Thursday, October 28, 2010

PathWays PA Job Postings - October 28, 2010

Residential Worker
Part-time and Full-time - need caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for Delco group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred; driver’s license required. Includes nights and weekends. Fax resumes to: LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

Childcare Worker
Child Learning Center at Delco Group home. Must have knowledge of early childhood development and ability to nurture and promote positive growth in pre-school age children. AA in Early Childhood Ed. Preferred. Salary $12/hour. Fax resume to LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

Learning Center Group Supervisor
EDUCATION /QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the Human Services field and three years of experience with children.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Experience in Preschool setting and have knowledge of early childhood development. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based.

Coordinate the planning, preparation, and implementation of the Learning Center direction of Managers in Preparation for PA Licensing.
Write Curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities.
Coordinate the activities of the Assistant Group Supervisors and Aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms.
Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center.
Enforce all learning center policies and procedures consistently.
Create and supply Learning Center staff with appropriate forms for program function.

Help out in the Learning Center as required to:
Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare.
Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities.
Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. Fax resumes to: LD/CFF/LC at 610-328-2807.

ESL Instructor
Part-Time – PathWays PA is currently seeking English as Second Language (ESL) instructors with BA/BS degree and 2 + years of teaching experience. Knowledge of ESL in healthcare field preferred. You must travel independently in Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Lesson planning, attendance recordkeeping, and assessments required. This is a part-time, hourly position. Bilingual a plus. Classes forming now, anticipate completion by the end of December. Fax resumes to LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Math Instructor
Part-Time – PathWays PA in Delaware County is looking for a math instructor to work with adult workers preparing for skills building and college-level entrance exams. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in math or education and would be responsible for teaching class in different locations, potentially in Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Lesson planning, attendance recordkeeping and assessments required. This is a part-time, hourly position. Classes forming now; anticipate completion by the end of December. Fax resumes to LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Live-in Advisor
Full-time and Part-Time positions available. To provide guidance, direction and supervision to older adolescent teen mothers and teen girls residing in our Supervised Independent Living Program including conducting some life and parenting skill groups. Live in a house with 3 to 4 girls and their children. Must be available during critical hours-5:00 PM to 8:00 AM- can work part-time during off hours. Must be mature and have an understanding of teen parent and teen girl issues and must have knowledge of basic life skills. Rent and utilities paid by agency plus small stipend and scheduled time off. Location: Philadelphia; Fax resumes to LD/SIL at 610-328-2807.


ARRA OLDER YOUTH WORK READINESS
PathWays PA offers an eight week Work Readiness program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are out of school and looking for an opportunity to earn a salary while receiving on the job training. Once a week each applicant is responsible for attending a skills building class at 310 Amosland Road Holmes Pa, where the applicant will receive educational support in the areas of reading, writing, math and computer skills. Each applicant will have the opportunity to build a professional resume. Class time will also consist of soft skills building and Key Train lessons in preparation for a certificate in Work Keys at the end of the program. PathWays PA will provide counseling and resources for reaching career goals. The cost of transportation is covered by the program.

Eligibility criteria for participation:
  • Young Adult – ages 18 to 24 years of age
  • Out of school
  • Delaware County resident
  • Proof of income for meeting program entry requirements
  • Paid work experience, 35 hours a week for 8 weeks
  • Must Complete an application
  • Responsible, Reliable, and Dependable!

Fax your eligibility criteria information to: LD/PR 610-328-2807

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In Every State, Women Continue to Earn Less Than Men

According to 2009 Census data, women working full-time, year round in every state continued to earn less than their male counterparts. The chart below shows the wage gap state by state.


Today more and more families are counting on women’s earnings, as women are half of all U.S. workers. Mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. Unfair pay practices make things even harder for families in this tough economy.

In Pennsylvania, women are earning 75.5% of what men earn. The median earning for a man that works full-time year-round is $46,747, where as a woman earns $35,301. That is a difference of $11,446.

What can be done? The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers. Take the I am Not Worth less Pledge today and pledge to help pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PA Legislature Passes Two Children’s Rights Bills

The rights of children and young adults in foster care were protected with the passage of two bills by the Pennsylvania legislature. The Children in Foster Care Act and Senate Bill 1360 address obstacles in current foster care and adoption legislation that can keep children and families from enjoying the full benefit of their rights.

The Children in Foster Care Act was passed by unanimous vote and if signed into law by Governor Rendell as expected, will ensure that foster children, parents, and caseworkers are presented with a comprehensive and easy-to-understand document outlining the rights and freedoms afforded to foster children under state laws and regulations. The Act mandates that the document will be explained by caseworkers to foster children when they are placed with a foster family. The majority of children in foster care are not aware of their rights, and therefore do not know when their rights are violated. The hope is that this act will increase foster children’s awareness of the protections afforded to them, such as:
  • the right to contact their attorney or guardian when needed;
  • the right to receive notice of their court hearings;
  • knowledge that they may not have to move to a different school;
  • the right to have access to health services and consent to mental health treatment;
  • permission to follow their religious observances; and
  • the ability to visit with their family, including siblings.

The other bill that is due to be signed by Governor Rendell, Senate Bill 1360, is meant to streamline the procedures for retrieving adoption records. With the help of intermediaries, the legislation creates a system in which adoptees can find and contact their birth parents and establish a medical and social history registry, if needed. Having this information readily available to adoptees can be vitally important in aiding medical diagnoses. The legislation would also recognize continuing contact agreements - voluntary, legally binding agreements made upon adoption between members of the adopted child’s birth and adoptive families to keep communication and contact between an adoptee and their birth relatives.

The passage of these bills is a success story for child advocates. The bills recognize and attempt to remedy some of the obstacles that adoptive and foster children encounter in the foster care system, and they do so at no additional cost to the state. The differences they can make in a child’s life cannot be over-emphasized, as the legislation is likely to encourage more adoptions where they are so vitally needed.

Please contact your members of the General Assembly and thank them for passing two very important bills.

-- Leslie Frey

Monday, October 25, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: October 25, 2010

Special Announcements

Help Your Employees, Clients, and/or Constituents Meet Their Financial Goals

Please join us on October 26!

