Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Support the Businesses Who Support PathWays PA!

If you shop this weekend, please keep in mind the businesses that provided sponsorship and auction items at our events this year!

Spring Event

Jane Barr Pino & Associates
All Seasons Home Improvement
Conrad O'Brien
Jackson Cross
Crozer Keystone Health System
TD Bank
Coldwell Banker
Pinocchio's Pizza
Keenan Auto Body
Crown Holdings
Monarch Staffing
Fischer Cunnane
Agritment Farms
Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
White Harris
Elwyn Pharmacy
ZRG Partners
Finit Solutions
Women In Transition
Trader Joe's


Allen & Shirley Speiser Foundation
All Seasons Home Improvement
Blank Rome
Korn Ferry
Natalie Brooks & Larry Katz
Amy & Nick Gavrishev
Bradford White
Conrad O'Brien
Jackson Cross/Cate Sennet
Jane and Bill Farran
Language Services
McCarter & English
Sam Becker
Saul Ewing
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Dr. Deebeanne Tavani and Suzanne Tavani
The Sachs, Decaro Group at Morgan Stanley
Paul Mudrick/Karen Mudrick
Donna Brennan and Pam Godwin
Patricia B. Miller and William L. Schultz
Atif Bostic
William Goldman Foundation
Siemens Caring Hands Foundation
Chesterbrook Academy
Crozer Keystone Health System
Diversified Search
Lois Mathis
Sidney Sacks Insurance Company
Colleen Christian
Valley Green Bank
Charter Financial Group
Monarch Staffing


1812 Productions
211 York
333 Belrose Bar & Grill
Academy of Vocal Arts
Ambler Theater
American Helicopter Museum
Amy Mathis
Angela Estate Wine
Arden Theatre Co.
Aux Petits Delices
Bernie Parent
Blooming Nails
Bob Grieb
Bradford Portraits
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Bristol Riverside Theatre
Buckingham Valley Vineyards
Bucks County Playhouse
Cabot Creamery
Caesars Entertainment
Camden RiverSharks
Cate and Tom Sennett
Chaddsford Winery
Chanticleer Foundation
Christopher Chocolate
Colonial Theater
County Theater
Court Diner
Curtis Institute
Dad’s Hat Whiskey
D'Angelo's Ristorante
Dave and Buster's Philadelphia
David Martino
Delaware Children's Theatre
Delaware Theatre Company
Desmond Hotel
Dinner A Fare
East End Salon
Erik and Margaret Hagar
Fante’s Kitchen
Gini G Salon
Happy Seedling
Jane Farran
Janet Walkow
Jayne Garrison
Jeanne Marie Welsko
JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
Keenan Auto Body
Kimmel Center
Kramer Portraits
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lantern Theater
Lincoln Financial
Longwood Gardens
Lucky Strike
Margaret Kuo's
Margolin Jewelers
Mealey's Furniture
Media Theatre
Morey's Piers
Morris Arboretum
Natalie Brooks
National Museum of American Jewish History
Nolan Painting
Office of Kate Harper
Office of Senator Casey
Opera Philadelphia
Pat’s Steaks
Patrick Michael
Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archeology
Penns Woods Winery
People’s Light and Theater
Philadelphia Magazine
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Union
Pinot's Palette
Please Touch Museum
Po Le's
Race Street Café
Rachael Ray
Reading Fightin' Phils
Regal Theaters
Ride the Ducks Philadelphia
Sandra Severson Painting
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia
Starr Restaurants
Suzanne Tavani
Tea for Two
The Colonial Theatre
The Grand Opera House in Delaware
Theresa’s Café
Trader Joe's
Tre scalini
Twenty9 Restaurant and Bar
Tyler Arboretum
Verdad Restaruant & Tequila Bar
Vetri Family
Victory Beers
Wayne Bar
Wayne Bed & Breakfast
Wilma Theater
Wolf Performing Arts Center
Woodmere Art Museum
YangMing Restaurant
Yards Brewing Co.
Yellow Spring Farms

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Don't Be Fooled by the Workplace Advancement Act

Seal of the United States SenateTake action on equal pay - by asking Senators to vote against an equal pay bill.

