Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Want to Ensure All Workers Have the Right to Earn Sick Days?



Join the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces for a Letter Writing Party on December 7!

In addition to networking, free coffee and refreshments, and an opportunity to learn more about earned sick time, we will be asking each person to put pen to paper and let their members of City Council know why earning paid sick days is important.

Coffeee img451WHEN: Tuesday, December 7th - 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

WHERE: United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA


Come for the entire event or just stop in to send a letter. 

Free coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.

Even if you have paid sick days it is likely that people you come into contact with every day do not. Did you know that 41% of workers in Philadelphia are forced to choose between going to work sick, or sending a child to school sick, or losing their pay or possibly their job? The majority of workers without paid sick days are those preparing and serving our food and caring for our children.

For more information about the event please email policy@pathwayspa.org. To learn more about the need for earned sick time visit http://earnedsicktime.blogspot.com.

Monday, November 29, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: November 29, 2010

Federal Policy Update

SENATE PASSES EXTENSION OF THE TANF BLOCK GRANT
Capitol-Senate
Right before heading out of town for Thanksgiving, the Senate took care of some important unfinished business, passing by unanimous consent a bill that included a one year extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, through September 30, 2011. The House is expected to approve this bill after it returns to session. The extension includes two new reporting requirements for states.

Unfortunately, this extension does not include the TANF Emergency Fund, which assisted states that increased spending on subsidized jobs, basic assistance and short-term benefits during fiscal years 2009 and 2010. There is hope that Congress will add funding for the TANF Emergency Fund during the "lame duck" session.

Please contact your Senators and thank them for taking action on such an important bill. Also, contact your Representative and urge him or her to move this bill forward as well.

ON NOVEMBER 30 TELL CONGRESS: DON'T CUT OUR SOCIAL SECURITY!

Join Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) and other national organizations on Tuesday, November 30 in a nationwide call-in day to Congress denouncing cuts to Social Security.
Dial 1-866-529-7630 and follow the simple instructions below. Make sure you call both of your Senators!
  • Enter your zip code to be connected to your Senator's office.
  • Tell them your name and that you are a constituent from (insert city) that opposes any cuts to Social Security.
The members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform are set to release their recommendations next week for lowering the federal deficit, on the heels of its co-chair's draft proposal which includes deep cuts to Social Security – increasing the retirement age to 69, cutting benefits for middle-class workers and reducing annual Cost of Living Adjustments.
Please take the time to participate in this important effort on Tuesday, November 30. Dial 1-866-529-7630 and tell your Senator that Social Security must be strengthened for future generations.

State Policy Update

BUDGET UPDATE: PENSION REFORM BILL PASSES AND IS SIGNED

This week, the House approved H.B. 2497, a bill that takes steps to reform the pension system for both state government and public school employees. The Governor then signed the bill into law.

H.B. 2497 will spread payments into the two pension systems over additional years, boost the retirement age for future employees, and give them the option of either contributing more to the plan or having their benefits trimmed. The purpose of the bill is to delay the spike in pension costs that would contribute to an increase in the state deficit.


CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE ACT IS NOW LAW!

The Governor has signed the Children in Foster Care Act and it is now law.

The Children in Foster Care Act address obstacles in current foster care and adoption legislation that can keep children and families from enjoying the full benefit of their rights. This now law 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.

Please click here to take a moment to thank your legislators for passing this important legislation.

Information/Events

WANT TO ENSURE ALL WORKERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO EARN PAID SICK DAYS – BUT NOT SURE HOW?


Join the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces for a Letter Writing Party.

In addition to networking, free coffee, and an opportunity to learn more about earned sick time, we will be asking each person to put pen to paper and let their members of City Council know why earning paid sick days is important.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 7th - 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

WHERE: United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA


Come for the entire event or just stop in to send a letter. Free coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.

Even if you have paid sick days it is likely that people you come into contact with every day do not. Did you know that 41% of workers in Philadelphia are forced to choose between going to work sick, or sending a child to school sick, or losing their pay or possibly their job? The majority of workers without paid sick days are those preparing and serving our food and caring for our children.

For more information about the event please email policy@pathwayspa.org. To learn more about the need for earned sick time visit http://earnedsicktime.blogspot.com.



WHAT’S NEXT FOR PENNSYLVANIA: A PUBLIC FORUM ON THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Hosted by Raising Women’s Voices of Southeastern PA and WHYY

Please join Raising Women’s Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania and WHYY for a critical dialogue with your elected officials on women’s health care needs as the health care reform law is implemented in Pennsylvania.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Program: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WHERE: WHYY’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA

* Light refreshments will be served*


All state legislators, including newly elected legislators, from Southeastern Pennsylvania as well as the Governor-Elect have been invited to speak and answer questions from the audience. You will have the chance to hear directly from those making important decisions about what to expect in the coming years as this important law is implemented.

Raising Women’s Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania, of which PathWays PA is a member, is a coalition formed to ensure that women’s concerns were addressed during the health care reform process. We now advocate for health care reform implementation policies that support the full range of comprehensive reproductive health care services for women. While women gained many wonderful benefits under the new health care reform law, they also lost and have the potential to loose even more benefits, especially reproductive health care rights.

Come out and let legislators know what is important to YOU as they move forward in implementing health care reform!

For questions or additional information, please contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathways.com.