PathWays PA is pleased to present the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building Symposium to offer financial education and asset building in the workplace.

This free Symposium will help you offer your workers strategies and tools to build financial knowledge and resources-at no cost to you!

If any of these tools are right for you, PathWays PA will be happy to help you implement them in the workplace without charge.

Featured national and state experts include:
  • John Wancheck, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, EITC Expert
  • Holly Chase, PA Office of Financial Education
Topics will include:

  • How to find free tax preparation during tax season
  • How to improve credit
  • How to save money through banks/credit unions, prepaid debit cards, U.S. Savings Bonds, and Individual Development Accounts
  • How to access economic security programs such as SNAP, CHIP, and LIHEAP
  • How to plan ahead before buying a home

This FREE Symposium will be offered in two locations on October 26:

In Philadelphia:
In Delaware County:
  • At the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, PA
  • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Register at http://delconsab.eventbrite.com/

For additional information, please call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or email adelcollo@pathwayspa.org.

Join us in November for our PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular!

PathWays PA will celebrate 32 years of services to low-income women, children and families this year by hosting the PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:30 – 9:00PM
WHERE: Radisson King of Prussia’s Waterford Ballroom.

The silent auction will feature Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers tickets and memorabilia. Also, as part of the festivities, we will present this year's Trailblazer Awards to five inspiring individuals. To read about the 2010 Trailblazer Honorees, click here.

To bid on silent auction items, click here.

Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased online. Further information on corporate and individual sponsorships can be found here.

Federal

Help Extend the Unemployment Insurance Program

Nearly 8 million workers and their families have been kept afloat by the extension of the federal unemployment insurance program while they search for work in this tough economy. However, these benefits may expire on November 30th if Congress does not act.

Economists rank unemployment benefits among the most effective ways to boost the economy, and the U.S. Census Bureau data reports that 3.3 million more people would have fallen below the poverty line in 2009 without unemployment benefits.

Ways You Can Help:

If you would like more information, you can ask experts and read answers to frequently asked questions.

State

Thank Your Senator for Passing Industry Partnership Legislation 

Last week, legislation putting the Industry Partnership program into statute passed out of the Senate with a vote of 40-9. The last step for this important legislation is for it to be voted out of the House without amendment in the next few weeks. Please take a moment to thank your Senator if he or she voted for the bill. Below is a sample letter that you might want to use.

Dear Senator,


I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for voting for Senate Bill 1409, the Industry Partnership legislation. This program gives Pennsylvania the opportunity to increase productivity and competitiveness in our Commonwealth and is highly valued by employers statewide.


As you know, Industry Partnerships consist of groups of businesses with similar product markets and skill needs that identify and address their common workforce education and training issues. These partnerships currently include more than 6,300 employers in Pennsylvania and have trained more than 73,000 individuals. Industry Partnerships are unique in that they are employer-driven. They train workers for jobs that the industry needs, as opposed to traditional training that often trained for jobs that didn't exist.


We are so pleased to know that you support the Industry Partnership program, and thank you again for helping it to take another step forward.

For more facts on the Industry Partnership program and for ways that you can support it, please visit www.workforcepa.com. Also, please take a look at our video on how employers and workers in Delaware County have benefited from the Industry Partnership program.


Information/Events

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Help Ensure Workers Have the Time to Get Better By Sharing Your Story


On an average day, 33 women in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with breast cancer. Many of these women work full time jobs where they may be struggling to put food on the table every night. Fighting off a disease like breast cancer is physically, mentally, psychologically, and financially exhausting – even before survivors try to make time to get treatment. For those who work full-time, treatment opportunities may be even more difficult, since over 45 percent of workers in Pennsylvania do not have any paid sick time.


In a country where one in six workers has lost their job because they were caring for themselves or a loved one, it is no wonder that many women go with out the care they need. When having to choose between losing a job or seeking medical care, many women will choose work over their own health. The industries that are often women-dominated (such as child care, food service, and jobs that pay low wages) are among the least likely to offer paid sick days. For example, nearly three-quarters of child care workers (72 percent) and food service workers (73 percent) lack access to paid sick time. Women in these jobs often cannot take paid time off for treatment or even to get the checkup that might catch their disease before it has time to spread.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please take the time to share your story about either having paid sick time or needing that time to care for yourself or a loved one. To share your story, please contact Kate Scully at PathWays PA at kscully@pathwayspa.org. To view others’ stories please visit the Working Families Story Bank.

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplace is working to provide all of Pennsylvania’s workers with a minimum number of paid sick days that they can earn. The workers can use those days to care for themselves or for a loved one. The time can be used in increments of 15 minutes – allowing workers to make doctor’s appointments without having to lose a full day’s pay.


Vote for Homes! Coalition - Help Get out the Vote

The Vote for Homes! Coalition needs help to get out the vote for the November 2nd 2010 Pennsylvania General Election. The Coalition is holding a Voter Mobilization Training where volunteer as needed to be drivers, office help, and mobilize voters on the phone or out in the community.

WHEN: Monday, October 25, 3:00 – 5:00 (snacks will be provided)
WHERE: 1515 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia PA 19130

Participants will learn about voting rights and how to help voters get to the polls on Election Day.

Please RSVP to Jennine Miller (215-232-7272 x3042, jenninemiller@projecthome.org) or Anna Murphey (215-232-7272 x3106, annamurphey@projecthome.org)

The Vote for Homes! Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition registering thousands of people who are living on low incomes, including those who are homeless, living with disabilities, or ex-offenders.

Upcoming Meetings to Discuss Implementing Health Reform in Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth Health Reform Advisory Committee is working to identify the steps necessary to implement health reform in Pennsylvania and make recommendations to the new Governor and legislature. Join consumer members of the Committee in a discussion of strategies to ensure the health insurance exchanges and new insurance coverage options are consumer focused and consumer friendly.


In Harrisburg:
WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: PSEA, 400 North Third Street, Harrisburg

In Philadelphia:
WHEN: Friday, November 5, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Behavioral Health Center, 112 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

Please RSVP by emailing Stephanie Frank.

