Friday, March 29, 2013

Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics Releases Special Report: Female Victims of Sexual Violence 1994-2010

A new report by the Department of Justice gives hope to victims of sexual violence, but also reveals much work still needs to be done. 

The report highlights improving statistics including:
  • From 1995 to 2010, the estimated annual rate of female rape or sexual assault victimizations declined 58%. 
  • The percentage of females who were injured during a rape or sexual assault and received some type of treatment for their injuries increased from 26% in 1994-98 to 35% in 2005-10. 
Some areas for improvement include:
  • The percentage of rape or sexual assault victimizations reported to police declined to 35% in 2010, a level last seen in 1995. 
  • In 2005-10, 23% rape or sexual assault victims received help or advice from a victim service agency.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Register for Upcoming Child Nutrition Program Webinar and Conference Calls

There will be a series of conference calls and a webinar in April to assist in best practices in order to reach as many children as possible during the summer months and establish effective food sites in your community. 

The events are as follows: 
  • Tuesday, April 2 at 1PM-Summer Meals Matter, Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Summer Food Sites. Register 
  • Thursday, April 11 at 3PM- Breakfast Matters "How to" Webinar: Healthy Menus for Breakfast in the Classroom. Register 
  • Wednesday, April 17 at 1PM- Afterschool Meals Matter, Outreach to Latino Families. Register

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Training for Solar Panel Installation in NE Philadelphia!

Join the solar career move and learn valuable green job skills for free! If you qualify for a Free Grant you can receive Funded Solar PV Installer Training for women and men with previous experience working in the building trades. There will be a 3 week training from April 8th-26th Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM.

Apply only if you meet the following requirements:
  • 2+ years experience in construction, home remodeling, carpentry, electrical, roofing, HVAC, or related skilled trade 
  • Basic electrical & tools of the trade knowledge 
  • Comfortable working with fractions and solving equations 
  • Valid Driver's License & daily access to a reliable car 
  • H.S. Diploma/GED 
  • Ability to lift 50lbs 
  • Not afraid of working at heights 
There is a special focus on recruiting WOMEN to join this program. To apply you must first fill out this survey. The grants will be administered through the Department of Labor.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New State Decision Could Impact Your Child Care Subsidy

If you rely on the state subsidy to help pay for your child care and your child is frequently absent, then you may be in danger of losing your subsidy. In an effort to control costs, Pennsylvania has implemented a new protocol limiting the number of days a child can be out of care to a maximum of 25 days per year for any reason.

After your child exceeds 25 days absent, you will have to pay the full child care fee that your care center charges. Childcare centers are being required to collect payment from parents or notify parents of termination of childcare.

Childcare centers have reached out to the Department of Public Welfare, who administers the subsidy program, to reconsider or modify their policy. However, at this time, the policy is in effect.

If you have questions about these changes, please speak with your individual childcare provider.

New Website for Job Seekers in Philadelphia!

Philadelphia Works is proud to announce an enhanced website that provides comprehensive access to information about programs and services and workshops for job seekers.

The new website includes:
  • Calendar of job search workshops at the four PA CareerLink Philadelphia centers 
  • Exclusive job listings 
  • Online Resume Builder tool 
  • Materials to help Philadelphians prepare for their first visit to a PA CareerLink center
  • Access to job seeker services for teens and young adults through the Philadelphia Youth Network

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ask Governor Corbett to Accept Medicaid Expansion-Sign the Petition!

Over the last few months, Governor Tom Corbett has indicated that he has no intention of accepting new federal dollars to expand the state's Medicaid program.

If he rejects these funds, more than 542,000 Pennsylvanians will be left uninsured. In recent months, Republican governors across the country have been changing their minds and accepting Medicaid dollars. 

Pennsylvania lawmakers have an opportunity to accept new funds from the federal government to expand the state's Medicaid program.

Add your name to the petition asking the Governor and lawmakers to accept the Medicaid Expansion!

Ask Mayor Nutter to Sign the Earned Sick Days Bill! Sign the Petition!

The Philadelphia City Council just passed earned sick days legislation, ensuring that all Philadelphians can earn paid sick days.

This important law will make sure that no one has to come into work while they're sick or have a sick child at home.

Sign the petition asking Mayor Nutter to sign the bill into law!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Join the Food and Nutrition Coalition for a Summer Twitter Town Hall!

The Food and Nutrition Coalition (@myFNC) will be hosting a Twitter town hall: "Help Feed Kids in Your Community this Summer with #SummerMeals" on Tuesday, March 26 from 1PM-2PM.

