Friday, April 29, 2011

"Sick Days for Healthy Recovery" - OpEd in Philadelphia Business Journal

Guest Comment
Sick days for healthy recovery
Philadelphia Business Journal - by Eileen Appelbaum and Lonnie Golden

The most recent national jobs reports show improvements in the labor market, but the employment gains and the falling unemployment rate are still largely the result of a decline in layoffs and firings of workers.

Hiring remains weak as the latest government report on job openings and labor turnover shows. In a job market still facing challenges, reducing the number of workers who are laid off or fired is essential to building a healthier labor market, strengthening the recovery and spreading its benefits. Mandating paid sick days is one policy that will help employers keep workers in jobs.
To read the full story, please visit The Philadelphia Business Journal's website

Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Children

Every parent wants to protect their children, no matter how old they get, but my daughter was faced with a horrible choice, and it was my fault. She had to choose between staying in the hospital waiting for word about my status in the Intensive Care Unit (which would make her lose her job) or going to work and facing the possibility that I could die while she was ringing people up at the check-out counter.

Going to work or caring for an ailing mother is a choice no one should have to make.


That's why I'm joining with PathWays PA and the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces in calling for paid sick days for anyone employed in the City of Philadelphia.

Not only has my daughter already confronted this ugly choice, but she's going to have to do it again and again in the near future because I'm facing heart surgery and a possible diagnosis of breast cancer.

But this isn't just about me and my family. Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't have the ability to earn paid sick days either. So whether it is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their family and losing their job.

I'll be honest with you, that's not how it should work in America. But now Philadelphia has an opportunity to lead the way in how it *should* work! Click here and join me in supporting paid sick time for all employees in Philadelphia. Because it's like I told the City Council:

"Even if I have to use my last breath to get [a policy] passed, I will do it!"


You can tell the Mayor and the City Council that you want a paid sick days policy too! Just click here and sign the petition!

In solidarity,

Barbara Lovelace,
North Philadelphia

Thursday, April 28, 2011

National Runaway Switchboard Annouces LIVE CHAT Service

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away every year. The National Runaway Switchboard has a 24-hour crisis hotline, and a new LIVE CHAT service on the NRS website to help keep at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

The National Runaway Switchboard is a safe, confidential and free service to support youth who are thinking of running away from home, have run away, or have run away and are thinking of going home. In addition to the LIVE CHAT, the NRS has a 24-hour crisis hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY, and a Home Free program to help runaways return home.

For more information, watch the NRS’s public service announcement on YouTube, and help raise awareness by passing this information along in your outreach efforts.

PathWays PA Job Postings - April 28, 2011

Manager, Individual Donor & Corporate Relations & Special Events
Individual and Corporate Fundraiser sought by PathWays PA to manage special events, individual, community group, and corporate fundraising, and communications. Ideal position for a mature professional who is seeking a position with a well-regarded non-profit. Public speaking experience and excellent writing skills are mandatory, as well as marketing and individual fundraising experience. This is an office-based position based in Delaware County, with visits to potential corporations and donors throughout the region. There are occasional speaking engagements/events on weekends and evenings. Please respond in confidence with resume, cover letter and two press releases developed by you. Also please provide salary requirements that reflect the reality of working in a non-profit environment during a protracted economic downturn. Please fax resumes and press release to: LD/Dev. at 610-328-2807, or e-mail through our website. EOE

Cook
This position will provide food services in a group home for mothers and children. The cook shall possess the skills necessary to prepare meals for large groups of people (40-50 mothers and children) and shall have knowledge of nutrition and nutritional meal planning. They shall have the ability to understand and follow the USDA mandated guidelines. The cook shall possess the ability to manage food and kitchen supplies. The ideal candidate will have the ability to interact with people and will be flexible and tolerant in dealing with our residents. Prefer GED/HS Diploma. ServSafe certification required. Monday through Friday, day time hours. Must have reliable independent transportation. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF 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, requires workday availability and is for immediate openings. Bilingual a plus. E-mail or fax resumes to LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Mentoring Coordinator
The Mentoring Coordinator will have experience with issues related to older adolescents and will have some knowledge and understanding of volunteer recruitment and retention. They shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the program. They shall be a mature individual with knowledge of parenting issues, community resources, and the skills necessary to live independently. They shall demonstrate insight, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. A BSW or bachelor’s degree in related field of study is required. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention: LD/KM.

Part-Time Life Skills Coach/Mentor
The Life Skills Coach/Mentor shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency. They shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to teach life skills and the maturity necessary to interact with women from various backgrounds. They shall be organized, non-judgmental, and shall demonstrate good problem solving skills. Work individually with clients who are unable to maintain an acceptable level of safety, cleanliness, and organization including cleaning with the client to role model appropriate skills. They shall be of sound character and have the flexibility, perseverance, and integrity necessary to engage and provide role modeling for young mothers, be a team player and have some knowledge of teen parenting issues. High School Diploma/GED and three years experience working with women and children. AA or BA in social services preferred. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention LD/MR.

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; E-mail or fax resumes to LD/SIL 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. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

SIL Case Manager
The SIL Case Manager/Counselor will have at least two years experience providing direct services to individuals and/or families. She/he shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency and the program and shall be familiar with the concepts of strength-based practice. The Case Manager/Counselor shall be a mature individual with the knowledge of the skills necessary to live independently. She/he shall demonstrate empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. BSW or Related Bachelors Degree required. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: LD/BD at 610-328-2807.

Truancy Case Manager
Bachelor Degree in Social Work or related field required – no exceptions. Maturity and ability to handle pressure, flexibility, detail-oriented, good organizational skills, and familiarity working with at risk families. Provide own transportation (current driver’s license required) and hold flexible hours (some evening hours may be required). Previous experience with women, children and families preferred. Maturity and ability to handle pressure, flexibility, detail–oriented, good organizational skills, and familiarity working with at- risk families. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: assume responsibility for all required paperwork for each child/family on caseload including initial contract, timely reports, process and progress notes, etc.; coordinate all services internally and externally for all caseload families including, but no limited to: legal, medical/dental therapeutic, educational, vocational and housing; liaison with all outside agencies involved with families on caseload; schedule case management meeting with adult clients on caseload for purposes of planning, review progress, advocacy, addressing house and personal issues, etc. on a regular basis; Accompany clients when necessary to significant appointments and meetings. E-mail or fax resume to LD/MT at 610-328-2807.

