food, counseling, finances, social and emotional support, and connection to vital community resources. Lenora is Co-Coordinator of the Diversity Council with Steve Cochrane, Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools, a member of the Princeton High School Equity Team, a Trustee with the Princeton Children’s Fund and a member of the Black Affinity Educators group of PPS.

Pamela Sims Jones served seven years as Director of Leadership Trenton at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State University and was a Fellow in the 2002 inaugural Leadership Trenton cohort. She served 3 years as the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission of the Department of State and sixteen years as the associate publisher for the Trenton-based publisher, Africa World Press and Red Sea Press, Inc. Currently Pamela is the Program Associate for Adult Hunger and Agency Relations at Mercer Street Friends Food Bank for Nutritional Health and Wellness in Ewing, NJ – serving 46 pantries, 21 mobile pantries and 13 senior citizen housing sites. She is currently the Chair of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center’s Board of Trustees (Mt. Laurel) and a member of the Trenton Area Stakeholders Steering Committee. She is a graduate of Allegheny College where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology.

Dr. David Krol, a pediatrician, serves as Medical Director of the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative at Rutgers. David is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Prior to joining Rutgers, David was a Senior Program Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins, he played professional baseball for three years. David received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland. He received an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and a former Bush Fellow in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. Dr. Krol is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Judith Hutton is the CEO of the YWCA Princeton and the former Executive Director of Anchor House. A leader in our community for more than 30 years, Judy has dedicated her career to affecting positive change within our families, neighborhoods and workplaces. She has done so by working passionately to advance the missions of eliminating racism, empowering women and ensuring the wellbeing of children and youth.

She has served as President of the Garden State Coalition of Youth & Family Concerns, was named Mercer County’s Professional of the Year in 2004, and received the 2014 Community leader of the Year Award from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Judy has served globally, regionally and locally as a member of the YWCA World Service Council, the Princeton Regional Chamber’s Women in Business Alliance (WIBA) and the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Greater Princeton.


Calder Burgam is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Arm In Arm and Chair of the Trenton Area Nonprofit Complete Count Committee. In addition to his Census effort, Burgam works with schools, businesses, service organizations, and the faith community to ensure everyone has their basic needs met.

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Community Matters is a free series. Please consider making a donation in support of our mission.

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