THE CHALLENGE OF FEEDING OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN DELAWARE COUNTY

  • Join those concerned about hunger related issues in our community.
  • Learn about how food insecurity contributes to health disparities across the lifespan.
  • Explore how cultural and ethnic differences may affect food security.
  • Network with others addressing hunger to find solutions to your client’s greatest needs.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Widener University Chester, PA

Approved by the following for 6 hours of continuing education credit:
  • State Board of Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
Special PathWays PA Information/Events


PATHWAYS PA’S ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM

With the holidays right around the corner, it is time for PathWays PA's Adopt-a-Family. The Adopt-a-Family program offers the families who receive PathWays PA services many of the joys of the holiday season they may otherwise be without.

Thanks to the generous contributions of local donors, special memories of holidays past have been created for the families we serve. Thousands of client families have benefited from this program through the years!

This year, client families will again be partnered with donors based on their size and the ages of their children. After being paired up with a client family, a wish list will be sent to the donors with the receiving family's genders, ages, clothing sizes and their holiday wishes. The donor family chooses to purchase any or all of the items on the clients' list, or substitute items that they feel the client may enjoy. Non-perishable food baskets are also welcomed.

This program is a source of happiness, joy and satisfaction for all involved, and with your help it will once again be a huge success!

Download donor form here.

Questions? Please call Pam Przybylski @ 610-543-5022 x234.


NEW CLASS TIMES: PATHWAYS PA OFFERS 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

WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays - 9:30 - 12:00 OR Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 - 7:30
WHERE: Darby Borough Hall, 821 Summit Street, Darby PA

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: November 22, 2010

PATHWAYS PA ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM

With the holidays right around the corner, it is time for PathWays PA's Adopt-a-Family. The Adopt-a-Family program offers the families who receive PathWays PA services many of the joys of the holiday season they may otherwise be without.

Thanks to the generous contributions of local donors, special memories of holidays past have been created for the families we serve. Thousands of client families have benefited from this program through the years!

This year, client families will again be partnered with donors based on their size and the ages of their children. After being paired up with a client family, a wish list will be sent to the donors with the receiving family's genders, ages, clothing sizes and their holiday wishes. The donor family chooses to purchase any or all of the items on the clients' list, or substitute items that they feel the client may enjoy. Non-perishable food baskets are also welcomed.

This program is a source of happiness, joy and satisfaction for all involved, and with your help it will once again be a huge success!

Download donor form here.

Questions? Please call Pam Przybylski @ 610-543-5022 x234.

Federal Policy Update

UPDATE ON LAME DUCK SESSION

The lame duck session of Congress has adjourned for the week of Thanksgiving and will reconvene Nov. 29. Members are expected to focus on tax cuts and passing a federal budget when they return.

Once Congress returns, it is possible they will remain in session for up to three weeks in an effort to make final decisions over many issues including some discussed below. There will not be much time get things done, so contact your members of Congress today and urge them to work on issues you feel are important.

IN THE US, 1 IN 4 CHILDREN ARE AT RISK OF GOING HUNGRY

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Household Food Security Report," more than 23 percent of children in the country live in food insecure households. For children under 6 that number exceeds 25 percent, an increase of 483,000 children from the previous year.

As Congress convenes for its lame-duck session, the U.S. House needs to pass a Child Nutrition bill to reauthorize school lunch and breakfast, summer meals, WIC and other programs that help children at risk for hunger. Just as importantly, Congress should not fund Child Nutrition by cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program). Earlier this year, the Senate slashed $2.2 billion from SNAP to pay for the bill-in effect robbing families to feed kids.

Please take action on this important bill today.

URGE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

The Unemployment Insurance program is a lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans and their families. Since January of 2009, there have been five job seekers for every one job opening. Despite continued efforts to find employment, the lack of demand for workers means that many must rely on their unemployment benefits to pay their bills and put food on their table.

However, many families relying on unemployment insurance will lose those benefits as the emergency unemployment compensation program expires at the end of December. In Philadelphia alone close to 18,000 people will lose the benefits. Congress can keep the program going for tens of thousands of Philadelphians and hundreds of thousands of Americans by extending the program. With only a few session days left before the program expires Congress must act quickly.

What can you do?
  • Sign the petition to Congress to continue unemployment insurance benefits
  • Send a letter to your member of Congress underscoring the importance of unemployment insurance benefits to family and economic well-being

State Policy Update

ADULT BASIC IS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY

Nearly 43,000 adults in Pennsylvania may be losing their health insurance early next year when adultBasic, an affordable health care option for adults who have recently lost health coverage and meet certain income guidelines, runs out of money.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, adultBasic will run out of funding by early next year. The reason for the lack of funding is that adultBasic was underfunded by $54 million in the 2010-11 Fiscal Year. The program was scheduled to end by the end of 2010, however, the insurance companies that fund part of the program agreed to extend it until July of 2011.

Please tell your legislators how important this healthcare program is to Pennsylvania. In addition to the 43,000 people using the program, over 434,000 are on the waiting list for coverage. adultBasic bridges an important healthcare gap until health care reform goes into effect in 2014. Please take a moment to write to your legislators right now!

