Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: August 29, 2011

Federal Policy



JOBS FOR WOMEN

As you may have heard, the President is giving a speech on jobs around Labor Day. Please join national, state and community organizations across the country in urging him to address the employment issues faced by women. And share this plea with organizations in your networks and ask them to sign. Please visit the website to see the full text of the letter.

Please sign your organization on to the letter by contacting Emily Wilson at ewilson@wowonline.org, SUBJECT “Jobs for Women.” Signatures must be received by Aug. 30 to be included in the first distribution to the White House. Please include the organization name exactly as it should appear and include the contact information for the person
authorized to sign such letters.

Sponsors:
National Coalition on Women Jobs and Job Training, National Organization for Women, Older Women’s Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and Wider Opportunities for Women.




DEFECIT COMMITTEE BEGINS WORK

The Joint Select Committee on Defecit Reduction, a task force of congressional leaders appointed under part of the debt ceiling deal in late July, have begun their discussions on committee rules in anticipation of the discussions of what federal programs to cut in order to slash $1.2 trillion
over the next decade.

The committee – joint chaired by Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Senator Patty Murray of Washington – has equal number of representatives from both houses of congress and both sides of the aisle. Included on the commission is Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. A deal must be reached and presented to Congress by November 23rd. If the committee fails to do this, it will trigger mandatory, across the board cuts to domestic and defense programs.

This means essential programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security may now come up in budget discussions, as well as many other programs that help the underserved.

Make your voice heard – contact Senator Toomey’s office at 202-224-4254, or at his contact page. Let him know which programs are most near and dear to you as a Pennsylvanian.



JOIN TWO CALLS ON THE NEW AFTERSCHOOL MEALS GUIDE

The United States Department of Agriculture recently unveiled its new Child and Adult Care Food Program – which includes an important after-school meal program aimed at giving at-risk youth a means to have nutritious meals after school hours.

The USDA is holding a series of webinars on the program throughout late August and early September. To find a schedule and register for one of the webinars, click here. Please double check, as some are open to the general public, but others are intended for specific charities. If you have questions on this webinar, contact Emily.buckham@fns.usda.gov
or Sara.Gold@fns.usda.gov .

In addition, the Food Research and Action Center has put together an Afterschool Meals Guide to help increase participation in the program. In addition, they will be holding a conference call on September 14th at 1 p.m. on conducting outreach for the program, as part of a monthly series addressing different aspects of the program. To register, click here.


Pennsylvania Updates


STOP HIGHMARK FROM RAISING SPECIAL CARE RATES

With the announcement that Highmark wants to raise rates on Special Care – the private program that replaced adultBasic – Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) is calling for a hearing before the insurance commissioner.

42,000 people lost insurance when adultBasic ended – and according to PHAN, only 21 percent of them have enrolled in Special Care, a program meant to assist those who lost adultBasic. For those who had been covered by adultBasis under Special Care rates increased from $36 a month to $162 a month while limiting doctor’s visits to only four times a year.

Under the proposed rate increase, the rates would increase an additional $12 or $13 per month for a program intended for people already suffering under the burdens of higher prices and reduced coverage while working on a limited budget.


To find out more, please visit the PHAN website, or click here to sign the petition calling for a hearing before the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner.


EVENTS


WEBINAR AIMS TO SHOW HOW BEST TO USE UPCOMING CENSUS POVERTY DATA

The Coalition on Human Needs will hold a webinar in anticipation of the Census Bureau’s annual survey on poverty, income and health insurance coverage.


WHEN: September 8th at 1:00

Early reports from the survey have shown that the number of people in poverty grew by 7.1 million from 2006 to 2009, and that the number of uninsured rose. In addition, one-third of our nation was at or near poverty level.

The webinar is intended for those who want to know the best predictions about the data, and best uses moving forward. It will also include how to look up state data and prepare press releases and other media advisories based on the data. Presenters will include Arloc Sherman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Deborah Weinstein of the Coalition on Human Needs.

To register, click here.


WOMEN’S ECONOMIC SECURITY FORUM TO ADDRESS WAGE GAP BETWEEN GENDERS

On Monday, September 12th, the United States Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau will host the Promoting Equal Pay, Workplace Flexibility, and Resources for Women Owned Businesses event, which seeks to address the root of the wage gap between men and women, and the impact it has on individuals, families and communities. In addition, there will be information on what can be done to address the gap, as well as workshops on such important topics as workplace flexibility, paid sick leave and government resources for women owned businesses.

WHEN: Monday, September 12, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Papadakis
Integrated Sciences
Building at Drexel University
(located at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut St.)

Free and open to the public

The forum is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau (WB), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the U.S. Small Business Administration, Drexel University and Pathways PA.