Green Jobs Training: Funding, Implementing, and Collaborating Teleconference

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau is pleased to host a series of teleconferences for workforce practitioners designed to offer information and an exchange of ideas to better connect women with green jobs and green jobs training. This area of workforce development is an important part of preparing our nation to be competitive in the new economy. The teleconferences are geared towards workforce professionals, career advisors, and educators, although interested women are welcome to participate as well.

The seventh and final teleconference in this series, “Green Jobs Training: Funding, Implementing, and Collaborating” will take place on October 28, 2010, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT. In this teleconference, our speakers will present strategies for partnering and leveraging resources to build capacity and support for green jobs training programs, as well as tips on designing and delivering an effective program. In addition, there will be a review of federal funds invested in promoting green economy growth and green jobs.

Participation is limited, so register early! Please visit the Women's Bureau Web site for more information or register here.

Weathering Winter’s Worst - Resources for Philadelphia’s Elderly

The Emergency Fund Coalition for Philadelphia’s Elderly and the Pennsylvania Aging, Utilities and Economic Education Consortium will present Weathering Winter’s Worst…Resources for Philadelphia’s Elderly.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17th from 1:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, 642 N. Broad St. in the 2nd Floor Auditorium

Learn About:

  • Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and Crisis Programs
  • Energy Coordinating Agency
  • The Utility Emergency Services Fund
  • Benefits Data Trust
  • Weatherization - Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
  • Oil Co-op - Energy Cooperative Association of Philadelphia
  • Status of PCA Emergency Fund
  • Philabundance: Senior Food Box Program
  • Utility company programs for low-income consumers
  • Legal protections regarding utility issues

Registration is required as space is limited. For more information, call Lissette Ramos at 215-282-6582 or email here.

Images courtesy of http://www.cb2blogger.wordpress.com/.../09/pink-ribbon3.jpg, http://www.flickr.com/photos/24256351@N04/2701866516 //CC License

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thank Your Senator for Passing Industry Partnership Legislation

Last week, legislation putting the Industry Partnership program into statute passed out of the Senate with a vote of 40-9.  The last step for this important legislation is for it to be voted out of the House without amendment in the next few weeks.  Please take a moment to thank your Senator if he or she voted for the bill.  Below is a sample letter that you might want to use.
Dear Senator,

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for voting for Senate Bill 1409, the Industry Partnership legislation. This program gives Pennsylvania the opportunity to increase productivity and competitiveness in our Commonwealth and is highly valued by employers statewide.

As you know, Industry Partnerships consist of groups of businesses with similar product markets and skill needs that identify and address their common workforce education and training issues. These partnerships currently include more than 6,300 employers in Pennsylvania and have trained more than 73,000 individuals. Industry Partnerships are unique in that they are employer-driven. They train workers for jobs that the industry needs, as opposed to traditional training that often trained for jobs that didn't exist.

We are so pleased to know that you support the Industry Partnership program, and thank you again for helping it to take another step forward.

For more facts on the Industry Partnership program and for ways that you can support it, please visit www.workforcepa.com.  Also, please take a look at our video on how employers and workers in Delaware County have benefited from the Industry Partnership program.

Image courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nursingpins/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern PA's Recommendations for the Next Governor

Raising Women’s Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a coalition formed to ensure women’s concerns were address during the health care debate, has just released recommendations for the next Governor of Pennsylvania. The recommendations highlight the reproductive health areas in which women, girls, and families in our Commonwealth need leadership and support on in order to lead healthy lives.







































For more information about Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania visit their Facebook page.

Help Your Employees, Clients, and/or Constituents Meet Their Financial Goals


RSVP for our Philadelphia event at http://philansab.eventbrite.com/
RSVP for our Delaware County event at http://delconsab.eventbrite.com/

Please join us on October 26!

PathWays PA, a nonprofit organization serving the Greater Philadelphia region, is pleased to present the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building Symposium, to offer financial education and asset building in the workplace.

This free Symposium will help you offer your workers strategies and tools to build financial knowledge and resources-at no cost to you!

If any of these tools are right for you, PathWays PA will be happy to help you implement them in the workplace without charge.

Featured national and state experts include:
  • John Wancheck,Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, EITC Expert
  • Holly Chase, PA Office of Financial Education

Topics will include:
  • How to find free tax preparation during tax season
  • How to improve credit
  • How to save money through banks/credit unions, prepaid debit cards, U.S. Savings Bonds, and Individual Development Accounts
  • How to access economic security programs such as SNAP, CHIP, and LIHEAP
  • How to plan ahead before home buying

This FREE Symposium will be offered in two locations on October 26:

In Philadelphia:
  • At the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
  • 8:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Register at http://philansab.eventbrite.com/

In Delaware County:

Connecting Kids to CHIP Coverage

On Monday October 18, Senator Bob Casey and other dignitaries spoke with students at Philadelphia’s Horace Furness High School to congratulate them on high enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). After a few words from Principal Timothy McKenna on Furness’ increasing achievement and attendance levels and an enthusiastic welcome from Furness High’s cheerleaders, Senator Casey issued a challenge to everyone in the room to promote CHIP among family and friends so that soon every child will have affordable health care. According to Casey, with health care, children can participate fully in activities and sports, be more attentive in school, and get better more quickly when illness or injury arises.

US Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and former governor of Kansas, echoed Senator Casey’s call to connect 100% of kids with health care coverage, and expressed a commitment to keep children healthy to encourage learning and later effective membership in the workforce. She too called on schools, families and friends to reach out and invest in kids and in health care in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Other public figures who spoke at the event included Dr. Leroy D. Nunery, Deputy Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, Congressman Chaka Fattah of the 2nd District of Pennsylvania, and Sarah Martinez-Helfman, Executive Director of the Eagles Youth Partnership of the Philadelphia Eagles, the first major athletic team to accept Secretary Sebelius’s Insure Kids Now challenge of 100% enrollment of children in health insurance.

You can read more about CHIP and how to connect kids with health coverage at chipcoverspakids.com. For more questions or for help enrolling, you can also call PathWays PA at 610-543-5022.

