Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Pathways PA touts its success, urges state to rethink funding"

By KATHLEEN E. CAREY
kcarey@delcotimes.com

UPPER DARBY — Peter Listino had lost his Wall Street job but wanted to transform his professional career into one of helping others.

So he first visited the Pennsylvania CareerLink and found his way into PathWays PA’s Delaware County Healthcare Partnership.

It’s because of people like Listino and the 1,400 others who’ve received training through this program that the Holmes-based non-profit organization is asking the state to reconsider its funding.

For the full article, visit http://delcotimes.com/articles/2011/05/22/business/doc4dd82742e5da5850898014.txt.

Status Update: I Support Paid Sick Days

On Thursday, City Council is going to consider moving a bill for earned sick days from "suspension" to the active calendar. To show support for the issue to Councilors and Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphians are joining with us to hold a "virtual rally" on Wednesday May 25th from Noon to 1 pm.

We need you to add your voice to the rallying call-without even leaving your desk!

Click here to RSVP to the virtual rally!

Take part in the Earned Sick Days Coalition's virtual rally in support of an earned sick days policy for all people working in the city limits of Philadelphia.


When: Wednesday May 25th from Noon to 1 pm.
Where: Your computer or smart phone.
How: By sharing why you support an Earned Sick Days policy and/or how it will affect YOU!

  • Post a Facebook status update about how Earned Sick Days can help you or why it is the kind of policy Mayor Nutter should support.
  • Send a tweet to @Michael_Nutter and let him know why supporting an Earned Sick Days policy is the right thing to do.
Don't use social media but want to share a story? We're setting up a system that will allow you to say what you want to say as part of the rally. We'll have suggested tweets and Facebook status updates available by Wednesday to help you get started and once you see what others are saying on the #paidsickdays Twitter hashtag you'll have plenty more you can add.

Wednesday is part of a set of actions the campaign is taking to build support for Earned Sick Days and you participation will really help let Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the whole City Council know that the entire city is behind this common-sense policy to support workers in the city.

Click here to RSVP for the Virtual Rally on Facebook.

Monday, May 23, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: May 23, 2011

SPECIAL EVENTS

EVER SEEN CITY HALL WRAPPED IN THOUSANDS OF POSTCARDS?
Neither have we. That's why you should join us on May 26 at 8 AM at City Hall.

Come out and show your support as we wrap City Hall with the thousands of postcards of people like you who support passing this bill. Not to mention have fun doing something that's never been done before!
To register please visit: http://earnedsickdayspostcards.eventbrite.com/.
For more information about this event contact Jasmine Rivera of ACTION United at jmrivera@gm.slc.edu.
Come be part of this historic event!

JOIN OUR TWITTER RALLY AND BLOG CARNIVAL FOR PAID SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA
This week, MomsRising will be working with the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces to hold a "blog carnival" for paid sick days.
What's a blog carnival? A blog carnival is a collection of blogposts on one topic. It brings together the latest research, analysis and personal reflection and stories to offer readers and decision makers an easy reference on the topic. It also offers authors a wider readership for their work, and additional social media promotion to spread the word farther together than we could alone.

You can join by emailing Anita at anita@momsrising.org.

And, on May 25, you can also join our Twitter rally as we reach out to City Councilmembers and Mayor Nutter in support of paid sick days. To learn more, tweet us at @EarnedSickTime, or just send out your own tweet with the #paidsickdays hashtag on Wednesday.


Federal Policy Update

HEALTH PROGRAM FUNDING FINALIZED FOR FY2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their congressionally mandated operating plans which finalize health program funding levels for the remainder of FY 2011. In the good news category, we are pleased to report that the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant has been restored to relatively flat funding of $656 million. The final Title V allocation apparently reflects a small (less than 1 percent) across the board cut applied to most programs.

The plan also confirms funding of $299 million for Title X Family Planning Grants (a $17.4 million cut), a program that was zeroed out in previous House proposals. It makes no change to the mandatory $250 million FY 2011 allocation for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program or other mandatory Affordable Care Act appropriations.

In the bad news ledger, the plan confirms the following cuts to critical programs: $660 million cut to the base allocation for Community Health Centers (offset by the $1 billion increase in mandatory Affordable Care Act funds); $65 million cut to health professions; $47 million for rural health programs, $48 million for Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program and a range of small cuts to many other programs. Details on the entire HRSA operating plan are posted here.