Registration is required to attend the event. To register, click here. If you have any questions, contact Rose Holandez at holandez.rose@dol.gov or 215-861-4865.


REQUEST FOR BUSINESSES THAT PROVIDE PAID SICK DAY

Are you a business owner that provides paid sick days to your employees‌? Where you work are you provided with the opportunity to stay home when sick‌?

If so you can take part in the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces Business Decal Campaign.

The Decal Campaign is an opportunity for us to thank every business in Philadelphia
who does the right thing for their workers. If your business supports earned sick days and
would like a decal, please fill out our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/decals. We will send you a decal that you can put in your window so customers know you have a healthy workplace. We will also include information about your business on our website and in our materials.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x 255.



Monday, August 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau invites you to its Women's Economic Security Forum: Promoting Equal Pay, Workplace Flexibility, and Resources for Women Owned Businesses


The U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau invites you to its Women’s Economic Security Forum: Promoting Equal Pay, Workplace Flexibility, and Resources for Women Owned Businesses

Monday, September 12, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University (located at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut St.)

The event is free and open to the public.

REGISTER TODAY AT: http://equalpay.eventbrite.com/
Questions? Please contact Rose Holandez at holandez.rose@dol.gov

Participating agencies and organizations: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs, Drexel University, PathWays PA

Friday, August 26, 2011

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PathWays PA Job Postings - August 26, 2011

Learning Center Group Supervisor
Experience in preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development required. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based. Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities. Coordinate the activities of the staff and aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms. Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center. Help out in the Learning Center as required to Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare. Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities. Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. Requires a minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the Human Services field and three years of experience with children. BSW preferred. E-mail or Fax resumes to: LD/CFF/LC at 610-328-2807.

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

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

Employment Advisor
Previous experience in case management, job development, and/or job training environment, in programs with the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), The Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC) and/or the Employment Advancement Retention Network (EARN). Must be detail-oriented and possess good organizational skills. Familiarity with CAPS, Kronos and working with at-risk women, children and families strongly preferred. Ability to work under pressure and handle ever-changing deadlines with multiple funders and partners. Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish required. E-mail or fax resume to 610-328-2807 attn: LD/XM

Project Peace Case Manager
The Project Peace Case Manager will have the experience to provide direct services to individuals, groups, and families. The Case Manager shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the program. They shall be a mature individual with knowledge of parenting issues, community resources, and the skills necessary to live independently. They shall demonstrate insight, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. The Case Manager will recruit clients, also maintaining accurate statistics, generate reports, provide case management and act as a liaison with collaborating agency. They must possess a MSW or bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field of study and five years of experience. Please fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention: LD/PP

Life Skills Coordinator
The Residential Life Skills Coordinator shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to teach life skills and the maturity necessary to interact with women from various backgrounds. They shall be organized, non-judgmental, and shall demonstrate good problem solving skills. The Coordinator will work individually with clients who are unable to maintain an acceptable level of safety, cleanliness, and organization. They will assure that the house is maintained in accordance with all licensing and accreditation guidelines and standards. A High School Diploma/GED and three years experience working with women and children is required, but an Associates or BA degree in social services is preferred. Please fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention: LD/CFF.

Truancy Supervisor
The Supervising Case Manager will have at least two years experience providing direct services to individuals and/or families. Needs experience in child welfare programs, and adept in social service casework. She/he shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency and the program and shall be familiar with the concepts of strengths based practice. The Program Supervisor shall be a mature individual with the knowledge of the skills necessary to navigate the Philadelphia School District and Family Court systems. She/he shall demonstrate empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. The Truancy Supervisor will monitor contract compliance and service delivery, coordinate services with schools, other public and private agencies, and supervise Truancy Case Managers. Please fax resumes to the attention of: LD/MT at 610-328-2807.

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Take Action TODAY: Paid Sick Days: Healthy Families, Stronger Workforce, Stronger Economy

From our friends at 9to5. Join PathWays PA and the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces at our event today at Wired Beans Cafe to celebrate businesses who provide sick days for workers, and show your support for paid sick days!

Join 9to5’s Day of Action on August 26! Celebrate Women’s Equality Day (when women won the right to vote in 1920) by joining the movement for Paid Sick Days.

Here are some possible ways to get involved, we welcome your ideas!
  • Hand out flyers or buttons at a community event, your PTA, neighborhood gathering or women’s center
  • Host a social gathering for friends and neighbors and collect Paid Sick Days petition signatures
  • Submit your personal story of the benefits of having paid sick days or the impact of not having them.