The town hall will feature Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Food Research and Action Center, Feeding America, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

Use #SummerMeals to participate.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

PCCY Hosting Hunger Forum-Fighting Childhood Hunger When School is Out: The Nuts and Bolts of Summer Feeding Programs!

On Thursday, March 21 from 2:00-4:30PM, at the United Way located at 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) with the support of many other organizations will host a hunger forum.

Many districts have had to scale back on summer school, which means more areas need additional summer feeding sites in order to serve children.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), PA Department of Education (PDE), Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Nutritional Development Services (NDS - which serves the five county SEPA region), and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation are partnering with PCCY to provide attendees the information they need to know about the program.

Please RSVP to Stacy Kirk at stacyk@pccy.org or (215) 563-5848 ext. 34 with your name and organization.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Apply for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Deadline Extended to March 22!

10,000 Small Businesses is a program designed for small business owners who have a business poised for growth. The program provides two district components:
  • Business and Management Education through the Community College of Philadelphia 
  • Access to Small Business Loans through local partners, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the Community First Fund. 
Qualified applicants generally meet the following criteria:
  • Owner or co-owner of a business 
  • Business in operation for at least two years 
  • Business revenues between $150,000 and $4 million 
  • Minimum of at least four employees, including the owner
Learn more and apply here 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sign the Petition! Support the Renaming of the PA Department of Public Welfare!

State Senators Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery) and Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) will introduce legislation that would change the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services.

The current name is both misleading and stigmatizing. People with physical or intellectual disabilities don't consider themselves as welfare and nor should the state.

The legislation will also be introduced by Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) in the state House of Representatives.

Sign the petition and support the name change here!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ask Congress to Vote No on Two Bills Gutting Workforce Development

From our friends at the National Skills Coalition:

The House this week is set to vote on two bills that would make it difficult for workers—particularly the most vulnerable and hardest to serve workers—to get the training and services they need to get a good-paying job to support their families. 
Please contact Congress today! 
Later this week, the House is expected to vote on the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act (H.R. 803), a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act by consolidating several existing federal workforce programs into a single $6 billion Workforce Investment Fund, eliminating dedicated funding and numerous policy protections meant to help those most in need to get the skills to advance in the workforce.
The House is also expected to vote on the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 (H.R. 890), a bill that would prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from providing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program waivers to states that submit plans for demonstration projects that promote employment entry, retention, advancement and access to jobs. Such waivers have received bipartisan support from several of the nation’s governors, and HHS has made clear that the waivers will in no way weaken or unwind the work requirements established in the 1996 welfare reform law.
These bills will make it harder to provide the training and services for those most in need. Congress MUST reject both bills and find a bi-partisan solution to getting America’s workforce the skills for the jobs today and in the future.
EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL HIM/HER TO SUPPORT POLICIES THAT PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY AND RESOURCES FOR WORKERS MOST IN NEED.
Congress needs to hear from you TODAY!

Read the Stories of Those Affected by Workforce Program Cuts.

Folks around the country are already feeling the impact of cuts made by the sequester to workforce development programs.

These programs are designed to help those out of work get retrained and hired for jobs that are available in this new economy. Programs like this are essential in helping get people back to work and earning a steady paycheck.

You can read personal stories using this interactive map and also submit your own story.

Monday, March 11, 2013

It's Important Our Voices are Heard on Thursday! Join Us for the Passage of Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia!

City Council will have it's second reading and vote on Councilman Greenlee's Healthy Families and Workplaces Act on Thursday beginning at about 10AM at City Hall in the City Council Room on the 4th floor.

The bill would require all business owners in Philadelphia to allow employees to earn sick time. The bill was passed in 2011, but vetoed by Mayor Nutter.

Please call your City Council member at:
(888) 376-5807 to voice your support for earned sick time for all workers!

Sequestration Effects at PathWays PA

You can donate today at https://www.justgive.org/basket?acton=donate&ein=23-2001837.

Dear Special Friends of PathWays PA,

As many of you already know, federal sequestration (across-the-board federal budget cuts) took effect on March 1. PathWays PA is already feeling the impact of these cuts, as federal funding for our programs supporting homeless and runaway girls has been held up in Washington, D.C.

PathWays PA remains committed to helping our runaway and homeless youth through programs like Transitional Living (TLP) and the Girls SHElter. However, these programs are at risk – and so are the girls and families who have transitioned from long-term homelessness to secure and stable homes through these programs.

  • Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides transitional living services to young women ages 16-21 years (and their children) who are not involved in the child welfare system.
  • Girls SHElter (Basic Center Program) provides housing and offers runaway prevention and intervention services for teen girls who have run away or are homeless.

