Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Stand for Children on April 20


Stand for Children is a collaboration between CASA /Youth Advocates, PathWaysPA and Family Support Line. If you would like to attend the event, please email Tonya Diggs or call her at 610-543-5022 x219.

Raise awareness of the problem of child abuse in our communities.
Provide tools that intervene and prevent the trauma.

You are invited to the annual Stand for Children Reception
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:30 – 6:00 pm
The Towne House, Veterans Square, Media, PA

Recognition and Honoring for their commitment to children and families and prevention of child abuse.
The Honorable Congressman Patrick Meehan
District Attorney John Whelan, Esq.
Deirdre Gordon, Administrator, Children and Youth Services

Sponsored by PECO

Our children deserve to grow up in safe homes and communities.
Child abuse hurts our future. Our communities are stronger when children are safe and secure.


If you would like to attend the event, please email Tonya Diggs or call her at 610-543-5022 x219.

If you wish to make a donation to support the Stand for Children events in Delaware County, please send a check payable to PathWays PA, with Stand for Children in the memo line, to PathWays PA, 310 Amosland Road, Holmes, PA, 19043. If you would like to donate by credit card, please call Tonya Diggs for more information at 610-543-5022 x219.

Proceeds benefit Stand for Children events in Delaware County helping to spread the word about the importance of preventing child abuse.

SNAP Support Letter

La BoqueriaFrom our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs.
Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes, among other items, SNAP/Food Stamps. This year, the Farm Bill is up for reauthorization.

CHN is circulating a sign on letter for Pennsylvania organizations that urges Senators to strengthen and protect SNAP, and to oppose any proposals to cap or reduce funding, restrict eligibility or reduce benefits in SNAP.

Take Action:
Sign your organization onto this critical letter urging Senators to strengthen and protect SNAP.
Please distribute the letter and encourage other groups in your network to sign.

Click here to view and sign the letter.

WIC Sign-On Letter

Anty-colic bottle
From our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs

As Congress considers Fiscal Year 2013 funding action, it is imperative that advocates across the nation show their support for the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC). The National WIC Association's (NWA) national bipartisan poll found that Americans overwhelmingly support WIC and oppose funding cuts to WIC by a two to one margin. Still, the WIC Program is in jeopardy of suffering significant funding cuts if we fail to act.

NWA is asking national, state, and local organizations to sign on to this coalition letter protecting WIC by March 28, 2012 by emailing Samantha Lee at slee@nwica.org.

Please share this message with your partner organizations and invite them to sign the letter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Special Women's History Month Conference Call for Women Small Business Owners

FEMA - 9218 - Photograph by Andrea Booher taken on 06-09-1999 in South DakotaThe U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Labor Invite you to a special Women’s History Month Conference Call for Women Small Business Owners featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and SBA Deputy Administrator Marie C. Johns

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
2:30 PM EST/1:30 PM CST/11:30 AM PST
Conference Call Number: 888-790-3523
Passcode: Women

The U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Labor invite you to participate in a special Women’s History Month conference call for women small business owners featuring Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, SBA Deputy Administrator Marie C. Johns, and other officials from the SBA and DOL who will provide an update on their agencies work for America’s women and small business owners.

In order to ensure there are enough lines for those that wish to participate, RSVP’s are required for this call. Please RSVP at http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/68/DOL-and-SBA-Women-Small-Business-Owners-Conference-Call

Please send any questions or concerns to A’shanti Gholar at Gholar.Ashanti.F@dol.gov

The conference call is off the record and not for press purposes.

PathWays PA Job Postings - March 27, 2012

Achieving Independence Mentoring Supervisor - Philadelphia
Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of volunteer recruitment and retention. Will have experience with issues related to older adolescents. Possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the mentoring program. Be a mature individual with knowledge of parenting issues, community resources, and the skills necessary to live independently. This person shall demonstrate insight, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. Generate reports and supervise 1 full-time and 1 part-time employee. Must be able to make presentations to businesses, corporations and other service groups to provide information and elicit interest. A BSW or Bachelor's Degree is required for this position. Please fax your resume to: LD/BD at 610-328-2807.

Controller/Finance Director - Delaware County
PathWays PA is seeking an experienced hands-on financial leader to oversee all finance and IT functions. Must have five or more years accounting/financial management experience, preferably in a mid-size non-profit. Bachelor's degree in Accounting required; MBA or CPA a plus. Fax resume with salary requirements to JLM 610-328-2807.

Learning Center Group Supervisor – Delaware County
Experience in preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development required. 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 Math and English Teacher - Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties
PathWays PA is in need of a Math and English teacher to teach Healthcare Contextualized Math, English and Science to adult students preparing for the TEAS test and other careers in the healthcare sector. Classes will be held late afternoons and/or evenings and weekends in the Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County areas. The classes will run for 6-8 weeks with 1, 2 or 3 classes per week. 6-8 hours per week and 1 hour of paid prep per week. Pay is competitive. INSTRUCTOR SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH ADULTS. A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement. Please fax resumes to: LD/EVE at 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Career Coach - Philadelphia
Strong inter-personal skills, computer skills, be detail oriented, self-motivated. This position requires the ability to provide job readiness skills to low-income adults and network with employers. Some knowledge of the healthcare field preferred. This position will be largely based in Philadelphia. Bachelor's Degree Required!!!! The hours are 24 hours /week over 4 days - 6 hours per day. Schedule would likely be 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. Fax resumes to: LD/LK 610-328-2807. EOE

Residential Advisor – Delaware County
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Delaware County group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. 4pm to 12am and alternate weekends. Second position available on a part time basis.
E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF at 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor - Philadelphia
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Philadelphia group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. Hours are from 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM Monday through Friday. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/SIL1 at 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor/Part-Time Weekends - Philadelphia
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Philadelphia group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. Weekend hours, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM and 12:00am to 8:am Saturday and Sunday. Please indicate which shift you would be interested in applying for. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/SIL2 at 610-328-2807.

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Monday, March 26, 2012

PathWay PA E-Newsletter: March 26, 2012

Federal Policy Updates

HELP SUPPORT SNAP

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes, among other items, SNAP (also known as Food Stamps). This year, the Farm Bill is up for reauthorization.

As Farm Bill deliberations begin, the Food Research Action Center is asking organizations that support SNAP to show that support. FRAC is circulating a sign on letter for organizations that urges Senators to strengthen and protect SNAP, and to oppose any proposals to cap or reduce funding, restrict eligibility or reduce benefits in SNAP.

If your support SNAP, take action:
  1. Sign your organization onto this critical letter urging the Senate to strengthen and protect SNAP.
  2. Please distribute the letter and encourage other groups in your network to sign.