How to get started? Fill out the form below to receive an Action Packet of materials. Questions or suggestions? Contact Asha Leong, Day of Action Organizer, at Asha@9to5.org or call 1-818-277-4333.

9to5's Annual Day of Action for Healthy Families is coming up soon! Mark your calendars for these amazing events across the country! Don't see your city on the list? Sign up below to take action for healthy families with 9to5!

Atlanta, GA - Friday, August 26, 5:30-8:30 PM. Ria's Bluebird, 421 Memorial Drive. Join us for food, prizes, a raffle, music, and fellowship!

Denver, CO - Thursday, August 25, 6:00-10:00 PM. Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax. This year is 9to5 Colorado’s 15th Anniversary Year! Join us for dinner, silent auction, live music and dancing!

Iowa City, IA - Friday, August 26, 12:00-1:00 PM. Meet outside the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street (the west door by the playground) to canvass and gather signatures in support of the Healthy Families Act!

Long Island, NY - Friday August 26, 7:00-9:00PM. We will meet at a member's home in Long Island. Join us for food, fun, fellowship and letter writing to our members of congress.

Los Angeles, CA - Friday, August 26, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Farmer's Market at Wilshire/Vermont Metro Station, 3191 Wilshire Boulevard. Join us as we gather signatures in support of the Healthy Families Act!

Milwaukee, WI - Friday, August 26, 3:00PM-6:00PM. Join us for an afternoon of education, workshops, canvassing, food and fun! We will meet at Our Next Generation at 3421 W Lisbon Ave.

Minneapolis, MN - Friday, Aug 26th, ALL DAY. Join 9to5 members and the Minnesota ALF-CIO for a day of outreach at the Minnesota State Fair. Come volunteer and staff the Day of Action table for a couple hours in the Labor Pavillion. Free entry to the state fair provided.

Philadelphia, PA - Friday, August 26th, 12:00-1:00PM. Support the businesses that support paid sick days! Join us for the first placement of our Earned Sick Days Decal for businesses that offer paid sick days. Join us at the Wired Bean Cafe 6736 Germantown RD Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Sacramento, CA - Monday, September 5th, 11:00AM-3:00PM. Join 9to5 members for the annual Labor Day Picnic! This will be a fun gathering of family, friends, and good food! Join us at the William Land Park at 1401 Sutterville RD (near the intersection of Sutterville RD and Land Park DR). This event is sponsored by the Sacramento Labor Council.

San Antonio, TX - Friday, August 26th, 9:00AM-12:00PM. Meet at the University of the Incarnate Word at 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 for canvassing and petition gathering in support of the Healthy Families Act!

San Jose, CA - Friday, August 26, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM. Annual Women's Equality Day Breakfast, sponsored by Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035, 510-676-4301. Join 9to5 volunteers in passing out information on paid sick days before the event, and then stay for a fantastic panel discussion! If you'd like to volunteer to hand out information before the event, please contact Cathy at 213-389-1816 or cathyd@9to5.org. Purchase tickets for this event.

San Jose, CA- Friday, August 26, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Join us to canvass at the Downtown Farmer's Market at San Pedro Square, between Santa Clara & St. John's Street, and gather signatures in support of paid sick days!

Washington, DC - Friday, August 26, 6:30 PM-8:00PM. We will meet at a member's home right by the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro. Join us for food, fun, fellowship and letter writing to our members of congress.

Need location details? Contact Asha Leong, Day of Action Organizer, at Asha@9to5.org or call 1-818-277-4333.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shop Healthy. Eat Healthy. Stay Healthy: Support Businesses Whose Workers Earn Paid Sick Days.

Crossposted from MomsRising.org as part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.   
 
This Women’s Equality Day, we plan to start spreading this message in Philadelphia through a new campaign to honor businesses that ensure all of their workers have an opportunity to earn paid sick days.

What does women’s equality have to do with paid sick days? Well, many women end up in low-paying jobs with few opportunities to advance – or to earn sick days. Yet despite the constraints these jobs place, women still act as the primary caregivers in their families, sometimes finding themselves sandwiched between caring for their children and their parents at the same time.

Having no sick days is a double-whammy when women still receive 20 - 30 cents less for every dollar a man makes. Missing even one day - particularly for working mothers – can undermine a woman’s financial stability

In order to honor the businesses that understand that paid sick days lead to financial stability for their workers (and their bottom line), the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces will start distributing decals on Friday that let the business proclaim their support for healthy workers and healthy customers. If you are in the Philadelphia area, we hope you can join us, and if you know of a business who offers paid sick days, please ask them to sign up for our decal!

Have You Had Enough? I Know I Have!

Crossposted from MomsRising.org as part of the #HERvotes blog carnival. 

