Monday, March 8, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: March 8, 2010

Please Join Us at the Public Forum on Earned Sick Time

PathWays PA, WOMEN’S WAY, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces invites you to our

Public Forum on Earned Sick Time
WHEN: March 10, 2010 - 10 AM to 12 PM
WHERE: Central Branch of the Free Library, 4th Floor Skyline Room, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia PA

Join us to learn more about earned sick time from:
  • Affected workers
  • Supportive employers
  • Physicians
 The event will also include polling data and information on earned sick time from The National Partnership for Women and Families!

To sign up for this event, please visit http://earnedsicktime1.eventbrite.com!You can also email your RSVP to policy@pathwayspa.org or call Kate Scully at 610-543-5022 x255.

You can also sign an online petition, which will be delivered to the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, if you live in Philadelphia, to City Council – both of which are currently working on legislation to provide workers with this benefit.

The Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces is a group of organizations supporting the need for earned sick time in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Primary organizers of this event include PathWays PA and WOMEN'S WAY. Coalition members include:

Childspace CDI ▪ CLASP ▪ Coalition of Labor Union Women ▪ Institute for Women's Policy Research ▪ Maternity Care Coalition ▪ MomsRising ▪ National Partnership for Women & Families ▪ National Organization for Women (Phila. Chapter) ▪ PathWays PA ▪ Pennsylvania ACORN ▪ People's Emergency Center ▪ Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility ▪ SEIU ▪ The Campaign for Working Families ▪ Women's Law Project ▪ WOMEN'S WAY ▪ Women Vote PA

State

Action Alert: Industry Partnership Legislation 

House Bill 2230 will amend the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Act to make Industry Partnerships a permanent part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system. It will require the Department of Labor and Industry to continue defining targeted industries and High Priority Occupations, and to administer a grant program for Industry Partnerships when funds are made available.

House Bill 2230 will come up for a vote in committee next Tuesday, March 9. Please contact your state representative and let him or her know how important the Industry Partnerships program is and how this legislation will help people and businesses throughout Pennsylvania.

Since 2005-06, Pennsylvania has been investing more than any other state in building and delivering training through Industry Partnerships. The state now has over 70 Industry Partnerships that include 7,000 businesses and have trained over 70,000 workers.

If possible, please email any communications you have or actions you take to dpkockler@yahoo.com and to us at policy@pathwayspa.org.


Federal

Urge Your Legislators to Extend the TANF Emergency Fund

The Senate is currently considering a jobs bill to help individuals who are unemployed. Senator Kerry and Senator Murray have offered an amendment to the bill to extend and expand the TANF Emergency Fund, which provides extra resources to states to help low-income families - and specifically provides resources for states to develop or expand Transitional Jobs and subsidized employment programs.

The vote is scheduled for Tuesday, and your help is needed to make sure that the amendment passes so the extension and expansion are added to the final bill. The fund has already allowed many states to create Transitional Jobs and subsidized employment programs for low-income parents who would otherwise be unemployed and has the potential to create many more – but not without an extension and expansion.

What you can do immediately to help:

Information/Events

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Children's Issues

Where will our next Governor stand on issues that matter to Pennsylvania’s children and families such as education, child care, economic security, children’s health, child welfare, and juvenile justice?

Hear from the candidates themselves at a Candidates Forum on Children’s Issues.

WHEN: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: Main Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 19th & Vine Street

Candidates for Governor: Tom Corbett*, Joe Hoeffel, Dan Onorato, Sam Rohrer, Jack Wagner, Anthony H. Williams* (*Invited but not confirmed)

Attendance is free, but you must RSVP to info@pccy.org or 215-563-5848 x 11. Visit www.pccy.org for more information on the Gubernatorial election.

Sponsored by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) in partnership with: Bucks County Quality Child Care Coalition, American Academy of Pediatrics – Pennsylvania Chapter, Child Space CDI, Community Legal Services, Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), Maternity Care Coalition, Pathways PA, National Nursing Centers Consortium, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Philadelphia Student Union, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity

Women’s Bureau Green Jobs Initiatives

The Women’s Bureau Green Jobs Initiatives provide women the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge for sustainable jobs of the future that will pay them a living wage. In addition to conducting round table events, the Bureau is now developing a new publication, the “Women’s Guide to Green Jobs.”

The first two chapters of the Guide, “Why Green is Good for Women” and “Finding Education and Training,” are in final review and will soon be posted on the Women’s Bureau website. Other chapters will be released throughout the next six months.

In addition, there will be a series of seven free Webinars and Fact Sheets to accompany the guide. The first webinar, “Why Green Jobs for Women,” will take place in March 15 from noon-1:30 p.m. EST. To register for the webinar please click here.

For more information, or if you know of any local green events or activities that can be posted on the Bureau’s calendar, please contact Rose Holandez, Senior Program Analyst.

2010 Census: The Count Begins

Census Day 2010, which is on April 1st, is the only a few weeks away. The question is, is your non-profit ready? The Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network through its Nonprofits Count campaign is pleased to offer a free webinar on the preparing for the Census.

WHEN: Thursday, March 18th at 2:00pm Eastern

As the 2010 census gets underway, nonprofits can play a pivotal role in convincing hard-to-count populations that participation is easy, important, and safe. In this webinar, we will focus on operations from March through June and discuss ways nonprofits can help people fill out their census forms and improve response in the communities they serve.

To sign up for the webinar, please click here.

