Monday, May 16, 2011

PathWays PA E-Alert: May 16, 2011








SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE
COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP


Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration

Date: Thursday May 19, 2011

Time: Networking 8am

           Program
8:30-10:30am

Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events
Center

    4700 Drexelbrook
Drive

    Drexel
Hill, PA 19026



Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the
contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators
and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.



To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo
at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org



We would like to thank the following organizations for their
support:

Delaware County Office of Employment and Training

Department of Labor & Industry

Job Opportunity Investment Network

PA Fund for Workforce Solutions





State Policy Updates



AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL
CHALLENGE MAY 17


On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople,
senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the
Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and
helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania
afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support
for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in
person.



Visit the link below to contact your congressmen
and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication
tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.

This information provided by PA
Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network




PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN
BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES


House Republicans released the details of their proposed State
Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts
are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence
(DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made
to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This
proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the
services women need.  Each service sector relies
on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the
most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services
takes funding back to 1998 levels.



More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year
in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded
with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage
of community resources.



Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit
www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My
Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.

You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week!
They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.



This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence






SUPPORT PASSAGE OF
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9,
2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee.
Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is
passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The
Governor will sign it once the House passes it.



Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED


The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K
Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which
prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and
later in life.



Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated
that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K-
initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five
years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click
here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school
readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten -
children need both to succeed.




And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th
through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to
visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight
continuum. (Click
here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the
importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits
.)



Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts,
Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible
funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more
pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact
this has on children's lives. Click
here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early
learning funding continuum.


This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the
Education of Young Children.





Information/Events



DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY
17 2011


Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.



Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will
vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia
City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three
remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.



Delaware County voters
will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections
.



Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about
elections in their area.



Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center,
866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election
Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by
date of birth)



If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more
information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org



SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER
AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT


On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr.
Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A
Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with
limited resources.



Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major
public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of
the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the
process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very
young children.



FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Drexel School of Public Health

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry
St.

Cherry Street Room

Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame

Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School
of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE



SUPPORT
EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA


Everyone
Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do
NOT have a single paid sick day.

Help
Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.



WHEN:
May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM

WHERE:
4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall



*Please
note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would
like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be
at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.



Help
us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the
Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You
can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and
remember to bring a picture ID.



Even
if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid
sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!



To learn more about the need for earned sick
time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or
contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.



JOIN PHAN’S
CALL SERIES ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-7:00 PM


The Pennsylvania
Health Access Network
 is constantly tracking what's
happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta,
Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The
Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform
. Learn what the new law will
mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term
living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00
PM  RSVP
Here.


Click
here to learn more about PHAN’s policy call series or to access resources from
previous calls.
 Contact Athena with questions at aford@pahealthaccess.org.



TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA
COURTS POLICY


The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection
efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and
bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's
residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk
loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.



Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an
explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.



The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market
Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).



To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.



WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call
for applicants for the Economic
Security Innovations Award
 as part of the Building Bridges to Economic
Security campaign.



In an effort to promote economic security across the generations,
the Building
Bridges campaign
 aims to shift the public dialogue through a common
messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among
organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common
policy and programmatic goals.



The Economic Security Innovations Award will support
organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to
work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach
and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.



Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are
due Friday, May 20.



WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to
spread the word to your networks.

Questions Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org



FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR
NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS


Join Terry Travis, Assistant VP for Development at La Salle
University for some practical information about financial literacy – from
a basic explanation of developing and managing a budget, to balance sheet
terms, to reporting fundraising numbers, or speaking with potential donors.



The workshop is free and open to the community.
It will be held on

WHEN: May 20, 9:00 – 11:30 (A light breakfast will start at 8:30)

WHERE: La Salle Union Building in the Music Room on the second
floor



Please contact Louise Giugliano,
Director of Service-Learning with your name, organization
and email to register.



SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA
EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't
have the ability to earn paid sick days. So whether it
is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there
are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their
family and losing their job. Going to work or caring for an ailing family
member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit
the PathWays PA blog
 to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her
family’s need for paid sick time.



Click
here
 to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support
Earned Sick Days.



ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT
SNAP BENEFITS


Please sign and
share the National, State and Community-based
Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.



FRAC and others in NAHO (National
Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural
changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With
your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state
and local groups to sign on to this letter.



Please sign
your organization onto this letter
 and send it to other organizations
on your e-mail list.



Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups
around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and
structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and
hungriest people in the country.

Click
here
 to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the
Food Research and Action Center. This information provided by PHENND
.

 

FDIC UPDATES
MONEY SMART FOR YOUNG ADULTS


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has
announced an updated and enhanced version of its instructor-led Money Smart for Young Adults financial
education curriculum. Key changes include updates about managing credit cards,
avoiding overdrafts and financing higher education.


 

The revised
curriculum also includes instructional enhancements, many suggested by
instructors who use Money Smart, such as expanded pre- and post-tests that
teachers can use to measure changes in student knowledge or use as quiz
questions.


 

To obtain free
copies of the updated curriculum, visit here.


This information
provided by our friends at United Way of Southeastern PA.


 

 

 

Special PathWays
PA Information/Events


 

PROJECT PEACE
FOR TEENAGERS


Do you need help
with education, childcare, welfare benefits, parenting
or support We can help! The Project Peace Teen Parent Program provides
one-on-one support for pregnant adolescents and teen parents. Project Peace
services are available at the MacDade Goodwill Store,
2137 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes PA, from Tuesdays from
9 AM to 5 PM.


 

Services provided
will help you:


Complete high
school and plan for higher education


Become a better
parent


Obtain appropriate
community resources, such as childcare, supportive services, Temporary
Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF), life skills
training and employment


Get in home
support


For more
information call 610-543-5022 or visit www.pathwayspa.org.


 

PATH$ TO BENEFITS

The PathWays PA Path$ 2 Benefits
program provides access to counseling and workshops on banking and budgeting
assistance, credit and debt management counseling, identity theft repair,
financial goal planning, financial crisis management, college planning, housing
assistance, and free tax preparation. Clients can also be
screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food
stamps), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other
services. Even unemployed and dislocated workers can take part in programs that
improve their credit without costing money.


For more information, please call
610-543-5022 or email financialpaths@pathwayspa.org.


 

FINANCIAL PATH$

Financial Path$, a new program from
PathWays PA, helps individuals and families build paths toward economic
self-sufficiency through financial education, asset building and economic
empowerment.  This program provides
one-on-one financial counseling and financial education workshops. Financial
Path$ is committed to assisting everyone carve their path to self-sufficiency.


If you or your clients would be
interested in learning more about this program please
contact wrahemtulla@pathwayspa.org. 


For more information become Financial
Path$ friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Stay
turned as we will also be
launching a blog very soon!


 








SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE
COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP


Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration

Date: Thursday May 19, 2011

Time: Networking 8am

           Program
8:30-10:30am

Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events
Center

    4700 Drexelbrook
Drive

    Drexel
Hill, PA 19026



Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the
contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators
and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.



To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo
at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org



We would like to thank the following organizations for their
support:

Delaware County Office of Employment and Training

Department of Labor & Industry

Job Opportunity Investment Network

PA Fund for Workforce Solutions





State Policy Updates



AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL
CHALLENGE MAY 17


On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople,
senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the
Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and
helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania
afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support
for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in
person.



Visit the link below to contact your congressmen
and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication
tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.

This information provided by PA
Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network




PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN
BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES


House Republicans released the details of their proposed State
Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts
are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence
(DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made
to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This
proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the
services women need.  Each service sector relies
on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the
most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services
takes funding back to 1998 levels.



More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year
in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded
with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage
of community resources.



Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit
www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My
Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.

You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week!
They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.