The passage of health reform brought many wonderful new protections and benefits for Americans. Unfortunately, for women, these protections and benefits came with a price tag.

States now have the choice to either allow abortion coverage to be included in the state health exchange – with women having to pay for the coverage with a separate check – or states can exclude it from the exchange completely. Many states have already chosen not to include abortion coverage, forcing those who find themselves in need of an abortion also burdened with paying for the procedure out of pocket. This year, in Pennsylvania, an abortion ban in the state exchange was the Senate’s third order of business. While it moved quickly but hasn’t passed just yet, no other medical procedure was excluded from the exchanges in such a way.

The Pennsylvania state legislature is also considering a bill that would add to the already strict restrictions and regulations that medical centers providing abortions face. The new regulations would require facilities to either make costly changes, therefore increasing the cost of their services, or may even force them to close their doors. While Pennsylvanians need so much else-including access to better jobs and better education- the legislature has spent over 30 percent of their days working to restrict access to a safe, legal abortion.

Throughout the country, women are facing similar attacks on their right to make a choice when it comes to their body. In Pennsylvania, an ever-growing group is saying “We’ve Had Enough”.

Personally, I’ve had enough of the government spending their precious time in Harrisburg arguing over a legal medical procedure. I’ve had enough of hearing stories of people not being able to get the care they need because they have no way to pay for it. And I’ve definitely had enough of the government telling me what I can do with my body.

If you’ve also had enough, join our campaign. Whether you are in Pennsylvania or another state, speak up and help us declare that we’ve had enough of the attacks on women.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Special White House Call on Budget for Pennsylvania

From our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs

The White House has scheduled a special call this Friday to talk with people from Pennsylvania about the federal budget deficit/debt deal. The White House Office of Public Engagement welcomed our forwarding to you their message below. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. We hope you'll be able to join in, and hope you will ask a question and/or make a comment. (Tip: they often give instructions on how to ask a question right at the beginning; if so, follow the instruction right away, so you can get an early spot in the line for questions.) It would be very helpful for the White House officials on the call to be urged strongly to fight for what the country really needs - creating jobs and protecting low-income people NOW and emphasizing fair revenues and savings from reducing wasteful military spending for long-term deficit reduction. They should be asked what they plan to do in these areas.

Friends:
Please join White House officials FRIDAY, August 26th at 1:00 PM EDT for a Budget Update Conference Call.

Please RSVP to OPERSVP@who.eop.gov with your name, organization, and city, state.

Thank you,

The White House Office of Public Engagement

WHAT: White House Budget Update
WHEN: FRIDAY, August 26th
Start Time 1:00 PM EDT
Dial In: (800) 230-1074
Passcode Title: Pennsylvania White House Budget Update

This call is off the record and not for press purposes

Friday, August 19, 2011

Support Businesses That Support Earned Sick Days!

Do you want to support businesses that provide earned sick days for their workers? Then come join us as we launch a new campaign!
-Free Refreshments!-

In Philadelphia, many businesses already give their workers an opportunity to earn paid sick days to care for themselves and their family members. On August 26, we will begin honoring those businesses by giving them the opportunity to be recognized for their actions.

Please join us at Wired Beans Cafe at 12 noon on August 26, 2011, as we launch a decal campaign giving businesses an opportunity to show how much they want healthy customers and healthy staff. Wired Beans will be the first of many businesses to place our new decal in their window showing their support for paid sick days. We will be encouraging other businesses to come to show their support for sick days, and we will continue distributing these decals throughout the city.

We want to thank every business in Philadelphia who does the right thing for their workers. If your business support earned sick days and would like a decal, please fill out our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/decals.

WHEN: Friday, August 26 at 12 PM
WHERE:Wired Bean Cafe, 6736 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119

For more information contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x 255.

PathWays PA Job Postings - August 19, 2011

Employer Account Representative
To develop employment opportunities for participants by networking and establishing relationships with the regional business community and matching customers to permanent, family-sustaining career-track jobs.
Job Requirements include:
  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred with at least 4 years of experience in human resources, job development, marketing and/or sales
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer literate (Word/Excel)
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
  • Identify, cultivate and maintain relationships with employers that offer appropriate jobs and internship opportunities for customers. Ensure that a majority of these jobs offer living wages and benefits. Establish contact with customers in order to determine previous work history and employment interests to help customers chart an employment course.
Fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attn: LD/JP/EARN

Peer Counselor
Serve as a role model, mentor, advisor and motivator to EARN Center clients. Current or former participant in TANF programs, successful completion of a welfare-to-work program. Computer skills needed to type case notes in CAPS. Will participate in client orientation and build relationships with clients. Conduct peer group sessions. Fax resumes to: 610-328-2807, attention: LD/PEER/EARN