Information/Events

FREE TRAINING: MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESPONSE TO HIGH-RISK ADOLESCENT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC TRAFFICKING FOR COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

This two-day workshop being held by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape will demonstrate and reinforce the need to understand the roles and responsibilities of CPS, law enforcement, prosecution, advocates, and medical personnel in identifying high-risk victims of domestic trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, investigating the crimes, and prosecuting traffickers/pimps and those who purchase children and adolescents. Additionally, this workshop will provide law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools needed to develop best practices in interviewing non-compliant child/adolescent victims, interrogating traffickers/pimps, preparing victims as witnesses at trail, and enhancing the multidisciplinary team approach.

WHEN & WHERE:

State College
November 30 - December 01, 2010
Ramada Conference Center
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Philadelphia
December 02 - 03, 2010
Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the event and to register visit the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape's website. Please register by November 24, 2010.

For questions or further information please contact Krista Hoffman at 717-728-9740 or khoffman@pcar.org.

TAX-TIME SAVINGS FOR ALL!

Tax time is one of the only opportunities for financially vulnerable individuals to save. They receive large refunds-perhaps the largest check they receive all year. Join the National Coalition on Aging to learn how to help them save with U.S. Savings Bonds at tax time.

WHEN: Thursday, December 16 3:00 - 4:00

Discover:
  • How to help economically vulnerable families and older adults save through U.S. Savings Bonds at tax time
  • How to implement and promote this opportunity in your community
  • The basics of savings bonds, including Series I Savings Bonds and how to split a tax refund into a savings bond
  • Where to go for more resources
To join the call please dial 1-866-740-1260 and the access code is 4796649. To join the call online go to www.readytalk.com and the access code is 4796649. For more information please click here.

Special PathWays PA Information/Events

NEW CLASS TIMES: 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

WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays - 9:30 - 12:00 OR Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 - 7:30
WHERE: Darby Borough Hall, 821 Summit Street, Darby PA

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



Images courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Capitol-Senate.JPG, http://www.ehow.com/how_5307448_apply-unemployment-benefits-unemployment-insurance.html

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Action Alerts Widget!

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adultBasic is Running Out of Money

Nearly 43,000 adults in Pennsylvania may be losing their health insurance early next year when adultBasic, an affordable health care option for adults who have recently lost health coverage and meet certain income guidelines, runs out of money.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, adultBasic will run out of funding by early next year. The reason for the lack of funding is that adultBasic was underfunded by $54 million in the 2010-11 Fiscal Year. The program was scheduled to end by the end of 2010, however, the insurance companies that fund part of the program agreed to extend it until July of 2011.

The problem lies in that the insurance contributions are not enough to sustain adultBasic beyond early 2011, meaning that thousands of working Pennsylvanians are at risk of losing their health coverage early next year, soon after Governor Corbett goes into office. Termination notices may go out as early as December.

Please tell your legislators how important this healthcare program is to Pennsylvania! In addition to the 43,000 people using the program, over 434,000 are on the waiting list for coverage. adultBasic bridges an important healthcare gap until health care reform goes into effect in 2014. Please take a moment to write to your legislators right now!

Urge Your Senators to Stand Up for Women and Girls

For the first time in eight years, the Senate will hold a hearing today on the importance of ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This treaty is described as an international bills of rights for women by defining what constitutes discrimination against women and setting up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. By ratifying the treaty, the US would be committing to undertake a series of measurers to end discrimination against women in all forms including:
  • to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
  • to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and
  • to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

Worldwide, women are struggling to secure equality and to achieve their full human rights. As the landmark international agreement for human rights and women's equality, CEDAW holds up a blueprint that decision-makers in every country can use to measure their progress for women and girls. Where CEDAW has been ratified, women's groups have used the treaty to encourage their governments to change discriminatory laws and policies.

The treaty has been ratified by 186 of the 193 member nations of the United Nations. It’s now time for the US to join those who have already ratified the treaty.

Please contact your Senators today and urge them to support this treaty. To watch the hearing online today at 2:00, click here.

Image courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Capitol-Senate.JPG

New Article: PathWays PA Gets Grant

From The Delaware County Daily Times
PathWays PA Inc. in the Holmes section of Ridley Township was awarded $20,550 from the IRS as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance grant.

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations.

Most locations also offer free electronic filing. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 800-906-9887.
To see the article, please visit the Daily Times website.

PathWays PA Job Postings - November 17, 2010

Deputy Director
Assist in the direction of a fast-paced North Philadelphia EARN Center that helps TANF participants get and keep family-sustaining employment. Applicant must have a solid track record in managing complex, performance-based programs. Must have expertise in providing job development, work experience, data management, quality assurance and case management services for low-income participants. Bachelor’s degree required, 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

Fund Development and Communications Coordinator
Fund Development and Communications professional sought by PathWays PA to work with a small team of dedicated professionals to manage special events, donor procurement and relations, and communications. Ideal position for a mature professional who is seeking a long-term secure position with a well-regarded non-profit. Public speaking experience and excellent writing skills are mandatory. Flexible hours are fine and there are occasional speaking engagements/events on weekends and evenings, but this is an office-based position based in Ridley Township so work from home will not be possible. Please respond in confidence with resume, cover letter and two press releases developed by you. Also we request that you provide salary requirements that reflect the reality of working in a non-profit environment during a protracted economic downturn. Please fax resumes to: LD/DEVELOP at 610-328-2807

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.

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.

Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant needed 5 afternoons per week (1-5 pm) for West Philadelphia social service office. Must possess data entry and Microsoft Office skills, requires strong organizational skills, and excellent telephone communications ability. Must possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. High School Diploma required. Please fax resume to: LD/LK/ADM at 610-328-2807.

Financial Educator
POSITION #1
Innovative program that promotes economic well-being in low-income families seeks a BS/BA level Financial Educator. You must be comfortable with people, computers and TANF system and have the ability to discuss basic financial planning and budgeting. Must be able to work some evenings and Saturday mornings. Independent transportation required to multiple work sites. Bilingual a plus. 4 year degree required - no exceptions - prefer BSW, background in education, understanding of personal finance, or related field. Counseling experience also preferred. This position will be based in Philadelphia. Grant-funded position. Fax resumes toLD1/LK1 at 610-328-2807. EOE

POSITION #2
Innovative program that promotes economic well-being in low-income families seeks a BS/BA level Financial Educator. You must be comfortable with people, computers and TANF system and have the ability to discuss basic financial planning and budgeting. Must be able to work some evenings and Saturday mornings. Independent transportation required to multiple work sites. Bilingual a plus. 4 year degree required - no exceptions - prefer BSW, background in education, understanding of personal finance, or related field. Counseling experience also preferred. This position will be based in Delaware County. Grant-funded position. Fax resumes to LD2/LK2 at 610-328-2807. EOE

POSITION #3
Innovative program that promotes economic well-being in low-income families seeks a BS/BA level Financial Educator. You must be comfortable with people, computers and TANF system and have the ability to discuss basic financial planning and budgeting. Must be able to work some evenings and Saturday mornings. Independent transportation required to multiple work sites. Bilingual a plus. 4 year degree required - no exceptions - prefer BSW, background in education, understanding of personal finance, or related field. Counseling experience also preferred. Grant-funded position. Fax resumes to LD3/LK3 at 610-328-2807. EOE

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, November 17, 2010

Health Policy Report

During the past quarter, health policy has centered on five major subjects: health care reform, health insurance, the health care workforce, health information technology, and geriatric care. Please click here to read a discussion of the developments in each policy area and the implications of such developments for providers, employers, employees, and consumers in the health care industry.

The discussed health policy developments indicate important trends occurring in health care right now relevant to all participants in the health care sector. Key trends to follow and be aware of in upcoming months and years include the push for more accessible and user-friendly health care and health insurance for all Americans, the fortification of the health care workforce with special focus placed on primary care workers and health IT workers, the transition from paper medical charts to EMRs, the increase in opportunities for low-income, disadvantaged, and minority populations to receive adequate health care and gain employment in the health care sector, and finally, the provision of competent and informed care to geriatric patients. To learn about all this and more please see the full report.

- Ariel Albright

Breaking News: Paycheck Fairness Falls Two Votes Short

American Dollar 2With the Senate back in session, a vote was scheduled today on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close loopholes in current legislation while preventing pay discrimination and prohibiting employer retaliation.  In the United States, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.  Over a forty-year career, this amount could add up to between $500,000 and $1 million.  Even in one year, the additional 23 cents is the equivalent of eight months of groceries.

When the Paycheck Fairness Act came up today, it needed 60 votes to survive a procedural filibuster.  Unfortunately, it only received 58, with 41 votes against it.

If you support Paycheck Fairness, please take a moment to see how your Senators voted. If your Senators were supporters, please thank them for their help, and ask them to pledge to support future pay equity measures.  If they were not supporters, please let them know your thoughts about their votes.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hunger is Very Real in Philadelphia and the US

Chicken egg 2009-06-04By now, many of you may have seen the articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer by Alfred Lubrano showing the impact of hunger in Philadelphia, specifically in the First Congressional District.  These articles show the faces of many who are hungry in Philadelphia, and the consequences of this hunger on children and families, including:
A report released yesterday by the US Department of Agriculture shows that 15% of US households “didn’t have access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life,” making those households food insecure.  More than 23% of children in the US are food insecure.

In order to help hungry families and children, we need a strong Child Nutrition bill that will not cut other food-related work supports.  Please take a moment to contact your legislators about the need to help hungry families throughout the country.

For more information about hunger in Philadelphia, you can visit The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and/or listen to yesterday's WHYY conversation on hunger in our community.  If you or your family are among the many food insecure families in the area, please call PathWays PA at 610-543-5022 to get help applying for SNAP (food stamps).  Remember, you may qualify for SNAP even if you work, and even if you only qualify for the minimum SNAP benefit, you can save $200 or more each year.

Benefits Set to Expire for 17,991 Philadelphians – Urge Your Members of Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance

The Unemployment Insurance program is a lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans and their families. Since January of 2009, there have been five job seekers for every one job opening. Despite continued efforts to find employment, the lack of demand for workers means that many must rely on their unemployment benefits to pay their bills and put food on their table. In addition to those seeking employment, communities and businesses also rely on unemployment benefits to ensure that they still have customers buying their products. For every dollar spent on unemployment benefits, the economy receives a boost equivalent to up to $1.90.

However, despite the need and benefits of the program the Pennsylvania Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis estimates that unemployment benefits for 17,991 Philadelphia residents will expire in December. That figure far outpaces the cumulative total of 11,163 Philadelphians whose benefits expired between January 1 and August. 31.

