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Are you registered to vote in PA?

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Are you planning to be a voter this November?

If you live in Pennsylvania, you need to register to vote by October 7, 2019. If you are not registered by October 7, 2019, you won't be able to vote in this election.
To vote in Pennsylvania, you must be: Age 18 or older on Election Day (November 5, 2019)A US citizenA resident of Pennsylvania for at least 30 days before the election If you are on active duty in the military, or you are a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, you can register at any time. See www.fvap.gov for more information.

How do I register?
You can register to vote online or by sending this form to the county voter registration office. You can also register in person at your voter registration office. PennDOT and some other government agencies can also take your registration.

I voted before. Do I still need to register?

If you already registered to vote in Pennsylvania and have voted recently, you shouldn't need to do it again unless you need to change your name, add…

Take Action to Support Paid Family Leave for Federal Employees

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This week, the Senate is likely to vote on legislation that would include paid family leave for federal employees in the National Defense Authorization Act. We need you to share your thoughts with Senators right now!

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) already passed the House with bipartisan support. It includes FEPLA, the Federal Employees Paid Leave Act. The Act is now in conference committee where a group of senators and representatives will determine which pieces to keep from the House and Senate versions.

Today or tomorrow, Senator Schatz is expected to introduce a motion to include FEPLA in the conference agreement. There may also be a separate motion asking the conference committee to focus on comp time and tax incentives instead of a paid family leave program. These tax incentives don’t encourage new businesses to provide paid family leave, however – they usually just go towards businesses that already have it.

Please call, email, and tweet at your Senators to shar…

PathWays PA's Adult Education Program

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PathWays PA's adult education program helps adult learners achieve their dreams by earning their GED.

In today's world a high school diploma or GED is a necessity for securing employment and advancing in the workforce. Our adult education program helps adult learners take the next step in their lives and careers by helping them to prepare for the GED test and building the skills necessary to gain employment, thrive in the workforce, and advance in their careers.

For more information about the adult education program and to sign up for our next adult education orientation contact Kathy Raymond at (610) 543-5022.

PathWays PA's SNAP Program

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Did you know that PathWays PA provides SNAP application assistance? Our SNAP Benefits Specialist can assist you in accessing SNAP and other workforce supports to help you make ends meet while you're between jobs and provide assistance to ensure you remain employed and are able to move toward self-sufficiency. To participate in an eligibility screening for SNAP benefits and other workforce supports contact Emily at (610) 543-5022.

Join us at the Family Care Act Bipartisan Listening Tour

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The Family Care Act would establish a paid family medical leave program in PA, granting working Pennsylvanians the time to care for themselves or other family members, such as an elderly loved one in need of in-home care, a child recovering from a serious illness, or an infant in the critical months following birth or adoption.

Join Family Care Act Sponsors Representative Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) and Senator Maria Collett (D-Montgomery), along with a panel of experts, as they discuss how their legislation would benefit working families and help Pennsylvania’s small businesses compete. The forum is free and open to the public.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2282252015422833/.

We need to work together to end gun violence

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PathWays PA is heartbroken over the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend. We send our love to all those affected as we hold our own loved ones a little tighter.

In El Paso, 22 people died and more than 2 dozen more were wounded in an attack. In Dayton, a gunman killed 9 people and injured another 14 in an attack that only lasted 30 seconds. More than 20 others were injured trying to escape.

Take Action - your voice can make a difference:
Contact your members of Congress to let them know what you think they should do.Call Congress at 202-224-3121.You can also send some of the following messages or use them as talking points in your phone callsFrom CHN: Enough is Enough - We Need Real Change. From MomsRising: Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunitionFrom Everytown for Gun Safety: Demand smarter gun laws now supporting gun violence researchVisit the CeaseFirePA Issue Action Center for PA specific actions.Vigils:Join a vigil on August 7 to rem…

Proposed changes to food stamps will leave more Pennsylvanians hungry

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In July, the USDA announced proposed changes to the SNAP (food stamp) program that would cut food assistance from 3 million people nationally, including 200,000 people in PA.  These changes would restrict families with incomes above 130% of the federal poverty level from accessing food stamps and free school meals.

Currently 40 states, including Pennsylvania, use categorical eligibility to determine if a family qualifies for SNAP. In PA, families with incomes up to 160% of the federal poverty level remain eligible for some amount of benefits if their child care, housing, or other expenses bring their income below 130% of the federal poverty level.
Categorical eligibility allows families to phase out their SNAP benefits slowly as their income rises. It also allows low-income families to put money into savings, and it saves money by simplifying administration of the program. 
Take Action - your voice can make a difference: Register for a webinar to learn how to write and submit a public c…