SIGN LETTER TO PROTECT YOUNG FARMWORKERS

Rules proposed by Secretary Solis would prevent young farmworkers under the age of 16 from performing especially hazardous work—work that has made farmwork the most lethal industry in the country for America’s working youth. The rules do not prevent children of farmers performing whatever work their parents wish them to perform. It also does not cover small farms that periodically employ just a few workers but it does protect the thousands and thousands of migrant farmworker youth from the most dangerous work activities that they are often required to do.

These changes were recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) to help protect young farmworkers. Help support these changes by signing onto a letter.

If your organization can sign on to this and is interested in doing so, simply do so by notifying Norma Flores Lopez, Director of AFOP’s Children in the Fields Campaign, at her email address: flores@afop.org. Deadline is Friday, April 6.

State Policy Updates

LOBBY DAY AND RALLY TO RESTORE THE HEMAP PROGRAM

On April 3, 2012, advocates and supporters of HEMAP will be in Harrisburg to urge the Legislature, Governor and Attorney General to restore funds to restart the program. Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) has saved the homes of over 46,000 Pennsylvania families with low interest loans since 1984 until it was closed due to budget cuts on July 1, 2011.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 1:00
WHERE: Capitol Steps

Foreclosures are up 35% in Pennsylvania over last year and they are expected to keep rising. The housing crisis is continuing and HEMAP must be restored.

This event is sponsored by PA Save Our Homes Coalition, which is made up of housing, religious, labor and community organizations from throughout the state. If you would like more information, please call 215-557-0822.

HELP SAVE THE HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The proposed state budget includes holes for safety net programs. One problem is that it plans to fold the Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) and six other programs into one big pot of money to be called the Human Services Development Fund block grant and cut overall funding by 20%. HAP received $20.5 million last year, meaning it will lose $4 million and then get added to the big pot.

Aside from the cuts, this plan to put multiple programs into one fund will in effect have children, parents, and individuals experiencing homelessness competing against people who have mental illness or an intellectual disability for services. In addition, the block granting plan does not require successful outcomes in order for organizations to receive funding. While more flexibility for programs can help them thrive, not requiring outcomes could mean successful projects are overlooked.

If you think these cuts will hurt families in Pennsylvania, please urge your state legislator to vote “No” to the 20% cut to homelessness and to the block grants. An updated list of legislative contacts can be found here.

From our friends at the People’s Emergency Center.

Information/Events

SUPREME COURT ARGUMENTS ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

After the Affordable Care Act was enacted in March 2010, numerous lawsuits challenging several provisions of the landmark law were filed in the federal courts. Many of those cases were dismissed, but some federal appellate courts issued decisions on the merits of the law. In November 2011, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of two major provisions of the law: the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion.

The Supreme Court has scheduled three days of oral arguments, March 26-28, 2012 and a decision is expected by the end of June.

For resources and materials please visit Families USA’s Supreme Court Watch and check out ways you can Take Action.

NEW VOTER ID LAW

If a voter does not possess proof of identification for voting purposes as defined by the new Voter ID Law and requires proof of identification for voting purposes, you can receive identification without a fee by following the steps below:

Step 1: To obtain a Pennsylvania Photo Identification card, an individual needs to visit a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver License Center with a completed Application for an Initial Photo Identification Card; form DL-54A, and the following:
  • Social Security Card
AND
  • One of the following: Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, Valid U.S. Passport, OR Birth Certificate with a raised seal
PLUS
  •  Two proofs of residency such as lease agreements, current utility bills, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records

*Students at least 18 years of age: Accepted proofs of residency include the room assignment paperwork (considered a lease) and one bill with their dorm room address on it. Bank statements, paystubs and credit card bills are all acceptable. Other Individuals who may not have any bills, leases or mortgage documents in their name may bring the person with whom they are living along with their Driver's License or Photo ID to a driver license center as one proof of residence.

Step 2: When their application and supporting documentation have been reviewed and processed, a License Center staff member will direct the applicant to the Photo Center to have their photo taken for their Photo ID card.

Step 3: Once their photo has been taken, they will be issued a Photo ID card.

For more information please visit http://www.aclupa.org/issues/votingissues/voterid.

A CONVERSATION WITH OUR LEGISLATORS: PA BUDGET CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS

The Bucks County Women's Advocacy Coalition and the BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship are hosting a Conversation With Our Legislators.

WHEN: Friday, March 30 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m
WHERE: BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2040 Street Road (Routes 611 and 132), Warrington, PA

Hear leading fiscal policy expert Sharon Ward, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, provide an analysis of what's at stake for women and girls in Governor Tom Corbett's second budget proposal. Listen to noted labor economist Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center, who will discuss the direction of the state's economy, with a particular focus on how working and low-income women are faring. Finally, coalition partners Trisha Odoms, YWCA Bucks County, and Tam St. Claire, Bucks Voices for Health Care Reform, will discuss the impacts of our current financial realities on women and girls in Bucks County. Several of our local legislators also will speak about what they see as the opportunities and challenges in the 2012 PA State Budget.

For more information about the event, please send an email to convo2012@bcwac.org.

VIDEO SCREENING FOR NATIONAL FARMWORKERS AWARENESS

The AUNI Food Justice Movie Night will be screening the documentary "Harvest of Dignity” in honor of National Farmworkers Awareness Week. The screening will include a discussion and a dinner of Chipotle burritos.

WHEN: Monday March 26. Doors and Dinner @ 6pm, Movie at 6:30
WHERE: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

This documentary focuses on the lives of farm workers in North Carolina. With original footage from journalist Edward Murrow's 1960 documentary "Harvest of Shame", this documentary reexamines the
current situation with interviews of farm workers, advocates, educators, and faith leaders.

If you have any questions email YDassistant@urbannutrition.org.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Pennsylvania, You Can't Use the FMLA to Care for a Sick Sibling

Two Friends In The WoodsIn June 2008, Anne Marie faced a difficult decision.  Her sister, Joanne, had been diagnosed with late stage, terminal cervical cancer that left her in need of round-the-clock care.  Joanne was unmarried and without children, and her remaining parent was elderly and suffering from her own medical problems.  Since Joanne needed IV fluids and a feeding tube, hospice was not an option.  Rather than see her sister suffer alone, Anne Marie took the time to care for her sister until the end of her life - and lost her job in the process.

Even though Anne Marie applied for Family and Medical Leave Act coverage at her job, her application was denied because she was using it to care for a sister.  Had Joanne been her mother, spouse, or child, the leave would have been granted.  But even though Joanne was a member of Anne Marie's immediate family, FMLA was not an option.

