PathWays PA E-Newsletter: April 5, 2010

PathWays PA Invites You to a Resource Fair and Publications Release

Only one week from today, please join PathWays PA and other local nonprofit organizations at a resource fair for the release of our newest publication, Making Wages Work, which looks at the gaps between public benefits and wage adequacy. We will also be launching Keeping It Real: Teen Finances, a handbook for teens to help then manage their money.

The event will include an overview of our new publications and the release of the Online Training and Benefits Eligibility Tool (OTBET). The OTBET is an online tool that allows staff and clients to determine the personal Self-Sufficiency Standard and benefits eligibility for their own families.

Following the presentations, local nonprofits will have resources available to share regarding their services and publications.

WHEN: April 12, 2010, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
WHERE: The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

To sign up, call PathWays PA at 610-543-5022 x209, or sign up at If you would like to have a resource table for your organization, please let us know!


Support the Industry Partnership Program in the Senate

The Department of Labor and Industry’s Industry Partnerships legislation (HB 2230) unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week. It will now be referred to the Senate’s Labor and Industry Committee when Senators return on April 12.

The Industry Partnership bill amends the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Act to make Industry Partnerships a permanent part of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system. It will require the Department of Labor and Industry to continue defining targeted industries and High Priority Occupations, and to administer a grant program when funds are made available.

What can you do to help pass this important legislation? Call your legislators today to ask them to vote for the Industry Partnerships bill! If you don’t know who represents you or the district in which your business is located, visit A script is below if you would like to use it.

If your legislator is on the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, please call and ask him or her to vote for the bill when it comes up in committee.

Script: Hello, my name is ______, and I am (your job title and business/organization- e.g. Human Resources Manager at Important Corp./Administrator at Terrific Nonprofit). I live/work in the Senator’s district, and I am calling to ask Senator (name) to vote for the Industry Partnerships bill in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. (If you are a member of an IP, please let the legislative staffer know.) You can also add: The Industry Partnerships program is important because....

If your legislator is not on the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, you can call and ask him or her to vote for it when it comes up before the Senate.

Script: Hello, my name is ______, and I am (your job title and business/organization- e.g. Human Resources Manager at Important Corp./Administrator at Terrific Nonprofit). I live/work in the Senator’s district, and I am calling to ask Senator (name) to vote for the Industry Partnerships bill when it comes before the Senate. (If you are a member of an IP, please let the legislative staffer know.) You can also add: The Industry Partnerships program is important because....

Please let us know if and when you call by emailing us at Please also feel free to email or call with any questions. Thank you so much for your time and support of the Industry Partnerships program!

Below are some interesting facts on Industry Partnerships –feel free to share them with your legislators:

To receive grant funds, Industry Partnerships must:
  • Provide a 25% cash match,
  • Collaborate with evaluation efforts that help increase the return on investment of partnership activities,
  • Include the participation of workers, and
  • Involve the local workforce investment board.
Since 2005-06, Pennsylvania has been investing more than any other state in building and delivering training through Industry Partnerships. The state now has over 70 Industry Partnerships that include 7,000 businesses and have trained over 70,000 workers.

Pennsylvania Lobby Day to End Human Trafficking

Please join WOMEN’S WAY as they head to Harrisburg to raise awareness around the horrific crime of human trafficking, and build support for important state legislation (SB 1227 and SR 253/HR 630) that would assist victims and help end human trafficking.

State legislators may not be aware that human trafficking is a huge crisis taking place right here in Pennsylvania, and that traffickers are exploiting women, men, and children, both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, in commercial sex or labor through the use of force, fraud, and coercion. It is an issue that drastically impacts women as 80 percent of transnational human trafficking victims are women and girls.

This lobby day will provide an opportunity for constituents to educate legislators about this brutal crime and urge them to take steps to address it. You do not need to be an expert or have lobbying experience to take part in this day. We will provide you everything you need to advocate for this important issue.

WHERE: Hearing Room 2, North Office Building, 401 North St., Harrisburg, PA
WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Please RSVP Today! You can find more information here. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Foley.

More information about the pending human trafficking legislation in PA:

SB 1227 - The Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Act: This bill will help victims of human trafficking escape their situation by requiring certain establishments to post the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. Increased visibility of the national hotline increases the chances that a victim will be able to reach out for help, and that community members may report potential cases.

SR 253 & HR 630 - Resolution to Create a State Human Trafficking Advisory Committee: These resolutions create a state-wide advisory committee on human trafficking, comprised of key organizations and agencies, including law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers, who will create a comprehensive plan within the next two years that will help bring human traffickers to justice and provide needed assistance to victims.


How Women Will Benefit from Health Care Reform: A Webinar for Women Across the Country

Congress has passed the health care reform improvements legislation, completing a historic task that has eluded generations before. This important victory will benefit women and their families. Join the National Women’s Law Center as they will help you get the facts about the real changes for women's lives that health care reform will bring.

Register today for our special webinar, How Women Will Benefit from Health Care Reform: A Webinar Information Session for Women Across the Country, on Thursday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
The National Women’s Law Center will provide a summary of the key provisions impacting women and their families, and outline what to expect with the new law in effect. 

PA Budget Legislative Day of Action

Help assure Pennsylvania has a balanced budget that maintains essential services. Join the Southeastern Pennsylvania Budget Coalition for a legislative day of action. The day will begin with kick-off event that will educate, motivate, and give you opportunities to practice before your legislative visits.