This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence






SUPPORT PASSAGE OF
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9,
2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee.
Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is
passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The
Governor will sign it once the House passes it.



Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED


The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K
Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which
prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and
later in life.



Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated
that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K-
initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five
years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click
here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school
readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten -
children need both to succeed.




And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th
through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to
visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight
continuum. (Click
here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the
importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits
.)



Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts,
Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible
funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more
pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact
this has on children's lives. Click
here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early
learning funding continuum.


This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the
Education of Young Children.





Information/Events



DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY
17 2011


Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.



Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will
vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia
City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three
remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.



Delaware County voters
will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections
.



Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about
elections in their area.



Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center,
866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election
Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by
date of birth)



If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more
information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org



SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER
AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT


On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr.
Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A
Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with
limited resources.



Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major
public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of
the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the
process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very
young children.



FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Drexel School of Public Health

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry
St.

Cherry Street Room

Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame

Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School
of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE



SUPPORT
EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA


Everyone
Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do
NOT have a single paid sick day.

Help
Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.



WHEN:
May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM

WHERE:
4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall



*Please
note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would
like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be
at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.



Help
us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the
Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You
can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and
remember to bring a picture ID.



Even
if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid
sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!



To learn more about the need for earned sick
time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or
contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.



JOIN PHAN’S
CALL SERIES ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-7:00 PM


The Pennsylvania
Health Access Network
 is constantly tracking what's
happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta,
Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The
Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform
. Learn what the new law will
mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term
living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00
PM  RSVP
Here.


Click
here to learn more about PHAN’s policy call series or to access resources from
previous calls.
 Contact Athena with questions at aford@pahealthaccess.org.



TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA
COURTS POLICY


The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection
efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and
bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's
residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk
loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.



Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an
explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.



The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market
Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).



To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.



WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call
for applicants for the Economic
Security Innovations Award
 as part of the Building Bridges to Economic
Security campaign.



In an effort to promote economic security across the generations,
the Building
Bridges campaign
 aims to shift the public dialogue through a common
messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among
organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common
policy and programmatic goals.



The Economic Security Innovations Award will support
organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to
work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach
and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.



Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are
due Friday, May 20.



WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to
spread the word to your networks.

Questions Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org



FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR
NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS


Join Terry Travis, Assistant VP for Development at La Salle
University for some practical information about financial literacy – from
a basic explanation of developing and managing a budget, to balance sheet
terms, to reporting fundraising numbers, or speaking with potential donors.



The workshop is free and open to the community.
It will be held on

WHEN: May 20, 9:00 – 11:30 (A light breakfast will start at 8:30)

WHERE: La Salle Union Building in the Music Room on the second
floor



Please contact Louise Giugliano,
Director of Service-Learning with your name, organization
and email to register.



SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA
EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't
have the ability to earn paid sick days. So whether it
is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there
are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their
family and losing their job. Going to work or caring for an ailing family
member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit
the PathWays PA blog
 to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her
family’s need for paid sick time.



Click
here
 to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support
Earned Sick Days.



ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT
SNAP BENEFITS


Please sign and
share the National, State and Community-based
Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.



FRAC and others in NAHO (National
Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural
changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With
your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state
and local groups to sign on to this letter.



Please sign
your organization onto this letter
 and send it to other organizations
on your e-mail list.



Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups
around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and
structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and
hungriest people in the country.

Click
here
 to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the
Food Research and Action Center. This information provided by PHENND
.

 

FDIC UPDATES
MONEY SMART FOR YOUNG ADULTS


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has
announced an updated and enhanced version of its instructor-led Money Smart for Young Adults financial
education curriculum. Key changes include updates about managing credit cards,
avoiding overdrafts and financing higher education.


 

The revised
curriculum also includes instructional enhancements, many suggested by
instructors who use Money Smart, such as expanded pre- and post-tests that
teachers can use to measure changes in student knowledge or use as quiz
questions.