To combat this issue, some states have passed laws allowing siblings to use the FMLA program.  Anne Marie has been working to pass a similar law, known as "Joanne's Law," in Pennsylvania.  Please take a moment to read more about the law, including data on long-term living in PA, who takes leave to care for loved ones, and the cost of caregiving measured by lost productivity and by poorer physical health among caregivers,  If you support this law, please tell your legislators today.

Limb Loss Awareness Month Presidential Proclamation

US Navy 110419-N-KE905-026 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Todd E. Hammond shows his Purple Heart medal to his two-year-old daughtFrom our friends at the Amputee Coalition.
This month, the Amputee Coalition submitted a request to the President of the United States to designate April as Limb Loss Awareness Month. This designation would give individuals in the limb loss community a time to rally together, support one another, educate the broader community about limb loss prevention and raise awareness of issues that members of the limb loss community face.

Make Your Voice Heard!

We are asking that if you have not taken action yet - that you do so TODAY and ask your family, friends and co-workers to join you in sending a strong message to the White House on behalf of designating April as Limb Loss Awareness Month. Please contact the White House and tell them that you want the President to sign the Limb Loss Awareness Month proclamation! We only have a short time before they make a decision, and we need you to ask for support now!

Taking action is easy! The more amputees, family, friends, support groups and prosthetists that contact the White House, the more likely the President will sign the proclamation and recognize limb loss awareness month and our community.

You can make a difference for members of the limb loss community by simply copying the message below and filling out the White House contact form online at: www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments/ope. When filling out the form, choose “Administration” in the “Subject” line.

If you would like to find out more about Limb Loss Awareness Month, learn other ways to get involved or read the proclamation submitted to the White House by the Amputee Coalition, you can visit our Web site at limblossawareness.org or call us at (888) 267-5669.

Finally, if you do take action and contact the White House, please let us know so we can keep track of how many people have contacted the White House by e-mailing the Amputee Coalition at Federal@amputee-coalition.org. In 2011, hundreds of you contacted your governors to declare Limb Loss Awareness Month in your state. This year, we need everyone to contact the White House and ask them to sign this proclamation for the limb loss community. Please share this email with everyone you know and help us raise the voice of all people affected by limb loss!
You can find a sample message to submit at http://acoa.convio.net/site/News2?id=5343.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Join the Children's Defense Fund for a Twitter Party on Children's Health

From our friends at CHN and the Children's Defense Fund
On Wednesday, March 21st at 12:30 p.m. EDT, let’s stand with our children and young adults and celebrate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will provide access to health coverage for more than 95 percent of America’s children and strengthen America's health care system for everyone. Let’s create a national trend on Twitter as we share real stories of real children and young adults. Join us and let’s all be grateful that there are now fewer uninsured children in America than any time on record—thanks to the ACA!!





Follow CDF on Twitter @ChildDefender and host your own Tweetup or join in the Twitter party at 1 p.m. from your desk or on-the-go through your mobile phone.

Let’s stand together with our children and promise them we will never roll back the ACA health benefits children need to survive and thrive.

Monday, March 19, 2012

"General Assistance on Chopping Block" in Delco Times Today


General Assistance on chopping block
Monday, March 19, 2012
By DANIELLE LYNCH, dlynch@delcotimes.com
Delaware County Times
http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/03/19/news/doc4f6689a3a4936172080591.txt
Without the help of the state’s General Assistance cash program, Julie Schnepp said she would still be homeless today.

“It was a bridge to get out,” said Schnepp, 52, of Upper Darby. “It was my lifeline.”

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s $27.1 billion budget proposal calls for the elimination of the General Assistance cash program. Michael Froehlich, a staff attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, said the elimination of the GA program and an anticipated slash in the GA-related medical assistance will result in about $319 million in cuts.

Cuts to the GA program will affect about 68,000 people across the state. About 1,762 Delaware County residents are GA recipients, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

“This is such a vulnerable group of people, and we understand (this program) is not required by the federal government … but it’s also not like these 1,700 people will disappear,” Froehlich said. “This is the last resort for many people.”

People who receive GA include disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who is sick or disabled, and adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs.
For the full article, please visit http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/03/19/news/doc4f6689a3a4936172080591.txt.

PathWay PA E-Newsletter: March 19, 2012

Federal Updates

SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES: ASK YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE STATE PAID LEAVE FUND IN THE LABOR HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Help urge the Appropriations Committee to include the State Paid Leave Fund in the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services & Education bill. The Fund is included in the President’s budget at $5 million and would provide competitive grants to states considering paid leave programs. The goal of these initiatives is to help families maintain their financial security when illness strikes or family caregiving needs arise.

Federal support is critical to fuel innovation in leave policy. Through the State Paid Leave Fund, states could develop and plan for the implementation of paid family and medical leave programs. Grant funds would be used for activities such as program design, research and analysis, stakeholder consultation, actuarial analyses, and development of a financing models and benefit structures.

Nearly all workers will need to take time away from work at some point in their lives to deal with a serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child. Yet, a meager 11 percent of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than 40 percent have access to personal medical leave through employer-provided temporary disability insurance. Working families need paid, job-protected time off to ensure that they can address their health problems and meet their caregiving needs.

Contact your member of Congress today and urge them to support working families by supporting funding for the State Paid Leave Fund.

State Updates

VOTER ID BILL IS NOW LAW IN PA

Last week the Governor signed the Voter ID bill, which requires that individuals show a government issued form of identification when they go to vote. This law will be in full effect for the November election.

To ensure that voters are aware of and prepares for this change below is a list of approved forms of identification.  You will need to have one of the following forms of identification.
  • A current Pennsylvania driver's license, or one that expired after November 2011;
  • A current Pennsylvania photo ID card issued by Penn DOT, or one that expired after November 2011;
  • A current U.S. passport;
  • A U.S. military or Pennsylvania National Guard photo ID (note: it must include “a designation that the expiration date is indefinite”);
  • A U.S. government-issued photo ID, e.g., agency employee, armed services, etc.
  • A current employee photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania county, city, town, township or borough;
  • A current student photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania college or university (note that only ID’s containing an expiration date can be used. For instance, University of Pittsburgh’s IDs are accepted, but Penn State, LaSalle and Drexel’s are not.); or
  • A current photo ID issued by a licensed nursing, personal care or assisted living facility (note that only ID’s containing an expiration date can be used);
For any of these ID’s, the person has to look like the person in the picture, and the name on the ID has to “substantially conform” to the name on the voter registration record. Both of these may be problems for some people.