In addition to the enormous jump in December, the increases will continue through April 2011. In January, 15,607 residents will lose unemployment compensation, followed by 11,272 in February 2011, 9,104 in March 2011 and 6,936 in April 2011. The numbers will also increase in the counties surrounding Philadelphia.

The significant increase in those losing benefits is due to the expiring of emergency unemployment compensation. This benefit is primarily for people who lost their jobs during the beginning of the recession. Congress can keep the program going for tens of thousands of Philadelphians and hundreds of thousands of Americans by extending the program. With only a few session days left before the program expires Congress must act quickly.

What can you do?
  • Sign the petition to Congress to continue unemployment insurance benefits
  • Send a letter to your member of Congress underscoring the importance of unemployment insurance benefits to family and economic well-being
Image courtesy of: http://www.ehow.com/how_5307448_apply-unemployment-benefits-unemployment-insurance.html

Housing Trust Fund Bill Passes the House and Heads to the Governor

Just a few weeks ago the Senate passed HB 60, the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act (PHARE), by a vote of 47 to 2. This bill passed the House yesterday and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

The bill would establish a State Housing Trust Fund, which would support programs to increase the availability of homes within reach of low- and moderate-income Pennsylvanians. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia there is a shortage of 220,000 affordable rental homes available to extremely low-income families. Through this bill the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA) would be able to expand its efforts of promoting affordable housing projects across the Commonwealth.

House Bill 60 would be funded if and when the National Housing Trust Fund is approved by Congress. It is estimate that Pennsylvania will receive about $35 million. This money would be deposited to the fund and administered by PHFA.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter - 15 November 2010

Federal Policy Update


ACT ON EQUAL PAY TODAY!

This Wednesday, November 17th, the Senate will vote on an important bill for families across the nation - the Paycheck Fairness Act. Please take action now by calling your Senators and asking them to ensure that all workers have access to equal pay!

The Paycheck Fairness Act would close important gaps in current law to ensure that employees can compare salaries without retaliation, to improve wage data collection, and to put remedies for wage discrimination on an equal level with racial and ethnic discrimination.

Why is paycheck fairness important for families? Currently, women earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by men. The pay gap adds up to an average of nearly $11,000 per year, or enough money to buy groceries for eight months. With women acting as the bread-winner or co-bread-winner for two-thirds of families, that additional money could support many households in need.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO SUPPORT CHILD CARE AND HEAD START

Today Congress will be returning to Washington. There is a limited time to ensure that Recovery Act funding is not cut for child care and Head Start.

Join child advocates on November 15th for a national day to take action. If the program is cut, as many as 300,000 children nationally and 9,000 in Pennsylvania could be dropped from child care and Head Start. There is also a strong need to create the Early Learning Challenge Fund, which will encourage states to do even better for young children and families.

Congress is considering appropriations bills that could go backwards in spending for child care and Head Start, and would lose the Early Learning Challenge Fund.
Urge your members of Congress to move forward and fund the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start, and the Early Learning Challenge Fund.

Please contact your members of Congress today. Below is a sample script you may use in making your calls.

My name is (name) and I am calling from (city, state) and I am (your role). Please do not drop 300,000 children from child care and Head Start. Make sure that continued funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and Head Start is NOT REDUCED in the appropriations bill and that the Early Learning Challenge Fund is included. We are counting on you here in Pennsylvania. Thank you.

RALLY FOR GIRLS’ SPORTS CAMPAIGN

For girls, sports are about more than winning a game. Girls who play sports are healthier, more confident, less likely to engage in risky behaviors, and do better in high school and beyond. We’d like to think that any student has a fair shot to play sports, but sadly that is not the case. School districts across the country are denying girls an equal chance to play in high school.

You can help by joining the National Women’s Law Center’s new campaign focused on girls in high school: Rally for Girls’ Sports: She’ll Win More than a Game!

Sign the Rally for Girls’ Sports pledge today to ensure girls are getting a fair shot to play!

Girls are missing out. In these critical educational years, we need to come together as advocates, parents, coaches, and students to make sure that girls are treated fairly. Many girls want to play and they have what it takes to succeed — they just need the opportunities.

Please join with the National Women's Law Center to rally for girls’ sports. Every girl who plays will win more than a game.

State Policy Update

ASK HOUSE LEADERS TO EXTEND THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The Pennsylvania House has decided to come back into session today to vote on legislation. However, a one-day session will not be long enough to pass some important legislation, including the Industry Partnership bill (SB 1409).

This bill, which has broad bipartisan support, needs additional session days so it can be reported out of the Labor Relations Committee and added to the House calendar. With your help, this important legislation can move forward.

Please call your legislator and House leadership to ask them to extend the session for a few more days. If you support Industry Partnerships, your message to them can be:

"The Industry Partnership program has proven itself to be valuable to Pennsylvania's businesses and employees. Please extend the session for a few more days so that SB 1409 and other important legislation can be considered this year."

In addition to calling your legislators, you can also customize an email to them about the importance of the Industry Partnership program.

Information/Events


VIGIL FOR THE UNEMPLOYED - EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO END NOVEMBER 30

The Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program will end on November 30. Without an extension millions will exhaust their benefits during the holiday season and many millions more in the months ahead. Please join the Philadelphia Unemployment Project at a vigil for unemployed Americans to call for continuation of the EUC program until unemployment comes down and jobs are available.

