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PathWays PA E-Alert: November 7, 2011

Federal Updates

Quilting to Help Ensure Pennsylvanians are Covered

Right now in Congress members of a Super Committee are working to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion.  Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is one of the lawmakers on this Super Committee.
Help urge Senator Toomey to stand up for Pennsylvanians byjoining the Keep Pennsylvanians Covered quilting campaign. Before the November 23 deadline, the group will present Senator Toomey with a quilt crafted by volunteers.  Share your message to be featured on a patch! Email Athena to have your health care message included.
Also be sure to check out the Virtual Quilt. Hover your cursor over or click on one of the panels in the quilt to the right to read a message in support of preserving health care for Pennsylvania families.

Pennsylvania Updates


The Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is the energy assistance program that helps thousands across the state afford their winter utility bills. The cash grants go directly to the energy provider and defray the costs of home heating.

Because of budget cuts to the program and an expected increase in demand, those seeking assistance this winter season are urged to apply now. Funding for the program will be first come, first serve. Applications can be done online here.

Information / Events


On Friday, November 18th, the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition will hold a press conference on recent poverty statistics. Between 2009 and 2010, 43,000 people in Bucks County fell into poverty.

The conference will address possible solutions, including educational attainment and workforce training. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room I at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, 705 N. Shady Retreat Road in Doylestown. For more info, visit the BCWAC website.


What: Returning to Learning: A College Fair for Adults
When: Tuesday, November 8, 10 am to 2 pm

If you’re an adult who’s wanted to return to college, or attend for the first time, there’s a college fair tomorrow with you in mind. The annual Returning to Learning: A College Fair for Adults caters to non-traditional students and will take place tomorrow at the Municipal Services Building, 1417 JFK Blvd.

Many area universities will be in attendance giving adults the information they need to begin the enrollment process, including Drexel, Widener, LaSalle, Cheyney, Rutgers and the Community College of Philadelphia.

For more information, click here


When: Saturday, December 3rd, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Women and Influence Conference, which brings together advocates and “allows women to come together to focus and voice their opinions on issues of importance to women, girls, and their families in our region.”

This year’s Conference will focus on women in the workforce, including the hurdles they face in their careers or occupations, as well as progress made and visions for the future. In addition, Congresswoman Alyson Schwartz will provide the keynote address.

To register, click here.


On Monday, November 14th, City Hall will play host to an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will include tours, discussions on educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities and collection of goods for the annual African Daughters of Fine Lineage’s annual Thanksgiving event for the homeless.

For the Thanksgiving event, items needed include:

•Juice boxes and cans of soda
•Individually wrapped snacks like granola and candy bars
•Cold weather items-boots, coats and sleeping bags
•Colored underwear (men's & women's, esp. larger sizes)
•Toiletries, including toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant and other personal hygiene items

Please RSVP by Thursday, November 10th by clicking here.


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