If the person does not have one of these ID’s, they will have to obtain an ID from Penn DOT. In order to do so, they must produce an original Social Security card and one of the following types of identification listed on this website, http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/FAQVoterID31612.pdf.

If you know of someone who currently does not have one of the accepted forms of ID listed above and will likely have difficulty obtaining an ID, or if you have any questions about the voter ID law or the legal challenge to it, please feel free to contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania at 717-238-2258 or voterID@aclupa.org. You can also check out their webpage at www.aclupa.org/voterid.

SIGN A LETTER TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR FUNDS FOR HEMAP

Foreclosures continue to rise in Pennsylvania with the latest data showing foreclosure notices up by 35% over a year ago. Southeastern Pennsylvania had a 47% increase in foreclosure filings over last year.

The Attorney General (AG) settlement with the large mortgage companies removes barriers from foreclosure actions and will lead to continuing increases in foreclosures in PA. PA is getting $66 million from the AG settlement to be used to prevent foreclosures. These funds are controlled by the Attorney General. The PA Save Our Homes Coalition is asking organizations to sign on to a letter to PA’s Attorney asking to use a substantial portion of the funds coming to PA to fund the HEMAP program.

If your organization would like to sign on to this letter please email JDoddsPUP@aol.com.

Also be sure to follow the latest actions on HEMAP and foreclosure prevention on- www.Pasaveourhomes.org.

SAVE PENNSYLVANIA'S BRIDGE TO SAFETY AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY: TALK TO YOUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GENERAL ASSISTANCE

In 2007, Hadley was recovering from a brain injury without access to rehabilitation or supportive family members. Until learning about and qualifying for General Assistance (GA), Hadley says, "It was me and my four cats living in my car... It was only that I received help from GA that I was able to temporarily go into a homeless shelter in Carlisle, get food help and my four cats were able to be fostered together."

Hadley is one of many using General Assistance as a bridge to self-sufficiency. In Pennsylvania, 67,000 individuals from across the state who are suffering from disabilities, fleeing from abusers, or recovering from drug and alcohol abuse rely on GA as a program of "last resort." Yet in the proposed budget for next year, GA is nowhere to be found.

If you support the GA program, please take a moment to share your reasons with the Governor, state legislators, and the Department of Public Welfare.

Information/Events

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH SECRETARY OF LABOR HILDA L. SOLIS

This call will be to discuss the Department of Labor's Commitment to Women and Women's Programs. Join women leaders from across the country as Secretary Solis and key Department staff will share DOL's accomplishments for working women.

WHEN: Monday, March 19th, 3:00
Conference Call Number: 888-989-4619
Passcode (please give to the operator): Women

Registration is required to ensure we have enough lines for those who wish to participate. Please RSVP at http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/61/Womens-Virtual-Town-Hall-with-Secretary-Solis.

Please contact A'shanti Gholar, Special Assistant to the Secretary in the Office of Public Engagement, at Gholar.Ashanti.F@dol.gov with any questions or concerns.

This call is off the record and not for press purposes.


REGISTER NOW FOR THE NEXT SUMMER MEALS MATTER CONFERENCE CALL: NUTRITION QUALITY

The Food Research and Action Center is the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition.

Join FRAC as they discuss summer meals. Food often draws children into summer programs and high-quality food can ensure that children continue to attend a program. Learn how to improve meal quality at your summer program. Hear how summer meal program coordinators communicate with vendors, use input from children, and take steps to offer healthy high-quality meals.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, at 1:00 pm

Click here to register.

BUDGET COALITION CAMPAIGN KICK OFF AND PIE DELIVERY

The state budget proposed by Governor Tom Corbett in February includes proposed cuts to behavioral health, housing and the elimination of the General Assistance program. If enacted, the budget will move people from prevention and treatment to more costly services – in institutions, foster care, and in jails. There is a better way.

WHEN: Monday, March 26, 2012
WHERE: Main Capitol, Harrisburg PA

Starting at noon partners of the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition partners will deliver pies to lawmakers to urge them to grow the pie rather than make deep cuts to services. Then at 1 pm there will be a kick off event in the Rotunda.

Please RSVP if you can attend the March 26 Kick Off Event to: info@pennbpc.org.

PHAN’S HOUSE CALLS FOR HEALTH CARE

To mark the 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHNA) has organized house parties throughout the state. Hundreds of Pennsylvanians will be attending these house parties over the next two weeks.

Join them! Defend the Affordable Care Act, learn about what's happening in the Supreme Court and get the latest updates from Harrisburg and DC.

You can find a list of the Philadelphia House Calls here. If you would like to look at the full list or need more information please visit http://pahealthaccess.org/HouseCalls.

HEALTHY PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY FORUM

Healthy Philadelphia has released a report that shows that thousands of people in Northeast Philadelphia are not able to get the health care they need. The shortage of health care resources is a crisis for the people who live there. Come to this community meeting to learn more, share your health care stories, and work together to find a solution.

WHEN: March 20th at 6:30
WHERE: St. Martin of Tours RC Church, School Gym, 5450 Roosevelt Blvd.

Free parking is available behind the church and a light dinner will be served.

To learn more and to RSVP, please contact Carol Rogers or Alexander Rodriguez at 215-568-0399 x 216 or email admin@healthyphiladelphia.org.

Last Week in Harrisburg

PA Harrisburg 1855 MapThe big news out of Harrisburg last week was that Governor Tom Corbett signed the voter ID bill, which, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a vote in the November general election. By a 104-88 vote the House approved the bill that supporters say will reduce the potential for voter fraud but opponents say will prevent some senior citizens and low-income people without ID from voting. “I am signing this bill because it protects a sacred principle, one shared by every citizen of the nation. That principle is: One person, one vote,” Corbett said. As for threats of lawsuits from opponents, Corbett said, “The law is passed. If someone challenges it, we will defend it.” Click here to read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review article. Click here to read previous posts about the bill.

PHAN House Calls for Health Care

To mark the 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) has organized house parties throughout the state. Hundreds of Pennsylvanians will be attending these house parties over the next two weeks.

Join them! Defend the Affordable Care Act, learn about what's happening in the Supreme Court and get the latest updates from Harrisburg and DC.

Below is a list of some of the House Calls being held in the Philadelphia area. If you would like to look at the full list or need more information please visit http://pahealthaccess.org/HouseCalls.

Monday, March 19th @ 3:00 PM in Center City w. Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Very exciting! Dr. Gracia is coming to the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, 112 N. Broad Street, 11th floor

All are welcome to attend an informational roundtable discussion. Hope to see you there. RSVP/More info here.

