The Philly DoGooder competition was created to bring together community organizations with filmmakers to help raise awareness for the organizations, access skilled resources, and deliver messages in a new, creative manner. Five winners will receive up to $50,000 in in-kind services to address areas of need within their organization
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.
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.
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.
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.
Job schedules matter in many ways. For all workers, it helps when an employer is responsive to a request for a needed schedule change. And far too many workers have volatile and potentially destabilizing schedules. If you don't know when you are supposed to be at work until the last minute, how do you arrange child care or transportation? If your total hours fluctuate from week to week, how do you budget for rent and food?
To address these issues and emerging policy opportunities, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is hosting and sponsoring three Job Schedules Matter audio conferences.
The conferences, which are co-sponsored by the Center for Popular Democracy and the National Women's Law Center, will include comments from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman George Miller on why they introduced the Schedules that Work Act. You'll also hear from workers about their…
HB 2429, which would allow predatory payday lending in Pennsylvania, is scheduled for a committee vote on Wednesday, June 6.
Pennsylvania currently has one of the strongest laws against payday lending in the country. If passed, HB 2429 would weaken the law by creating loopholes that payday lenders can use to charge exorbitant rates. Under this law, lenders could charge interest of up to 300%. You can read more about the proposed legislation here. You can also read a policy brief about "credit services" lending here.
Research from the U.S. Department of Defense and experience of other states show that payday loans are damaging enough to require a 36% annual rate cap on fees and interest for payday loans made to active duty military families. Payday loans hurt our communities and should not be given a foothold in PA.
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) will host two public conference calls in October. Information on the calls follows below: Breakfast Matters - Effective Messaging: Getting Positive Press in your Community
Thursday October 11, 3 – 4 pm ET Click here to register.
Learn tips from a national communications firm about how to place your stories with local media and receive positive press coverage for your program.
* Jon Dickl, School Nutrition Director, Knox County Schools, Tennessee
* Amber LaCroix, BRG Communications
Afterschool Meals Matter - Community Partnerships
Wednesday, October 17, at 1:00 pm EST
Click here to register.
Learn how you can connect with a myriad of community partners, from parent groups to corporate volunteer programs, who can offer you and your program their time, energy, and support. Community partners can assist you with meal preparation, programming, outreach to increase your participation, and ultimately to help build up community support and in…