 

To obtain free
copies of the updated curriculum, visit here.


This information
provided by our friends at United Way of Southeastern PA.


 

 

 

Special PathWays
PA Information/Events


 

PROJECT PEACE
FOR TEENAGERS


Do you need help
with education, childcare, welfare benefits, parenting
or support We can help! The Project Peace Teen Parent Program provides
one-on-one support for pregnant adolescents and teen parents. Project Peace
services are available at the MacDade Goodwill Store,
2137 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes PA, from Tuesdays from
9 AM to 5 PM.


 

Services provided
will help you:


Complete high
school and plan for higher education


Become a better
parent


Obtain appropriate
community resources, such as childcare, supportive services, Temporary
Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF), life skills
training and employment


Get in home
support


For more
information call 610-543-5022 or visit www.pathwayspa.org.


 

PATH$ TO BENEFITS

The PathWays PA Path$ 2 Benefits
program provides access to counseling and workshops on banking and budgeting
assistance, credit and debt management counseling, identity theft repair,
financial goal planning, financial crisis management, college planning, housing
assistance, and free tax preparation. Clients can also be
screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food
stamps), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other
services. Even unemployed and dislocated workers can take part in programs that
improve their credit without costing money.


For more information, please call
610-543-5022 or email financialpaths@pathwayspa.org.


 

FINANCIAL PATH$

Financial Path$, a new program from
PathWays PA, helps individuals and families build paths toward economic
self-sufficiency through financial education, asset building and economic
empowerment.  This program provides
one-on-one financial counseling and financial education workshops. Financial
Path$ is committed to assisting everyone carve their path to self-sufficiency.


If you or your clients would be
interested in learning more about this program please
contact wrahemtulla@pathwayspa.org. 


For more information become Financial
Path$ friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Stay
turned as we will also be
launching a blog very soon!


 








SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE
COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP


Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration

Date: Thursday May 19, 2011

Time: Networking 8am

           Program
8:30-10:30am

Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events
Center

    4700 Drexelbrook
Drive

    Drexel
Hill, PA 19026



Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the
contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators
and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.



To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo
at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org



We would like to thank the following organizations for their
support:

Delaware County Office of Employment and Training

Department of Labor & Industry

Job Opportunity Investment Network

PA Fund for Workforce Solutions





State Policy Updates



AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL
CHALLENGE MAY 17


On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople,
senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the
Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and
helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania
afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support
for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in
person.



Visit the link below to contact your congressmen
and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication
tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.

This information provided by PA
Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network




PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN
BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES


House Republicans released the details of their proposed State
Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts
are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence
(DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made
to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This
proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the
services women need.  Each service sector relies
on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the
most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services
takes funding back to 1998 levels.



More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year
in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded
with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage
of community resources.



Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit
www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My
Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.

You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week!
They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.



This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence






SUPPORT PASSAGE OF
INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9,
2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee.
Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.

IP legislation can become statute after it is
passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The
Governor will sign it once the House passes it.



Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED


The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K
Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which
prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and
later in life.



Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated
that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K-
initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five
years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click
here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school
readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten -
children need both to succeed.




And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th
through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to
visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight
continuum. (Click
here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the
importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits
.)



Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts,
Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible
funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more
pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact
this has on children's lives. Click
here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early
learning funding continuum.


This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the
Education of Young Children.





Information/Events



DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY
17 2011


Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.



Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will
vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia
City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three
remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.



Delaware County voters
will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections
.



Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about
elections in their area.



Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center,
866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election
Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by
date of birth)



If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more
information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org



SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER
AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT


On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr.
Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A
Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with
limited resources.



Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major
public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of
the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the
process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very
young children.



FREE and open to the public

Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Drexel School of Public Health

Friends Center, 1501 Cherry
St.

Cherry Street Room

Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame

Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School
of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE



SUPPORT
EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA


Everyone
Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better

2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do
NOT have a single paid sick day.

Help
Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.