Monday, March 19th @ 6:30 PM in Old City w. Dr. J. Nadine Gracia
Very exciting! Dr. Gracia is coming to Philadelphia and Christiane, a nurse in Old City, has graciously offered to open her home.

All are welcome to attend! RSVP for exact address. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 20th @ 6:30 PM in West Philly w. Rebecca Foley, Director of Public Policy at WOMEN'S WAY and Chair of the SEPA Raising Women's Voices Coalition
Come to Hillary's house to learn about the attacks on women's health! For more information/to RSVP here.

Tuesday, March 20th @ 6:30 PM at St. Martin of Tours RC Church School Gym, 5450 Roosevelt Blvd
Our friends at Healthy Philadelphia invite you to attend their next meeting. Have you had trouble accessing health care in the Northeast? Come speak out & learn about the ACA!
For more information: Carol Rodgers or Alexander Rodriguez at 215-568-0399, ext 216 or admin@healthyphiladelphia.org.


Wednesday, March 21st @ 7:00 PM in Glenside (Philly suburbs) w. Sharon Ward, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Get the inside scoop on what's happening with health care access from one of Pennsylvania's top experts! Plus more. Check it out here.

Friday, March 23rd @ 7:00 PM in Mount Airy w. Documentary Portrait Painter, Theresa BrownGold
Theresa BrownGold's project, Art as Social Inquiry, has received national attention. On Friday night you'll get to see why! For more info/to RSVP click here.

Tuesday, March 27th @ 6:00 PM in South Philly w. Region III Health and Human Services Director Joanne Grossi
Meet the Regional HHS Director, learn about what's at stake for 2012, take action and have fun! RSVP today!

Thursday, March 29th @ 8:00 PM at 6714 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia 19119
Our friends at Health Care for America Now invite you to attend a great party at Marc Stier's house with author and former campaign manager, Richard Kirsch and Representative Allyson Schwartz
For more information: MarcStier@hcanpa.org

Thursday, April 5th @ 6:30 PM in Mount Airy w. PHAN's Project Director, Antoinette Kraus (additional special guest TBA)
Come to Barb's house! Learn what happened inside the Supreme Court, where the attacks are on the state level & take action right there! RSVP here!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PathWays PA Special Budget Alert: March 14, 2012

Budget Update

PENNSYLVANIA BUDGET UPDATE

Recently, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center hosted their annual Budget Summit. This Summit provided an in depth look at the state and federal budget plans and how they are impacting communities through out the state.

Numerous presentations were made at the Summit and PBPC has shared all of the information online. If you would like to access the materials used at the summit and view some of the presentations just visit: http://pennbpc.org/2012-pennsylvania-budget-summit.


PHILADELPHIA’S BUDGET UPDATE

Last week Mayor Nutter gave his budget address, which put spending this year slightly above last year’s ($3.6 billion compared to $3.5 billion). No major cuts are expected but that may change based on the state budget. The Mayor’s current plan does not include any major tax increases for Philadelphia, however, he did announce plans for a new property assessment system that will bring in an extra $90 million in revenue.

Below are some of the specific spending in the Mayor's budget:
  • $4 million to hire 400 new police officers.
  • $7 million will be reinvested into neighborhood libraries.
  • $9 million for design work to build a new Police Administration Building, at 46th and Market Streets in West Philadelphia.
  • $20 million in capital funds for a full-scale renovation of JFK Plaza, better known as “Love Park.”
  • $1 million for the Office of Supportive Housing to help maintain the number of beds in shelters when the Ridge Avenue Men's Shelter closes.
Additionally, the Mayor made the following proposals:
  • A partnership with Children’s Hospital to build a new health center in South Philadelphia.
  • Asking the city's unions to contribute more toward their costs to the city. The Mayor is proposing that new hires to sign onto a "hybrid" contract and for current employees to pay more into their pensions.
  • The city will be opening its first ever traffic control center.
City Council will begin budget hearings this week as they must approve the Mayor’s proposals before a budget is finalized.

Events/Opportunities

HOW WILL STATE BUDGET IMPACT SOUTHEASTERN PA?

State Senator Daylin Leach, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia and Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro are among the speakers at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's (PBPC) first Southeastern PA Budget Summit to be held this Friday in Philadelphia.
Join PBPC to learn about the 2012-13 state budget and how it will impact the lives of people living in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

WHEN: March 16th, 9:00 to 11:30
WHERE: United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the state budget. Please RSVP here.

For more information visit http://pennbpc.org/phillysummit. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Frank.


MAXIMIZING "FOSTERING CONNECTIONS" CONFERENCE CALL

Join the Juvenile Law Center and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children for a conference call to learn about Governor Corbett’s budget proposal to fully implement the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act in Pennsylvania and how you can help.

WHEN: March 20th, 12:30 to 1:30

To join the call dial 866-537-1633 and enter the passcode 9199356. Please RSVP for the call by emailing jruben@papartnerships.org.

Prior to the call, you can access the report Juvenile Law Center and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children released on Fostering Connections.

SAVE PENNSYLVANIA'S BRIDGE TO SAFETY AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY: TALK TO YOUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GENERAL ASSISTANCE

In 2007, Hadley was recovering from a brain injury without access to rehabilitation or supportive family members. Until learning about and qualifying for General Assistance (GA), Hadley says, "It was me and my four cats living in my car... It was only that I received help from GA that I was able to temporarily go into a homeless shelter in Carlisle, get food help and my four cats were able to be fostered together."

Hadley is one of many using General Assistance as a bridge to self-sufficiency. In Pennsylvania, 67,000 individuals from across the state who are suffering from disabilities, fleeing from abusers, or recovering from drug and alcohol abuse rely on GA as a program of "last resort." Yet in the proposed budget for next year, GA is nowhere to be found.

If you support the GA program, please take a moment to share your reasons with the Governor, state legislators, and the Department of Public Welfare.

Opportunity to Support VITA Grant Appropriations

From our friends at NCTC
Congress is currently deliberating over Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations – including Community VITA Matching Grant funding. One of our champions, Representative Xavier Becerra, has drafted a letter asking the Appropriations Committee to include $15 million to expand and strengthen the Community VITA program. Please call your U.S. Representative to ask them to sign on to this letter!

We're working under strict time constraints: signatures must be collected no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon Eastern) on Friday, March 16. Please take a moment to call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative.

This is an important step in ensuring that VITA programs have the support they need in order to assist millions of low- to moderate-income families across the nation. Act now! Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask your U.S. Representative to sign on to Rep. Becerra's letter in support of VITA FY13 funding.