Monday, October 18, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: October 18, 2010

PathWays PA Special Announcements


PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace


How can you help your employees build assets to boost their financial stability during these challenging times?

PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.

This free symposium will be held in two locations. Attend the symposium at the location/time that is most convenient for you! Please click on the location below to register for the event:
This unique Symposium will offer free or low-cost strategies employers can implement to boost the financial stability of their employees and their families. National and local experts will share new and proven tools for building financial knowledge and assets. Implementing these strategies in the workplace can increase worker productivity, decrease absenteeism, and improve worker retention and loyalty. Connecting employees with financial education and asset development tools and services builds employee goodwill and morale – so important during these challenging times.

PathWays PA offers free onsite tax preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which can play a key role in building financial stability for individuals and families, even when employers cannot offer wage increases. During tax season, PathWays PA’s IRS-trained and certified volunteers prepare taxes at sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. PathWays PA’s free tax service helps filers apply for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds, Childcare tax credits and any other applicable credits, and also offers valuable asset building services that will be discussed in the Symposium … all absolutely free!

All employers hosting PathWays PA VITA mobile sites are encouraged to attend , as well as employers who may be interested in offering free tax preparation services for their workers . For additional information, please call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or email adelcollo@pathwayspa.org.

Join us in November for our PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular!

PathWays PA will celebrate 32 years of services to low-income women, children and families this year by hosting the PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:30 – 9:00PM
WHERE: Radisson King of Prussia’s Waterford Ballroom.

The silent auction will feature Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers tickets and memorabilia. Also, as part of the festivities, we will present this year's Trailblazer Awards to five inspiring individuals. To read about the 2010 Trailblazer Honorees, click here.

To bid on silent auction items, click here.

Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased online. Further information on corporate and individual sponsorships can be found here.

State

Urge Your Representative to Support Industry Partnership Legislation

The House Labor Relations Committee hopes to move quickly on Senate Bill 1409, which would amend Pennsylvania's Workforce Development Act to codify the Industry Partnerships program, following the passage of the IP bill in the Senate last week.

Industry Partnerships consist of groups of businesses with similar product markets and skill needs that identify and address their common workforce education and training issues. These partnerships currently include more than 6,300 employers in Pennsylvania and have trained more than 73,000 individuals. Industry Partnerships are unique in that they are employer-driven. They train workers for jobs that the industry needs, as opposed to traditional training that often trained for jobs that didn't exist.

The Industry Partnerships Program was created by the 2005-06 fiscal year state budget, however, the program is not currently provided for in state law. Passage of Industry Partnership legislation is vital to ensuring that this nationally recognized program continues to keep our businesses and workers competitive in the global marketplace.

Please contact your Representative today and urge them to pass this important piece of legislation.

Talks to Implement a Tax on the Marcellus Shale Continue

The Senate has finished their scheduled session days without passing legislation to institute a severance tax on gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale. Despite the Senate having no more scheduled session days before the end of the session year (November 30), leaders have agreed to meet this week if a compromise can be reached.

The severance tax is necessary to make up for the reduced FMAP allocation and has already been included in this year's state budget. Without it, Pennsylvanians can expect at least $70 million in cuts this year in addition to the cuts that have already been made. In the future, the severance tax will play a major role in state budgets - if industry production estimates are accurate, the severance tax could be the 4th largest state revenue source.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has put together charts to show the difference between the House and Senate proposals and a potential compromise.

Please urge your Senator to establish a responsible severance tax on gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale.

Raising Women's Voices Recommendations for the Next Governor 

The women and girls of Pennsylvania need leadership for comprehensive, quality, affordable and accessible reproductive health care services. Maintaining the health of women leads to healthy families and a healthy Commonwealth.

Raising Women’s Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a coalition formed to ensure women’s concerns were address during the health care debate, has just released recommendations for the next Governor of Pennsylvania. The recommendations highlight the reproductive health areas in which women, girls, and families in our Commonwealth need leadership and support on in order to lead healthy lives. You can check out these important recommendations on Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern PA's new Facebook page!

Information/Events

PathWays PA Offers English Language/Civics Courses

PathWays PA is offering a course meant for those interested in learning and improving their English while also covering:
  • United States History
  • Work Skills
  • Citizenship Process
  • Employment
  • Math
  • Reading
Classes will be held at the PathWays PA office at 310 Amosland Road, Holmes PA. They will be in the morning from 9:30-12:00 either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursdays.

For more information about the class, please contact Kelly Binder at 610-543-5022 X 227 or kbinder@pathwayspa.org.

PHAN’s Health Care Policy Call Series Continues

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network continues to hold phone calls to discuss health care reform. The calls allow participants to get detailed information about specific pieces of the new law. So what's interesting to you? Check out the list below and sign up for one of these calls - or all of them.


And don't worry, their special guests know that there are experts joining the call and people that barely know the basic elements of reform. They'll start at the beginning and then get into the detailed, good stuff.

Unless otherwise noted, all calls are Tuesday nights from 6:00 - 7:00 PM with a question and answer period included. Sign up by emailing Athena at aford@pahealthaccess.org.

10/19 Transparency Provisions in the New Law w. Kelly Hall, Senior Advisor on Health Care Policy to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-13).

10/26 Disability Issues and the New Law. Learn about this important topic from David Gates, who is both the Director of Policy and a Senior Attorney for the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.

10/28 Faith and Health Care Reform - Special day and time 2:00 PM. There will be a discussion on how to talk about the new health care law to religious organizations. Join the Director of the Lutheran Area Ministry in Pennsylvania, Amy Reumann, and learn from faith leaders for across the state!

11/09 Special Call with Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of Health and Human Services.

Winter is Coming – Do You or Clients Need Help with Heating Bills?

Below is information about two federal programs that might be able to help individuals struggling to pay their utility bills:

Crisis Grant

Crisis is a federal grant designed to help pay for heating costs in a heating emergency, when service is shut off or threatened to be shut off. The Crisis Exception Program will open on Monday, November 1, 2010, for customers whose gas service is off. The Regular Crisis Program will open Monday, January 3, 2011, for customers whose service is off and for those who have a termination notice.

