Today in Your Neighborhood: Candlelight Against Cuts"
Working families across the country are holding
candlelight events to urge Congress to say no to cuts to benefits for
Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and to end tax cuts for the
richest 2%. If you are interested, you can join an event near you.
finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults
are neither in school nor in the workforce. With employment among young
people at its lowest levels since the 1950s, these youth are veering
toward chronic unemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills
employers need in the 21st century.
PathWays PA Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce!
Adult Education Classes
PathWays PA will be holding a series of Adult Education classes for Adult
Learners seeking to obtain GED Certification and improve their literacy
skills. These classes will be held this fall at PathWays PA's corporate
office in Holmes, PA, as well as the CareerLink in Chester, PA.
Further information can
be obtained by contacting Lauren Rodino at 610-543-5022 x 258.
discretionary" or "NDD"
programs refer to core functions the government provides for the benefit
of all, including medical and scientific research; education and job
training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health;
weather monitoring and environmental protection; natural and cultural
resources;housing and social services; and international
If you support
a balanced approach, including one that does not include further cuts to
NDD programs, please contact Congress and let them know. These links will
take you to House and Senate contact lists.
Add the Children's Defense Fund
"Be Careful What You Cut" Campaign to Your Website
The campaign is designed to bring the real dangers of
cutting child investments into sharp focus, and to build the public will
and make the economic case to protect children from budget cuts.
The ads and infographs are available for free here and CDF's
communications team can answer questions or provide assistance in
downloading/ posting/ sharing them.
If you have questions, please contact Scott Jacobsen or call:
Established in the 1930s, when the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) began developing basic food plans at varying costs,
all with the goal of providing consumers with "practical and
economic advice on healthful eating." SNAP benefits are calculated
using the Thrifty Food Plan, which is the lowest of four cost plans and
has its origins in one that was developed for short-term or emergency
Yesterday, Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare announced that it was sending a request to the USDA to re-implement asset tests to ascertain eligibility for the SNAP (food stamp) program. If the request goes through, asset limits will go into effect on May 1, 2012.
Implementing an "asset test" means that in addition to income eligibility guidelines, applicants may not have above a certain amount in additional resources. Under the proposed measure, Pennsylvanians with more than $2,000 in savings or assets ($3,250 for adults 60 and over) would not be able to obtain food stamps, even if they meet income guidelines…
Census data tells us that 13% of Pennsylvania households live in poverty. In reality, even more households don’t have the income they need to reach self-sufficiency. One in four Pennsylvania households – over 846,000 – lack enough income to cover just the necessities.
Since 1997, PathWays PA has worked with Dr. Diana Pearce and the University of Washington to calculate The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. Over the last 23 years, The Self-Sufficiency Standard of Pennsylvania has documented the continuing increase in the real cost of living, illuminating the economic crunch experienced by so many families today.
Since 2010, PathWays PA and the University of Washington have also issued three versions of the Overlooked and Undercounted report, which looks at the number of households living above and below self-sufficiency.
You can now use the interactive materials below to find out what it takes to be self-sufficient in your county. Click here to read the 2020 Overlooked and Un…
As we get to the end of the year, many individuals and companies are looking for ways to give back to their communities. Here are some ways you can help PathWays PA for the holidays or throughout the year!
Donations: You can help to end poverty, homelessness, and abuse by making a donation! The support you provide will help the most vulnerable women, children, teens, and families. Visit PathWaysPA.org to donate or text "PathWaysPA" to 521-82.
Donate items: We also offer ways to donate material items. To see what our agency needs that is available on Amazon, check out our general wish list or our Welcome Kits lists for moms, children, and babies.
Volunteering: PathWays PA has an ongoing need for volunteers. Giving your time is a great way to help families in your own community. Visit PathWaysPA.org to see what you can do.
Shopping: Every time you buy on Amazon via AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate .5% of your total purchase to PathWays PA! Visit smile.amazon.com and search for Pat…