AmeriCorp VISTA’S
We’re looking for some stars – are you ready to shine?
Whether you have left school, are getting ready to graduate, are already working, or are retired but looking to give back to the community, we have opportunities for you to enhance your life while serving the lives of others. The AmeriCorps VISTA program offers a living allowance, money for college or student loans, healthcare and childcare. Additional benefits may be available. Self-motivated individuals interested in helping others with good organizational and computer skills should apply. Spanish a plus. Located in Philadelphia, PA suburb (Delaware County) near public transportation. Fax resumes and cover letters to MB at 610-543-1549. Please tell us which opportunity interests you!

Job Opportunities for VISTA’S:
Veterans/Underserved Financial Educator : The VISTA member will play an essential role in our Path$ 2 Benefits program, which provides financial education and public benefits outreach. He or she will work with veterans associations and organizations while reaching out to other underserved populations to share information and resources. The VISTA member will also recruit new organizational contacts and develop new publications and resources.

Youth and Healthcare Financial Educator: The VISTA member will play an essential role in our youth work and work within the healthcare industry. He or she will share information with our partners, prepare workshops for youth, and encourage youth and other healthcare workers in their financial education.

PA CareerLink VISTA: The PA CareerLink VISTA will market a myriad of services of the public workforce development system to employers in the local geographic area. The primary goal of the VISTA member’s outreach efforts will be to establish new employer accounts while maintaining existing accounts. The successful candidate must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Pennsylvania "WelFAIR" Legislation Update

So far this week two bills from the WelFAIR initiative won final passage in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and another was agreed to on second consideration as amended.

HB1312, the bill proposed to change the DPW’s nearly $20 million Special Allowance Program from a grant program into a loan program, was agreed to on second consideration on Tuesday after amendments by Democrats were voted down. The bill won final passage on Wednesday by a vote of 159-29 and will proceed to the PA Senate.

HB1297, the bill proposed to create a requirement for people with felony drug convictions to undergo drug testing in order to receive public benefits, was also agreed to on second consideration on Tuesday after failed attempts by Democrats to make amendments, and won final passage in the House on Wednesday with similar support, by a vote of 164-23.

HB1301, which would limit reimbursements by the Medical Assistance Transportation Program to trips under 50 miles, was agreed to on second consideration on Wednesday, with voting on final passage expected soon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Working Poor Families Project Releases New Data

The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) has recently provided updated data on the conditions of working families in the U.S. a whole, the fifty states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

These data are the quantitative data generated for WPFP by the Population Reference Bureau from American Community Survey (ACS) 2009 and the Current Population Survey (CPS) 2010.

The data give a comprehensive picture of the economic and demographic realities of Pennsylvania’s working poor families. Working poor families often earn too much to qualify for significant government benefits, but often they do not earn enough to make ends meet. The data below are a snapshot of the challenges faced by Pennsylvania’s working poor families and highlight the areas where these families are particularly vulnerable.

The following data are for Pennsylvania:

• 69.5% of families who earn less than 200% of the federal poverty line (FPL) are working families (334,650 families <200% that are working/ 481,730 total families <200%)

• 25.7% of working families earn less than 200% FPL (334,650 families <200%/1,303,240 total working families), with 7% of working families earning less than 100% of FPL (94,455 working families <100% FPL/ 1,303,240 total working families)

• 30% of children in Pennsylvania have families who earn less than 200% FPL (728,060 children/ 2,420,390 total children in PA)

• 56% of working families who earn less than 200% FPL spend more than 33% of their household income on housing.

• 26% of families who earn less than 200% FPL have at least one parent without health insurance (*this data was collected before the cancellation of adultBasic in March, 2011, which greatly affected workers who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid but did not have employer-based health insurance, in other words, the people most likely to make up this data point)

• Pennsylvania ranks 49th out of all states for the percentage of adults with only a High School diploma or equivalent, with 35% of people ages 18-64 not receiving any post-secondary education

• However, Pennsylvania ranks in the top ten nationally for percentage of people ages18-24 who are enrolled in post-secondary education institutions (undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools) at 45% enrollment

• 26% of workers ages 18 and over in Pennsylvania work in low-wage jobs, with Pennsylvania’s state adjusted low-wage at $11.05 per hour (national low-wage adjusted for state cost of living)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pathways PA E-Newsletter: April 25, 2011

Federal Policy Update

CONGRESSIONAL SPRING RECESS IS A GREAT TIME TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

While federal legislators are back in their home districts for the spring recess it is a great time to invite them to visit your program offices or tour your facilities. Help them learn about your work and meet your clients, so they will be able to see firsthand who would be affected if drastic budget cuts are made.
  
The Child Welfare League of America encourages you to let Congress know that These Cuts Won't Heal! CWLA Advocacy staff can answer questions about what messages to share.

State Policy Update

ACTION ALERT: INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION


Industry Partnerships are consortiums that allow employers to improve and expand their workforce by bringing together companies committed to the development of their workforce.
  • This program provides workers with access to training that gives them the skills necessary to maintain jobs and obtain employment with sufficient wages so workers can adequately support their families.
  • In Pennsylvania, more than 6,300 businesses are involved with more than 70 Industry Partnerships across the state. More than 70,000 workers have been trained since 2005.
  • On average, those workers have seen their wages rise by 6.62 percent within the first year after receiving the training.
The Senate is scheduled to return to session on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. SB 552, the Industry Partnership Legislation, is on 1st Consideration on the Senate's voting Calendar. The bill needs to be moved up to 3rd Consideration before it can be voted on by the entire Senate. Unfortunately many bills are put on the Senate calendar for first consideration and never reach a final vote.

In order to prevent this, you can assist in moving the process along by contacting the Majority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Dominic Pileggi, who is responsible for the scheduling decisions in the PA Senate.

Please contact Senator Pileggi by making a call, sending a letter (click here), or sending an customizable email (click here) requesting that he allow a vote on SB 552 as quickly as possible. Remind him of the overwhelming bi-partisan support for Industry Partnerships as well as Governor Corbett's support.

Then send a letter to ALL the senators asking for an AFFIRMATIVE vote on SB 552 WITHOUT AMENDMENT.

Background information on SB 552, sample letters of support and contact information for senators can be obtained from the PFWS website at www.workforcepa.com.

This information provided by the Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Information/Events

JOIN PHAN’S CALL SERIES ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-7:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network is constantly tracking what's happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.

