PathWays PA E-Newsletter: September 4, 2009
Due to the holiday weekend, PathWays PA is posting its E-Newsletter early this week. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day.
Labor Day is just around the corner and while some Pennsylvanians will be enjoying cookouts for many, who operate, are employed by, or require the services provided by non-profit agencies, hospitals, and others, the continued wait for a complete state budget means another tense weekend of closures, layoff, and service cuts.
After three weeks of suspended talks, the House/Senate Conference Committee met this week to negotiate the state budget proposals. There was a brief discussion on a House proposal, which is currently at $28.1 billion, and another House proposal put forth by Representative Sam Smith, which puts spending at $27.5 billion. The Committee adjourned with plans for their staff to prepare line-item comparisons of the two proposals, which will be the basis for the next meeting, which has yet to be set.
In the meantime, preschools and other pre-kindergarten programs are shutting their doors, along with child care centers and many other state programs. If you work for one of these organizations or if the services you rely on have been cut, please tell your story! Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, or tell your story to PathWays PA. We will share these stories on our blog and in our e-newsletters.
If you are upset about the budget proposals, which include cuts ranging from education to hospitals to the elimination of the Industry Partnership program, please tell your legislators how you would finish this sentence: “If the choice is between reducing/eliminating spending on hospitals, burn units, Industry Partnerships, and childcare, or increasing revenues, I would support…” Faxed brief notes and phone calls are very important right now.
During this recession, some budget cuts are inevitable. But too many cuts will lead to long-term impacts on our families, our health, and our economy at a time when we cannot afford to do without.
Industry Partnership Program
Unfortunately, the importance and critical need of the Industry Partnership Program is getting lost in the state budget reporting. Right now there is no funding included for this important program in some of the budgets being proposed.
Take Action! Industry Partnerships are consortiums that allow employers to improve and expand their workforce by bringing together companies committed to the development of their workforce.
- This program provides workers with access to training that gives them the skills necessary to maintain jobs and obtain employment with sufficient wages so workers can adequately support their families.
- In Pennsylvania, more than 6,300 businesses are involved with more than 70 Industry Partnerships across the state. More than 70,000 workers have been trained since 2005.
- On average, those workers have seen their wages rise by 6.62 percent within the first year after receiving the training.
- Read more about how the Industry Partnership program is helping in one county
Adult Education and Family Literacy
Take Action! Adult education and family literacy are especially important during this recession to ensure that families have the opportunity to gain the education they need to be or become self-sufficient. In Pennsylvania, the Senate proposal cuts adult literacy by 29% and the House is considering a 12% cut. Please contact your representatives today to let them know the importance of this program!
- These services have seen an increased demand in recent months.
- According to a new report from the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, over 202,000 adults in Philadelphia do not have a high school diploma, and 40 percent of Pennsylvania adults struggle with basic literacy skills.
- Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania shows that 40.9 percent of all Pennsylvania households have a high school education or less, and of those households, 49% of those with less than a high school education earn less than the Self-Sufficiency Standard
Philly Serves Volunteer Fair
Join Mayor Michael Nutter and over 65 organizations on September 11th for the Philly Serves Volunteer Fair. This event is part of a National Day of Remembrance and Service and will include a ceremony at noon.
Learn how these organizations are making a difference and how you can help. You will be able to get information and sign up to volunteer your time and talents.
WHEN: September 11, 9:00 – 2:00
WHERE: City Hall Courtyard (rain location, Mayor’s Reception Room – City Hall, Room 202)
For more information please contact Global Citizen at 215.665.2655 or visit www.globalcitizen.us.com.
MPower Yourself, Health and Wellness Expos
Mercy Health System, along with NBC 10, is holding a series of health and wellness expos the first four Saturdays in October from 10 am – 3 pm. The expos are designed to empower members of the community to achieve healthy lives and will feature health screenings and education, fitness instructions, and cooking demonstration in an entertaining and family-friendly environment.
The expos will occur at:
- Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia – Saturday, October 3
- Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, West Philadelphia – Saturday, October 10
- Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Eastwick Wellness Center, Southwest Philadelphia – Saturday, October 17
- Mercy Suburban Hospital, East Norriton – Saturday, October 24
Workshops for Non-profits
The Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) has announced a series of September workshops for nonprofit staff and board members in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Board Meetings: Is Your Organization Complying with Parliamentary Procedure? September 15th 9:30-11:30, Willow Grove Giant Food Superstore, led by Harry S. Rosenthal, PRP, of Parliamentary Services.
- Effective Advocacy for Nonprofits, September 18th, 12:00 – 3:00, Nutritional Development Services, 111 S. 38th Street in Philadelphia
- Fundraising Practices: Track it Right! Book it Right! Report it Right!, September 29th 9:00 – 12:30 at the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, led by with David Gruber, CPA, Amper, Politziner & Mattia, CPAs and Consultants and Tish Mogan of PANO
Need Assistance With Public Benefits Applications?
PathWays PA provides assistance to those who need help applying for food stamps or other benefits. For further information, you can contact our office in Philadelphia 215-387-1470 or Delaware County 610-543-5022.
For more information about the services provided by PathWays PA please visit our website.