Employment Advisor
Previous experience in case management, job development, and/or job training environment, in programs with the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), The Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC) and/or the Employment Advancement Retention Network (EARN). Must be detail-oriented and possess good organizational skills. Familiarity with CAPS, Kronos and working with at-risk women, children and families strongly preferred. Ability to work under pressure and handle ever-changing deadlines with multiple funders and partners. Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish required. Fax resume to 610-328-2807 attn: LD/XM

Learning Center Group Supervisor
EDUCATION /QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the Human Services field and three years of experience with children.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Experience in Preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based.
Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities. Coordinate the activities of the staff and aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms. Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center.
Help out in the Learning Center as required to:
Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare. Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities. Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. Fax resumes to: LD/CFF/LC at 610-328-2807.


Live In Advisor
Full-time and Part-Time positions available. To provide guidance, direction and supervision to older adolescent teen mothers and teen girls residing in our Supervised Independent Living Program including conducting some life and parenting skill groups. Live in a house with 3 to 4 girls and their children. Must be available during critical hours-8:00 PM to 2:00 AM- can work part-time during off hours. Must be mature and have an understanding of teen parent and teen girl issues and must have knowledge of basic life skills. Rent and utilities paid by agency plus small stipend and scheduled time off. Location: Philadelphia. Fax resumes to LD/SIL at 610-328-2807.

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

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Back-to-School: New Breakfast Matters Calls and Updated Outreach Materials


From our friends at FRAC

A new school year means new resources for anti-hunger advocates. First, FRAC is excited to announce the return of its successful Breakfast Matters conference call series. Sign up today for the next two calls:
And we’ve updated our school meals outreach materials to help you kick-off your back-to-school efforts. These materials can support advocates as they help schools expand outreach and make sure that collecting school meal applications is a top priority for the community.

For questions and technical assistance, contact Madeleine Levin at mlevin@frac.org.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The "We've Had Enough Campaign" Launches a New Video

In the last session of the General Assembly a number of bills were put forward that would limit a women's access to an abortion. These bills put women's health at risk by limiting access and her choice.

View the video below of supporters telling Pennsylvania legislators that they have had enough:



Check out http://www.wevehadenoughpa.org to find out how your can be involved in this important campaign.  Those ways include:

Help fight these dangerous bills and join in declaring that...

WE'VE HAD ENOUGH!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

PathWays PA Job Postings - August 15, 2011

Learning Center Group Supervisor
EDUCATION /QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the Human Services field and three years of experience with children.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Experience in Preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based.
Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities. Coordinate the activities of the staff and aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms. Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center.
Help out in the Learning Center as required to:
Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare. Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities. Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. Fax resumes to: LD/CFF/LC at 610-328-2807.

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

Live In Advisor
Full-time and Part-Time positions available. To provide guidance, direction and supervision to older adolescent teen mothers and teen girls residing in our Supervised Independent Living Program including conducting some life and parenting skill groups. Live in a house with 3 to 4 girls and their children. Must be available during critical hours-8:00 PM to 2:00 AM- can work part-time during off hours. Must be mature and have an understanding of teen parent and teen girl issues and must have knowledge of basic life skills. Rent and utilities paid by agency plus small stipend and scheduled time off. Location: Philadelphia; E-mail or fax resumes to LD/SIL at 610-328-2807.

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

Employment Advisor
Previous experience in case management, job development, and/or job training environment, in programs with the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), The Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC) and/or the Employment Advancement Retention Network (EARN). Must be detail-oriented and possess good organizational skills. Familiarity with CAPS, Kronos and working with at-risk women, children and families strongly preferred. Ability to work under pressure and handle ever-changing deadlines with multiple funders and partners. Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish required. E-mail or fax resume to 610-328-2807 attn: LD/XM

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday, August 12, 2011

This Week in Harrisburg - August 8-August 12, 2011

EinarmbanditThe legislature remains in recess, but has been holding several public hearings ranging from Natural Gas to Child Labor. In addition, Pennsylvania slot machines hit a monthly record this July as $218.3 million dollars were collected in revenue.

This increase is largely attributed to the opening of the tenth casino in Pennsylvania this past fall. In July 2010 only 24, 903 slot machines were operating statewide. This figure increased to 26,403 in July 2011 leading to an increase in revenue and an increase in tax dollars as Pennsylvania collected 3.4 percent higher profits from the casinos in 2011 than 2010. This led to a collection of $118.8 million dollars by the state. Not all slot machines were accruing successful profits though, as the nine previously open casinos suffered losses this July. Their slot machine revenue was down 3.5 percent in July compared to 2010’s revenue. This is observed as Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs suffered a 2.4 percent decline in revenue to $20.7 million. Mount Airy Casino only saw marginal gains of 0.75 percent, making it one of the three casinos to show an increase to 14.5 million.