The HHS plan also conveys CDC decisions to apply $740 million in required cuts across nearly all CDC programs. Details on CDC reductions are posted here. Many MCH related programs at CDC are taking small to moderate reductions.

We thank the Senate Appropriations Committee and the White House who fought to restore the House-passed cuts to critical MCH programs. Together we have shown that despite intense budget pressures we can make a strong and effective case for sustained investments in critical MCH programs.

We will need to continue the advocacy since the House FY FY 2012 spending target for Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services programs requires an additional $18 billion in cuts beyond those just enacted. That is expected to translate into double-digit percentage cuts to virtually all federal programs outside defense.

Information provided by the Association Of Maternal And Child Health Programs
(AMCHP).


ASK CONGRESS TO PASS MATERNAL HEALTH ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
Surprisingly, the U.S. is one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Hundreds of thousands of women die each year as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Forty-nine countries around the world do a better job of preventing women from dying from pregnancy-related complications than the U.S. [1]

Approximately 90% of these deaths are preventable.[2] Despite these terrible maternal outcomes, there are no requirements that states track how many women are dying related to pregnancy and childbirth and why this is happening.

How is this possible in our nation?

Please use this one-click tool to contact your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Maternal Health Accountability Act, which would give states resources to report and investigate all pregnancy related deaths and to create a panel of medical experts to review the data and recommend new strategies. There are 41 sponsors and none are from PA.

This bill takes a critical first step to preventing so many women from dying from pregnancy-related complications in our nation. After all, without information about why women are dying, we cannot adequately respond.

We can't wait to act. While maternal mortality has decreased by 30% worldwide, the rate of death from pregnancy or childbirth has nearly doubled in the U.S. since 1990.[3] Furthermore, data show that African American women in the U.S. are approximately four times as likely to die during childbirth as Caucasian women even when their health status is similar.[4]

So please take one minute to contact your Members of Congress now - and urge them to sign on to support this common sense legislation on behalf of women and their families. Together, let's use our power to ensure that no woman needlessly dies in childbirth. To find out more, please watch a short trailer of the documentary, "No Woman, No Cry."

Information from Maternity Care Coalition.



State Policy Updates

STATE BILL WOULD INCREASE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
In Harrisburg, Senator Farnese has introduced SB 1063, important legislation that would dramatically expand access to insurance for pregnant women in our state. Please thank Senator Farnese for being a strong advocate for families. The other Senators in our region who have sponsored this bill so far include: Sen. Rafferty, Stack, Williams, Tartaglione, Washington, Kitchen, and Leach. Please ask your Senator to co-sponsor SB1063.

Pregnancy as a Pre-Existing Condition: Currently, insurers are able to deny a woman's application for insurance citing pregnancy or a previous c-section as a pre-existing condition. This bill would ban this unfair practice.

Availability of Maternity Coverage: Most women are shocked to learn that their insurance does not include maternity. Often, they must purchase maternity coverage as a 'rider' to their regular insurance. This means additional costs that many women cannot afford.

Insurance as the Gateway: Access to health care services is critical to ensuring healthy pregnancies and positive health outcomes for moms and babies. The gateway to care is affordable insurance plans. This bill will guarantee that all insurance plans include maternity coverage. Insurance also allows hospitals to be reimbursed for care they provide. This is an important step in mitigating the ongoing closure of maternity units in Pennsylvania (click to view a video slide show of maternity unit closures over time).
Share your story! Have you been denied insurance because of pregnancy or a previous c-section or had difficulty affording maternity coverage? Share your story with us.

Information from Maternity Care Coalition.


SUPPORT PASSAGE OF INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9, 2011, and has been referred to the House Labor and Industry Committee. Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended.

Here's how you can help:
Send a letter/e-mail to the members of the House Labor and Industry Committee and ask them to support SB 552 without amendment. (click here for a draft letter)
Send a letter/e-mail to your representatives and ask for an affirmative vote on SB 552 without amendment. (click here for a draft letter)
(click here for a list of the members of the House of Representatives)

SUPPORT EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA
Everyone Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do NOT have a single paid sick day.
Help Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.

WHEN: May 26, 2011* 9:00 AM
WHERE: 4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall

*Please note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.

Help us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill. You can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and remember to bring a picture ID.

Even if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!

To learn more about the need for earned sick time, visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.


Information/Events

EPA PUBLIC HEARING ON MERCURY & AIR TOXICS STANDARDS
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9 am - 8 pm
WHERE: Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St at Liberty Place
The EPA will be taking public testimony about the public health impacts of mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. Pre-register to testify or just attend and show your support for stronger emission standards.
Click here for more information about the hearing.

