Monday, November 1, 2010

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: November 1, 2010

Special Announcements

Join us in November for our PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular!

PathWays PA will celebrate 32 years of services to low-income women, children and families this year by hosting the PathWays to the Stars 32nd Anniversary Celebration Sports-tacular.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:30 – 9:00PM
WHERE: Radisson King of Prussia’s Waterford Ballroom

The silent auction will feature Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers tickets and memorabilia. Also, as part of the festivities, we will present this year's Trailblazer Awards to five inspiring individuals. To read about the 2010 Trailblazer Honorees, click here.

To bid on silent auction items, click here.

Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased online. Further information on corporate and individual sponsorships can be found here.

Federal

Take Action: Stand Up to Health Reform Repeal!
 
On October 18, arguments open in a Virginia lawsuit targeting health care reform. Meanwhile, in Florida, a judge has allowed two cases challenging the new health care law to proceed.

Thanks to the new health care law, 2,319,000 Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions will be protected from insurance company discrimination. 160,700 small businesses in our state will be eligible for new tax credits, and within a few years, 1,007,800 of us will be eligible for substantial tax credits enabling us to afford the health care coverage we need. If you support health care reform, please:

Sign a petition now to stand up to repeal efforts!

Send a letter to the editor to your local newspaper to tell the truth about reform!


State

New Law to Help Children in Foster Care
The Governor has signed SB 1360, authorizing the use of voluntary post-adoption contact agreements and making other improvements to our Pennsylvania Adoption Act. Children who are adopted from foster care will now have the opportunity to maintain contact with close birth relatives with whom they have had a positive relationship even after their adoption. This is a great step forward in promoting adoption from foster care in Pennsylvania and it could not have been accomplished without your voice and the support of your legislators.

Please click here to take a moment to thank your legislators for passing this important legislation.

This new law is a great step and victory for Pennsylvania as we seek to improve the Commonwealth’s foster care system.

Information/Events

We decide on November 2! Get out the vote!

On November 2, Pennsylvania will elect a US Senator, members of Congress, a new Governor and members of the General Assembly.

Please make sure you go to the polls on November 2. They are open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you aren’t sure where to vote or what to bring with you, check www.votespa.com.
Take time to make a plan -- learn about the candidates and decide ahead of time when you’ll vote.

If you have questions on Election Day, help is available by calling one of these toll-free voter hotlines: 866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683) or 888-VE-Y-VOTA (839-8682).

For more information on what to expect when voting, where to find your polling place, or any other concerns, see the Pennsylvania Department of State's online voting information and resource center.

Social Security Offering Pre-Retirement Seminars

The Social Security Administration is hosting a day of pre-retirement seminars that are free and open to the public. The workshops provide a chance to get all questions answered, plan for receiving benefits, learn about full retirement age, when to collect benefits, enrolling in Medicare, family benefits and more.
One-hour seminars will repeat throughout the day, beginning at 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:00am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm, on Friday, November 12th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 110 A, 1200 Arch Street in Philadelphia.

To register, send an email or call 866-398-3469, ext. 29305.

College Fair Highlights Non-Traditional Student Week

Graduate! Philadelphia and PhillyGoes2College will sponsor Returning to Learning: A College Fair for Adults on Tuesday, November 9th from 11am to 3pm in the main concourse at the Municipal Services Building, 1417 John F Kennedy Boulevard in Philadelphia.

The event, planned to coincide with National Non-Traditional Student Week, is for adults who are over 19 and have some college credits and want to complete their degree, have an associate’s degree and want to complete a 4-year degree, or have no college experience at all but want to start college. Eighteen area colleges will be present to provide information on their programs, and city employees may be eligible for a 25% tuition discount at these colleges.

For more information, call 215-574-1341 or email.

Free Phones for Income-Eligible Consumers

SafeLink Wireless, a government-supported program, now provides a free cell phone and monthly airtime to income-eligible consumers.

Traditionally, the SafeLink Lifeline program only provided discounts on a consumer’s landline telephone bill to ensure affordable telephone service for low-income consumers. The program now provides a subsidy for free airtime minutes and a TracFone, a handset designed for prepaid minute plans.

To be eligible for SafeLink in Pennsylvania, a household's income must be at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Level or participants must be already participating in a public assistance program such as Section 8, food stamps, LIHEAP, SSI, TANF, Medicaid and similar programs.

For more information or to apply, call 1-800-SAFELINK or visit here.

Veterans Job Fair and Support Services

You are invited to the Veterans Job Fair and Support Services at Delaware County Community College. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to talk to Veteran Support Groups and a variety of Employers!
When: Tuesday November 9th, 2010, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Delaware County Community College, 901 Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063-1094

For a list of employers and support service providers scheduled to attend click here.

Bring a resume and dress for success! For resume assistance please call PA CareerLink® Delaware County at 610-447-3350 or 610-723-1220.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

 
PathWays PA Information/Events

PathWays PA Offers English Language/Civics Courses

PathWays PA is offering a course meant for those interested in learning and improving their English while also covering:
  • United States History
  • Work Skills
  • Citizenship Process
  • Employment
  • Math
  • Reading

Classes will be held at the PathWays PA office at 310 Amosland Road, Holmes PA. They will be in the morning from 9:30-12:00 either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursdays.

For more information about the class, please contact Kelly Binder at 610-543-5022 X 227 or kbinder@pathwayspa.org.

PathWays PA First Responder and EMT Session

PathWays PA Offers eligible job seekers FREE education and training to achieve certification as a First Responder followed by Emergency Medical Technician(EMT) certification.

WHEN: Friday, November 5 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
WHERE: Delaware County Community College 901 South Media Line Road Media, PA Rm 1300 / Workforce Entry Ctr./ PA CareerLink

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