PathWays PA Job Postings - August 12, 2011

Learning Center Group Supervisor
EDUCATION /QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the Human Services field and three years of experience with children.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Experience in Preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based.
Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities. Coordinate the activities of the staff and aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms. Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center.
Help out in the Learning Center as required to:
Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare. Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities. Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. Fax resumes to: LD/CFF/LC at 610-328-2807.

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

Live In Advisor
Full-time and Part-Time positions available. To provide guidance, direction and supervision to older adolescent teen mothers and teen girls residing in our Supervised Independent Living Program including conducting some life and parenting skill groups. Live in a house with 3 to 4 girls and their children. Must be available during critical hours-8:00 PM to 2:00 AM- can work part-time during off hours. Must be mature and have an understanding of teen parent and teen girl issues and must have knowledge of basic life skills. Rent and utilities paid by agency plus small stipend and scheduled time off. Location: Philadelphia; E-mail or fax resumes to LD/SIL at 610-328-2807.

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

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Half of Households with Children in the 1st Congressional District Report Inability to Afford Food

Passing out groceriesFrom our friends at Witnesses to Hunger.
New data released yesterday by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows that a staggering 49.6 percent of households with children in the first Congressional District served by Congressman Bob Brady reported not having enough money to buy food that they needed in 2008-2010. In the 2nd Congressional District served by Congressman Chaka Fattah, the food hardship rate among households with children was 32.2 percent. Across the state of Pennsylvania, one in five households with children experienced such hardship.

See today's press coverage on the food hardship rates in Philadelphia in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Alfred Lubrano and the Daily News by Carol Towarnicky.

The impact of such extreme food hardship will have permanent consequences for the health, development and future potential of the nation's children. Our research has shown that children in food insecure households are at greater risk for health problems, impaired cognitive development, behavioral and emotional problems, and are more likely to have trouble in school and the workforce.

A recent article by Alfred Lubrano in the Philadelphia Inquirer, How Hunger Affects Children in the Philadelphia Area describes the emotional impacts of poverty on children from families struggling with food hardship. Nadja Brickle, a mother of Witnesses to Hunger quoted in the article, states "When I cook, I often don't eat so my kids can. Most people don't know what it feels like to have your stomach completely empty and to make and smell food you won't be eating. And then, they're not satisfied 'cause it's not enough food for them. And you're still hungry."

Additional findings from the FRAC Report show:
  • 21.6 percent of households with children in Pennsylvania experienced food hardship in 2008-2010. The rate of food hardship for households without children was 13.3 percent.
  • 23.4 percent of households with children in the U.S. experienced food hardship in 2008-2010. The rate of food hardship for households without children was 14.9 percent.
Tianna Gaines-Turner, Chair of the Advisory Board of Witnesses to Hunger and resident of the 1st Congressional District responded to the report stating, "These data demonstrate that now is NOT the time to weaken our safety net. Congress must protect SNAP (food stamps), WIC, housing subsidies, and other parts of the safety net that help struggling families."

The data show that Pennsylvania and its many cities, counties, and suburbs have to do a much better job of helping families escape poverty. It is appalling that almost half of all households with children in the 1st Congressional District can't afford food. We all must take ownership of the problem and identify solutions. Government agencies, corporations, hospitals, foundations, non-profits, and ordinary citizens all have important roles to play.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rise in Homeless Students in Lancaster County Schools

Amish Farm Lancaster County, PA 1According to the article "No Place for these Students to Call Home" by Eric G. Stark from the Sunday News, the number of homeless students in Lancaster County has risen dramatically within the past few years. In fact, the article states that there are more than 700 suburban families who are considered homeless living within Lancaster County.

Homeless students face several barriers including excessive stress and depression, and often fall behind their classmates in school because they do not have access to technology necessary to complete assignments. It is clear that homelessness is not only an urban problem.

Offer Your Comments on the Proposed Consolidation of CCIS Agencies

From the BUILD Newsletter

Download RFI

Comments due September 16

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) issued a Request for Information (RFI) today regarding the Child Care Information Services (CCIS) grants for Fiscal Year 12-13.

This Request for Information offers the public and early childhood community an opportunity to provide comments and recommendations that will be considered when drafting the final RFP. An RFI’s purpose is to solicit feedback on ideas, not to solicit bids.