On Tuesday, April 26 from 6:00-7:00 PM, Patrick Tigue will join their call series for a comprehensive talk on setting up Health Insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. RSVP Here.

Tigue is the Children's Health Care coordinator for the New England Alliance for Children's Health. He has also performed Medicaid policy analysis and has previous experience as a Health Insurance Analyst.

Click here to learn more about PHAN’s policy call series or to access resources from previous calls.

Contact Athena with questions at aford@pahealthaccess.org.

EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE COMMISSION

A town hall is hosted by the United States Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. It will include presentations by regional educational leaders and a forum for members of the public to share their thoughts with the Commission on this important educational and financial issue.

The Commission will examine the disparities in meaningful educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap, with a focus on systems of finance, and recommend ways in which federal policies could address such disparities.

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2011 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge 3417 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

To RSVP for the event, please e-mail equitycommission@ed.gov, with “RSVP for April 29 Philadelphia Town Hall meeting” in the subject header.

Special Requests: The venue is accessible, but please indicate if you require additional disability assistance or translation/interpretation services.

Feel free to contact the Commission at: equitycommission@ed.gov. To track updates please visit the Equity Commission webpage.

PA STATE BUDGET - AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE IMPACT ON OUR REGION AND THE NONPROFIT SECTOR

Join the United Way of Southeastern PA for breakfast and a unique opportunity to discuss the State budget. You will be hearing from State and non-profit leaders about the budget and what the impact will be on local human services in the future.

WHEN: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:00-11:00 AM

WHERE: United Way of Southeastern PA, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
*Breakfast will be available at 8:30, the program starts at 9:00

Please RSVP to budgetforum@uwsepa.org by Thursday April 28, 2011

STATEWIDE BUDGET RALLY AND LOBBY DAY

As we brace ourselves for a Pennsylvania House budget that may slash human services, we need to speak out against the cuts- the only approach that puts all of us at risk.

To speak out join the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition and the CLEAR Coalition for a rally and lobby day in Harrisburg.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3 - Activities start at 11am.
WHERE: State Capitol, Harrisburg

Buses and lunches provided for those who register, while supplies last. REGISTER SOON, THE BUSES ARE FILLING UP!

Register online at www.clearforpa.org.

If you are bringing numbers and would like a speaker from your organization, please let Kate Atkins at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center know ASAP.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY & PRACTICE LECTURE

Join CLASP on May 9th for an event on how workforce policy and programs can best contribute to economic growth, community renewal and individuals' economic mobility.

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Ray Marshall, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Carter Administration
  • William E. Brock, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Reagan Administration
  • Steven Gunderson, Republican Congressman from Wisconsin 1980-1996
  • Kitty Higgins, Deputy Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration
  • Roberts T. Jones, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training in the Reagan and Bush Administrations
This is an especially strategic time for a bi-partisan discussion on how workforce policy and programs can best contribute to economic growth, community renewal and individuals’ economic mobility. Today, as we emerge from recession, U.S. workers and businesses face daunting challenges that require a strong workforce system. We will need to assure that all segments of our ever more diverse workforce are prepared for an innovation and skill-based economy. The pending reauthorizations of workforce-related programs provide an opportunity to address these challenges. Yet, despite a history of bi-partisan support in Washington and in the states for employment, training and workforce education programs, constrained resources threaten their very existence.

The symposium will be held May 9, 2011 from 3:00-4:30 PM at the Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-562, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the CLASP website.

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS

Join Terry Travis, Assistant VP for Development at La Salle University for some practical information about financial literacy – from a basic explanation of developing and managing a budget, to balance sheet terms, to reporting fundraising numbers, or speaking with potential donors.

The workshop is free and open to the community. It will be held on

WHEN: May 20, 9:00 – 11:30 (A light breakfast will start at 8:30)

WHERE: La Salle Union Building in the Music Room on the second floor

Please contact Louise Giugliano, Director of Service-Learning with your name, organization and email to register.

This information provided by PHENND.

FDIC UPDATES MONEY SMART FOR YOUNG ADULTS

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has announced an updated and enhanced version of its instructor-led Money Smart for Young Adults financial education curriculum.

Key changes include updates about managing credit cards, avoiding overdrafts and financing higher education.

The revised curriculum also includes instructional enhancements, many suggested by instructors who use Money Smart, such as expanded pre- and post-tests that teachers can use to measure changes in student knowledge or use as quiz questions.

To obtain free copies of the updated curriculum, visit here.

This information provided by our friends at United Way of Southeastern PA.

Special PathWays PA Information/Events


PROJECT PEACE FOR TEENAGERS

Do you need help with education, childcare, welfare benefits, parenting or support? We can help!
The Project Peace Teen Parent Program provides one-on-one support for pregnant adolescents and teen parents.

Project Peace services are available at the MacDade Goodwill Store, 2137 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes PA, from Tuesdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Services provided will help you:
  • Complete high school and plan for higher education
  • Become a better parent
  • Obtain appropriate community resources, such as childcare, supportive services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF), life skills training and employment
  • Get in home support
For more information call 610-543-5022 or visit www.pathwayspa.org.

PATH$ TO BENEFITS

The PathWays PA Path$ 2 Benefits program provides access to counseling and workshops on banking and budgeting assistance, credit and debt management counseling, identity theft repair, financial goal planning, financial crisis management, college planning, housing assistance, and free tax preparation. Clients can also be screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other services. Even unemployed and dislocated workers can take part in programs that improve their credit without costing money.

For more information, please call 610-543-5022 or email financialpaths@pathwayspa.org.

FINANCIAL PATH$

Financial Path$, a new program from PathWays PA, helps individuals and families build paths toward economic self-sufficiency through financial education, asset building and economic empowerment. This program provides one-on-one financial counseling and financial education workshops. Financial Path$ is committed to assisting everyone carve their path to self-sufficiency.

If you or your clients would be interested in learning more about this program please contact wrahemtulla@pathwayspa.org.

For more information become Financial Path$ friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Stay turned as we will also be launching a blog very soon!

Friday, April 22, 2011

This Week in the Delaware County Daily Times: Ex-Delco D.A. McEwen to Lead State Reapportionment Panel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is naming a senior judge as chairman of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. The justices announced the selection Tuesday of Stephen McEwen Jr., currently president judge emeritus of the Superior Court.