WHEN:
May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM

WHERE:
4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall



*Please
note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would
like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be
at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.



Help
us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the
Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You
can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and
remember to bring a picture ID.



Even
if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid
sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!



To learn more about the need for earned sick
time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or
contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.



JOIN PHAN’S
CALL SERIES ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-7:00 PM


The Pennsylvania
Health Access Network
 is constantly tracking what's
happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta,
Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The
Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform
. Learn what the new law will
mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term
living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00
PM  RSVP
Here.


Click
here to learn more about PHAN’s policy call series or to access resources from
previous calls.
 Contact Athena with questions at aford@pahealthaccess.org.



TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA
COURTS POLICY


The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection
efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and
bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's
residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk
loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.



Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an
explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.



The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market
Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).



To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.



WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call
for applicants for the Economic
Security Innovations Award
 as part of the Building Bridges to Economic
Security campaign.



In an effort to promote economic security across the generations,
the Building
Bridges campaign
 aims to shift the public dialogue through a common
messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among
organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common
policy and programmatic goals.



The Economic Security Innovations Award will support
organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to
work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach
and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.



Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are
due Friday, May 20.



WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to
spread the word to your networks.

Questions Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org



FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR
NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS


Join Terry Travis, Assistant VP for Development at La Salle
University for some practical information about financial literacy – from
a basic explanation of developing and managing a budget, to balance sheet
terms, to reporting fundraising numbers, or speaking with potential donors.



The workshop is free and open to the community.
It will be held on

WHEN: May 20, 9:00 – 11:30 (A light breakfast will start at 8:30)

WHERE: La Salle Union Building in the Music Room on the second
floor



Please contact Louise Giugliano,
Director of Service-Learning with your name, organization
and email to register.



SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA
EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION


Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't
have the ability to earn paid sick days. So whether it
is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there
are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their
family and losing their job. Going to work or caring for an ailing family
member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit
the PathWays PA blog
 to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her
family’s need for paid sick time.



Click
here
 to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support
Earned Sick Days.



ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT
SNAP BENEFITS


Please sign and
share the National, State and Community-based
Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.



FRAC and others in NAHO (National
Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural
changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With
your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state
and local groups to sign on to this letter.



Please sign
your organization onto this letter
 and send it to other organizations
on your e-mail list.



Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups
around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and
structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and
hungriest people in the country.

Click
here
 to read and sign the letter.

From our friends at the
Food Research and Action Center. This information provided by PHENND
.

 

FDIC UPDATES
MONEY SMART FOR YOUNG ADULTS


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has
announced an updated and enhanced version of its instructor-led Money Smart for Young Adults financial
education curriculum. Key changes include updates about managing credit cards,
avoiding overdrafts and financing higher education.


 

The revised
curriculum also includes instructional enhancements, many suggested by
instructors who use Money Smart, such as expanded pre- and post-tests that
teachers can use to measure changes in student knowledge or use as quiz
questions.


 

To obtain free
copies of the updated curriculum, visit here.


This information
provided by our friends at United Way of Southeastern PA.


 

 

 

Special PathWays
PA Information/Events


 

PROJECT PEACE
FOR TEENAGERS


Do you need help
with education, childcare, welfare benefits, parenting
or support We can help! The Project Peace Teen Parent Program provides
one-on-one support for pregnant adolescents and teen parents. Project Peace
services are available at the MacDade Goodwill Store,
2137 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes PA, from Tuesdays from
9 AM to 5 PM.


 

Services provided
will help you:


Complete high
school and plan for higher education


Become a better
parent


Obtain appropriate
community resources, such as childcare, supportive services, Temporary
Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF), life skills
training and employment


Get in home
support


For more
information call 610-543-5022 or visit www.pathwayspa.org.