Information from Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia

MARCELLUS SHALE GAS DRILLING LOBBY DAYS
WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 8 am - 4 pm
WHERE: State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA
Deep-well horizontal hydraulic fracturing, the process used to extract gas from the Marcellus Shale, has be shown to pose significant risks to public health and the environment at every stage of the process, from surface and groundwater contamination to air pollution and wellhead explosions. Since 2004, companies have drilled more than 4,300 hydraulic fracturing wells in Pennsylvania and the state has issued permits for thousands more. Incidents and accidents that damage the environment and put public health at risk have already occurred.

Physicians for Social Responsbility is joining with PennEnvironment and other environmental groups to bring physicians, nurses, medical students, and public health experts to Harrisburg to meet with legislators to make sure they know to put the environment and public health first.

You must pre-register by Tuesday, May 31 to secure a meeting with your legislator. Transportation will be arranged if you need it, just check the box when you register.
REGISTER here
Can't attend in person? Click here to sign a petition that we'll hand deliver on June 7.
Questions? Email or call Kate Etherington at 215-765-8703.

Information from Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia


CHILD NUTRITION REAUTHORIZATION
Register Now for the Next Child Nutrition Reauthorization Webinar:
“Strategies for Success: Making the Most of the New School Water and Milk Requirements”
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
12:00 – 1 p.m. EST
Click here to register

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act requires that free water must be made readily available to children during lunch, and schools must only offer milk consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. USDA recently issued guidance on these provisions.

Join FRAC for a webinar focused on the information, practical models, tools and resources needed to facilitate the successful implementation of the new water and milk requirements. Speakers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California Endowment, FRAC and other advocacy organizations will provide valuable information and answer your questions.

From our friends at the Food Research and Action Center via the Coalition on Human Needs

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS FOR CITIZENS MEDAL NOMINATIONS
The 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal is a chance to recognize the everyday heroes in your community, specifically those who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs and provided inspiration for others to serve. You can view the full criteria and get started on a nomination HERE

You can watch past recipients tell their stories in a video gallery on WhiteHouse.gov: http://www.whitehouse.gov/citizensmedal/2010. Their stories are powerful reminders of the impact an individual can have on his or her community and on the world.

Information provided by The White House


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.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011: Young Americans and the Affordable Care Act w. Aaron Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Young Invincibles. Smith will talk us through what the new health care law brings for young Americans including how to stay on your parent's plan and the seldom discussed student loan reforms. Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00-7:00 PM. RSVP HERE.
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.

SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION
Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't have the ability to earn paid sick days. 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. Going to work or caring for an ailing family member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit the PathWays PA blog to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her family’s need for paid sick time.

Click here to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support Earned Sick Days.

ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT SNAP BENEFITS
Please sign and share the National, State and Community-based Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.

FRAC and others in NAHO (National Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP. With your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state and local groups to sign on to this letter.

Please sign your organization onto this letter and send it to other organizations on your e-mail list.

Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and hungriest people in the country.

Click here to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the Food Research and Action Center.
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.


CAREER FAIR FOR VETERANS IN COATESVILLE:
WHEN: Friday June 10th, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Coatesville VA Medical Center
Building 5, Great Hall
1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, PA 19320

20+ employers will be on hand to meet potential employees - like you. Also, plan to attend one of our free employment workshops: Federal Hiring, Networking and Interviewing Skills.

Presented by Work Restoration, a Veterans Affairs program that connects Veterans with employers.
Click here for the flyer!

From our friends at Work Restoration

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stop UC Cuts in Pennsylvania

FEMA - 29783 - Workers unemployed by the freeze in CaliforniaA bill that would drastically cut Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits for large numbers of Pennsylvania's unemployed is moving in the General Assembly, and votes are expected as early as Monday, May 23.

HB 916 would make permanent, harmful reductions in benefit amounts and weeks of eligibility for many of Pennsylvania's unemployed workers, as well as disqualify many unemployed workers entirely.

Please act now to tell our PA legislators to oppose UC cuts in PA.

HB 916 would harm Pennsylvania's unemployed workers in the following ways:

  • Lowering benefits amounts ($463 million in cuts annually) and reducing the number of weeks that many unemployed could get benefits (another $48 million in cuts annually).
  • Changing the definition of “willful misconduct” to deny UC benefits to workers whose mistakes were not intentional.
  • Denying UC benefits to workers forced to leave their jobs for family or medical reasons—those fleeing domestic violence, dealing with lost child or elder care, providing care for sick family members, or suffering from medical conditions that prevent them from performing their jobs.
  • Offsetting 100% of severance payments, even if those payments are required by law or contract.