The commission will redraw the lines of Pennsylvania's General Assembly districts to account for population shifts over the past decade. The court chose the panel's chairman after the four legislative leaders who are the other members — two Republicans and two Democrats — were unable to agree on one within the time frame allotted by the constitution.


To read more, please visit The Delaware County Daily Times website.

Also of note this week, state government operations and the Capitol were closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to a water main break in Harrisburg. Low water pressure and a boil-water advisory kept legislators and policymakers from the Capitol.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

PathWays PA Job Postings - April 21, 2011

Manager, Individual Donor & Corporate Relations & Special Events
Individual and Corporate Fundraiser sought by PathWays PA to manage special events, individual, community group, and corporate fundraising, and communications. Ideal position for a mature professional who is seeking a position with a well-regarded non-profit. Public speaking experience and excellent writing skills are mandatory, as well as marketing and individual fundraising experience. This is an office-based position based in Delaware County, with visits to potential corporations and donors throughout the region. There are occasional speaking engagements/events on weekends and evenings. Please respond in confidence with resume, cover letter and two press releases developed by you. Also please provide salary requirements that reflect the reality of working in a non-profit environment during a protracted economic downturn. Please fax resumes and press release to: LD/Dev. at 610-328-2807, or e-mail through our website. EOE

Grant Writer 
PathWays PA seeks an experienced, successful Grant Writer. We are a Delco-based nonprofit serving women, children & families, primarily in Philadelphia and Delaware County. Candidates must be PC literate, and possess superb writing and research skills. Need a proven track record in obtaining major funding from government, foundations, and corporations. Minimum BA degree required. Fax or email your resume, two writing samples, a history of your success in grant writing and salary requirements to 610-543-6483. Please e-mail or fax your resume to: 610-328-2807, attention: JL/GW.

Cook
Experience in bulk food preparation. The cook/kitchen coordinator 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 have the ability to understand and follow the USDA mandated guidelines. The cook/kitchen coordinator shall possess the ability to manage food and kitchen supplies. The ideal candidate will have the ability to interact with people and will be flexible and tolerant in dealing with our residents. Prefer GED/HS Diploma. SafeServ certification required - NO EXCEPTIONS! Must have reliable independent transportation. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF 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, requires workday availability and is for immediate openings. Bilingual a plus. E-mail or fax resumes to LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Mentoring Coordinator
The Mentoring Coordinator will have experience with issues related to older adolescents and will have some knowledge and understanding of volunteer recruitment and retention. They shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the program. They shall be a mature individual with knowledge of parenting issues, community resources, and the skills necessary to live independently. They shall demonstrate insight, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. A BSW or bachelor’s degree in related field of study is required. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention: LD/KM.

Part-Time Life Skills Coach/Mentor
The Life Skills Coach/Mentor shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency. They shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to teach life skills and the maturity necessary to interact with women from various backgrounds. They shall be organized, non-judgmental, and shall demonstrate good problem solving skills. Work individually with clients who are unable to maintain an acceptable level of safety, cleanliness, and organization including cleaning with the client to role model appropriate skills. They shall be of sound character and have the flexibility, perseverance, and integrity necessary to engage and provide role modeling for young mothers, be a team player and have some knowledge of teen parenting issues. High School Diploma/GED and three years experience working with women and children. AA or BA in social services preferred. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention LD/MR.

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; E-mail or fax resumes to LD/SIL 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. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

SIL Case Manager
The SIL Case Manager/Counselor will have at least two years experience providing direct services to individuals and/or families. She/he shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency and the program and shall be familiar with the concepts of strength-based practice. The Case Manager/Counselor shall be a mature individual with the knowledge of the skills necessary to live independently. She/he shall demonstrate empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. BSW or Related Bachelors Degree required. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: LD/BD at 610-328-2807.

Truancy Case Manager
Bachelor Degree in Social Work or related field required – no exceptions. Maturity and ability to handle pressure, flexibility, detail-oriented, good organizational skills, and familiarity working with at risk families. Provide own transportation (current driver’s license required) and hold flexible hours (some evening hours may be required). Previous experience with women, children and families preferred. Maturity and ability to handle pressure, flexibility, detail–oriented, good organizational skills, and familiarity working with at- risk families. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: assume responsibility for all required paperwork for each child/family on caseload including initial contract, timely reports, process and progress notes, etc.; coordinate all services internally and externally for all caseload families including, but no limited to: legal, medical/dental therapeutic, educational, vocational and housing; liaison with all outside agencies involved with families on caseload; schedule case management meeting with adult clients on caseload for purposes of planning, review progress, advocacy, addressing house and personal issues, etc. on a regular basis; Accompany clients when necessary to significant appointments and meetings. E-mail or fax resume to LD/MT at 610-328-2807.

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In Today's Delaware County Daily Times: Collaborative effort: PathWays PA, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County are providing two services to help people

By KATHLEEN E. CAREY

RIDLEY — Twenty-three-year-old Jessica was having difficulty keeping food on the table while taking care of her disabled mom and trying to juggle working a full-time job and going to school part-time.

So she signed up for a financial literacy session through PathWays PA’s Path$ to Benefits program Tuesday at the Holmes Goodwill store.

“I thought it was very helpful,” Jessica said. “(The financial counselor) helped me with a lot of things. She made me feel very comfortable about talking about my issues. It’s a program that helps you when you are at your most down point,” she said.
 To read more, please visit The Delaware County Daily Times website.

Pathways PA Special Budget Alert: April 20, 2011

FEDERAL BUDGET UPDATE

Half way into the fiscal year and after months of standoff, the House and Senate passed the final FY 2011 spending bill for discretionary programs (those funded annually). One hour before midnight on April 8, when the federal government was set to shut down, a deal was struck estimated to cut $38.5 billion in spending for the remainder of FY 2011, the largest annual spending reduction ever. A one-week continuing resolution (CR) was passed to keep the government open and running while allowing time for details of the plan to be ironed out. On April 14, H.R. 1473 passed the House 260-167, with 59 Republicans and over half of the Democrats voting against the bill. The spending cut was likely too little for the Republicans and too much for the Democrats who opposed the bill.

Later in the day, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 81-19, with 15 Republicans, 3 Democrats, and 1 Independent opposing passage. Many programs thought to be at risk were spared cuts. However, there are significant cuts to housing and community development programs as well as cuts in job training, energy assistance, and other programs.