Crisis grants help households who have an emergency and are in immediate danger of being without heat. Emergency situations include:
  • A fuel shortage that may leave you without heat
  • Having utility service shut off
  • Having broken heating equipment (like a furnace) or leaking lines
The maximum amount available for a Crisis grant is $400.00. Eligibility information and the application for the program can both be found online. To hear additional, pre-recorded information and updates to the Crisis program, please call the PGW LIHEAP Hotline at (215) 684-6100.

Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF)

UESF grants are available to income-eligible customers whose service has been terminated and to those who have received a shut off notice, to help them pay off the balance of their bill. The maximum grant amount is $1,500.00 and customers can apply for grants at designated intake sites.

UESF will assist with a gas, water or electric bill in shut off status or already terminated and that does not exceed $500 for water, electric or gas. All grants must be applied to utility account and reach a zero balance. If the bill is in excess of the grant, the application is responsible for the balance.
  • Applicant must be a Philadelphia resident.
  • Must have notice of termination or be off service for PECO, PGW or PWD
  • Applicant must not have received a UESF grant in the past two years.
  • Applicant must have applied for LIHEAP Cash and Crisis assistance programs when available.
  • Applicant must meet income eligibility requirements.
To hear additional, pre-recorded information, please call the PGW LIHEAP Hotline at (215) 684-6100 or visit the UESF website.

Confused About Tax Credits? Find Out More Information

Millions of families are missing out on money – potentially a lot of it – every tax season because they don’t even know to ask for the tax credits they are eligible for. And it’s not about only a few dollars; for some, it’s about potentially thousands of dollars.

The National Women’s Law Center is offering two free online trainings to give both families and organizations the information and tools needed.

Tax Credits: What Working Families Need to Know, takes place on Thursday, October 21st from 1-2pm and will provide the facts about how federal and state tax credits can give working families a leg up, and get access to resources that will help to get that information in the hands of families in your community.

Tax Credits Outreach: Tips and Tools for Service Providers and Advocates, takes place on Wednesday, November 10th from 1-2pm. It will discuss simple outreach activities that can make a major impact for working families. This webinar will help participants get free outreach materials, connect with local coalitions, find free tax preparation services in the community, and learn some successful techniques for spreading the word about tax credits.

The Webinars are free but registration is required.


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Friday, October 15, 2010

PathWays PA Job Postings - October 2010

ARRA OLDER YOUTH WORK READINESS
PathWays PA offers an eight week Work Readiness program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are out of school and looking for an opportunity to earn a salary while receiving on the job training. Once a week each applicant is responsible for attending a skills building class at 310 Amosland Road Holmes Pa, where the applicant will receive educational support in the areas of reading, writing, math and computer skills. Each applicant will have the opportunity to build a professional resume. Class time will also consist of soft skills building and Key Train lessons in preparation for a certificate in Work Keys at the end of the program. PathWays PA will provide counseling and resources for reaching career goals. The cost of transportation is covered by the program.

Eligibility criteria for participation:
  • Young Adult – ages 18 to 24 years of age
  • Out of school
  • Delaware County resident
  • Proof of income for meeting program entry requirements
  • Paid work experience, 35 hours a week for 8 weeks
  • Must Complete an application
  • Responsible, Reliable, and Dependable!
Director
Direct a fast-paced North Philadelphia EARN Center that helps TANF participants get and keep family-sustaining employment. Applicant must have solid track record in managing job development, data management and case management services for low-income clients. Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree, Spanish-English fluency and experience with PWDC contracts are strongly preferred. FT, benefits. Please fax resume and salary requirements to: 610-328-2807 attn: LD/JP/EARN/DIR

Residential Worker
Part-time and Full-time - need caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for Delco group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred; driver’s license required. Includes nights and weekends. Fax resumes to: LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

Learning Center Group Supervisor:
EDUCATION /QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the Human Services field and three years of experience with children

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Experience in Preschool setting and have knowledge of early childhood development. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based.
  • Coordinate the planning, preparation, and implementation of the Learning Center direction of Managers in Preparation for PA Licensing.
  • Write Curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Assistant Group Supervisors and Aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms.
  • Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center.
  • Enforce all learning center policies and procedures consistently.
  • Create and supply Learning Center staff with appropriate forms for program function.

Help out in the Learning Center as required to:
  • Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare.
  • Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities.
  • Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. 
Fax resumes to: LD/CFF/LC at 610-328-2807.
Childcare Worker
Child Learning Center at Delco Group home. Must have knowledge of early childhood development & ability to nurture and promote positive growth in pre school age children. AA in Early Childhood Ed. preferred. Salary $12/hour. Fax resume to LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

ESL Instructor
Part-Time – PathWays PA is currently seeking English as Second Language (ESL) instructors with BA/BS degree and 2 + years of teaching experience. Knowledge of ESL in healthcare field preferred. You must travel independently in Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Lesson planning, attendance recordkeeping, and assessments required. This is a part-time, hourly position. Bilingual a plus. Classes forming now, anticipate completion by the end of December. Fax resumes to LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Math Instructor
Part-Time – PathWays PA in Delaware County is looking for a math instructor to work with adult workers preparing for skills building and college-level entrance exams. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in math or education and would be responsible for teaching class in different locations, potentially in Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks Counties. Lesson planning, attendance recordkeeping and assessments required. This is a part-time, hourly position. Classes forming now; anticipate completion by the end of December. Fax resumes to LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Childcare Workers
Two (2) part-time childcare workers needed for West Philadelphia location on Monday nights from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. These two workers will watch children and keep them busy during parenting classes taking place on Monday nights. Fax resume to LD/SIL 610-328-2807.


Postings for Girls SHElter
Supervisor:
The Girls SHElter Supervisor shall be a mature individual who possesses the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the program. She/he shall understand the clinical and concrete day-to-day issues that teen girls struggle with and shall posses the knowledge to generate and promote programming to address those issues. She/he shall possess the ability to promote team cohesiveness and foster a non-punitive, strength-based environment. The candidate’s race, age, sex, religion, orientation or state of disability shall not be considered when hiring for this position. BSW or related bachelor's degree is required. Please fax resumes to: GS/LD/SUPV at 610-328-2807.

