Thursday, July 30, 2015

GED Graduation Ceremony 2015

DCLC Graduates: Suwah Davies, Michael Ernst, Onnica Gaglio,
Denise King, Youssuf Kromah, LawShawna Wiley
PathWays PA Graduates: Sandra Cerminaro,
Anthony Freeman (not pictured - Abiodun Olawiyi)
On July 29, 2015, adult education students from the PathWays PA and the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) celebrated earning their GEDs at a joint ceremony.

The moving ceremony began with Laila Hill, an accomplished singer and a PathWays PA employee, sharing her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Brenda Dawson, president and CEO of PathWays PA, gave the welcome and introduction.

The GED test gives students of all ages the chance to move ahead with their educational attainment. In Delaware County, 6% of adults ages 25-64 do not have a high school education.

Earning the GED is much more than a certificate. The difference in earnings for Pennsylvanians with high school diplomas versus those who have not graduated is stark - workers who graduated from high school or got their GED have average wages that are $7,000 higher than those without this education.

PathWays PA and DCLC want to congratulate the graduates and their families. Anyone who is looking to earn their GED should contact one of these great organizations.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Give Kids Sight Day

On October 24th, 2015 children without eye care insurance will be able to be fitted for eyeglasses at a reduced or no price! The event will take place at WillsEye Hospital, located at 840 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA.

Any child 18 years or younger is eligible for care. Insured children can also receive take part in this event. This event was started by PCCY, or Public Citizens for Children and Youth. Nearly 2/3 of children in Philadelphia’s school districts who fail an eye exam do not get follow up care. With the help of Wills Eye Hospital, Visionworks, Eagles Youth Partnership, Jefferson University Medical College and First Hospital Foundation, PCCY has been able to fit 5,500 children with eyeglasses since 2009.

 If you are interested in your child participating in this event contact 215-563-5848 x17 or email helpline@pccy.org. If you are interested in volunteering, call 215-563-5848 or email gksd@pccy.org.
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New Numbers on Paid Sick Days

New Numbers on Paid Sick Days The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released new information on statistics in reference to earned sick time. Here are the findings:
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69% of workers have access to paid sick time. This means that 43 million working Americans still do not have the ability to earn sick time. Of workers whose salaries are in the bottom 10 percent, only 22% of them have access to the time, whereas 86% of workers whose salaries are in the top 10% can take advantage of such time. The discrepancy between managers and service workers is astounding, with 81% and 39% respectively.

However, the crusade has been advancing with a few victories. Thanks to advocates, businesses, coalitions and lawmakers in the Northeast, especially New York City and some major cities in New Jersey, laws have recently been passed that now allow an additional 1 million people to use time. Paid sick time among union members has also increased in the passing months.

Want to get involved? Contact your local legislators and sign the petition at MomsRising.org.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Francis Fund in Philadelphia

Fresh cut fruits and vegetablesPope Francis’ September visit to Philadelphia has spurred the creation of the Francis Fund in association with Project HOME and the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee. Headed by sister Mary Scullion, the project has pledged to aid 50 human service organizations.

Among the organizations receiving grants so far are Philly Restart, Women Against Abuse, Coalition Against Hunger, and Pathways to Housing PA .

It is estimated that 650 homeless will be on the streets of Philadelphia. This number does not including those who have sought shelter. The organization has plans to eradicate this homelessness and hunger, along with stopping human trafficking and domestic violence.

Want to donate or learn how to apply for the funding? Visit projecthome.org for more.

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New Polls on Paid Sick Time

Hospital room ubtNew light has been shed on the debate over paid sick time. Thanks to the CDC and Small Business Majority's recent polls, new statistics about employers’ opinions on earned sick time have been made public. Here are the findings:

The Center for Disease Control estimated that 60% of employed men and women had access to paid sick time. Approximately 89% of men and women in the public administration sector received sick time, whereas in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and fishing, only 23% of employees earned time.

Small Business Majority's poll displayed that 50% of small business owners support an updated bill. A 54% majority of micro-businesses are for reform. 29% of small businesses offer flexible home-workings schedules and 71% of employers state that they would permit workers to take time for their children's school activities. In addition, approximately 52% of small businesses offer their employees vacation time.

Small business owners rely on a bond between their employees and themselves. It is believed by many that a happy work force is a productive work force. Want to get involved? Go to MomsRising.org and contact your local legislators in order to show your support for earned sick time!

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