In the aftermath of the passage of H.R. 1437 there is a debate over how much money was actually cut in FY 2011 spending. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the final bill reduced ‘budget authority’ by $37.7 billion – that is, it reduced the amount that federal agencies could enter into agreements to pay. CBO showed that much of those obligated funds would not have been spent in FY 2011, delaying the impact of most of the cuts until FY 2012 and beyond. Between FY 2012 and FY 2016, CBO estimated that $20 billion to $25 billion would not be spent, and also acknowledged that additional reductions were possible that it had no way of measuring now. It is inaccurate to conclude, as some news reports have suggested, that the H.R. 1437 cut less than $1 billion in the FY 2011 spending bill, although it is true that less than a billion would be cut in the next six months. (Click here for the CBO analysis.)


This information provided by our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs.

STATE BUDGET UPDATE

State Budget Proposal Eliminates Human Services Development Fund

Governor Corbett’s proposed budget eliminates the Human Services Development Fund (HSDF) – a $23.5 million Department of Public Welfare line item that provides critically needed support for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations, including domestic violence victims.

Philadelphia receives $5.83 million in HSDF support for critical interventions, including:
  • Office of Supportive Housing for in-take and emergency relocation for approximately 15,000 people per year: $2.4 million
  • Department of Human Services for domestic violence legal services: $250,000
  • AIDS Services: $1 million
  • Lead Abatement: $115,000
  • Disease Control: $70,000
  • Translation Services for City Health Center clients: $350,000
  • Anti-violence Summer Recreation Programming for children and youth: $696,000
  • Senior Citizen Outreach: $105,000

HSDF must be restored to ensure that our community’s most vulnerable residents receive the strategic, short-term supports needed to alleviate further suffering and move forward with their lives.

It can be done. By ending special tax breaks for big oil and tobacco companies, and closing corporate tax loopholes, Pennsylvania can protect its most vulnerable populations without a bloated budget.

You can urge your lawmakers to restore HSDF by visiting womenagainstabuse.org.


This information provided by our allies at Women Against Abuse.


PA Senate Democrats Release Alternative Proposed Budget

On April 15, 2011 PA Senate Democrats released a budget alternative to Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget. The Democrats’ budget proposal includes $750 million in cuts to programs and $290 million in new tax revenue, including a proposed tax on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The proposal notably forgoes the significant cuts to education that the Corbett budget received attention for, and returns education funding to 2010-2011 levels.

Click here to read an article outlining the proposal by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Delaware County Schools Face State’s Largest Proposed Budget Cuts

Delaware County’s Chester-Upland School District faces a proposed state budget cut of 17 percent, the largest proposed cut in the state. The school district announced earlier in 2011 that it faced a budget deficit for the current year of $5-7 million. There are concerns in the community that the school district does not know how it will cope with the additional losses to the budget proposed by the Governor in his FY 2011-12 budget.

To read a Philadelphia Inquirer article on proposed budget cuts to area schools, click here.

Participate in Regional Forums on Education Budget with Education Secretary Ron Tomalis 

In the coming weeks, the Team Pennsylvania Foundation is sponsoring a series of forums with Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis. The Secretary will meet with leaders from across the state to discuss the 2011-12 education budget and what it means for the commonwealth.
You can learn more and register for the forums on the Team PA web site. This is an important opportunity to have your voice heard.

Northwest
Date: April 28
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Location: H.O. Hirt Auditorium - 160 East Front Street, Erie

Southwest
Date: April 29
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Location: Bayer USA Foundation, Freddies (Building #6) - 100 Bayer Road, Pittsburgh

Ask Your State Legislator to Enact a Gas Drilling Tax

Governor Corbett’s budget proposal cuts nearly $2 billion for schools, full-day kindergarten, colleges, and health and human services, while the natural gas industry pays very little in taxes. Pennsylvania should enact a gas drilling tax at the state level to avoid these deep cuts and higher local taxes for working families.
85% of the oil and gas companies that filed corporate tax returns in 2008 paid no state taxes, while many other drillers are structured in a way to lower their state tax bills considerably. Drillers also enjoy a generous array of federal tax breaks and pay little in local taxes.

Some lawmakers favor a local drilling impact fee, but the impacts of drilling don’t stop at local boundaries. A state drilling tax will support education, health care and children’s services, as well as the local and environmental impacts of drilling.

Tell your lawmakers the time has come to end the special interest tax breaks for the gas industry: http://tinyurl.com/3ugye2g.

This information provided by Better Choices for Pennsylvania.

Montgomery County Rally for a Better Budget

Join the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition as they tell Harrisburg that we need continued support in the budget for child care programs, schools and literacy classes, and supports for people with disabilities.

When: Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3 PM
Where: Montgomery County Courthouse, Airy Street & Swede Street, Norristown

Rally for a Responsible Budget 


On May 3, 2011 there will be a Rally for a Responsible Budget at the state capital between 1:00-2:00 pm to address all the major cuts of Gov. Corbett's proposed budget.

Free bus rides are available if you sign up now! Go to www.clearforpa.org for more information on the rally and to sign up for the buses. Space is limited on the buses, so sign up ASAP!

PROGRAMS THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Stand Up for Children in This Year's Budget

Earlier this month the PA House and Senate wrapped up three weeks of hearings on Governor Corbett’s proposed budget.

Three key themes emerged from the hearings:
  • The Governor’s proposal tries to balance the budget at the expense of children and youth. While it would continue to fund most early childhood education, the budget makes deep cuts to K-12 and higher education; prevention; child welfare and income supports for struggling families. (For details on proposed cuts to children click here).
  • Some legislators don’t want to stop there. They’re disappointed that the Governor didn’t propose deeper cuts to the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), which funds health care, child care and other services that kids need to grow up.
  • The only way to ensure that Pennsylvania supports all the services that are critically important to children is by increasing the ‘spend number’ in the budget.
  • This is possible if Pennsylvania’s largest corporations pay their fair share through a tax on natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and closing other corporate tax loopholes.
  • Did you know more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s largest corporations don’t pay any income tax?
  • That taxing natural gas could generate almost all of the proposed cuts to the State System of Higher Education?
  • Or that Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn’t tax smokeless tobacco, a move that’s not only harmful to the state’s bottom line but also to our children’s health? (Click here for more information about these loopholes.)
Many legislators, Democrats and Republicans alike, are concerned about the impact of proposed cuts on their constituents. Yet they are equally concerned about voter backlash against a tax increase.

