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PathWays PA E-Newsletter: November 9, 2009

In an effort to improve future alerts, we have created a brief survey about PathWays PA Special Budget Alerts. Please take a few minutes and let us know what you thought of our Budget Alerts and how we may be able to improve them. Also, please stay tuned, as next year’s budget is already right around the corner.


Urge Your Member of Congress Not to Postpone the Reauthorization of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) includes the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), which is the largest source of federal funding for adult literacy and basic education programs. A reauthorized AEFLA should include provisions to increase access to funding for programs that provide services to adults at the lowest literacy level. If Congress does not act on reauthorization, these efforts will be hindered.

Please contact your representatives through ProLiteracy's CapWiz program. If you can, please include local information about your waiting lists, unemployment rates, and program outcomes.


Table Games Legislation

State legislators and Governor Rendell met last Wednesday to attempt to resolve remaining budget-related differences but the meeting ended without an agreement.

The delay in enacting table games legislation, estimated to generate $200 million in new revenue for the state this year, has caused legislators to delay voting on annual appropriations for 28 large educational, medical and cultural institutions, including Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.

The House is scheduled to reconvene today, and two different bills involving gambling are on the docket.

While the 2009-2010 budget is not complete, work has already begun on the budget for the 2010-2011 with state officials asking agencies to submit their budget requests.


Share Recommendations on Housing, Homelessness & Community Development

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania will be hosting a Gubernatorial Forum on December 9th at 7:00 pm in conjunction with their annual Homes Within Reach Conference at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Help frame this important discussion by taking a minute to answer a brief survey - only 4 questions! The survey deadline is Wednesday, November 11th.

Please give input on what recommendations to make to the candidates in terms of improving housing, homelessness, and community development programs in the state as well as any questions to ask at the Forum.

This is a unique opportunity to talk to the candidates on housing issues and present policy and program recommendations. Please help make the most of it.

Join Philly Counts in Kicking Off Census 2010!

Last Tuesday, Mayor Nutter tapped his deputy chief of staff and communications director, Patricia Enright, as the executive director of Philly Counts, Philadelphia's campaign to ensure everyone is counted in the 2010 Census.

This Tuesday, please join Mayor Michael Nutter and leaders from across the city to kick-off Philly Counts. The event will be held in the Mayor's Reception Room (202 City Hall) at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, November 10. Please RSVP if you can attend!

Does Your Organization Have a Holiday Wish List?

Each year during the holiday season, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania works to mobilize the caring power in our community by providing a wealth of meaningful opportunities to serve throughout Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

Do you need volunteers to work with your organization over the holidays? Are you in need of specific items for your organization this holiday season?

If so, consider becoming part of the United Way Holiday Opportunities Network, which provides you with a way to share your needs with thousands of people and organizations throughout the Delaware Valley.

To become part of United Way holiday giving opportunities, please complete the Holiday Opportunities Network 2009 Form by November 15th.

After completing the form, submit it to and your requests will be reviewed and posted at

If you have any question please contact or 215-665-2580.

WEBINAR: Tax Credits Outreach: Tips and Tools for Service Providers and Advocates

This year, tax credits are more valuable than ever for working families. Service providers and advocates can make a big difference for families by making sure they get the information they need to claim valuable tax credits.

The National Women’s Law Center is offering a free webinar training, on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will give you information about simple and successful tax credits outreach activities that can have a major impact on working families.

This webinar will help you:
  • Get free outreach materials;
  • Connect with local coalitions;
  • Find free tax preparation services in your community; and
  • Learn some successful techniques for spreading the word about tax credits.
Register today at This online session is free to participants, but registration is required.

Do You Need Help Paying for Post-Secondary Education?

PathWays PA offers Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), a matched savings program that offers financial education while helping you save for school. Through the program, your savings can be matched at a rate of three-to-one. If you save $500, we will give you an additional $1500 to go towards your school expenses.

Applicants must meet program income guidelines, be working (full or part time), and be enrolled or accepted into an accredited institution.

If you are interested or have any questions, please e-mail Greg Potestio at

Need Assistance With Public Benefits Applications?

PathWays PA provides assistance to those who need help applying for food stamps or other benefits. For further information, you can contact our office in Philadelphia 215-387-1470 or Delaware County 610-543-5022.

For more information about the services provided by PathWays PA please visit our website.

Support Earned Sick Days in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia!

Support the paid sick days campaign in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia!

Become our friend! Show your support for earned sick time by visiting Facebook. Visit this link to support earned sick time in Pennsylvania, and visit this link to support earned sick time in Philadelphia. Support both!

Tell us your story! Are you a parent who lost their job to stay home with a sick child? Are you a business owner who provides/supports paid sick days? Email your story to us at

Call your Representatives! If you live in Philadelphia, call your City Councilperson and urge them to support "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces," which guarantees earned sick time for all working Philadelphians. Not sure who your City Councilperson is? Click on this link and type in your home address to find out which district you live in:

If you live in Pennsylvania (but outside of Philadelphia), call your state Representative. Tell him/her you support earned sick time for workers. Not sure who your Representative is? Simply type your address here:


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