Residential Worker:
The Residential Worker shall be a mature individual who has the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the program. She/he shall possess the skills to teach parenting and problem solving techniques to mothers. She/he shall act as a role model to mothers and children and shall possess the knowledge necessary to interact in a supportive, non-punitive, and non-judgmental manner. Valid driver’s license is required. High School Diploma/GED and some experience in a residential setting. Please fax resumes to: GS/LD/RW at 610-328-2807.

Residential Worker/Life Skills Cook:
Experience in bulk food preparation. The cook/kitchen manager shall possess the skills necessary to prepare meals for large groups of people (40-50) and shall have knowledge of nutrition and nutritional meal planning. She/he shall be SafeServ credentialed and have the ability to mandate guidelines. The ideal candidate will understand and follow the USDA mandated guidelines. The ideal candidate will possess the knowledge, skills and ability to teach life skills and maturity necessary to interact with women and children from various backgrounds. She/he shall be organized, non-judgmental and shall demonstrate good problem solving skills. High School Diploma/GED with nutrition/residential/life skill experience. Please fax resumes to: GS/LD/LSC at 610-328-2807.

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

From DMI's Amy Traub: "A Race Between Philly and NYC on Paid Sick Leave?"

On Tuesday, October 12, PathWays PA and the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces held a press conference to draw attention to a new report from the Drum Major Institute showing the effect earned sick days will likely have on Pennsylvania.  Below is a quote from an article in The Huffington Post:
Yet Philly may be moving faster to address a problem that's pressing in both cities. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a hearing on paid sick time is expected in Philadelphia this fall. Meanwhile, in New York, the City Council has held multiple hearings, but it's unclear when the bill will come to the floor for a vote.

Councilman William Greenlee, co-sponsor of the Philadelphia bill, offered a sports analogy, insisting that Philadelphia would prove its policy leadership on paid sick time just as the Phillies would surely trounce the Yankees.
To read the full article, visit The Huffington Post.

Please also take a moment to read some of the other news from the DMI report, including articles in the Inquirer and The Philadelphia Business Journal.  You can also listen to a radio feed about the report on the PathWays PA website.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Media Advisory: Two in Five Working Philadelphians Have No Ability to Earn Paid Sick Days

For more information contact:

Marianne Bellesorte, Director of Policy, PathWays PA                                                           
610-543-5022 - mbellesorte@pathwayspa.org

Rebecca Foley, Directors of Education and Advocacy, WOMEN'S WAY
215-985-3322 - rfoley@womensway.org

Daniel Morris, Director of Communications, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy 
917-596-0780 - dmorris@drummajorinstitute.org


Two in Five Working Philadelphians Have No Ability to Earn Paid Sick Days

New Report Shows Need for Sick Days in Philadelphia and Positive Results from Paid Sick Day Legislation in San Francisco


National Think Tank, Local Coalition Holding Press Conference and Lobby Day to Call Attention to the Public Health Needs of Philadelphia

WHAT/WHO: PathWays PA, WOMEN'S WAY, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces will be holding a public forum to release a new report highlighting the need for paid sick days in Philadelphia.

At the event, the author of the report, Amy Traub of Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, will highlight key findings in the report. City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and City Councilman William Greenlee will also speak on paid sick days and the current legislation in City Council, "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces." Other speakers will include Carol Goertzel, President/CEO of PathWays PA, Dr. James Plumb of Thomas Jefferson Hospital, and an affected worker.

The primary organizers of this event are PathWays PA and WOMEN'S WAY.

WHERE: Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall, Philadelphia

WHEN: October 12, 1 PM to 2 PM


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Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI) is a nonpartisan think tank that partners with advocates, organizers, elected officials, and other leaders to improve policymaking in cities and for cities. We firmly believe progressive urban policy expands the scope of what government can accomplish in the United States. Historically, the results have been seen and felt in better housing options, better safety net protections, better transit access, better workplace rights, better environmental regulations, better assimilation of immigrants, better infrastructure investments, and in many other areas. Our research, analysis, communications, and media efforts focus on how the biggest opportunities for addressing America's current challenges can be found-and seized-in cities. We also train young people from diverse communities to become the next generation of urban policy leaders. Visit www.drummajorinstitute.org for more information.


PathWays PA

PathWays PA began in 1978 as the Women's Association for Women's Alternatives, one of Pennsylvania's first residential programs to keep low-income, vulnerable women together with their children. It has grown to become one of the Greater Philadelphia region's foremost providers of residential and community-based services with a focus on serving women, teens and children. Each year PathWays PA serves nearly 6,000 clients with a full complement of social services; job training and employment assistance; as well as residential programs.


WOMEN'S WAY

Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, WOMEN'S WAY is the country's oldest and largest women's funding federation. Our mission is to raise money and public awareness to fight for and achieve women's equality, safety, self-sufficiency and reproductive freedom through women-centered funding, advocacy and education.

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: October 11, 2010

Special Announcements
Still Time to Register - Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces: Press Conference and Lobby Day

Over 40% of workers in Philadelphia have no earned sick time, while 78% of restaurant and accommodation workers are forced to choose between going to work sick (or sending a child to school sick) and losing a day's pay or possibly their job.

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is holding a Press Conference and Lobby Day, complete with Lobby Training, to provide information for Philadelphia's City Council about the importance of earned sick time and to urge them to continue work on the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Bill No. 080474).

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12th

There will be a Lobby Training held at 123 S. Broad Street, 8th Floor, Room 8B at 11:00 AM. Food will be provided.

The Press Conference will take place at 1:00 PM, in the Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall, with visits to City Council Members throughout the afternoon. Come for the whole day or for as long as you are able to.

You do not need to be an expert or have lobbying experience to take part in this exciting day. We will provide you with everything you need to advocate for this important issue!

For more information about the event, please contact Kate Scully at PathWays PA at 610-543-5022 or Rebecca Foley at WOMEN'S WAY at 215-985-3322.