There are currently 59 CCIS agencies located throughout the state. CCIS agencies are responsible for child care subsidy eligibility determination, provider payment and waiting list management and providing resource and referral services to help families choose early childhood education and care programs. OCDEL monitors the grant agreements with the CCIS agencies and works in partnership with grantees to provide services to Pennsylvania families. Current grant agreements expire on June 30, 2012.

Based upon the current economic situation and in an effort to make state government more efficient, the RFI proposes
  • reducing the current number of CCIS grantees from 59 to 30; and
  • other ideas to achieve administrative savings and efficiencies including, but not limited to, setting a maximum administrative rate and limiting indirect costs.
You may access the RFI at http://www.emarketplace.state.pa.us/GeneralEdit.aspx?SID=DPW-RFI-OCDEL-CCIS.

OCDEL recognizes that because the CCIS system has been in place since the 1970s, these proposals represent major change; OCDEL believes the RFI process will allow for valuable input from the public.

OCDEL encourages all early childhood education stakeholders to review the RFI and provide comments by September 16, 2011. Responders are encouraged to

  • respond to the proposals in the RFI, and
  • provide additional/alternative recommendations on ways to increase business efficiencies and reduce costs.
Responses may be submitted electronically or in writing to the following email account and address:

email: RA-ocdelwebadmin@state.pa.us

CCIS RFI Response
Office of Child Development and Early Learning
333 Market Street, 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Responses will be considered in issuing the next procurement.

Support the VITA Act of 2011

From our friends at NCTC

To expand the capacity of VITA partners across the country, NCTC is working hard this year to authorize the VITA Act of 2011, and local outreach in your Congressional district is a key part of the strategy. NCTC is asking our community partners to discuss the impact of VITA programs and the importance of refundable tax credits in promoting economic advancement for working Americans with their member of Congress during the August Congressional Recess (August 8-September 5). You can also ask the member of Congress to co-sponsor the VITA Act of 2011 (S.816 in the U.S. Senate or H.R. 2151 in the U.S. House of Representatives).

As you may know, during the tax year 2009, VITA centers prepared 3.1 million tax returns across 12,326 sites and brought back approximately $1.6 billion in tax refunds to taxpayers whose average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) was $18,800. The VITA Act of 2011 would ensure:

  • Strong compliance among underserved taxpayer populations.
  • Significant decrease in administrative burden and cost associated with operating the federal tax return process. VITA’s primary use of electronic submission saves the IRS millions of dollars in administrative costs every year.
  • Safe alternatives to untrained tax preparers who may exploit low-income taxpayers.
The August Congressional Recess is one of the best times to build a relationship with your local Congressional office. NCTC’s Civic Engagement team will be reaching out to you this week to talk about what plans your organization may already have for this time and how we can help you plan an action.

Here are some options:
  1. Schedule an in-district meeting with your Member of Congress or key staff handling tax policy issues in their local office. In-district meetings are a great way to build a relationship with your local Member of Congress and his or her staff. These meetings can be used to educate members about your organization and the issues that you work on. All in-district meetings help build the case that there are people that actually live in the Congressperson’s district that support an issue. Don’t forget that you have very helpful information about how programs work in the member’s district and they want to hear from you.
  2. Follow your Congressional leader’s schedule, and attend local forums or town hall meetings that he or she may be holding. You may be able to make a comment in support of VITA programs, reinforce the need to preserve existing refundable tax credits that promote work and economic sustainability for working American families, or even request their support for the VITA Act of 2011.
  3. Write a letter to the editor in support of VITA and the other services that your organization provides. While your Member of Congress is home, the chance that he or she will see it is much greater. NCTC can provide a template for you to use.

New Report Shows Rise in Child Poverty

According to a new report by the Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children, the percentage of children living in poverty showed a dramatic increase between the years of 2008 and 2009. Child poverty increased by nearly 10%, amounting to the largest increase in a single year since data has been collected. Between 2000 and 2009, child poverty increased 28%, a distressing change in direction from the 27% drop in poverty levels that occurred between 1992 and 2000. In 2009, 15.5 million, or one out of every 5 children lived in poverty, defined as having an annual income of less than $22,050 for a family of four. Nearly half of these children live in extreme poverty, with an annual income of less than $11,025 for a family of four.

The report highlighted the wide gaps in levels of child poverty based on race. While in 2009 17.7% of white children were poor, 35.7% of black children and 33.1% of Hispanic children lived in poverty. In addition, the report shows that children of color also show increased risks for a number of issues, such as poor prenatal care and infant mortality, unstable families, being put in foster care, receiving poor education, being unemployed, ending up in the juvenile justice system, or becoming a victim of gun violence.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Playing Catch-Up on the News

Mt Marcy summit seen from near Little Marcy NYAfter taking almost two weeks of vacation to explore the mountains of New York and New England, I've come back to find some important information in my inbox.  Please check out these stories if you've missed them:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Budget Control Act of 2011

Today Congress passed and the President signed the Budget Control Act of 2011. The bill calls for up to $2.4 trillion in savings over the next decade, raises the debt ceiling through the end of 2012 and establishes a special Congressional Committee to recommend long-term fiscal reforms.