Housing Alliance to Offer Free Events

Wednesday, March 10 at 11:00 am - Legislative Briefing, by phone
The Housing Alliance's monthly Legislative Briefing will be held by conference call. There will be discussion of five bills, all of which are seeing some activity: the state housing trust fund, Homeowners’ Title Act, land banks, an omnibus blight bill, and a landlord/tenant bill (personal property abandoned by tenants).

For details and to register

Wednesday, March 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Land Bank Forum in Camp Hill
Join the Housing Alliance for a Forum on Using Land Banks to Fight Blight at the Radisson Penn Harris in Camp Hill, PA. Come hear Dan Kildee, the leading national expert on land banking, talk about what PA can learn from Michigan’s experience about dealing with blight. PA is currently considering land bank legislation.

For details and to register

Friday, March 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm - New Opportunities for Rental Assistance Webinar
Join the Housing Alliance for their first "Virtual Brown Bag Lunch" webinar on New Opportunities for Rental Assistance. The Nursing Home Transition and HOME Tenant Based Program for people with disabilities are NOW up and running in PA. And there are several opportunities coming down the pike for non-elderly persons with disabilities, those who are chronically homeless and homeless families. Hear about opportunities to comment on these proposals and make sure your community is positioned to take advantage of them.

For details and to register

Food Research and Action Center

Please join Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) on a conference call to discuss the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and the need for outreach assistance at the state and local levels.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11 at 3 p.m. EST

Click here to register for the call.

Outreach by anti-hunger advocates is needed to ensure that the schools with the highest proportions of free and reduced-price eligible children apply to participate in FFVP. Schools must apply this spring to receive funds for next school year.

We hope you can join us. Contact Madeleine Levin at mlevin@frac.org with any questions.


PathWays PA Information and Initiatives

PathWays PA New Publication: Keeping it Real – Teen Finances

PathWays PA is excited to announce the completion of a new helpful handbook for managing money written specifically for teens, Keeping it Real: Teen Finances.

This guide not only discusses what teens should understand about their finances, it also assists them in planning for their future.

The guide focuses on such areas as understanding your paycheck, budgeting, banking, financial contracts, credit, and insurance. It also includes goal setting, finding a job, education, child care, and housing.


Free Tax Preparation from PathWays PA

PathWays PA’s basic tax preparation service is designed to provide free tax filing for households whose income does not exceed $50,000. We can also assist tax filers who are disabled or who do not speak English as their first language.

If you or someone you know would like to have taxes prepared by the Self Sufficiency team, please call the numbers below to schedule an appointment.

Philadelphia

PathWays PA West Philly Office
3617 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA
To schedule an appointment call Linda at 215-387-1470.
Mondays 10am – 2pm (starting February 1st)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm -6pm

PathWays PA EARN Center
926 W. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19133
To schedule an appointment call 215-226-2600.
Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am -12:30pm (starting January 27th)
Saturdays January 30 and February 6 10am - 2pm


Delaware County

PathWays PA Administrative Office
310 Amosland Road Holmes, PA 19043
To schedule an appointment call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022.
Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm
Fridays 10am-2pm (starting January 29th)

J. Lewis Crozer Library
620 Engle Street Chester, PA 19013
To schedule an appointment call 610-494-3454.
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm (starting January 27th)
The following Saturdays:
Feb 13, March 6, April 10 9:30am -12:30pm

Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union
Wharf at Rivertown- 2501 Seaport Drive, Chester
To schedule an appointment call 610-619-7000.
The following Tuesdays:
January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23
10am - 2pm

Please feel free to refer your eligible friends and family to our services!

Change a Life: Become a Mentor to Foster Youth

The Achieving Independence Center (AIC) wants caring and supportive adults willing to build a friendship with a foster care youth. You can be that big brother or sister a youth in foster care needs by sharing your life experiences, time, and friendship. Having a shoulder to lean on when times get tough helps young people stay focused and not lose hope.

Whether it is providing them with caring support, friendship, or helping them with their aspirations (personal and professional), the AIC Mentoring Program can match you with a young person between the ages of 16-21 who could benefit from your knowledge and experience.

The AIC is a “one-stop” center designed to assist young people ages 16-21 achieve their future goals of self-sufficiency. The AIC is dedicated to providing support and real life tools for youth who want to make an investment in their future!

Help a youth build their self-esteem and achieve their personal goals. You make a difference by simply getting involved.

For additional information please call 215-574-9194.

Take Action on Earned Sick Time

48 percent of workers in the United States have no access to earned sick time, which means that if they are sick (or if their family members are sick) they must choose between working sick or losing their pay (or their jobs). If you are one of the 48 percent who have no earned sick time - or one of the 52 percent who do - please take our survey and tell us more!

There are bills at the federal, state, and local level to support earned sick time for everyone - here is what you can do:
  • Support the Federal Healthy Families Act! Under The Healthy Families Act, workers would have the opportunity to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 7 days of sick time per year. This time could be used to care for workers or their families, or could be used as "safe days" in cases of domestic violence. Tell your legislators that we need paid sick days now!
  • Support the paid sick days campaign in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia! Become our friend! Show your support for earned sick time by visiting Facebook. You can support earned sick time in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. Support both!
  • If you don't live in Pennsylvania, you can still support earned sick time. Visit The National Partnership for Women and Families website to learn more about campaigns in your area.
  • 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 policy@pathwayspa.org.
  • 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: http://www.phila.gov/citycouncil/districtform/districtform.html.
  • 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: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm.

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 Kelly Binder at kbinder@pathwayspa.org.


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.

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