Please join the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces to give workers the ability to earn sick time to care for themselves and their families. To RSVP for this event please visit: http://earnedsicktimelobbyday.eventbrite.com.

Join us in November for our PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular!

PathWays PA will celebrate 32 years of services to low-income women, children and families this year by hosting the PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:30 – 9:00PM
WHERE: Radisson King of Prussia’s Waterford Ballroom.

The silent auction will feature Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers tickets and memorabilia. Also, as part of the festivities, we will present this year's Trailblazer Awards to five inspiring individuals. To read about the 2010 Trailblazer Honorees, click here.

To bid on silent auction items, click here.

Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased online. Further information on corporate and individual sponsorships can be found here.

Federal

Ask Your Senators to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
 
In this tough economy, more and more families are counting on women’s earnings. Unfair pay practices make things even harder, especially for those families who rely solely on female earnings. Help us by telling your Senators to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!

The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers. Time is running out — the House already has passed the bill and when the Senate returns it must do the same.

Click here to write a message to your Senators.

Urge Your Representative to Sign onto the Adult Literacy Celebration of Literacy 

For millions of adults across the country, improving basic literacy skills is the key to a bright and successful future. Literacy transforms lives, breaking cycles of poverty and social injustice.

The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy found that there are approximately 93 million adults in the United States who do not have the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential. Thirty million of those individuals have such low levels of literacy that it significantly impedes their ability to fully function at home, at work, and in their communities. Many live in poverty, lack a high school diploma, and struggle to find and retain living wage jobs.

The new House Adult Literacy Caucus in Congress is working to advance adult literacy issues to that these cycles can be broken. To help, you can contact your U.S. Representative’s office and ask to speak to the staff over adult education issues. Let the staff person know that there is a new House Adult Literacy Caucus and ask if your Representative will join the Caucus to help advance adult literacy issues in the U.S. and internationally. Find out if the staff person would like a copy of the Dear Colleague letter that contains information about joining the House Adult Literacy Caucus. Be sure to follow up in a couple of days to learn of your Representative’s decision.

Support the VITA Act of 2010

(From our friends at NCTC)

As Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs struggle to meet the growing need for their services, legislation has been introduced to help meet that need. Last week Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced S. 3865: The VITA Act of 2010. This legislation will authorize the VITA Grant Program at $35 million, greatly strengthening the capacity of VITA programs and their ability to serve working families.

With a large number of calls from the field, NCTC believes they can gather at least 20 Senate cosponsors over the next 2 weeks. But they need your help to do it. They have offered the following tips:
  • Step 1: Find your Senator's DC Phone Number
  • Step 2: Ask to speak with the tax staffer. If they are not available, leave a voicemail but make sure to follow-up.
  • Step 3: Ask the staffer if the Senator will cosponsor the 2010 VITA Act (see fact sheet).
  • Step 4: If the Senator is interested in cosponsoring, they should contact Patrick Jackson (Patrick_Jackson@brown.senate.gov) in Senator Sherrod Brown's office.
  • Step 5: Email the staffer the following information immediately following the call: Interested offices should contact Patrick Jackson (Patrick_Jackson@brown.senate.gov) to cosponsor S. 3865.  Include a copy of the VITA Act Fact Sheet with the email.

Once you have the appropriate staffer's name, you can go ahead and email them the information listed above and follow-up with a call. Standard Senate staffer emails are: Firstname_Lastname@senatorslastname.senate.gov

After connecting with your Senator's office, please send an update to Lucy Mullany, NCTC's Manager of Government Relations.

Information/Events

PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace

How can you help your employees build assets to boost their financial stability during these challenging times?

PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.

This free symposium will be held in two locations. Attend the symposium at the location/time that is most convenient for you!
  • 8:30-11:00am at the United Way of Southeastern PA at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or
  • 2:00-4:30pm at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center at 4700 Drexelbrook Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.
This unique Symposium will offer free or low-cost strategies employers can implement to boost the financial stability of their employees and their families. National and local experts will share new and proven tools for building financial knowledge and assets. Implementing these strategies in the workplace can increase worker productivity, decrease absenteeism, and improve worker retention and loyalty. Connecting employees with financial education and asset development tools and services builds employee goodwill and morale – so important during these challenging times.

PathWays PA offers free onsite tax preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which can play a key role in building financial stability for individuals and families, even when employers cannot offer wage increases. During tax season, PathWays PA’s IRS-trained and certified volunteers prepare taxes at sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. PathWays PA’s free tax service helps filers apply for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds, Childcare tax credits and any other applicable credits, and also offers valuable asset building services that will be discussed in the Symposium … all absolutely free!

All employers hosting PathWays PA VITA mobile sites are encouraged to attend , as well as employers who may be interested in offering free tax preparation services for their workers . For additional information, please call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or email adelcollo@pathwayspa.org.

New Federal Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program Brings $105 Million to PA to Help Homeowners in Distress

Federal HEMAP is here - almost! HUD has announced their intention to begin their new Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP) by the end of the year. Pennsylvania is expected to receive $105 million of the $1 billion total national allotment.

According to a HUD summary, the program will offer a declining balance, deferred payment "bridge loan" (non-recourse, subordinate loan with zero interest) for up to $50,000 to assist eligible homeowners with payments of arrearages, including delinquent taxes and insurance plus up to 24 months of monthly payments on their mortgage principal, interest, mortgage insurance premiums, taxes, and hazard insurance. It will be administered by PHFA.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ask Governor Rendell and His Successor for Funding for the State Food Purchase Program

(From our friends at The Pennsylvania Association of Regional Food Banks)

The Pennsylvania Association of Regional Food Banks is working with other concerned organizations throughout Pennsylvania to ask Governor Rendell and his successor to recommend adequate funding for the State Food Purchase Program in the next state budget.

We ask that your organization join us in this important effort. Here is how you can help:

Please visit: http://www.pafoodbanks.org/. Then:
  • Read the letters to the Governor and the Governor-elect.
    • If you agree with the letters and that more resources should be provided to help Pennsylvanians struggling with hunger, please click the “Sign-On” box and you will be taken to an email message form. Please include your organization's name, location [municipality], your name, and your title. 
    • Please - only one person per organization.

