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"Pathways to honor Trailblazers"

Pathways Pa., which offers services and advocacy for women, children and families, will honor its 2011 Trailblazers - including the Delaware County Daily Times - at a gala dinner in November.
Click here to read more.

Submit Comments to the Department of Labor - Protect Women from Pay Discrimination

From our friends at the National Women's Law Center

The Department of Labor is currently considering creating a new compensation data tool that would make it easier to enforce laws that prohibit pay discrimination. Since 2006, the federal government has had NO tool to effectively monitor wage discrimination based on race, national origin and gender by private employers. This means that our tax dollars could possibly be going to federal contractors who are not paying women fairly. It's time to take a stand. Raise your voice: tell the Department of Labor to move us forward and collect wage data. 

Note: The comments you submit will be processed by the appropriate agency and then made publicly available on Regulations.gov.

Poverty in Bucks County

While I have been trying to keep up with the news on the latest poverty data, today was my first opportunity to work with it.  As I began to look at the changes from 2009 to 2010, I came across a surprising discovery: the highest percentage point increase in poverty in the five county area was not in Philadelphia - it was in Bucks County.

More Than 11,000 PA Nonprofits Need to Update Their Tax-Exempt Status

From the IRS and our friends at The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania:
The IRS publishes a list of organizations that have had their federal tax-exempt status automatically revoked for failing to file an annual information return or notice with the IRS for three consecutive years. The Automatic Revocation of Exemption List (Auto-Revocation List) provides the organization's name, employer identification number (EIN), organization (subsection) code, last known address, effective date of revocation, and the date the organization's name was posted on IRS.gov.

The list will be updated monthly as organizations lose their tax-exempt status for not filing. Additional updates will be made as necessary. The date at the bottom of this web page indicates when this page was last updated.You can download the list of Pennsylvania organizations in Excel or Adobe Acrobat.

PathWays PA E-Alert: September 26, 2011

Special Updates


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE ON WOMEN – OCTOBER 25TH

What: Pennsylvania Conference on Women
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia
When: October 25th, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 8th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women will be held on October 25th – and includes a stellar line-up of speakers including iconic activist Gloria Steinem, CARE USA president and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle and actress America Ferrera – among many, many others.

The event brings together women from across the region for networking, skill building and community building, and includes such programming topics as personal development, social networking, career advancement and entrepreneurship. In addition, a small business boot camp will be held on October 24th.

For more information or to register, please visit their site.


Federal Updates

CENSUS SHOWS STARTLING LEVELS OF POVERTY

The Census Bureau figures show some startling statistics – 46.2 mi…

"Hunger experts, meeting in Phila., stew over 'food deserts'"

At yesterday's antihunger symposium organized by Philabundance, PathWays PA was among several organizations who spoke on the need for more access to food, especially in "food deserts" where fresh produce and healthy options are hard to come by. Lyn Kugel of PathWays PA also discussed the high cost of making ends meet for Philadelphians:
Others speakers included Lyn Kugel, a senior director of PathwaysPA, a social service agency in Holmes, Delaware County.

Citing the high costs of housing, food, and child care in the area, Kugel said a single parent with one school-age child and one preschool child would need to make $54,705 annually to live without using public assistance.

"That's startling," Kugel said, saying few single parents in the area make that much money.To read the full article, please visit http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/130398213.html.

Harrisburg Update

The Senate returned to session last week and the House returns this week. Marcellus Shale development continues to dominate the agenda, with Governor Tom Corbett announcing his support of a local impact fee and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announcing a major reorganization. “These organizational changes will enhance the department’s ability to protect Pennsylvania air, water and land, and also will result in a consistent and predictable regulatory system,” Department Secretary Krancer stated. “This is an installment of delivering what Governor Corbett promised during the campaign; and I, along with the governor, am committed to protecting the environment and public health for the future of all Pennsylvanians by strictly and vigorously enforcing our environmental laws.” DEP specifically elevated the status of the Bureau of Oil and Gas Management to address Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction. For more information, please click here.

‘Tis the Season for Workplace Giving

Many of us think of the winter holidays as the season of giving to our families, friends and to those in need. But did you realize that every season can be a season of giving?