Supporters of HB 916 claim that it is needed because the UC Trust Fund, out of which benefits are paid, is out of money and borrowing from the federal government. But they would deal with the debt entirely by cutting UC benefits to the unemployed, and employers would not be required to pay their fair share.

Act now to send a message to your State Representative.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Take Action for a Better State Budget

Dialog gr 1972From our friends at Better Choices for Pennsylvania.

Now is the time to ask your House lawmakers to use the state's $506 million revenue surplus to balance Pennsylvania's budget before cutting our kids’ education and cost-effective local services for vulnerable people.

On Thursday, May 19, Better Choices for Pennsylvania is urging concerned citizens to call their House lawmakers in their district offices to ask them to vote no on a House Republican state budget that calls for deep cuts to schools, colleges and health and human services.

Look up your lawmaker's district contact info.


Then follow up with an email to your lawmaker.

Call Your Representative Now About the Need for Adult Literacy Funding!

From our friends at the National Coalition for Literacy

Dear Adult Education Advocates,

The House is beginning the process of writing its FY 2012 appropriations bills. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Chairman of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, has requested FY 2012 funding priorities from each House Member by Friday, May 20th. The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill is the bill that provides federal funds for adult education and family literacy. Overall, the allocation for this bill has been cut by $18.2 billion in the House, the largest cut to any appropriations subcommittee’s allocation. The next step in the process is that the Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Sub-Committee will make funding decisions for each federal education program.

This means that your Representative must hear from you now about the need to support investment in Adult Education State Grants.

Call your U.S. Representative today. Ask him or her to request continued investment in Adult Education in FY2012 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.

Calls must be made today through May 19 to ensure Representatives know how adult education federal funds are being used effectively in their district and how many people are NOT being served and remain on waiting lists.

When you call your Representative ask to speak to his/her Education Legislative Assistant. Once connected with this staffer:

  • Urge your Representative to continue to invest in Adult Education State Grants.
  • Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants assist adults without a high school diploma or equivalent to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary education, employment and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Literacy skills impact every aspect of adult life. For millions of adults across the country, improving basic literacy skills is the key to a successful future.
  • Investment in adult education can save the federal and state governments money by reducing societal health care, public assistance, and incarceration costs.
  • With more than 13 million Americans unemployed and looking for work, we must be doing all we can to help job-seekers get the skills, training, and credentials they need to re-enter the workforce.
  • Adult education also improves and expands the nation’s available pool of human capital by helping motivated but under educated people achieve gainful employment in today’s increasingly competitive and global job market. As a result, adult education is potentially one of the most cost-effective investments to help the country recover in these difficult economic times.
  • Please support funding for Adult Education State Grants in the FY2012 Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Bill.

Contact Jackie Taylor, NCL Advocacy Chair, with questions. Thanks for all you do!

PathWays PA Special Budget Alert: May 18, 2011

PA’S HB 916 TO CUT UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, AND YOU CAN HELP
A bill under consideration in the House, HB 916, would cut at least $632 million in benefits from unemployment compensation (UC) claimants by doing the following:


  • Reducing benefits for claimants and the number of weeks some claimants will get UC
  • Changing the definition of willful misconduct to include unintentional mistakes
  • Denying UC to those who have lost their jobs for family or medical reasons, including those fleeing from domestic violence and caring for an elderly parent or sick family member
  • Creating a 100% offset of severance payments, even when those payments are required by law or contract.

However, despite these changes, HB 916 includes no revenue increases to tackle critical insolvency issues in the unemployment compensation system. Furthermore, because of some of the changes listed above, Pennsylvania would become ineligible for 2/3rds of Unemployment Compensation Stimulus money that is currently available.

Please take a moment to talk to your representatives about the need for unemployment compensation that helps all families who lose their jobs.

Not sure what to say? Use this script when speaking with your representative:
”HB 916 would cut UC benefits for a large number of Pennsylvania's unemployed. It is not fair to solve the financial problems of the UC system on the backs of the unemployed, without looking at other sources of funding from employers and the federal government.”

You could also say: "UC benefits have made a big difference for me while I have been unemployed [explain your situation]. These cuts will hurt the unemployed severely and do not
ask employers to share the burden."