 

PATH$ TO BENEFITS

The PathWays PA Path$ 2 Benefits
program provides access to counseling and workshops on banking and budgeting
assistance, credit and debt management counseling, identity theft repair,
financial goal planning, financial crisis management, college planning, housing
assistance, and free tax preparation. Clients can also be
screened for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food
stamps), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and many other
services. Even unemployed and dislocated workers can take part in programs that
improve their credit without costing money.


For more information, please call
610-543-5022 or email financialpaths@pathwayspa.org.


 

FINANCIAL PATH$

Financial Path$, a new program from
PathWays PA, helps individuals and families build paths toward economic
self-sufficiency through financial education, asset building and economic
empowerment.  This program provides
one-on-one financial counseling and financial education workshops. Financial
Path$ is committed to assisting everyone carve their path to self-sufficiency.


If you or your clients would be
interested in learning more about this program please
contact wrahemtulla@pathwayspa.org. 


For more information become Financial
Path$ friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Stay
turned as we will also be
launching a blog very soon!


 


SPECIAL EVENT: DELAWARE COUNTY HEALTHCARE PARTNERSHIP
Invites you to attend the Third Annual Partnership Celebration
Date: Thursday May 19, 2011
Time: Networking 8am
           Program 8:30-10:30am
Location: Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center
    4700 Drexelbrook Drive
    Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Join us as we recognize workers' achievements, honor the contributions of employers and the dedication of our educators and award our second annual scholarships for continuing education.

To RSVP for this event, contact Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or adelcollo@pathwayspa.org

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support:
Delaware County Office of Employment and Training
Department of Labor & Industry
Job Opportunity Investment Network
PA Fund for Workforce Solutions


State Policy Updates

AFTERSCHOOL FOR ALL CHALLENGE MAY 17
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, please contact your congresspeople, senators or their staff by phone or email and let them know the importance of quality afterschool programs in the Commonwealth and how your program keeps kids safe, inspires learning and helps working families. You can also inform them that your fellow Pennsylvania afterschool colleagues are in Washington, D.C. this week to show their support for afterschool on Capitol Hill and may be visiting them in person. 

Visit the link below to contact your congressmen and senators directly, or if you would like to review sample communication tools: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/challengeAtHome.cfm.
This information provided by PA Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network

PA HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROPOSES CUT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
House Republicans released the details of their proposed State Budget for FY 2011 – 2012.  Significant cuts are made in most state appropriation lines in DPW and Health, including a 10% cut to Domestic Violence (DV) Services funding (Act 44). Cuts were also made to rape crisis, disabilities, and housing services, to name a few. This proposal devastates the already fraying human service system, especially the services women need.  Each service sector relies on multiple state funding streams to keep community supports available for the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The House Republicans proposal for DV services takes funding back to 1998 levels.

More than 92,000 battered women and children find safety each year in Pennsylvania’s domestic violence programs. DV related homicides are up 48%.  Programs are currently bombarded with victims with increased needs exacerbated by the recession and a shortage of community resources.

Call your legislators now! To find your legislator, visit www.legis.state.pa.us and enter your zip code under Address and Who’s My Legislator.  Please ask that DV funding be restored to at least the Governor’s proposal.
You can also visit your legislators when they are home this week! They need to hear from you!! Please report outcome to Peg or Nicole.

This information provided by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence


SUPPORT PASSAGE OF INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP LEGISLATION (SB 552) IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Senate Bill 552 passed the Senate unanimously on Monday, May 9, 2011, and has been referred to the House Labor & Industry Committee. Identical legislation passed through that committee last session and was subsequently passed unanimously by the full House.
IP legislation can become statute after it is passed by the House of Representatives if it is not amended. The Governor will sign it once the House passes it.

Here's how you can help:



SUPPORT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NEEDED
The Governor's budget proposes to level-fund Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, which prepare approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania children to succeed in school and later in life.

Under the Governor's proposed budget, funds would be eliminated that allow more than 53,000 children to attend full day kindergarten and pre-K- initiatives that help children sustain the gains made during their first five years and maximize the State's investment in early learning.  Click here to tell your state legislators there is no trade-off between school readiness programs for children from birth to five and full day kindergarten - children need both to succeed.