Here is a sample script you may use when communicating with a Congressional staffer on the phone:

Hello, my name is (name) and I work for (organization's name) in (city, state) . I am calling about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation and financial services to (# of clients served by your organization) low- and moderate-income workers in (city) . These services are available largely due to the Community VITA Matching Grant, which is administered by the IRS. Please join your colleague, Rep. Becerra, in supporting this modest investment in hardworking families across the nation. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

If You Missed "A Discussion on Work in the Restaurant Industry"...

Pike Place Market - Waitress in dineryou can watch it online!

From our friends at the Aspen Institute.
"Given that there are livable wage jobs, given that there's tremendous revenue, and given that it is one of the largest industries... We cannot ignore or overlook the restaurant sector as one that we don't focus on for training or for workforce opportunities because there's tremendous potential there."
--Saru Jayaraman, Executive Director of Restaurant Opportunities Center-United at the March 7th event held by AspenWSI

As workforce development professionals look to connect people to training and jobs, they have often overlooked industries considered "low-skill, low-wage", such as the restaurant sector. Yet, there are good jobs in restaurants, with living wages and decent benefits, although admittedly these are not the majority. Importantly, however, employment in this industry is growing quickly--food services establishments added over 530,000 jobs in the past year. For better or worse, this industry is where many job-seekers will find work.

On March 7th, the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative hosted an event, From Fast Food to Fine Dining: A Discussion on Work in the Restaurant Industry, which explored the challenges faced by restaurant workers, and low-wage workers in general, as well as ideas for how jobs and opportunities in the sector could be improved. The event, was the first in a series of discussions AspenWSI is hosting this year in a series titled, Reinventing Low-Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy. Wednesday's discussion featured Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Saru Jayaraman, Executive Director of ROC-United, Helen Neuborne, Director of Quality Employment at the Ford Foundation, John Schmitt, Senior Economist of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets and restaurateur. The discussion was moderated by Peter Edelman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University.

The videotaped recording from that event and a short document distributed at the event that provides an overview of the restaurant workforce in the U.S. are now available.

Please continue to visit our website at http://www.aspenwsi.org for related materials and information about upcoming discussions as part of the Reinventing Low-Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy series. We are grateful to the Charles Steward Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation for their support of this series.

Monday, March 12, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: March 12, 2012

State

TAKE ACTION REGARDING COSTLY VOTER ID BILL
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives may vote as soon as this week on legislation that would enact a costly voter identification law in the state. This program may move forward despite its pricetag of $11 million for a measure that will put up barriers to people who want to exercise their right to vote.

Discuss this bill with your representative today.

The state Senate approved the bill by a vote of 26 to 23 on Wednesday. It now heads back to the House for a concurrence vote since it was amended in the Senate. If passed by the House, it will go to Governor Corbett's desk for a final signature. Learn more in this Philadelphia Inquirer article.

This could be the last chance to take action on this bill in the Legislature. Please email and call your House Representative today.


JOIN PBPC FOR THE PHILADELPHIA BUDGET SUMMIT ON MARCH 16
Get the inside scoop on the 2012-13 state budget and what it means for the Philadelphia area at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center's first Philadelphia Budget Summit.

The Summit will be held from 9 to 11:30 am on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

The Summit is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the state budget. Visit http://pennbpc.org/phillysummit for more information, including directions. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Frank.

National

CONSIDER ASKING YOUR SENATOR TO SPONSOR THE FAIRNESS IN WOMEN CONTRACTING ACT
Women small business owners are at the backbone of our recovering economy, and starting a small business can be a smart professional decision for many women including our returning veterans.

In order to make sure that women small business owners are successful, the BPW Foundation is asking you to contact your Senators ASAP about sponsoring a new bill, The Fairness in Women Contracting Act. The purpose of the bill is to address two outstanding barriers that have arisen since implementing the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) procurement program in March, 2011.

This bill improves the WOSB procurement program to lift the dollar caps on the awards in the qualifying 83 NAICS codes, and gives sole source authority to the program. Sole source contracts have a cap of $5 million—the same as in the other small business procurement programs. It also allows women owned small businesses to bid on more lucrative contracts within the WOSB program.

How can you help? By calling or emailing your Senators asking that they co-sponsor The Fairness in Women Contracting Act. If you are a small business owner, let them know that as well. You can contact your Senators' local or Washington, DC office. Click here to find your Senator's contact information. Click here for more background on the bill and for a sample email. Please let the Foundation know which Senate offices you contact by emailing them at foundation@bpwfoundation.org.

From our friends at the BPW Foundation.

UPDATE ON THE HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH ACT
The Homeless Children and Youth Act, HR32, is bi-partisan legislation that would make it easier for homeless children, youth, and families to receive HUD homeless assistance, no matter where they happen to be living. The legislation cuts through the red tape of current HUD regulations, allowing for streamlined referrals between agencies. HR32 passed out of the House Financial Services Committee’s Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity Subcommittee on February 7th, and now moves on for consideration by the full Financial Services Committee.

Updates:


Information

MEETING FOR FAMILIES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVING SERVICES
MAX Association cordially invites you to attend a meeting for families of people with disabilities
receiving services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

You may have heard stories in the news recently about how cuts in state funding in Pennsylvania will result in reduction or even loss of critical services. Did you know that you may be part of this story? There may likely be a reduction or loss of the services your relative with disabilities receives.

MAX needs your voice. Your voice counts. Come see what you can do now. This is a call to action!
MAX has scheduled two dates and locations for your convenience.

Monday March 12 - 6pm – 7pm
Montgomery County Human Services Building
1430 DeKalb Street
Norristown, Pa 19404

Monday March 26 – 6pm-7pm
Child Guidance Resource Centers
2000 Old West Chester Pike
Havertown, Pa 19083

MAX is a Southeastern Pennsylvania regional provider association serving over:

  • 40 human service organizations in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties
  • 25,000 individuals and their families
  • 6,500 direct support professionals

For more information on these meeting or on MAX visit our website at www.MAXAssociation.org
Or give them a call at (610) 825-2026.

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT AND YOU
West Chester BPW is hosting a forum:entitled The Affordable Health Care Act and You on Monday, March 19th 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Marchwood Apartments Community Room. A panel of legal and health care speakers will explain the most important aspects of this important legislation; then questions will be taken from the audience.

Attendance is free but seating is limited, so please register by emailing: WestChesterBPW@hotmail.com. Click here for event details.

DATA SEARCH WEBINAR: THE USER FRIENDLY GUIDE TO FNS’ PUBLICLY AVAILABLE DATA
Thursday, 3/15/2012, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time
Registration Link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g4de99

Session Description: Data is often a key component to deciding how to direct your organization’s efforts. This webinar will help you determine where the data is and how you can utilize it to further your mission.