You and your organization will be added to the list of signers on both of these letters.

DEADLINE FOR SIGNATURE: Friday, October 29, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Local Leaders Receive PathWays PA Award for Community Service

For Immediate Release
For Further Information Contact:

Allen Reese or Carol Wellings
PathWays PA
610 543 5022
cwellings@pathwayspa.org
areese@pathwayspa.org


Holmes, PA, October 6, 2010 – Five local community leaders have been chosen by PathWays PA to receive its 2010 Trailblazer Award for community service. Receiving the 2010 Trailblazer Award will be Pamela Godwin, leadership consultant and founder of Change Partners, Inc.; Mellanie Lassiter, Corporate Contributions Manager, PECO and Urban League of Phila board member; Linda McAleer, founder of the Melior Group; Joan Meyers Brown, founder of PhilaDanco and the Rt. Rev. Rodney R. Michel, Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pa.

The PathWays PA Trailblazer Awards are presented annually to individuals or groups whose work with families and organizations in our communities has resulted in positive, measurable change. The 32nd anniversary celebration will take place on Tuesday, November 9 from 6:30 – 9 PM at the Radisson King of Prussia. Tickets are $50 in advance and may be purchased at http://www.pathwayspa.org or by calling Pam Przybylski at 610-543-5022 x234.

PathWays PA was founded in 1978. With offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and advocacy initiatives on behalf of low-wage workers statewide, the agency provides programs committed to the development of client self-sufficiency which leads to the fulfillment of its mission: “To help women, teens, children and families achieve economic independence and family well-being.”

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Bid on these Wild Auction Items To Benefit PathWays PA

Can you see yourself luxuriating at a sold-out 2011 Phillies Game in outrageous seats donated by Lincoln Financial with a dozen or so of your closest friends?

Perhaps you’d like to kick back with sixteen of your crew in the Boeing Box at the Wells Fargo Center and watch the Flyers defeat the New Jersey Devils?

How about a lazy week in the summer of 2011 at Myrtle Beach, SC?

All of this can be yours and you can benefit the outstanding work of PathWays PA to reduce poverty in the Greater Philadelphia Region by accessing our website at http://www.pathwayspa.org and bidding on dozens of outstanding auction items by November 8, 2011.

PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace


How can you help your employees build assets to boost their financial stability during these challenging times?

PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.

This free symposium will be held in two locations. Attend the symposium at the location/time that is most convenient for you!
  • 8:30-11:00am at the United Way of Southeastern PA at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or
  • 2:00-4:30pm at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center at 4700 Drexelbrook Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.

This unique Symposium will offer free or low-cost strategies employers can implement to boost the financial stability of their employees and their families. National and local experts will share new and proven tools for building financial knowledge and assets. Implementing these strategies in the workplace can increase worker productivity, decrease absenteeism, and improve worker retention and loyalty. Connecting employees with financial education and asset development tools and services builds employee goodwill and morale – so important during these challenging times.

PathWays PA offers free onsite tax preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which can play a key role in building financial stability for individuals and families, even when employers cannot offer wage increases. During tax season, PathWays PA’s IRS-trained and certified volunteers prepare taxes at sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. PathWays PA’s free tax service helps filers apply for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds, Childcare tax credits and any other applicable credits, and also offers valuable asset building services that will be discussed in the Symposium … all absolutely free!

All employers hosting PathWays PA VITA mobile sites are encouraged to attend , as well as employers who may be interested in offering free tax preparation services for their workers . For additional information, please call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or email adelcollo@pathwayspa.org.

Editorial: Unemployment insurance reform needed now

From the Delaware County Daily Times:
...But elected officials in Harrisburg are sitting on an opportunity to put an extra $273 million in the unemployment compensation pot. HB 2400, whose prime sponsor is Marc J. Gergely, D-Allegheny, would give the commonwealth the opportunity to do that.

By modernizing unemployment insurance, Pennsylvania can receive millions from the federal government while supporting unemployed workers and families. The amendment to an act formulated in 1936 would not only bring funding to Pennsylvania, it would ensure that more workers and families who paid into the unemployment insurance system earn their fair share of compensation upon being laid off from their jobs....
Please read the whole article, including a quote from Carol Goertzel, President/CEO of PathWays PA.

Patriot-News Op-Ed: "Industry Partnerships provide 21st century training "

by Mark S. Schweiker, 44th governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
As the state Senate comes into the homestretch of a difficult legislative session, it has a chance to take a major step forward for Pennsylvania’s businesses and economy by passing Lancaster County Republican Sen. Mike Brubaker’s Industry Partnership legislation.


Pennsylvania’s 70-plus Industry (training) Partnerships tied to key industry clusters in each region are the foundation of a 21st century human capital infrastructure that is becoming a key competitive advantage for the state.

At their most basic, Industry Partnerships fix a long-standing flaw in government training programs: They bring businesses together to identify skill gaps and to ensure that training plugs those gaps. 

This is a vast improvement on a tradition of training by providers without deep ties to employers.
Many of the training needs that Industry Partnerships identify focus on mid-skill technical jobs critical to competitiveness and a source of urgently needed middle-class jobs: positions such as industrial maintenance technicians and laboratory technicians in the bio-medical industry.


But the best Industry Partnerships go far beyond the basics.

To read the full article, visit the Patriot-News' website.

Support the VITA Act of 2010

(From our friends at NCTC)

As Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs struggle to meet the growing need for their services, legislation has been introduced to help meet that need. Last week Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced S. 3865: The VITA Act of 2010. This legislation will authorize the VITA Grant Program at $35 million, greatly strengthening the capacity of VITA programs and their ability to serve working families.

With a large number of calls from the field, NCTC believes they can gather at least 20 Senate cosponsors over the next 2 weeks. But they need your help to do it. They have offered the following tips:

Once you have the appropriate staffer's name, you can go ahead and email them the information listed above and follow-up with a call. Standard Senate staffer emails are: Firstname_Lastname@senatorslastname.senate.gov

After connecting with your Senator's office, please send an update to Lucy Mullany, NCTC's Manager of Government Relations.