Sounds a little strange, I know. But a supposed "equal pay" bill currently before the Senate called the Workplace Advancement Act wouldn't actually help when it comes to equal pay. Here are some details from our friends at NWLC, who are also offering a way to take action here.
How does the Workplace Advancement Act fall short? Here are four key ways:
• It provides super-narrow protection for talking about salary if you do so specifically to figure out whether you are being paid equally for equal work — but your employer would still be able to fire you for casual water cooler conversations about pay with co-workers — even though these sorts of conversations are how pay discrimination is often accidentally discovered.
• It doesn't close the huge loopholes employers use to pay discriminatory wages.
• It doesn't include penalties that would encourage employers to audit how they pay their employees and fix any disparities.
• It doesn't guarantee fair compensation for women who've been the victims of pay discrimination.
In comparison, the true equal pay bill before Congress, the Paycheck Fairness Act, offers stronger and more effective protections for working women. It's comprehensive, and it would help end wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act would make it harder for all employers to pay women less for the same work, ban retaliation against employees who talk about their pay, and require that employers who break the law fairly compensate the women they've discriminated against.
Please take two minutes to send a message to your Senators. Make sure they aren't fooled into voting for the Workplace Advancement Act.

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    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Legislative Briefing about Youth Who Experience Homelessness

    From @PAHomelessYouth#couchesdontcount
    with @SenBobCasey and Youth employees
    at @PECCaresPhilly bringing
    awareness to #youthhomelessness
    Several key legislative proposals that affect Pennsylvania's 20,000+ youth who experience homelessness are stalled in Congress. Will any of these bills become law? What happens if they do not?

    Find the answers to these and other questions at the inaugural "Legislative Briefing about Youth Who Experience Homelessness." The forum will discuss with Senator Robert Casey's Legislative Director the current federal legislative status of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth, the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Act, and two other bills.

    On July 16, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act, S. 1177, by 81-17. This legislation reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act. The House passed its ESEA reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act, H.R. 5, by vote of 218-213.

    The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (P.L. 110-378) provides foundational support to address youth and young adult homelessness across the country. RHYA funds three key pillars of intervention to help homeless youth: street outreach, emergency shelters for minors and transitional living programs for youth between the ages of 16 and 22.

    Senator Robert Casey's Legislative Director Derrick Miller and Legislative Assistant Jack Rourke are confirmed to participate in this event and let us know the latest from Washington.

    This event is sponsored by CHOP, Covenant House PA, Education Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, PathWays PA, People's Emergency Center, Valley Youth House, Village of Arts and Humanities, and YSI.

    RSVP here.

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    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

    Election Day is Today!

    If you live in Pennsylvania, don't forget to vote today! Your vote matters more than ever, especially when it comes to the policies that affect women, girls, and families like the ones we serve every day.

    If you need more information on where you are registered or who is on the ballot, please check out our post from last week. You can learn more about PA elections and get voting questions answered at Votes PA even shows demonstrations of the voting machines in your county!

    If you have any problems at the polls, please call 1-866-OURVOTE.

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    Monday, November 2, 2015

    LIHEAP Opens Today!

    2006 400x700 one pipe steam radiator
    The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is scheduled to reopen November 2, 2015. LIHEAP is a cash grant sent directly to utility companies to help low-income households pay heating bills.

    You can apply for LIHEAP online, using a paper form, or at your local County Assistance Office (CAO). There is also a LIHEAP hotline available Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

    A Crisis program will also open in Fall 2015 to provide additional money to families in an emergency who are at risk of losing their heat. Emergencies include:
    • Broken/leaking heating equipment that must be fixed or replaced
    • Lack of fuel
    • Shut-off of the main or second heating source
    • Potential of being without fuel (less than 15 day supply) or of having utilities shut off within 60 days.
    To apply for a crisis grant in most counties, you should contact your local county assistance office. However, residents of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties should contact these agencies directly:
    • Luzerne - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne Co., 1-800-822-0359;
    • Wyoming - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming Co., (570) 836-4090.