Participation: The session will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and is free for all participants. You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access for this webinar. To participate, please complete the online registration. Further information will be forthcoming to registered participants. You must register to receive additional information. Connection instructions will be sent prior to the session in which you register for, to the email address you provide in the registration.

WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The AARP Foundation has announced a call for entries for its sixth annual Women's Scholarship Program. The program provides funds to low-income women age 50 and older who are seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families. The application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2012.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, be able to demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled in an accredited school or technical training program within six months of the scholarship award date. The program will give priority to women raising the family members of others, to women that have been out of the workforce for more than a year, and to older women veterans.

The application and additional information are available at http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/scholarships.html?cmp=RDRCT-WSCHP_JAN26_012. We encourage you to provide this valuable information to your partners, clients, and business associates.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION PARTNERSHIPS FOR IDA PROGRAMS
Tuesday, March 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT / 12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT

Want to know what to look for when approaching a bank or credit union as a partner for your Individual Development Account (IDA) program? Join the Assets for Independence (AFI) Resource Center for this webinar and learn how to create strong partnerships (and strengthen existing ones) with financial institutions. AFI will also provide an overview of the Community Reinvestment Act, how it affects banks’ investment in the community, and how you can leverage it to develop effective IDA collaborations.

This hour-long webinar will include:

  • Account features that are needed or desirable for IDA programs
  • Internal processes that must be developed and in place in a financial institution to offer IDAs
  • How to develop agreements and accountability systems to promote effective partnerships with financial institutions
  • Unique features of bank and credit union partnerships with IDA programs

Click here to register now! The webinar is free to all interested participants. In advance of the webinar, please send any questions you would like panelists to address during the session to Johanna Barrero, or call 202.207.0117.

WEBINAR ON NEW LABOR MARKET TOOLS TO SUPPORT FEDERAL GRANTS
The Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) is pleased to join forces with the SkillsNET Foundation to introduce SkillsPass, JobReadiness and the Labor Market Value Index - a suite of tools to help align curriculum with job skill requirements to make it more responsive to employers' needs, and more relevant to students' gainful employment and career aspirations.

WSC will be presenting a webinar about the tools on Wednesday, March 14th from noon to 1 PM EST and again on Thursday, March 22nd from noon to 1 PM EST.

During the webinar they will show how the tools can inform:

  • Virtual industry advisory board operations
  • Present labor market value of courses currently offered
  • Gap analysis that provides targets for curriculum development and revision

Please register by clicking on one of the following:


THE STATE OF AGING IN PENNSYLVANIA: A FORUM ON OUR AGING SCORECARD
A recent AARP study ranked Pennsylvania number 39 out of 50 in a nationwide comparison of the quality of services we provide to our seniors and their caregivers. Since Pennsylvania has the 4th oldest population in the country, there is some work to do to increase the number and quality of community-based aging services in the commonwealth.

Join United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and The Jewish Federation to hear from AARP on how they developed their aging "scorecards". Following the presentation from a co-author of the AARP study, join in the discussion of the solutions currently in progress as we improve our resources statewide for seniors and caregivers.

March 30, 2012 - 10 AM to 12 PM
United Way of Southeastern PA, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

RSVP here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e5mwjp7f048bff25&oseq=

For more information on the AARP study, please visit:
http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-09-2011/ltss-scorecard.html

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Wage Gap: Back to the Future for International Women’s Day

US SuffrageSteamrollerCartoon Crossposted as part of the MomsRising Blog Carnival.


In 2010, dear friends of mine gave birth to a baby girl. I saw the first pictures of her, not even an hour old, while I was writing a blog post about another important event, the first anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. She looked so serious in some of those pictures, as if she was determined to figure out this strange new world and her place in it. For years, I had been working on issues that affected women and girls, and thinking about them abstractly. That morning, for the first time, I considered how those issues would affect one child in particular, and I wondered what I could do to make sure she grew up in the best world possible.

On that morning, my task didn’t seem too hard. Yes, we were in a recession, but it would be over soon, and meanwhile, everything seemed possible to ensure equality for women and families. Equal pay, access to nontraditional jobs, the ability to find healthcare – all of these issues were on the table and ready to be discussed.

As I look back now, it is like I am looking through the wrong end of a telescope. The wage gap has closed slightly because real wages are falling, not because women’s wages are becoming equivalent to men’s. Women still get pressure from their families and their peers not to take part in jobs that might get them “dirty” or seem “unfeminine” – never mind how dirty we get in our traditional role as housekeepers. And women have seen major attacks against their bodies and their right to make decisions about them, as epitomized by the rash of bills attempting to roll back abortion and even birth control provisions. Even voting rights are being reexamined in my state and in many others.

I know equality is the project of a lifetime, not a goal to meet in two years. Nevertheless, we have been working towards this goal for too many lifetimes to go backwards now. Both of my grandmothers were born before women had the right to vote. My mother faced harassment at school and work for pursuing a business degree among mostly male classmates and coworkers. Access to birth control and abortion was fought over and seemingly won years before I was born. The opportunities that I have today are due to these hard-fought victories – how can we even think about letting them disappear before other women and girls can take advantage of them?

At Philadelphia’s City Council meeting today, one of the legislators commented on some of these issues, and said “It feels like we’re going back to 1952. It feels like we are going back to the future.” I can’t help but agree. No matter the opposition we may face, I don’t plan to settle for the road that we are on right now. For the sake of that two year old still learning to know the world around her, and for the sake of my family members getting ready to launch themselves into college, and for the millions of women and girls looking towards a bright future, I promise that we will go forwards, never backwards, for their sake.

Are you ready to make the same promise? Find some ideas on how to keep that promise here.

PathWays PA Job Postings - March 8, 2012

PathWays PA Named One of
 2011 Best Nonprofits to Work For
Achieving Independence Mentoring Supervisor
Candidate must possess knowledge and understanding of volunteer recruitment and retention. Will have experience with issues related to older adolescents. Possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the mentoring program. Be a mature individual with knowledge of parenting issues, community resources, and the skills necessary to live independently. This person shall demonstrate insight, empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. Generate reports and supervise 1 full-time and 1 part-time employee. Must be able to make presentations to businesses, corporations and other service groups to provide information and elicit interest. A BSW or Bachelor's Degree is required for this position. Please fax your resume to: LD/BD at 610-328-2807.