For those of us who take part in workplace giving programs, each fall brings a new opportunity to support nonprofit organizations throughout the next year. This year, when you are filling out your donation forms, please think about PathWays PA and what your donation can do for the families we serve.

With as little as $5 per pay period, PathWays PA can use your donation to purchase a crib for a new mother or a move-in package for a family’s first apartment. With your donation of $10 per pay period, PathWays PA can fund the purchase of a toddler bed, a safe car seat, and some beginning kitchen equipment for parents working to support themselves and their families.

There are five ways to support PathWays PA through your workplace giving:
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania: 01619United Way of Southeast De…

Come to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Small Business Boot Camp

Gatherings like the Pennsylvania Conference for Women play a key role in fostering the connections that help women thrive in their personal and professional lives. In addition to inspirational keynote presentations, the conference offers informational workshops with specialized tracks, a small business boot camp, a Health and Wellness Pavilion, a LinkedIn Connection Lounge, more than 20 informational workshops and networking with peers and local leaders.

This year’s keynote lineup includes:
America Ferrera, award-winning actressMartha Beck , columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine and award winning life coachGloria Steinem writer, lecturer, editor and women’s rights pioneerTory Johnson, “Good Morning America” contributorGretchen Rubin, author of the #1 New York Times and international bestseller, “The Happiness Project”

Talk with White House Staff About Deficit Reduction and Jobs Creation

From our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs

Please join us in a conversation with White House staff about the President's New Deficit Reduction and Job Creation Plan:

2:00 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, September 22
Call 800-401-8436


The President's just-announced plan, Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future, is a comprehensive approach to solving the nation's short- and long-term problems. It includes the American Jobs Act, legislation investing $447 billion to fund teachers and public safety workers, modernize schools and other infrastructure, target job creation in low-income communities, provide extra help to long-term unemployed, youth, and other especially vulnerable groups, and protect the jobless with an extension of federal Unemployment Insurance.

It also includes $1.5 trillion in revenues from progressive sources as part of its 10-year deficit reduction plan. You may have heard the President speak of the "Buffett rule" - seeking re…

Stop Foreclosures- Save HEMAP: Rally and Lobby Day

From our friends at PUP

Harrisburg
Tuesday, September 27
Rally 1 PM Capitol Rotunda
Free Bus leaves Philadelphia at
8:30 AM from 16th and JFK

The Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance program (HEMAP) was suspended July 1 due to state budget cuts.HEMAP, which has saved the homes of over 45,000 Pennsylvania families since 1984, offers low interest loans to allow homeowners to stay in their homes during temporary economic problems like unemployment, illness, etc.With the unemployment and foreclosure crisis continuing into its 4th year, with no end in sight, PA needs mortgage help for our citizens. This is no time to end a successful program protecting deserving homeowners.Come to Harrisburg on September 27 to support the $15 million needed to keep HEMAP available to PA homeowners.Call 215-557-0822 to reserve a seat and check our web page at www.PASaveOurHomes.org.
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Save Our Homes Coalition
C/o Philadelphia Unemployment Project 112 N. Broad St. Phila., PA …

PathWays PA Job Postings - September 20, 2011

Learning Center Group Supervisor
Experience in preschool setting and knowledge of early childhood development required. Willing to adapt to the goals and philosophies of our program and provide an environment that is non-punitive and strength based. Write curriculum for each age level as well as plan and implement daily lessons/activities. Coordinate the activities of the staff and aids in the Learning Center. Supervise all classrooms. Ensure health and safety standards are met within the learning center. Help out in the Learning Center as required to Supervise and provide physical care for children in the daycare. Encourage children to actively participate in educational and structured activities. Complete developmental screenings on children. Develop and implement individualized educational goals for children. Requires a minimum Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, e…

It's Adult Education and Family Literacy Week - Show Your Legislators the Importance of Education!

This Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, please take a moment to tell your legislators about the need for job training and educational opportunities for adults.  While nearly 2/3rds of jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2018, 90 million adults in the United States will not be ready to meet those needs.

We need job-training opportunities as part of any job plan to ensure that all workers and employers can take advantage of the current job market and help prepare America for the future. Please take a moment to tell your legislators how important job-training is.

