Weekly Newsletter-Monday January 14, 2013

Weekly Newsletter

Week of January 14, 2013
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This Week's Issues to Watch

Free Flu Vaccines for Restaurant Workers! It isn't too Late

Tuesday, January 22 from 12:00PM-4:00PM at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Center for Urban Health. 211 South 9th St, Suite 313 (across the street from the NeuroScience Hospital)

93% of restaurant workers in Philadelphia do not have access to health insurance or earned sick days. As a result 2/3 of restaurant workers have reported having to work while sick. The lack of sick days afforded to restaurant workers creates a breeding ground for a public health crisis during flu season. 

Also, you can sign the petition asking Councilman Jim Kenney to Support Earned Sick Days for all Philadelphians!

Do You Want Governor Corbett to Take the Deal on Medicaid Expansion in PA?

The new health care law allows states to expand Medicaid to everyone making up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level in 2014. ($15,302 for an individual and $31,155 for a family of 4).
More than half a million uninsured Pennsylvanians would get health care coverage. The expansion would bring over $17 billion dollars into Pennsylvania and allow us to create much-needed jobs in the long-term care workforce.
If you support this change, sign the letter and join the January 16 conference call from 12:30PM to 5:30PM to learn more about the numbers.

Nominate a Woman for the Ruby Award Today!
Soroptimist International of Bucks County is looking for nominees for the Ruby Award:  For Women Helping Women. 
The award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.
the deadline is March 8. The nomination form is accessible by clicking the link.
PathWays PA in the News:
December 17, 2012:
Lincoln National Corporation Gives PathWays PA $5,000 for MathWorks Program
December 13, 2012:Pamela Godwin: People on the MoveRead More 

December 10, 2012:
PathWays PA Receives $10,000 Donation
December 6, 2012:
PathWays PA particpates in Phillies Giving Week

December 2, 2012:
Housing Costs in Philadelphia More Than Federal Poverty Level Suggests

November 27, 2012: 
PathWays PA participating in #GivingTuesday

November 23, 2012:
Councilman Seeks Support for Paid Sick Days
November 19, 2012:
Philadelphia Lawmaker Says He'll Try Again for Broad Paid Sick Leave Law-Read More

November 19, 2012:
Councilman Greenlee says Paid Sick Days Bill to be Introduced in January

Mark the 40th Anniversary of 
Roe v. Wade 
A series of events will be held
Tuesday, January 22 at Noon
A lunchtime visibility event will be held at Broad St. and Walnut St. Signs will be available, but you can always bring your own. Sign up to attend

Later that evening "Cocktails for Roe" will be held from 5PM-7PM at the Milkboy located at 1100 Chestnut St. RSVP

Dont' Dismantle The PA Aging Waiver Program
Years ago, when Pennsylvania determined that it made economic sense to shift from almost total reliance on nursing homes to more home and community based services (HCBS), it secured an Aging Waiver from the federal government and built its system for HCBS upon the 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). 

This change saved money while keeping more seniors where they wanted to be: in their own homes and communities.

Today, due to funding, cuts, re-allocations and regulatory changes, AAAs no longer provides aging waivers effectively. Without the AAAs able to provide these services, many seniors are left with no choice but moving into expensive nursing care facilities against their will. 

Learn more from our friends at theCampaign for What Works. Then ask your legislator and DPW 
(1-800-692-7462) to stop hurting seniors!

Health Care Reform Audio Conference: Part-Time Workers
Thursday, January 24 from 3:00PM-4:15PM.
CLASP, Families USA, and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research
and Education will discuss the implications of the new healthcare law on part-time workers.
Guest Speakers Include:
Cheryl Fish-Parcham-Families USA
Ken Jacobs-UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Carrie Gleason-Retail Action Project

PathWays PA AmeriCorps VISTAsand Center for Families Food Drive
The PathWays PA VISTAs are participating in a month long food drive with the
PathWays PA Center for Families and they need our help. Donations of cereals, snack foods, and non-perishable items are needed and can be dropped off at the PathWays PA home office located at 310 Amosland Rd. Holmes, PA 19043. 

For questions, please call (610) 543-5022 ext. 222 or emailjwilliams@pathwayspa.org 
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.
PathWays PA Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce! Chamber of Commerce 


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