(Photo courtesy of Lovella Calica)

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ITHACA, N.Y. — Learn creative writing skills that foster understanding: You don’t have to be a writer to share your experiences and enjoy a community of veterans.

About Writing for You

“My goal in facilitating writing workshops is not only to write but to create community among the veterans with a hopeful future of inviting families and community members to eventually write with us. Transitioning services for veterans is becoming a community responsibility.” – Jenny Pacanowski.

An important dialogue can begin when veterans share their experiences with the community in readings and books. The ritual of coming home can facilitated by storytelling as the Native Americans did and many ancient cultures that has been lost in recent wars.

The workshops mark the first public event as part of the “Ithaca Veterans in the Community” project.

Jenny Pacanowski (Photo by Lovella Calica)

About Veterans in the Community

Harry Pruyne, founding member: “The aim of Veterans in the Community is to be a platform for veterans to share their stories, projects, passions and plight. To build peer community among veterans and provide a place for the larger community of Ithaca to engage with veterans and address concerns together. The goal is to improve the health of this community, WE SHARE.”

Veterans who wish to connect with other veterans – and learn of other “Veterans In The Community” events –  are welcome to join us in an informal setting over a community meal each Thursday evening at Loaves and Fishes 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Davi Mozie is the Executive Director of the Southside Community Center and a veteran. “I think it’s important that we support veterans and their families, since they have sacrificed for us it is our responsibility to support them in our community,” she says.

Join us in the camaraderie of writing!

Writing workshop available to ALL VETERANS OF ALL ERAS.

RSVP: Jenny Pacanowski, poet / combat veteran / facilitator.

Email: jennywarrior2277@gmail.com

Thursday August 20th 4:30-6:30pm*

Friday Sept. 4th  4:30-6:30pm*

About Southside Community Center

Since its incorporation in 1934, the Southside Community Center, Inc., continues to affirm, empower, and foster the development of self-pride among the African-American citizens of greater Ithaca. Through forums and activities in education, recreation, political and social awareness, the Southside Community Center is a community resource center. We serve as a vehicle to develop an appreciation for the contributions and presence of those peoples of African descent in the greater Ithaca community and in the larger world community.

Southside Community Center

305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 273-4190

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.