On "Poverty Day," the Census Shows 400,000 More Families are Living Below the Federal Poverty Level

Each year when the Census Bureau releases new numbers on poverty in the United States, the day of the release is called (rather unimaginatively) "Poverty Day."  Today's Poverty Day shows some sobering data- especially when we consider that these are families living below the Federal Poverty Level, which is far lower than what families need to make ends meet.

We'll be sharing statistics from Pennsylvania over the coming days and weeks, but here is an overview from the Census for the nation:
Poverty
The poverty rate in 2010 was the highest since 1993.... Since 2007, the poverty rate has increased by 2.6 percentage points.In 2010, the family poverty rate and the number of families in poverty were 11.7 percent and 9.2 million, respectively, up from 11.1 percent and 8.8 million in 2009. The poverty rate and the number in poverty increased for both married-couple families (6.2 percent and 3.6 million in 2010 from 5.8 percent and 3.4 million in 2009) and female-h…

"DHS honors students who beat the odds"

Students at the Achieving Independence Center, where PathWays PA provides services, were honored for overcoming the tremendous obstacles that occur when aging out of the foster care system. Without a strong support system, young men and women, leaving foster care are more likely to experience unemployment, dependency on public assistance and homelessness. If you would like to learn more or mentor youth aging out, please call PathWays PA at 215-574-9194.


Pathways PA E-Alert: September 12, 2011

Special Updates

Stop the Real Contagion

Have you seen the preview for Contagion - the new blockbuster film about a global flu pandemic?

What's most frightening about this star-studded film is that flu epidemics are real, and they can spread quickly - especially in the Philadelphia, where over 200,000 hard hard-working people without paid sick days are forced to choose between their financial security and their health when they get sick. During the recent H1N1 outbreak, seven million of the people caught the flu from their co-workers. Less serious flus and colds can also disrupt our lives.

Please take a moment to send this video to City Council so that they can stop the real contagion in Philadelphia.

To view the video, click here.

What Else Can You Do?

1. Call your members of City Coucil today by simply dialing 800-584-6813. Before the call is put through there will be a short message you can listen to for information about what you can say. After you place that call you…

Share Your Comments: Tell USDA You Want to Keep the National School Lunch Program Strong and Available to All Children

From our friends at FRAC

Through September 15, USDA will be accepting comments on its interim rule, National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Follow this link to find out how to submit comments.

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS
Tell USDA how it can lessen the possible negative impact of increased school lunch prices on vulnerable families and the viability of the program itself.

And tell USDA that you support the requirement for schools to generate as much revenue as they spend on nonprogram foods (commonly called “competitive foods”).

Click here to find FRAC model comments (MS Word document).

The proposed regulations are open to public comment through September 15, 2011.

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WHAT’S IN THE RULE?
This interim rule requires school districts to increase their paid school lunch fees each year if they are charging less than the federal f…

Path from poverty: Woman's strength realized through hard times

From an article by Leigh Zaleski

Sociologists and advocates for the poor use alternative formulas to determine the minimum level of income required for a family to sustain itself. The Self-Sufficiency Standard, for example, considers regional variation in living expenses and accounts for food, housing, child care, health care, transportation, taxes and other costs.

Last year, the Standard estimated the cost of living in York County for a single parent with a preschooler and school-age child was $42,114, which requires an hourly wage near $21.60. In comparison, the federal poverty line for a family of three is $18,530, which comes out to $9.50 an hour earned by a single parent working 40 hours a week.

One in five households in Pennsylvania lacked self-sufficiency wages last year, according to an analysis by the Center for Women's Welfare at the University of Washington. In 85 percent of these households, at least one adult was working.

Pathways PA E-Alert: September 6, 2011

FEDERAL UPDATES

FEDERAL UPDATES

Tell your legislators the importance of skilled jobs programs

We know that across the country, Americans are looking for jobs so that they can support their families and acheive their dreams.  What is less known is that across the country, employers are searching for workers - but too often they come up empty because they can't find workers with the skills and education needed to perform in the workplace.  We need job-training opportunities as part of any job plan to ensure that all workers and employers can take advantage of the current job market and help prepare America for the future.  Please take a moment to tell your legislators how important job-training is.

To write your legislator, click here.


Support Programs That Keep More Money in Your Pocket!

As Congress takes on the task of deficit reduction, we have a unique opportunity to advocate for programs and services that ensure families have more access to the money they earn each year.  Among …