We desperately need your help to keep these programs going through the month of March. Your support can keep a roof over the heads of these homeless youth, food on their tables and the proper supervision and staff to keep them safe.

___$100 can provide food for one homeless girl and baby for one week
___$500 can provide food for one month for a homeless youth and baby
___$1,000 can provide housing for one month for 1 homeless youth and 1 child
___$2,500 can provide food for 5 girls and 3 babies for one month
___$3,000 can provide housing, food, life skills training and education support for one month for one girl and child
___$15,000 can provide to continue housing and all services for one month for either program

Please consider giving whatever you can to keep these homeless youth and babies from being out on the street. Your kindness and generosity will give these girls hope.

Thank you for your continued support,

Carol Goertzel President/CEO
PathWays PA

Join the Better Choices for PA Coalition Tomorrow for Pie Delivery Day!

The Better Choices for PA Coalition's annual "Pie Day" launch event is tomorrow, March 12th in Harrisburg.

We will call on the legislature to "grow the budget pie" by holding off on new tax cuts until they have enacted robust tax reform that closes corporate loopholes, increases accountability, and protects public investments in our schools and communities and the infrastructure needed for long-term economic growth.

Meet at 10:30am in the main rotunda to deliver miniature pies, and our message, to every legislator, and then reconvene in the main rotunda for a 1:30pm press conference.

RSVP to Kate Atkins at the PA Budget and Policy Center: atkins@pennbpc.org

Friday, March 8, 2013

Join a Discussion on Gun Violence in America!

Physicians for Social Responsibility and CeaseFire PA will hold a discussion on Wednesday, March 27 beginning on 7PM at the Friends Center located at 1501 Cherry St. in Philadelphia.

Speakers will focus on the public health and social crisis that America faces from gun violence.

Speakers include:
Shira Goodman-Executive Director of CeaseFire PA
David Keller Trevaskis-Esquire
Henry D'Silva-MD
C. William Schwab-MD, FACS, FRCS Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Help Save Statistics From Sequestration!

From our friends at The Census Project:
Below is a link to a sign-on letter outlining the effects of the so-called sequestration on the FY 2013 federal budget for Census 2020 planning. The Obama Administration has requested a small change in how the sequestration affects the Census Bureau budget, called an "anomaly." The effects of sequestration and the need for the anomaly are outlined in the letter.
We are asking for organizations to sign onto the letter by COB this Friday, March 8. If you can join in signing on, please contact Jason Shevrin (jason.shevrin@gmail.com) by COB Friday, March 8.
The sign-on letter can be viewed at http://thecensusproject.org/letters/Census_Project-FY13_CR_ltr_to_Congress-FINAL.pdf.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Philadelphia Board of Health Passes Resolution Calling for Reproductive Health Funding

Recently, Philadelphia became the third U.S. city to pass a resolution calling for federal and state funding of reproductive healthcare services, including abortion.

The Women's Medical Fund offers direct assistance to women seeking reproductive health services, but resources don't always meet the growing need of assistance.

The average women seeking assistance for reproductive health services makes $618 per month.

Read the entire resolution here

Monday, March 4, 2013

Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition Meeting Tomorrow

No smoking sign on campus of Georgia TechPlease join the Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition (DCTFC) at this month's meeting tomorrow, March 5 from 8:45 am to 10:00 am at Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems located at 126 E. Baltimore Avenue in Media.

To learn more about the coalition, please e-mail Coalition Secretary, Kevin Gallagher or call at: (484) 444-0412

Come out and Show Your Support Tomorrow for Paid Sick Days in Philadelphia!

A hearing on Councilman Greenlee's Healthy Families and Workplaces Act will begin tomorrow at 10AM at City Hall in the City Council Room on the 4th floor.

The bill would require all business owners in Philadelphia to allow employees to earn sick time. The bill was passed in 2011, but vetoed by Mayor Nutter.

We need your help to finish the job this time. Join us in our fight to help all workers! With your help, we can make this bill become law!

Friday, March 1, 2013

New Film Highlights Childhood Hunger in America

A Place at the Table, a film that examines hunger in America today, features the voices of the Center's Director, Dr. Mariana Chilton and Barbie Izquierdo, of Witnesses to Hunger.

Fifty million people in the U.S. - one in four young children - live in households that don't have enough money for food that supports an active and healthy life.

The film shows Barbie's struggles to feed her two children and the sacrifices she must make to keep food on the table. The film premieres on March 1, 2013 in theaters, on iTunes and On Demand.

Take action by visiting A Place At the Table Take Part.