Your email to them now will help tip the balance in favor of a budget that supports the whole child – not one that supports some programs for children at the expense of others. ACT NOW by clicking here.

While legislators are fast at work, please join Public Citizens for Children and Youth in urging the House and Senate to call for a budget that supports the whole child by clicking here.

Adult Education and Family Literacy

Adult education and family literacy program are especially important during this recession to ensure that families have the opportunity to gain the education they need to be or become self-sufficient.

Despite the importance of adult education programs they continue to be cut in the budget year after year – this year being cut by $2,474,000.

Please contact your state legislator today and let then know how important these programs are to you and to Pennsylvania.

Basic Education

The state budget proposed by Governor Corbett takes aim at education, slashing one billion dollars from public education funding and cutting aid to Pennsylvania colleges and universities by 50%. Meanwhile, prison budgets are being increased and Pennsylvania is still the only state that doesn’t tax natural gas drilling or smokeless tobacco.

Click here to e-mail your legislators NOW to say NO to the Governor's proposed budget cuts.

Industry Partnerships

On March 8, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his 2011-2012 General Fund Budget. Despite difficult budget constraints, the Governor showed his support for the Industry Partnership program by allocating $ 1.613 million to fund the building of Industry Partnerships. The Governor’s budget, however, zeroed out the Industry Partnership training line item, which had been $5.95 million dollars in last year’s budget. Since the 2008-09 budget the Industry Partnership program has been cut over 90%, from $20 million to $1.613. While many partnerships are wisely diversifying their funding, 90% is a very deep cut.

The PA Fund for Workforce Solutions is working with other advocates, including PathWays PA, over the next several months to persuade legislators and the new administration to restore funding for Industry Partnership training.

Information on the Governor's Budget can be viewed on the PFWS website at www.workforcepa.com or at the state website at www.state.pa.us.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paycheck Fairness Act Reintroduced in Congress

In honor of Equal Pay Day, April 12, 2011, the Paycheck Fairness Act was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate to strengthen federal pay equity laws and ensure equal pay for equal work. A companion bill was also introduced in the House of Representatives.

To learn more about Equal Pay Day, read our Equal Pay Day blog post.

Specifically, the Paycheck Fairness Act legislation:

- Clarifies the 'any factor other than sex' defense so an employer trying to justify paying a man more than a woman for the same job must show the disparity is not sex-based. The disparity must be job related and is necessary for the business.
- Prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who discuss or disclose salary information with their co-workers.
- Strengthens the remedies available to include punitive and compensatory damages. Under the EPA currently, plaintiffs can only recover back pay or, in some cases, double back pay. The bill would ensure that women can receive the same remedies for pay discrimination that are available under other laws for discrimination based on race and national origin.
- Requires the Department of Labor to improve outreach and training efforts to work with employers in order to eliminate pay disparities.
- Enhances the collection of information on women's and men's wages in order to more fully explore the reasons for the wage gap and help employers in addressing pay disparities.
- Creates a new grant program to help strengthen the negotiation skills of girls and women.

The above information was provided by Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Pathways PA E-Newsletter: April 18, 2011

Federal Policy Update

FINAL FY2011 BUDGET DETAILS RELEASED

Late last week, details were released on the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 continuing resolution (CR) negotiated by the White House and Congressional leaders. The bill, which will fund the federal government through September 30, includes $38.5 billion in cuts below current funding levels—$78.5 billion below levels requested in the President's FY 2011 budget proposal—and includes $13 billion in cuts to programs under the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.

Cuts under the final CR are less severe than anticipated, with job training programs at Department of Labor facing just under $1 billion in cuts, including:
  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding is cut by $307 million, but $125 million for a new "Workforce Innovation Fund" is included in the bill, resulting in a net reduction of $182 million in WIA formula funding;
  • $125 million in FY 2010 funding for the Career Pathways Innovation Fund is rescinded (the FY 2011 funding was eliminated as part of an earlier short-term CR);
  • The Green Jobs Innovation Fund is eliminated ($40 million);
  • Funding for YouthBuild is cut from $102.5 million to $80 million; and
  • Funding reserved in FY 2010 for Transitional Jobs is eliminated ($45 million).
Click here to download a detailed table of all workforce funding cuts.

Though significant, these cuts to workforce programs could have been much worse. It is thanks to your hard work and advocacy over the past few months that these cuts were not deeper.

Unfortunately the budget war is not over. The House FY 2012 budget proposal goes even further than FY 2011, slashing to the bone funding for the nation's workforce system. Far from being a "path to prosperity," the House FY 2012 budget proposal is instead a roadmap to disaster, ensuring America's workers lack the critical skills necessary to compete in the 21st-century economy.

The House and Senate have already begun debating the FY 2012 budget, and will take up the debate again when they return to Washington following a two-week recess. Beginning this week, policymakers will be back in their home districts, which is a great opportunity to continue to weigh in and let them know that educating and training America's workforce is vital to the nation's economy and critical to getting millions of unemployed people back to work.

Make sure your elected officials know that now is not the time to cut employment and job training services. Below are a few ways you can start weighing in now with policymakers on the upcoming FY 2012 budget:

Do you have 1 minute?
Send a letter to your Senators and Representative urging them to protect workforce funding in the FY 2012 budget.

Do you have 5 minutes?
Write a message on your elected officials' Facebook or Twitter pages and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Click here to download some talking points to use in crafting your message.

Do you have 10 minutes?
Call your Members of Congress. Click here to download talking points you can use in speaking with the Member's staff.

Do you have 20 minutes?
Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper and/or to a larger state or national newspaper. Click here for some tips for success.

Do you have 60 minutes?
Write an Op-Ed piece for your local paper. Need some inspiration? Click here to read some great opinion pieces or click here for helpful tips for writing and submitting your piece.

Do you have a few hours?
Invite your Members of Congress to visit your program. Site visits are a great opportunity to educate policymakers on the important role of education and training services in their community. Click here to download a checklist for success.

This information provided by the National Skills Coalition.

State Policy Update

TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT A VETO OF HOUSE BILL 40
 
Both Houses of the Pennsylvania legislature have passed a law to expand the use of deadly force called the "Castle Doctrine." Soon it will go to Governor Corbett's desk for approval. 

In Pennsylvania, the law already says that you may use deadly force to defend yourself in your own home. You can even use deadly force outside of your home, if you have no other option.