FEDERAL BUDGET UPDATE

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE
Last week the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee approved The State Flexibility Act, H.R. 1683, which could significantly increase the number of children without health insurance by repealing federal law that requires states to maintain current eligibility and enrollment standards and procedures in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Today, there are nearly 139,000 children without health insurance in Pennsylvania. The latest action by Congress would reduce eligibility standards and procedures, placing more of our children at risk.
Act TODAY! Urge your Congressperson to PROTECT our children’s healthcare and OPPOSE The State Flexibility Act.
Click here to urge your Congress person to OPPOSE the State Flexibility Act.

STATE BUDGET UPDATE

Last week, House Republicans released the details of their proposed State Budget for FY 2011 – 2012. This budget remains at the same overall spend number as Governor Corbett’s budget, around $27.3 billion. This budget restores portions of funding to K-12 and higher education cut from the Corbett budget, with state system universities seeing an 85 percent restoration and state-related institutions receiving anywhere from a 51-75 percent restoration.

However, this budget also includes further cuts to programs in need of funding. Domestic Violence Services, rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services all saw cuts. The Industry Partnership Program was zeroed out in this budget. As the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center points out, while $20 million of the $23 million cut to the Human Services Development Fund has been put back in the budget, this comes at the same time that County Child Welfare is cut by $22 million.
To see a chart with some selected line items from the budget, please view our blog. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center also has further analysis and charts.

ACTION ALERTS

ASK YOUR CONGRESSPERSON TO SIGN REPRESENTATIVE BRADY’S CDBG “DEAR COLLEAGUE” LETTER BY COB 5/17
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has a proven track record of helping local communities through a wide range of housing investments, public infrastructure improvements, public services and local economic development projects where the private market is absent. CDBG has a proven track record and enjoys a broad base of support--yet CDBG is on the chopping block. Urge your Representative to sign on to Rep. Robert Brady’s “Dear Colleague” letter by close of business Tuesday, May 17.


URGE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT BETTER CHOICES FOR THE STATE BUDGET—CALL IN DAY MAY 19
Pennsylvania House Republican leaders unveiled a state budget plan last week that represents a shift in the cuts rather than a restoration of funding for critical services. It restores only $243 million of a $1.2 billion cut to public schools proposed by Governor Corbett. Colleges get a boost above the Governor's budget but still face $269 million in cuts to current year funding, and further cuts health and human services for women, children and vulnerable Pennsylvanians. Calls are needed to urge better choices for PA on May 19.
This information provided by our friends at the Pennsylvania Council of Churches Ministry of Public Witness.
This information provided by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

SAVE ADULTBASIC
Click here NOW to sign the petition to save tobacco settlement money and bring back adultBasic.

We are in the final weeks of the budget fight. Call your State Rep and Senator tell them to bring back adultBasic! Click here to look up their number. Then, send PHAN an email or post on their facebook page to let them know how your call went.

Events near you:
Thursday, May 19th at 10:00 AM, Philadelphia (most likely) the Auditor General, Jack Wagner, will bring his traveling hearings around this issue to Philadelphia. Don't miss it! State building, 801 Market Street. PHAN is waiting for final details. If you're interested email Athena at aford@pahealthaccess.org and she will keep you updated. Show up for the hearing to help demonstrate support! (If you were on adultBasic and want to share your story, please let Athena know!)

Tuesday, May 24th - all day, Harrisburg. Lobby day and press conference in Harrisburg. Everyone is welcome to participate! Whether you are an old pro or have never done anything like this before, please join PHAN as they demonstrate the urgency of the issue to our General Assembly. For more information - including car pool options - email Athena at aford@pahealthaccess.org.
This information on adultBasic provided by the PA Health Access Network


OPPOSE BILL TO CUT FUNDING FOR HUMAN SERVICES DEVELOPMENT FUND
If you are concerned about issues related to evidence-based home visiting/prevention programs, family centers, child welfare, the Human Services Development Fund, rape crisis and domestic violence, among others, please take a moment to review this letter from the Protect Our Children Committee.

While the House Republican Budget restores some funding for education and human services. Such restorations, however, forced significant reductions to other programs essential to strengthening families, keeping children safe from child abuse and other forms of violence and foundational to a child’s permanency.

To read the letter and sign on, please click here.


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 that point, the House Republican Budget has now zeroed out the entire program,
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.