WHEN: Monday, November 22nd at 12 Noon
WHERE: Arch Street Methodist Church, Broad and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

83,000 Pennsylvania workers will exhaust their checks during December alone if the extension is not passed. Unemployment rates remain nearly as high as they have been at any time since the Great Depression in both the nation and city.

If you cannot make it to the Vigil please sign an online petition urging Congress to renew these critical unemployment benefits programs.

FAMILY FINANCIAL PLAY PACK 

The National Endowment for Financial Education and the National Center for Family Literacy have created the Family Financial Play Pack.

This is a resource that is easy to print and use with your child to help them learn about counting, saving, borrowing, earning and giving dollars & cents as well as banking and credit. These simple activities and concepts are presented in a fun and child-friendly way to help parents provide early financial education for their children.

If you have older children, another helpful resource is PathWays PA’s Keeping it Real: Teen Finances. This guide discusses what teens should understand about their finances, and assists them in planning for their future.

PathWays PA Free Courses

PATHWAYS PA OFFERS EXPEDITED CAREER PATH TO EMT

PathWays PA is offering eligible job seekers free education and training to achieve certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

The need for EMTs is driven by the demand for services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Successful candidates will have:
  • Achieved qualifying scores in math and reading skills
  • Clean criminal background check
  • No back problems or physical restrictions
  • The ability to lift 125 pounds 33 inches off the ground and carry for 10 feet
  • Willingness to working with and touch all people
  • A valid drivers license (or the ability to obtain one during training)
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and flexibility to change course as circumstances warrant
  • Willingness to work different shifts and weekends
If the above qualifications are met, then an individual may be eligible for the training, which includes:
  • 6 weeks of Math/English Skills building classes at PathWays PA’s Holmes office
  • CPR Training and Certification through Delaware County Community College
  • 137 hours of EMT training over 14 weeks
  • Testing for EMT Certification
  • Career coaching support
For more information please attend the following information session:
  • Wednesday, November 17th at 10:00 AM at Delaware County Community College (901 South Media Line Road Media, PA). Please call 610-723-1220 to reserve a seat.

Please feel free to share this information with your clients and networks. For more information please contact Jennifer Oglesbee or Pam Reid at 610-543-5022 or joglesbee@pathwayspa.org.

NEW CLASS TIMES - 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

WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays – 9:30 – 12:00 OR Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 – 7:30
WHERE: Darby Borough Hall, 821 Summit Street, Darby PA

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


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

So Much To Do, So Little Time

Thank you to the Coalition on Human Needs for putting the below information together.

On November 15, Congress is scheduled to return for a few weeks. In that short amount of time, members have numerous issues to deal with from tax cuts to the extension of unemployment insurance. Below is information about just some of the many important issues Congress will be deciding:

Taxes: If the tax cuts made in 2001 or 2003 (as known as the Bush tax cuts) are extended, Congress will have to decide if the improvements to the refundable Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit included in the Recovery Act will be part of that extension.

Unemployment Insurance: In July, Congress extended federal unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed through the end of November. Unless Congress acts this fall, the unemployed will once again face the abrupt termination of their unemployment compensation.

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: In August of 2009, the Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307). The Act would make it easier for some low-income children to qualify for free school meals. It also increases the federal reimbursement for school meals by six cents per meal, and expands access to afterschool and summer meals. These changes come at the cost of reducing future SNAP (food stamps) benefits. At the House level, legislators would like more funding, greater expansion of summer food and school breakfast programs, and access to programs made easier, all without the cost of reducing SNAP benefits. Members of the House plan to seek assurances from the Administration that it will find other ways to prevent the cuts to SNAP if the bill is passed.

TANF Emergency Fund: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was made more responsive to rising poverty and joblessness through the creation of the TANF Emergency Fund, included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. States received a share of $5 billion over two years if they increased ongoing aid or short-term assistance for poor families, or if they set up temporary subsidized jobs programs. The TANF Emergency Fund was allowed to expire on September 30, even though its effectiveness was proven through its creation of 250,000 jobs for low-income parents and teenagers. It is possible that the program will be reinstated as part of another bill.

For more information about these and other issues see the Coalition on Human Needs, Issues to be Resolved in the Lame Duck Session.

PathWays PA Special E-Alert: Ask House Leadership to Continue the Legislative Session

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As many of you already know, the Pennsylvania House has decided to come back into session on Monday to vote on legislation.

While we support this decision, a one-day session will not be long enough to pass some important legislation, including the Industry Partnership bill (SB 1409).

This bill, which has broad bipartisan support, needs additional session days so it can be reported out of the Labor Relations Committee and added to the House calendar. With your help, this important legislation can move forward.

What can you do?

Please call your legislator and House leadership to ask them to extend the session for a few more days. If you support Industry Partnerships, your message to them can be:

"The Industry Partnership program has proven itself to be valuable to Pennsylvania's businesses and employees. Please extend the session for a few more days so that SB 1409 and other important legislation can be considered this year."

In addition to calling your legislators, you can also customize an email to them about the importance of the Industry Partnership program.

What should I know about Senate Bill 1409 and Industry Partnerships?

Senate Bill 1409 amended Pennsylvania's Workforce Development Act to codify the Industry Partnerships program. This bill passed the Senate with a 40-9 vote, and a nearly identical bill passed the House unanimously.