With this new expansion, the legislature will change the standards of self-defense so that some one who is attacked with a deadly weapon can defend himself with deadly force, with no obligation to first try to escape the attacker.

With violence on the rise across Pennsylvania, please ask our legislature to take steps to reduce violence by cracking down on criminals who use and traffic illegal guns. To sign a petition to Gov. Corbett to veto the Castle Doctrine Expansion Bill, visit www.ceasefirepa.org/castle.

This information provided by Women in Transition, Inc.

PENNSYLVANIA SEVENTH AMONG STATES IN WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS

A report by American Express OPEN, a branch of the parent financial company American Express, analyzes growth of women-owned businesses from 1997-2011. The report ranks Pennsylvania seventh among states in number of women-owned business at 282,600 firms, up 40 percent since 1997.

However, Pennsylvania ranks low on the list at 36th for revenue growth of women-owned firms. Sales at women-owned firms in Pennsylvania were around $49.5 million, only a modest increase from $34 million in 1997.

Nationally, the largest sector for women-owned firms is health care and social assistance, accounting for sixteen percent of all women-owned firms. The two sectors of women-owned firms with the largest growth both in number of firms and in employment and revenue that have out-paced industry-level growth are construction and mining.

Click here to read the full report, or here for an article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

adultBasic REMAINS IN THE NEWS 


Six weeks after Pennsylvania discontinued the adultBasic health insurance program for low-income adults, what to do with the money that funded the program remains in controversy. On Thursday, a PA Commonwealth Court judge denied a preliminary motion filed by the Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Gov. Corbett’s administration. The lawsuit, which had been joined by Pennsylvania Congressional Democrats along with 75 former adultBasic enrollees, was filed to prevent redirecting the adultBasic funding stream to a new Liberty Loans program. CLICK HERE to read the AP’s story, and HERE for a story from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Earlier last week, the Inquirer also reported that former enrollees in adultBasic would receive a letter from the state notifying them if they potentially qualified for free Medicaid coverage. A reported 19,000 Pennsylvania adults could potentially qualify, according to the Inquirer.

The Pennsylvania Health Action Network is calling for you to take action to determine the fate of the adultBasic funding. For more information visit the PHAN website.

Information/Events

TODAY IS TAX DAY

See our Special PathwaysPA Section below for more information on how to get free tax preparation.

LET’S DECLARE APRIL 18TH “CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES DAY”

Working families in Pennsylvania have good reason to dread tax day. If your family earned more than $33,000 this year, you paid more in income taxes than 85 percent of Pennsylvania corporations. Seventy-four percent of Pennsylvania corporations did not pay any income taxes.

One way large multi-state and multi-national corporations shrink their tax bills down to zero is by employing high-priced accountants to game Pennsylvania’s tax system. Tax loopholes allow them to shift income earned here to tax-haven states like Delaware, leaving little or no income on the books in Pennsylvania.
Rather than just grumble about filing our taxes this year, let's declare April 18 "Close Tax Loopholes Day" in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Director Sharon Ward makes this point in an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The so-called Delaware Loophole, she writes, costs Pennsylvania taxpayers $500 million a year. We lose another $200 million a year by not having a natural gas drilling tax — a levy every major energy-producing state has to compensate residents for the loss of a non-renewable resource.

"Lawmakers have a choice," Ward writes. "If they choose to keep costly loopholes for the well-connected, the rest of us will pay more — in higher property taxes, higher college tuition and a weakened economy."

You can read the full op-ed here.

This information provided by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

VOTER REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 18TH

The final day to register to vote in the Primary Election is quickly approaching! Voters must register by Monday, April 18th, 2011 in order to vote in this important primary election for Mayor, City Council, and other city officials. Primary Election Day for Democrats and Republicans is Tuesday, May 17th, 2011. Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

This information was provided to us by Vote for Homes.

JOIN PHAN’S CALL SERIES ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-7:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network is constantly tracking what's happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.

This Tuesday, April 19th, the Reverend Sally Jo Snyder, an expert on disability issues will lead a frank discussion on what the new health law does and doesn't do for people with disabilities. To join the call, RSVP here!

Reverend Snyder is currently the Director of Advocacy and Consumer Engagement at Consumer Health Coalition in Pittsburgh. Through her work there she created the very successful "I Am Your Neighbor" program which advocates for rights, resources, room and respect for persons with disabilities. She has also served on the previous Governor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and was the regional director for Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Contact Athena with questions at aford@pahealthaccess.org

UPCOMING BUDGET EVENTS

As we brace ourselves for a Pennsylvania House budget that is likely to slash human services, we need to speak out against the cuts- the only approach that puts all of us at risk.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition has some big events this season where numbers will matter. They are listed below, with links to RSVP.

If you are bringing numbers and would like a speaker from your organization, please let Kate Atkins at the Pennsylvania Budget and
Policy Center know ASAP.

MontCo Rally Against the Budget Cuts
Thurs, April 21 at 3PM
MontCo County Courthouse, 2 E. Airy St (at Swede St), Norristown, 19401
RSVP to http://montcobudgetrally.eventbrite.com or call (215) 563-5848 x 16

Statewide Budget Rally and Lobby Day, Harrisburg, PA
(with the CLEAR Coalition of labor unions)
Tuesday, May 3, Harrisburg. Activities start at 11am.
Buses and lunches provided for those who register, while supplies last.
REGISTER SOON, THE BUSSES ARE FILLING UP!

Register online at www.clearforpa.com

PARTICIPATE IN REGIONAL FORUMS ON EDUCATION BUDGET WITH EDUCATION SECRETARY RON TOMALIS

Over the next two weeks, starting Friday, April 15 in Harrisburg, the Team Pennsylvania Foundation is sponsoring a series of forums with Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis. Secretary Tomalis will meet with leaders from across the state to discuss the 2011-12 education budget and what it means for the commonwealth.

You can learn more and register for the forums on the Team PA website. This is an important opportunity to have your voice heard.