And while the General Assembly is home on recess from May 12th through 20th, you can arrange to see members in their offices or invite them to visit your program to make the case for supporting the birth to eight continuum. (Click here for an art project that you can do with children to help demonstrate the importance of funding and deliver to your legislators during your visits.)

Urge your legislators to support Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance and Child Care Subsidy, and restore flexible funds for school districts to finance full day kindergarten and provide more pre-k.  With your help, they will see the impact this has on children's lives. Click here to send a message to your state legislator to support the full early learning funding continuum.
This information provided by Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children.


Information/Events

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE MAY 17 2011
Please vote Tuesday May 17, 2011. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.

Philadelphia voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will vote for the following: Mayor of Philadelphia; all 17 seats on Philadelphia City Council; local and statewide judicial offices; and the three remaining city row offices: City Commissioners, Sheriff, and Register of Wills.

Delaware County voters will be voting in Judicial, Municipal, and School elections.

Voters in Pennsylvania can also visit www.votespa.com to learn more about elections in their area.

Find out where to vote by calling Seventy’s Citizen Access Center, 866-268-8603 (24-hour automatic look-up) or 866-OUR-VOTE(Election Day only). Or check with on-line polling locators: www.seventy.org (by address) or www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx (by date of birth)

If you are in Philadelphia and need a ride, assistance, or more information, please call Vote for Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3106. Check out their website at www.voteforhomes.org

SPECIAL LECTURE ON HUNGER AND SESAME STREET’S FOOD FOR THOUGHT
On Wednesday, May 18, please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Jeanette Betancourt of Sesame Workshop.  Dr. Betancourt will explain Food For Thought: Eating Well On A Budget, Sesame Street's latest public health initiative for families with limited resources.

Dr. Betancourt will demonstrate how Sesame Street is a major public health education campaign to improve the lives of children and families.  She'll show excerpts from these special videos of the Sesame Street characters Elmo, Big Bird, and Grover, and explain the process of turning insights from science into effective programming for very young children.

FREE and open to the public
Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm
Drexel School of Public Health
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.
Cherry Street Room
Philadelphia, PA 19102
RSVP:www.publichealth.drexel.edu/Sesame
Information provided by our friends at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Read more about this event HERE

SUPPORT EARNED SICK DAYS IN PHILADELPHIA
Everyone Gets Sick—Not Everyone Has the Time to Get Better
2 out of every 5 workers in Philadelphia do NOT have a single paid sick day.
Help Us Tell City Council to Give ALL Workers a Chance to Earn Paid Sick Days.

WHEN: May 26, 2011*  9:00 AM
WHERE: 4th Floor, Philadelphia City Hall

*Please note, if you cannot come on May 26th or if you would like to come out to support this important bill more than once we will also be at Council Session at City Hall on June 2nd and June 9th.

Help us greet City Council members as they enter Session and then help us pack the Hearing Room to show the importance of this bill.  You can enter City Hall at the north-east corner and remember to bring a picture ID.

Even if you have paid sick days remember a majority of restaurant, child care, and health care workers do not—the lack of paid sick days in Philadelphia impacts us all!

To learn more about the need for earned sick time visit http://earnedsickdaysphilly.com or contact Kate Scully at kscully@pathwayspa.org or 610-543-5022 x255.

JOIN PHAN’S CALL SERIES ON TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:00-7:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Health Access Network is constantly tracking what's happening in Harrisburg and DC and can give you the latest information.
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Sipi Gupta, Staff Attorney for Pennsylvania Health Law Project will discuss The Pennsylvania Budget and Health Care Reform. Learn what the new law will mean for the Department of Health, Dept of Welfare, Dept of Insurance, long-term living systems, upcoming legislation and much More! Tuesday, May 17th 6:00-7:00 PM  RSVP Here.
Click here to learn more about PHAN’s policy call series or to access resources from previous calls. Contact Athena with questions at aford@pahealthaccess.org.