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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quick Look at the House Republican Budget

While the House Republican Budget has been out for almost a week, this is the first chance we at the Policy Blog have had to review it.  Take a look at our chart for some highlights, and read more analysis at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.  We'll be back soon with more information on the budget as well. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: May 16, 2011








SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE
COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP


Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration

Date: Thursday May 19, 2011

Time: Networking 8am

           Program
8:30-10:30am

Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events
Center

    4700 Drexelbrook
Drive

    Drexel
Hill, PA 19026



Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the
contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators
and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.



To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo
at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org



We would like to thank the following organizations for their
support:

Delaware County Office of Employment and Training

Department of Labor & Industry

Job Opportunity Investment Network

PA Fund for Workforce Solutions





State Policy Updates



AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL
CHALLENGE MAY 17


On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople,
senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the
Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and
helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania
afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support
for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in
person.



Visit the link below to contact your congressmen
and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication
tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.

This information provided by PA
Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network




PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN
BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES


House Republicans released the details of their proposed State
Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts
are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence
(DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made
to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This
proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the
services women need.  Each service sector relies
on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the
most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services
takes funding back to 1998 levels.



More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year
in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded
with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage
of community resources.



Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit
www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My
Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.

You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week!
They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.



This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence






SUPPORT PASSAGE OF
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9,
2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee.
Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is
passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The
Governor will sign it once the House passes it.



Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED


The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K
Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which
prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and
later in life.



Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated
that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K-
initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five
years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click
here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school
readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten -
children need both to succeed.




And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th
through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to
visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight
continuum. (Click
here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the
importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits
.)



Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts,
Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible
funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more
pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact
this has on children's lives. Click
here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early
learning funding continuum.


This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the
Education of Young Children.





Information/Events



DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY
17 2011


Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.



Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will
vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia
City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three
remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.



Delaware County voters
will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections
.



Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about
elections in their area.



Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center,
866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election
Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by
date of birth)



If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more
information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org



SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER
AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT


On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr.
Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A
Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with
limited resources.



Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major
public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of
the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the
process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very
young children.



FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Drexel School of Public Health

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry
St.

Cherry Street Room

Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame

Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School
of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE



SUPPORT
EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA


Everyone
Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do
NOT have a single paid sick day.

Help
Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.



WHEN:
May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM

WHERE:
4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall



*Please
note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would
like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be
at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.



Help
us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the
Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You
can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and
remember to bring a picture ID.



Even
if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid
sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!



To learn more about the need for earned sick
time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or
contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.



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, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta,
Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The
Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform
. Learn what the new law will
mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term
living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00
PM  RSVP
Here.


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.



TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA
COURTS POLICY


The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection
efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and
bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's
residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk
loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.



Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an
explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.



The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market
Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).



To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.



WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call
for applicants for the Economic
Security Innovations Award
 as part of the Building Bridges to Economic
Security campaign.



In an effort to promote economic security across the generations,
the Building
Bridges campaign
 aims to shift the public dialogue through a common
messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among
organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common
policy and programmatic goals.



The Economic Security Innovations Award will support
organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to
work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach
and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.



Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are
due Friday, May 20.



WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to
spread the word to your networks.

Questions Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org



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.



SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA
EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't
have the ability to earn paid sick days. 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. Going to work or caring for an ailing family
member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit
the PathWays PA blog
 to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her
family’s need for paid sick time.



Click
here
 to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support
Earned Sick Days.



ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT
SNAP BENEFITS


Please sign and
share the National, State and Community-based
Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.



FRAC and others in NAHO (National
Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural
changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With
your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state
and local groups to sign on to this letter.



Please sign
your organization onto this letter
 and send it to other organizations
on your e-mail list.



Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups
around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and
structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and
hungriest people in the country.

Click
here
 to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the
Food Research and Action Center. 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!


 








SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE
COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP


Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration

Date: Thursday May 19, 2011

Time: Networking 8am

           Program
8:30-10:30am

Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events
Center

    4700 Drexelbrook
Drive

    Drexel
Hill, PA 19026



Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the
contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators
and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.



To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo
at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org



We would like to thank the following organizations for their
support:

Delaware County Office of Employment and Training

Department of Labor & Industry

Job Opportunity Investment Network

PA Fund for Workforce Solutions





State Policy Updates



AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL
CHALLENGE MAY 17


On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople,
senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the
Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and
helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania
afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support
for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in
person.



Visit the link below to contact your congressmen
and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication
tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.

This information provided by PA
Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network




PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN
BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES


House Republicans released the details of their proposed State
Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts
are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence
(DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made
to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This
proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the
services women need.  Each service sector relies
on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the
most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services
takes funding back to 1998 levels.