Details on the events are below:

Lehigh Valley
Date: April 19
Time: 9:30 – 11:30a.m.
Location: Computer Aid Inc. - 1390 Ridgeview Drive, Allentown

Northeast
Date: April 19
Time: 2:00 – 4:00p.m.
Location: Scranton Chamber of Commerce - 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton

Northwest
Date: April 28
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: H.O. Hirt Auditorium - 160 East Front Street, Erie

Southwest
Date: April 29
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Location: Bayer USA Foundation, Freddies (Building #6) - 100 Bayer Road, Pittsburgh

WEBINAR: TALKING TAXES & ECONOMIC SECURITY

How do Americans really feel about taxes? How can you use good messaging to discuss revenue building as a part of the dialogue on budgets? Just in time for tax season, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is hosting a webinar, Talking Taxes and Economic Security, on Wednesday, April 20 at 3pm EST/2pm CST/1pm MST/12 noon PST.

Participants will hear from national and state communications and policy experts:
• Donna Cooper, Center for American Progress
• Louisa Warren, North Carolina Justice Center and Together NC
• Andy McDonald, BerlinRosen Public Affairs

This is the second in a series of Building Bridges to Economic Security webinar trainings. Space is limited, so register now!

Questions? Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org

This information provided by our friends at Wider Opportunities for Women.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY & PRACTICE LECTURE

Join CLASP on May 9th for an event on how workforce policy and programs can best contribute to economic growth, community renewal and individuals' economic mobility.

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Ray Marshall, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Carter Administration
  • William E. Brock, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Reagan Administration
  • Steven Gunderson, Republican Congressman from Wisconsin 1980-1996
  • Kitty Higgins, Deputy Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration
  • Roberts T. Jones, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training in the Reagan and Bush Administrations

This is an especially strategic time for a bi-partisan discussion on how workforce policy and programs can best contribute to economic growth, community renewal and individuals’ economic mobility. Today, as we emerge from recession, U.S. workers and businesses face daunting challenges that require a strong workforce system. We will need to assure that all segments of our ever more diverse workforce are prepared for an innovation and skill-based economy. The pending reauthorizations of workforce-related programs provide an opportunity to address these challenges. Yet, despite a history of bi-partisan support in Washington and in the states for employment, training and workforce education programs, constrained resources threaten their very existence.

The symposium will be held May 9, 2011 from 3:00-4:30 PM at the Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-562, Washington, D.C. 

For more information, visit the CLASP website.


 Special PathWays PA Information/Events

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO GET TAXES IN ON TIME: FREE TAX PREPARATION

PathWays PA offers FREE certified tax preparation at our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Free tax preparation is for taxpayers with an annual gross household income less than $50,000.

Keep your full refund and save your money:
• No tax preparation fees
• No E-filing Fees
• No check cashing fees
• Open a no-fee savings or prepaid debit card account
• Purchase a risk free US Saving Bond
• Find out it you’re eligible for SNAP (food stamps)

Taxpayers must being all necessary identification and required tax statement for taxpayer, spouse, and dependents.

Locations:
Philadelphia County – 3617 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia PA
Delaware County – 310 Amosland Road, Holmes PA

Call 610-543-5022 or 1-800-209-2914 to schedule your FREE tax appointment today!

PROJECT PEACE FOR TEENAGERS

Do you need help with education, childcare, welfare benefits, parenting or support? We can help!
The Project Peace Teen Parent Program provides one-on-one support for pregnant adolescents and teen parents.

Project Peace services are available at the MacDade Goodwill Store, 2137 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes PA, from Tuesdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Services provided will help you:
  • Complete high school and plan for higher education
  • Become a better parent
  • Obtain appropriate community resources, such as childcare, supportive services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF), life skills training and employment
  • Get in home support
For more information call 610-543-5022 or visit www.pathwayspa.org.

PATH$ TO BENEFITS

The PathWays PA Path$ 2 Benefits program provides access to counseling and workshops on banking and budgeting assistance, credit and debt management counseling, identity theft repair, financial goal planning, financial crisis management, college planning, housing assistance, and free tax preparation. Clients can also be screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other services. Even unemployed and dislocated workers can take part in programs that improve their credit without costing money.

For more information, please call 610-543-5022 or email financialpaths@pathwayspa.org.

FINANCIAL PATH$

Financial Path$, a new program from PathWays PA, helps individuals and families build paths toward economic self-sufficiency through financial education, asset building and economic empowerment. This program provides one-on-one financial counseling and financial education workshops. Financial Path$ is committed to assisting everyone carve their path to self-sufficiency.

If you or your clients would be interested in learning more about this program please contact wrahemtulla@pathwayspa.org.

For more information become Financial Path$ friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Stay turned as we will also be launching a blog very soon!

Friday, April 15, 2011

This Week in Harrisburg - April 11 - April 15, 2011

Rotunda Pennsylvania State CapitolCapitol legislators held discussions on school choice, tax credits, and more salary freezes at the capitol this week.

The House Finance Committee heard Wednesday from a variety of county and municipal organizations on their priorities for the upcoming year. Discussion focused around mandate relief, tax and pension reform, and the potential for a local impact fee on gas extraction.

By a vote of 15 to 11, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to report as amended, SB 1, legislation creating a school voucher program. The committee adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) which he said clarifies certain provisions, expands opportunities available under the program, and contains the cost impacts. A series of amendments offered by committee Democrats were defeated. The bill will now go to the Senate floor for further consideration.

Along a party line vote the House Gaming Oversight Committee approved this morning a bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks) that would require casinos to send monthly gambling statements to customers possessing rewards cards. Democrats against the measure contended it will effectively take money away gaming revenues and thus property tax relief, while doing little to curb problem gambling. Committee Chairman Curt Schroder (R-Chester) said the statements can be delivered in a cost effective manner and will help address compulsive gaming.

The nomination of Daniel Meuser as Secretary of Revenue was unanimously approved by the Senate Finance Committee this morning, following a brief confirmation hearing that touched on a variety of issues. Among the items discussed was the targeting of online sales tax payments as a priority for the Department, which currently estimates a 60-65% delinquency rate for purchases made over the internet. Sec. Meuser confirmed it is the opinion of the Administration that stricter enforcement of these sales tax payments would not break Gov. Corbett’s “no new tax” pledge.

According to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Gov. Tom Corbett wants Pennsylvania’s largest union of 45,000 public employees to help him close the state’s budget deficit by absorbing a 4 percent pay cut. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is the latest group to face cuts as Corbett pushes proposals to reduce state spending on education and health care in hopes of eliminating a $4.2 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. “I haven’t heard anywhere else, in the legislative or administrative branch, that anyone is taking a pay cut,” said David Fillman, executive director of AFSCME Council 13 in Harrisburg.