TRAINING ON NEW PHILADELPHIA COURTS POLICY
The Philadelphia Courts have recently stepped up collection efforts for individuals owing costs, fines, supervision fees, restitution, and bail to the criminal courts. 1 in 5 of the city's residents is affected. Individuals not current with paying their costs risk loss of public benefits, wage garnishments, sheriff sale and more.

Join Community Legal Services attorneys for an explanation of the new system and how to help your clients.

The training will be held Tuesday May 17th from 3pm-5pm at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor (please bring photo ID to show security in the lobby).

To RSVP please call Patty McGlone at 215-227-2408 or pmcglone@gmail.com.

WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES CALL FOR AWARD APPLICANTS
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for the Economic Security Innovations Award as part of the Building Bridges to Economic Security campaign.

In an effort to promote economic security across the generations, the Building Bridges campaign aims to shift the public dialogue through a common messaging framework and promote communication and relationship building among organizations who may not typically work together in order to reach common policy and programmatic goals.

The Economic Security Innovations Award will support organizations’ efforts to expand existing coalitions, build their capacity to work across silos and improve the reach of advocacy, outreach and/or educational work on issues affecting Americans of all ages.

Awardees will receive $3,500 - $5,500. Applications are due Friday, May 20.

WOW encourages your organization to apply for the award and to spread the word to your networks.
Questions? Contact kstellrecht@wowonline.org

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR NON-PROFIT PROFESSIONALS
Join Terry Travis, Assistant VP for Development at La Salle University for some practical information about financial literacy – from a basic explanation of developing and managing a budget, to balance sheet terms, to reporting fundraising numbers, or speaking with potential donors.

The workshop is free and open to the community.  It will be held on
WHEN: May 20, 9:00 – 11:30 (A light breakfast will start at 8:30)
WHERE: La Salle Union Building in the Music Room on the second floor

Please contact Louise Giugliano, Director of Service-Learning with your name, organization and email to register.

SIGN THE PHILADELPHIA EARNED SICK DAYS PETITION
Over 40 percent of Philadelphia's workers don't have the ability to earn paid sick days. So whether it is the need to care for an ailing elder, or a sick child, or for oneself, there are thousands of people facing the choice of caring for themselves or their family and losing their job. Going to work or caring for an ailing family member is a choice no one should have to make. Visit the PathWays PA blog to read one Philadelphia woman’s story about her family’s need for paid sick time.

Click here to sign the petition to Philadelphia City Council if you support Earned Sick Days.

ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT SNAP BENEFITS
Please sign and share the National, State and Community-based Organizational Letter Opposing Structural Changes and Budget Cuts to SNAP.

FRAC and others in NAHO (National Anti-Hunger Organizations) have written a sign-on letter strongly opposing structural changes (e.g., a block grant) and budget cuts to SNAP.  With your help, we hope to get thousands of national, state and local groups to sign on to this letter.

Please sign your organization onto this letter and send it to other organizations on your e-mail list.

Congressional leaders need to hear a strong message from groups around the country that Congress should protect SNAP from budget cuts and structural changes that would weaken its proven ability to help the poorest and hungriest people in the country.
Click here to read and sign the letter.
From our friends at the Food Research and Action Center. This information provided by PHENND .
 
FDIC UPDATES MONEY SMART FOR YOUNG ADULTS
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has announced an updated and enhanced version of its instructor-led Money Smart for Young Adults financial education curriculum. Key changes include updates about managing credit cards, avoiding overdrafts and financing higher education.
 
The revised curriculum also includes instructional enhancements, many suggested by instructors who use Money Smart, such as expanded pre- and post-tests that teachers can use to measure changes in student knowledge or use as quiz questions.
 
To obtain free copies of the updated curriculum, visit here.
This information provided by our friends at United Way of Southeastern PA

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