WHERE: April 16, 2010, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
WHERE: Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, 300 Airdale Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

At the event Sharon Ward from the PA Budget and Policy Center will be educating us about the budget and representatives from the Governor’s office and legislative members from both parties will be invited to speak.
Please set-up visits now. Contact Debbie Plotnick at 267-507-3895 or to coordinate or if you have any questions.

For more information or to join the Coalition’s efforts, visit

Webinars: Supplemental Poverty Measure
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced plans to develop a supplemental poverty measure based on recommendations by the National Academy of Sciences. This modern assessment of deprivation will be released initially in the fall of 2011 and will be used alongside the official poverty measure, developed half a century ago.

Together, the two webinars are designed to provide a thorough review of the supplemental poverty measure. You are strongly encouraged to register for the two webinars. Both webinars are free.

A Supplemental Poverty Measure: What It Will and Won't Do

WHEN: April 14, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Learn why a new poverty measure is needed and how the supplemental poverty measure will compare to the official poverty measure. Find out how the poverty threshold for each measure will differ. Hear what role Congress will play.

Register here for A Supplemental Poverty Measure: What It Will and Won't Do.

Behind the Scenes: Adopting a Supplemental Poverty Measure

WHEN: April 21, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Hear from the top about what the Obama Administration’s key issues are and how the process will work. Find out why the supplemental poverty measure gets and deserves support across the political spectrum. Learn about state and local efforts to adopt more accurate measures of poverty.

Register here for Behind the Scenes: Adopting a Supplemental Poverty Measure.

PathWays PA Information and Initiatives

PathWays PA New Publication: Keeping it Real – Teen Finances

PathWays PA is excited to announce the completion of a new helpful handbook for managing money written specifically for teens, Keeping it Real: Teen Finances.

This guide not only discusses what teens should understand about their finances, it also assists them in planning for their future.

The guide focuses on such areas as understanding your paycheck, budgeting, banking, financial contracts, credit, and insurance. It also includes goal setting, finding a job, education, child care, and housing.

Free Tax Preparation from PathWays PA

PathWays PA’s basic tax preparation service is designed to provide free tax filing for households whose income does not exceed $50,000. We can also assist tax filers who are disabled or who do not speak English as their first language.
If you or someone you know would like to have taxes prepared by the Self Sufficiency team, please call the numbers below to schedule an appointment.

PathWays PA West Philly Office
3617 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia, PA
To schedule an appointment call Linda at 215-387-1470.
Mondays 10am – 2pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm -6pm

PathWays PA EARN Center
926 W. Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19133
To schedule an appointment call 215-226-2600.
Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am -12:30pm

Delaware County

PathWays PA Administrative Office
310 Amosland Road Holmes, PA 19043
To schedule an appointment call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022.
Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm
Fridays 10am-2pm

J. Lewis Crozer Library
620 Engle Street Chester, PA 19013
To schedule an appointment call 610-494-3454.
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm
The following Saturdays:
April 10 9:30am -12:30pm

Please feel free to refer your eligible friends and family to our services!

Change a Life: Become a Mentor to Foster Youth

The Achieving Independence Center (AIC) wants caring and supportive adults willing to build a friendship with a foster care youth. You can be that big brother or sister a youth in foster care needs by sharing your life experiences, time, and friendship. Having a shoulder to lean on when times get tough helps young people stay focused and not lose hope.

Whether it is providing them with caring support, friendship, or helping them with their aspirations (personal and professional), the AIC Mentoring Program can match you with a young person between the ages of 16-21 who could benefit from your knowledge and experience.

The AIC is a “one-stop” center designed to assist young people ages 16-21 achieve their future goals of self-sufficiency. The AIC is dedicated to providing support and real life tools for youth who want to make an investment in their future!

Help a youth build their self-esteem and achieve their personal goals. You make a difference by simply getting involved.

For additional information please call 215-574-9194.

Take Action on Earned Sick Time

48 percent of workers in the United States have no access to earned sick time, which means that if they are sick (or if their family members are sick) they must choose between working sick or losing their pay (or their jobs). If you are one of the 48 percent who have no earned sick time - or one of the 52 percent who do - please take our survey and tell us more!

There are bills at the federal, state, and local level to support earned sick time for everyone - here is what you can do:
  • Support the Federal Healthy Families Act! Under The Healthy Families Act, workers would have the opportunity to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 7 days of sick time per year. This time could be used to care for workers or their families, or could be used as "safe days" in cases of domestic violence. Tell your legislators that we need paid sick days now!
  • If you don't live in Pennsylvania, you can still support earned sick time. Visit The National Partnership for Women and Families website to learn more about campaigns in your area.
  • Tell us your story! Are you a parent who lost their job to stay home with a sick child? Are you a business owner who provides/supports paid sick days? Email your story to us at
  • Call your Representatives! If you live in Philadelphia, call your City Councilperson and urge them to support "Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces," which guarantees earned sick time for all working Philadelphians. Not sure who your City Councilperson is? Click on this link and type in your home address to find out which district you live in:
  • If you live in Pennsylvania (but outside of Philadelphia), call your state Representative. Tell him/her you support earned sick time for workers. Not sure who your Representative is? Simply type your address here:

Do You Need Help Paying for Post-Secondary Education?

PathWays PA offers Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), a matched savings program that offers financial education while helping you save for school. Through the program, your savings can be matched at a rate of three-to-one. If you save $500, we will give you an additional $1500 to go towards your school expenses.

Applicants must meet program income guidelines, be working (full or part time), and be enrolled or accepted into an accredited institution.

If you are interested or have any questions, please e-mail Kelly Binder at

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.


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