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.

In addition to developing cost-effective training, Industry Partnerships provide critical intelligence about the skill needs of local businesses; develop common curricula, certifications and career ladders; and provide a forum through which employers learn from each other how to improve organizational practices and increase competitiveness.

If you would like to learn more about Industry Partnerships in action, please watch our video on how employers and workers in Delaware County have benefited from the Industry Partnership program.

Letter to the Editor: Sick Time for All

This letter was published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 

Thank you for the news story "Survey: Two-thirds of restaurant employees come to work sick" (Oct. 26 and TribLIVE.com).

In Pennsylvania, more than 45 percent of workers (including restaurant workers) do not have the opportunity to earn paid sick time.

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is working to pass legislation to ensure all Pennsylvania workers have the opportunity to earn a minimum number of sick days to care for themselves or loved ones. Under this legislation, workers could earn up to six and a half such paid days per year.

When workers without sick time become ill, they have to choose between working sick or losing their pay (or their jobs). Not surprisingly, many choose their jobs over their health. Yet when they have access to sick time, their productivity increases and they are much less likely to spread illnesses to co-workers and the public.

Everyone gets sick, but not everyone has the time to get better. Please support earned sick days for all workers to improve public health, worker productivity and economic security for working families.

Carol Goertzel

The writer is president and CEO of nonprofit PathWaysPA (pathwayspa.org), a lead organizer of the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces (earnedsicktime.blogspot.com).

Monday, November 8, 2010

How Much Does it Cost for Nontraditional Students to Attend Community College? A Recent Report Doesn't Say.

Non-traditional student studying under the overhangIn our previous blog post, we looked at a recent study on the cost of college across the country, and how that cost is declining.  One group this study does not focus on, unfortunately, is nontraditional students.  Instead, it focuses on full-time enrollees, usually made up of recent high school graduates.  Nontraditional students, in comparison, often attend school part-time (or less than part-time), work part-time or full-time, and often juggle family responsibilities as well as work and school.  So, while the out-of-pocket costs for students has decreased for many full-time students, the same may not apply to nontraditional students.  Nontraditional students often do not qualify for Pell grants, for instance, which are seen as playing an important role in bringing down the cost of college.

But the needs of nontraditional students are important, especially here in Pennsylvania, where half of all jobs (51 percent) require some postsecondary education (though not necessarily a bachelor’s degree), even though more than half of all Pennsylvanians lack the education to perform them. At the same time, a diverse group of industries, ranging from manufacturing to healthcare, lack qualified, skilled employees. Pennsylvanians want to work in these jobs, and employers want to hire them – what is needed is a strategy through which workers can equip themselves with the proper skills to succeed.  

During National Nontraditional Students Week, please ask your legislators to support funding for nontraditional students so that they can obtain the education they need to earn self-sufficient wages for their families. Access to new skills for these workers has an immediate impact on our workforce and our economy.   You can learn more about the need for new skills, and Pennsylvania's community colleges, in our report, "Pennsylvania’s Workforce: The Role of Community Colleges."

In Many States, Overall Cost of Higher Education Decreasing

In the College Board's latest breakdown of tuition costs for students, researchers have found that while the cost of tuition is on the upswing for students, the combination of grants and loans they receive has actually brought their out-of-pocket costs down.  Total grant aid increased by about 22 percent in 2009-2010, with much of the increase due to Federal Pell grants and Veterans' Benefits.

But when it comes to higher education as a whole, even when counting federal stimulus spending, Pennsylvania ranked 6th lowest in state tax appropriations for higher education per $1,000 in personal income.  In other words, only five other states used a smaller percentage of taxes based on income to pay for higher education.  On average in the United States, $6.60 is appropriated per $1,000 of personal income for higher education.  In Pennsylvania, that number is just a little over $4.00.

To learn more about the report, you can find it at http://advocacy.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/2010_Trends_College_Pricing_Final_Web.pdf.  Also, please take a look at our accompanying blog post on funding for nontraditional students.

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: November 8, 2010

Special Announcements

It’s Not too Late to Join PathWays PA for our PathWays to the Starts 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

Support Child Care and Head Start

There is still time to sign-on to the letter to Congress to help protect Child Care and Head Start.

Over half of PA’s funding for Child Care Works and Keystone STARS and over 85 percent of Head Start funding comes from the federal government. Any cuts in federal funding will have a direct impact on the number of early learning slots available to kids. If made these essential investments will sustain services to at-risk children, ultimately helping us to reduce costs in education, health and social services while increasing employment. In Pennsylvania, for every dollar spent through child care and Head Start over two dollars is circulated in the economy.

Even though election results are in, existing members of Congress can still come to a resolution on funding for these critical programs in the next few weeks. In Pennsylvania there are over 9,000 children in child care, Head Start, and Early Head Start that could lose their early learning funding in Congress does not act.

Please sign-on to a letter urging our U.S. House and Senate members to pass a budget that helps early learning programs.

Act on Equal Pay Today!

On November 17, the Senate will vote on an important bill for families across the nation - the Paycheck Fairness Act. Please take action now by calling your Senators and asking them to ensure that all workers have access to equal pay!

The Paycheck Fairness Act would close important gaps in current law to ensure that employees can compare salaries without retaliation, to improve wage data collection, and to put remedies for wage discrimination on an equal level with racial and ethnic discrimination.