The debt will be increased in two phases. The first phase includes cutting $917 billion in spending over 10 years and it would raise the debt ceiling by $900 billion. These cuts are to be future spending caps but it is not clear which agencies will have their funding limited. Where the cuts are made will be up to Congress.

The second phase could increase the debt limit from $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion. The second phase would need to be triggered by one of three events:
  • Congress passes a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.
  • Congress passes broad deficit reform measures that are recommended by a newly created joint committee. This committee will be made up of 12 members of Congress and they have until Thanksgiving to cut up to $1.5 trillion from future deficits. Congress must vote on this plan by December 23.
  • If neither of the above options happen the lack of action will trigger automatic cuts. These will be across the board cuts up to $1.2 trillion.

For more information please click here.

Monday, August 1, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: August 1, 2011

FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE
Debt ceiling deal likely
Today, both chambers of Congress are likely vote on a debt ceiling compromise – one that will lift the ceiling through the end of 2012. According to the plan overall there will be $2.4 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade and special commission will be created to find more cost-cutting measures. There are no revenue items in the deal.
It is unclear where exactly where these cuts will be made, however, for now, government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are exempt from the budget cuts. Other programs like Women Infants and Children, Head Start, and LIHEAP are not immune.
For more information about this deal please click here. Also be sure to tell your legislator how you feel about this plan.

HHS Announces Preventative Services Coverage through ACA
Historic new guidelines that will ensure women receive preventive health services at no additional cost were announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Developed by the independent Institute of Medicine, the new guidelines require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services.
Last summer, HHS released new insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act requiring all new private health plans to cover several evidence-based preventive services like mammograms, colonoscopies, blood pressure checks, and childhood immunizations without charging a copayment, deductible or coinsurance. The Affordable Care Act also made recommended preventive services free for people on Medicare.
Today’s announcement builds on that progress by making sure women have access to a full
range of recommended preventive services without cost sharing, including:

  • well-woman visits;
  • screening for gestational diabetes;
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
  • sexually-transmitted infection counseling;
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling; and
  • domestic violence screening and counseling.
New health plans will need to include these services without cost sharing for insurance policies with plan years beginning on or after August 1, 2012.
For more information on the HHS guidelines for expanding women’s preventive services, please visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/womensprevention08012011a.html. The guidelines can be found at:www.hrsa.gov/womensguidelines/.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, please visit www.healthcare.gov.
To stay on top of the latest information on contraception as prevention and other issues impacting women’s health visit the Raising Women’s Voices new Women’s Preventive Health Coverage – Information Central.

Information and Events
ACTION NEEDED: Sign and Share the National, State and Community-based Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP
FRAC and their partners in the 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, they 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.

Click here (pdf) for the latest list of organizations that have signed on.

Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups across the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and changes to the structure of the program that would weaken its ability to help the poorest and hungriest people in the country.
To sign onto the letter, please click here.

National Workforce Week of Action highlights the important role of skilled labor in America
Join National Skills Coalition (NSC) and other national organizations in standing up for investments in America's workers and industries August 15-19 during the National Workforce Week of Action.
America's workforce is our country's most valuable resource, but right now there are more than 14 million people who can't find a job. However, a large percentage of job openings remain unfilled due to a shortage in workers who have the skills these positions require.
Federal employment and job training programs give Americans the education and training services they need to get back to work and help businesses find the workers they need. Now is not the time to reduce our investments in these vital programs.
Sign up today to participate in the National Workforce Week of Action and stand united with NSC and other national workforce organizations the week of August 15-19 in support of adequate funding for workforce education and training programs.
Members of Congress will be in their home districts the week of August 15. Call today to schedule a meeting with your Senators and Representative at their in-district offices to let them know where you stand on cuts to workforce training.
Now is not the time to reduce our investments in these vital programs. Let's work together to make sure Congress listens.

Learn more at www.nationalskillscoalition.org/WorkforceWeek or like them on Facebook to get the most up-to-date information on the week's activities.


Special Screening of The Whistleblower
Human trafficking is an issue impacting individuals around the world, including in Philadelphia. Come out to a special screening of a powerful film that takes a look at this issue on the international level. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion of local experts.
WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Landmark Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
This event is free but all attendees must RSVP. You can do so by contacting Cate Galbally at 215-985-3322 or cgalbally@womensway.org.