More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year
in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded
with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage
of community resources.



Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit
www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My
Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.

You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week!
They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.



This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence






SUPPORT PASSAGE OF
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9,
2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee.
Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is
passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The
Governor will sign it once the House passes it.



Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED


The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K
Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which
prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and
later in life.



Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated
that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K-
initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five
years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click
here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school
readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten -
children need both to succeed.




And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th
through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to
visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight
continuum. (Click
here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the
importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits
.)



Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts,
Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible
funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more
pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact
this has on children's lives. Click
here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early
learning funding continuum.


This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the
Education of Young Children.





Information/Events



DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY
17 2011


Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.



Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will
vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia
City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three
remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.



Delaware County voters
will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections
.



Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about
elections in their area.



Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center,
866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election
Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by
date of birth)



If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more
information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org



SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER
AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT


On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr.
Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A
Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with
limited resources.



Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major
public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of
the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the
process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very
young children.



FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Drexel School of Public Health

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry
St.

Cherry Street Room

Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame

Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School
of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE



SUPPORT
EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA


Everyone
Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do
NOT have a single paid sick day.

Help
Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.



WHEN:
May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM

WHERE:
4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall



*Please
note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would
like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be
at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.



Help
us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the
Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You
can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and
remember to bring a picture ID.



Even
if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid
sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!



To learn more about the need for earned sick
time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or
contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.



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, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta,
Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The
Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform
. Learn what the new law will
mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term
living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00
PM  RSVP
Here.


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.



TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA
COURTS POLICY


The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection
efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and
bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's
residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk
loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.



Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an
explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.



The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market
Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).



To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.



WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call
for applicants for the Economic
Security Innovations Award
 as part of the Building Bridges to Economic
Security campaign.



In an effort to promote economic security across the generations,
the Building
Bridges campaign
 aims to shift the public dialogue through a common
messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among
organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common
policy and programmatic goals.



The Economic Security Innovations Award will support
organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to
work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach
and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.



Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are
due Friday, May 20.



WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to
spread the word to your networks.

Questions Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org



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.



SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA
EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't
have the ability to earn paid sick days. 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. Going to work or caring for an ailing family
member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit
the PathWays PA blog
 to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her
family’s need for paid sick time.



Click
here
 to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support
Earned Sick Days.



ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT
SNAP BENEFITS


Please sign and
share the National, State and Community-based
Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.



FRAC and others in NAHO (National
Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural
changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With
your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state
and local groups to sign on to this letter.



Please sign
your organization onto this letter
 and send it to other organizations
on your e-mail list.



Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups
around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and
structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and
hungriest people in the country.

Click
here
 to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the
Food Research and Action Center. 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!


 








SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE
COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP


Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration

Date: Thursday May 19, 2011

Time: Networking 8am

           Program
8:30-10:30am

Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events
Center

    4700 Drexelbrook
Drive

    Drexel
Hill, PA 19026



Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the
contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators
and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.



To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo
at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org



We would like to thank the following organizations for their
support:

Delaware County Office of Employment and Training

Department of Labor & Industry

Job Opportunity Investment Network

PA Fund for Workforce Solutions





State Policy Updates



AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL
CHALLENGE MAY 17


On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople,
senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the
Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and
helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania
afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support
for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in
person.



Visit the link below to contact your congressmen
and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication
tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.

This information provided by PA
Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network




PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN
BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES


House Republicans released the details of their proposed State
Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts
are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence
(DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made
to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This
proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the
services women need.  Each service sector relies
on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the
most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services
takes funding back to 1998 levels.



More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year
in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded
with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage
of community resources.



Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit
www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My
Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.

You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week!
They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.



This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence






SUPPORT PASSAGE OF
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9,
2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee.
Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is
passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The
Governor will sign it once the House passes it.



Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED


The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K
Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which
prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and
later in life.



Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated
that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K-
initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five
years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click
here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school
readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten -
children need both to succeed.




And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th
through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to
visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight
continuum. (Click
here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the
importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits
.)



Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts,
Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible
funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more
pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact
this has on children's lives. Click
here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early
learning funding continuum.


This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the
Education of Young Children.





Information/Events



DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY
17 2011


Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.



Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will
vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia
City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three
remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.



Delaware County voters
will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections
.



Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about
elections in their area.



Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center,
866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election
Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by
date of birth)



If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more
information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org



SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER
AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT


On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr.
Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A
Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with
limited resources.



Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major
public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of
the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the
process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very
young children.



FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Drexel School of Public Health

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry
St.

Cherry Street Room

Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame

Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School
of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE



SUPPORT
EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA


Everyone
Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do
NOT have a single paid sick day.

Help
Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.



WHEN:
May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM

WHERE:
4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall



*Please
note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would
like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be
at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.



Help
us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the
Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You
can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and
remember to bring a picture ID.



Even
if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid
sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!



To learn more about the need for earned sick
time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or
contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.



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, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta,
Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The
Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform
. Learn what the new law will
mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term
living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00
PM  RSVP
Here.


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.



TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA
COURTS POLICY


The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection
efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and
bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's
residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk
loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.



Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an
explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.



The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market
Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).



To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.



WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call
for applicants for the Economic
Security Innovations Award
 as part of the Building Bridges to Economic
Security campaign.



In an effort to promote economic security across the generations,
the Building
Bridges campaign
 aims to shift the public dialogue through a common
messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among
organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common
policy and programmatic goals.



The Economic Security Innovations Award will support
organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to
work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach
and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.



Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are
due Friday, May 20.



WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to
spread the word to your networks.

Questions Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org



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.



SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA
EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't
have the ability to earn paid sick days. 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. Going to work or caring for an ailing family
member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit
the PathWays PA blog
 to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her
family’s need for paid sick time.



Click
here
 to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support
Earned Sick Days.



ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT
SNAP BENEFITS


Please sign and
share the National, State and Community-based
Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.



FRAC and others in NAHO (National
Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural
changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With
your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state
and local groups to sign on to this letter.



Please sign
your organization onto this letter
 and send it to other organizations
on your e-mail list.



Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups
around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and
structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and
hungriest people in the country.

Click
here
 to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the
Food Research and Action Center. 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!


 


SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP
Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration
Date: Thursday May 19, 2011
Time: Networking 8am
           Program 8:30-10:30am
Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center
    4700 Drexelbrook Drive
    Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.

To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support:
Delaware County Office of Employment and Training
Department of Labor & Industry
Job Opportunity Investment Network
PA Fund for Workforce Solutions


State Policy Updates

AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL CHALLENGE MAY 17
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople, senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in person. 

Visit the link below to contact your congressmen and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.
This information provided by PA Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network

PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
House Republicans released the details of their proposed State Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence (DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the services women need.  Each service sector relies on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services takes funding back to 1998 levels.

More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage of community resources.

Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.
You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week! They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.

This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence


SUPPORT PASSAGE OF INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9, 2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee. Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.
IP legislation can become statute after it is passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The Governor will sign it once the House passes it.

Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED
The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and later in life.

Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K- initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten - children need both to succeed.

And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight continuum. (Click here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits.)

Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact this has on children's lives. Click here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early learning funding continuum.
This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children.


Information/Events

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY 17 2011
Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.

Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.

Delaware County voters will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections.

Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about elections in their area.

Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center, 866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by date of birth)

If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org

SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT
On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr. Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with limited resources.

Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very young children.

FREE and open to the public
Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm
Drexel School of Public Health
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.
Cherry Street Room
Philadelphia, PA 19102
RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame
Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE

SUPPORT EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA
Everyone Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better
2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do NOT have a single paid sick day.
Help Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.

WHEN: May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM
WHERE: 4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall

*Please note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.

Help us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and remember to bring a picture ID.

Even if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!

To learn more about the need for earned sick time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.

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, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta, Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform. Learn what the new law will mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00 PM  RSVP Here.
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.

TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA COURTS POLICY
The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.

Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.

The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).

To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.

WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the Economic Security Innovations Award as part of the Building Bridges to Economic Security campaign.

In an effort to promote economic security across the generations, the Building Bridges campaign aims to shift the public dialogue through a common messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common policy and programmatic goals.

The Economic Security Innovations Award will support organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.

Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are due Friday, May 20.

WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to spread the word to your networks.
Questions? Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org

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.

SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION
Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't have the ability to earn paid sick days. 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. Going to work or caring for an ailing family member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit the PathWays PA blog to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her family’s need for paid sick time.

Click here to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support Earned Sick Days.

ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT SNAP BENEFITS
Please sign and share the National, State and Community-based Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.

FRAC and others in NAHO (National Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state and local groups to sign on to this letter.

Please sign your organization onto this letter and send it to other organizations on your e-mail list.

Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and hungriest people in the country.
Click here to read and sign the letter.
From our friends at the Food Research and Action Center. 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