Why is paycheck fairness important for families? Currently, women earn 77 cents for each dollar earned by men. The pay gap adds up to an average of nearly $11,000 per year. With women acting as the bread-winner or co-bread-winner for two-thirds of families, that additional money could support many households in need.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.


State

Ask House Leaders to Finish Session’s Work, Including SB 1409

Senate Bill 1409 would amend Pennsylvania's Workforce Development Act to codify the Industry Partnerships program. 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.

The bill is now in the House of Representatives and needs only Labor Committee consideration and a vote by the full House. It can then be signed into law by Governor Rendell before he leaves office. Unfortunately, the House has decided to cancel the remaining session days and only return for Leadership elections and farewells to departing members. They are leaving a lot of important work unfinished.
We need a concerted effort from all supporters of Industry Partnerships to contact House Leadership and urge them to reconsider their decision to end this legislative session without voting SB 1409 and other important legislation.

Please contact your member of the House and the following members of House leadership:
  • Speaker: Keith R. McCall (717) 787-4610
  • Todd A. Eachus (717) 787-2229
  • Frank Dermondy (717) 787-3566
  • Mark B. Cohen (717) 787-4117
  • Jennifer Mann (717) 705-1869
  • Dwight Evans (717)783-1540
  • Ron Buxton (717) 783-9342
  • P. Michael Sturla (717) 705-1923 

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.

Are You "High-Risk"? Uninsured? There's a Pool for That 

Two or three months after most states have opened their high-risk insurance pools as part of health care reform, far fewer people than expected have been enrolling. While Pennsylvania’s program, PA Fair Care, is open to 3,500 individuals, only 1,300 have enrolled to date.

PA Fair Care offers a broad range of benefits that include preventive care, physician services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services and prescription medications. Subsidized premiums are $283.20 a month, plus additional co-pays and coinsurance.

To be eligible for PA Fair Care, applicants must:
  • Be a US citizen or lawful resident
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Have a pre-existing condition
  • Be uninsured for the previous six months
For info, visit www.pafaircare.com or call, toll-free, 1-888-767-7015. If you qualify for PA Fair Care, or know someone who does, you can apply through the Pennsylvania COMPASS system. Also, please pass this information on to doctors, hospitals, healthcare centers, and insurance agents as this is a program many can benefit from – they just need to know about it.

Information/Events

Home Heating Assistance Program Now Open

Pennsylvania's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has opened for the winter season.
LIHEAP provides cash grants of $300 or more that can be used to help pay regular monthly heating bills. The grants do not have to be paid back, and no lien will be placed on the home of those who receive assistance through LIHEAP. Recipients do not have to miss a heating payment to qualify.

Individuals with an income of up to $17,328 can qualify for LIHEAP assistance; a family of four can qualify with an income of up to $35,280. For complete income guidelines please click here.

Information and applications for LIHEAP are available by calling 1-866-857-7095 and online here.

Need Help Finding Health Care? Use These Tools! 

If you are looking for help finding healthcare, Healthcare.gov has some great tools for you to use. Using their website, you can compare coverage and pricing on health insurance in your area.

In addition, if you are looking for a health clinic, Healthcare.gov offers a portable version of the "Find a Health Center" tool available online from HHS. The portable version is available for free download from iTunes. Federally-funded health centers provide checkups, treatment, pregnancy care, immunizations, dental care, prescriptions, mental health, and substance abuse care, even if you don't have insurance.

Veterans Job Fair and Support Services

You are invited to the Veterans Job Fair and Support Services at Delaware County Community College. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to talk to Veteran Support Groups and a variety of Employers!
When: Tuesday November 9th, 2010, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Delaware County Community College, 901 Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063-1094

For a list of employers and support service providers scheduled to attend click here.

Bring a resume and dress for success! For resume assistance please call PA CareerLink® Delaware County at 610-447-3350 or 610-723-1220.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities


PathWays PA Free Courses

PathWays PA Offers Expedited Career Path to EMT

PathWays PA is offering eligible job seekers free education and training to achieve certification as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

The need for EMT is driven by the demand for services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Successful candidates will have:
  • Achieved qualifying scores on WorkKeys® Assessment
  • Clean criminal background check
  • No back problems or physical restrictions
  • The ability to lift 125 pounds 33 inches off the ground and carry for 10 feet
  • Willingness to working with and touch all people
  • A valid drivers license (or the ability to obtain one during training)
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and flexibility to change course as circumstances warrant
  • Willingness to work different shifts and weekends
If the above qualifications are met, then an individual may be eligible for the training, which includes:
  • 6 weeks of Math/English Skills building classes at PathWays PA’s Holmes office.
  • CPR Training and Certification through Delaware County Community College
  • 137 hours of EMT training over 14 weeks
  • Testing for EMT Certification
  • Career coaching support
For more information please attend one of the information sessions:
  • Wednesday November 10th at 11:00 AM at PA Career Link (701 Crosby Street, Chester PA) Please call 610-447-3350 to reserve a seat.
  • Wednesday, November 17th at 10:00 AM at Delaware County Community College (901 South Media Line Road Media, PA). Please call 610-723-1220 to reserve a seat.
Please feel free to share this information with your clients and networks. For more information please contact Jennifer Oglesbee or Pam Reid at 610-543-5022 or joglesbee@pathwayspa.org.

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.


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