Controller/Finance Director (Delaware County, PA)
PathWays PA is seeking an experienced hands-on financial leader to oversee all finance and IT functions. Must have five or more years accounting/financial management experience, preferably in a mid-size non-profit. Bachelor's degree in Accounting required; MBA or CPA a plus. Fax resume with salary requirements to JLM 610-328-2807.

Learning Center Group Supervisor
Experience in preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development required. 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.

Residential Advisor – Delaware County
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Delaware County group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. 4pm to 12am and alternate weekends. Second position available on a part time basis.
E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF at 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor - Philadelphia
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Philadelphia group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. Hours are from 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM Monday through Friday. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/SIL1 at 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor/Part-Time Weekends - Philadelphia
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Philadelphia group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. Weekend hours, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM and 12:00am to 8:am Saturday and Sunday. Please indicate which shift you would be interested in applying for. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/SIL2 at 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Math and English Teacher (Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties)
PathWays PA is in need of a Math and English teacher to teach Healthcare Contextualized Math, English and Science to adult students preparing for the TEAS test and other careers in the healthcare sector. Classes will be held late afternoons and/or evenings and weekends in the Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery County areas. The classes will run for 6-8 weeks with 1, 2 or 3 classes per week. 6-8 hours per week and 1 hour of paid prep per week. Pay is competitive. INSTRUCTOR SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH ADULTS. A Bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement. Please fax resumes to: LD/EVE at 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Financial Educator
Part-time (30 hours per week) financial educator to work in the community of Chester. BA required. Ability to work with diverse populations; knowledge of TANF, basic personal finances, computer skills, and strong interpersonal skills desired. Fax resumes to LD/LK at 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Career Coach
Strong interpersonal skills, computer skills, be detail oriented, self-motivated. Some knowledge of the healthcare field preferred. This position will be largely based in Philadelphia. Bachelor's Degree Required!!!! The hours are 24 hours /week over 4 days - 6 hours per day. Schedule would likely be 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. Fax resumes to: LD/LK 610-328-2807.

Part-Time Income Tax Preparers
P/T Income Tax Preparer Needed for Non-Profit Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
Would you like to have a P/T job that can help save people in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area thousands of dollars? Working as a Tax Consultant with PathWays PA's VITA Program you can prepare taxes for low income individuals helping them receive hundreds of dollars in federal and state tax credits without incurring any fees.
This is a P/T position requiring up to 25 hours of work per week between January and April 2012. Applicants for this position should have an Associate or Bachelor's degree, relevant tax experience, knowledge of and sensitivity to issues concerning low income individuals, and the ability to pass the IRS VITA exam at the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels. As a tax consultant you will also serve as a resource for other preparers. Tax preparers are needed for sites in the five county regions, (Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia) and in Southern New Jersey. Your own reliable transportation is also required. Interested parties should submit a resume by fax at (610) 328-2807, attn: LD/LK.

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Consider Asking Your Senator to Sponsor the Fairness in Women Contracting Act

From our friends at the BPW Foundation
Women small business owners are at the backbone of our recovering economy, and starting a small business can be a smart professional decision for many women including our returning veterans.

In order to make sure that women small business owners are successful, the BPW Foundation is asking you to contact your Senators ASAP about sponsoring a new bill, The Fairness in Women Contracting Act. The purpose of the bill is to address two outstanding barriers that have arisen since implementing the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) procurement program in March, 2011.

This bill improves the WOSB procurement program to lift the dollar caps on the awards in the qualifying 83 NAICS codes, and gives sole source authority to the program. Sole source contracts have a cap of $5 million—the same as in the other small business procurement programs. It also allows women owned small businesses to bid on more lucrative contracts within the WOSB program.

Background

In March 2011, the SBA implemented the WOSB procurement program. This came after a concerted effort by the women’s business community to implement the program which took 11 years of hard work. When enacted, women small business owners knew the program was complicated and would require changes in order to maximize its effectiveness.

Since the program has been in place two outstanding barriers have arisen. First, the dollar limit of $4 and $6.5 million and secondly, the requirement to find two women owned businesses that can qualify for the work. The dollar limit has resulted in a number of opportunities being pulled back because they exceed the dollar limit. This means that contracting officers are trying to award larger contracts to women owned businesses and we cannot avail ourselves of those opportunities. Second, the lack of sole source authority makes the program cumbersome and puts it on unequal footing with other small business procurement programs. In order to make changes, legislation is required and this can be accomplished through The Fairness in Women Contracting Act.

How you can help!

Please email or call your Senate offices asking that they co-sponsor The Fairness in Women Contracting Act. If you are a small business owner, let them know that as well. You can contact your Senators' local or Washington, DC office. Click here to find your Senator's contact information.

The following is a sample email you can send to your Senators:

As your constituent, and a supporter of BPW Foundation, I am writing today to ask Senator _____ to become an original cosponsor on the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) procurement program bill that Senators Snowe and Gillibrand are introducing, The Fairness in Women Contracting Act . The bill gives sole source authority to the program and lifts the dollar caps on the WOSB procurement program. Although the program is now in effect, it is hampered by the dollar limits and the time it takes for a contracting officer to award a contract to women-owned small businesses.

This is a critical issue for women-owned businesses who are working in the federal contracting market, of which I am one.

If you have questions please contact Meredith West on Senator Snowe's staff at (202) 224-5344 or Kevin Fink on Senator Gillibrand's staff at (202) 224-4451.

Best regards,
XXX

Report back your efforts: Please let the BPW Foundation know which Senate offices you contact by emailing them at foundation@bpwfoundation.org.

Voter ID Bill Passes Senate

From our friends at Vote for Homes:
On Wednesday March 7, 2012, the Senate of Pennsylvania passed the Voter Suppression Bill (House Bill 934) by a vote of 26 to 23. Find out how your PA Senator voter and email him/her to let them know how you feel about their vote (templates provided at this easy to use tool: http://bit.ly/HB934email).

The legislation will now go back the State House of Representatives for a concurrence vote since it was amended in the Senate State Government Committee (to include photo ID cards from accredited colleges & universities in PA, 1-year expired PennDOT ID, and photo IDs from care facilities) and in the Senate Appropriations Committee (to include municipal government employee photo ID cards). Afterwards, it will go to Governor Corbett's desk for a final signature. (more details are in this Philadelphia Inquirer article: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20120307_Pa__Senate_passes_voter_ID_bill.html)

We have a lot of work ahead of us to educate the public and ensure that all eligible voters get the ID they will need in order to vote this November. We also expect lawsuit challenges and will need to identify possible plaintiffs to participate to are having a hard time getting their photo ID. We will keep you posted on next steps and how you can get involved in these ongoing efforts to protect our vote.