Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Lax Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging out gay men to be active leaders in their communities and to obtain higher education. The scholarship is open to out gay men who are from the Philadelphia area or who attend school here. The deadline is right around the corner, on Tuesday, January 18th.
If you or someone you know qualifies for this scholarship, please get more information or begin an application.
Lax Scholarships are intended for tuition and can be awarded in amounts up to $20,000. This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited programs of higher education. Since its inception, the scholarship fund has awarded more than $600,000 to students in the five-county greater Philadelphia region.
Bread & Roses Community Fund administers this scholarship fund as a part of their larger mission for social justice in the Delaware Valley.
For more information about the Lax Scholarship, please visit the website, email, or call (215) 731-1107 x 204.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Pennsylvania Department of Health will mark National Influenza Immunization Week by offering free public influenza vaccination clinics on Dec. 9, 10, and 11 in communities statewide.
“Pennsylvania had a great opportunity to receive additional influenza vaccine,” said acting Secretary of Health Michael Huff. “We decided to take advantage of this opportunity and hold statewide clinics to vaccinate individuals who have not yet been immunized for influenza. Vaccination is one of the best ways for individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu.”
Thus far, flu cases seen in Pennsylvania consist of two strains: A/H3N2, a strain that disproportionately impacts older adults; and 2009 H1N1, a strain that is known to impact younger individuals. This year’s vaccine provides protection against both of these strains, as well as influenza B.
The vaccination clinics will be held at 60 state health centers on Dec. 9, 10 and 11. Thursday’s clinics will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday’s clinics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday’s clinics from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure vaccine is available.
Appointments can be made online at www.padohclinicappt.com, 24 hours a day, or by calling 1-877- PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 5-11, was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and promoting greater use of flu vaccine throughout the holiday season, into January and beyond.
The flu can cause severe illness and even death. Nationally, it is estimated that over 36,000 people die from flu-related complications each year. In Pennsylvania, approximately 1,000 deaths occur each year.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends flu vaccination for all individuals six months of age and older.
Huff also suggested taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately discard the used tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, but never into your hands or onto bare skin.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Keep your hands away from your face and do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes.
- Keep frequently used surfaces such as knobs, countertops and desks clean.
- Stay home from work or school whenever you are sick to avoid infecting others. For the flu, stay home until at least 24 hours after you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Individuals seeking influenza vaccine are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or call 1-877- PA HEALTH. For more information on seasonal influenza, visit www.health.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Holli Senior, 717-787-1783
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Challenge of Feeding our Diverse Communities in Delaware County
Tuesday March 1, 2011 - Widener University - Chester, PA
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Approved by the following for 6 hours of continuing education credit:
State Board of Social Workers Marriage and Family Therapists Professional Counselors
- Join those concerned about hunger related issues in our community.
- Learn about how food insecurity contributes to health disparities across the lifespan.
- Explore how cultural and ethnic differences may affect food security.
- Network with others addressing hunger to find solutions to your client’s greatest needs.
Abundant Life Empowerment Missions - Bernardine Center - Community Action Agency of Delaware County - DCIU Head Start - Delaware County Interfaith Hospitality Network - Delaware County Office of Adult Services - Family and Community Service of Delaware County - Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry – Neumann University - Nutritional Development Services - PathWays PA - Penn State Cooperative Extension-Delaware County - Philabundance - Rocky Run YMCA - United Way of Southeast Delaware County - Widener University - Women, Infants and Children Program
Friday, November 19, 2010
T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Helps Child Care Workers and Youth Work Professionals Earn Coursework Toward a Credential, Certificate, or Degree
- Scholarship. The scholarship covers most of the cost for tuition and books. Recipients also receive a travel stipend each semester they are enrolled in class. T.E.A.C.H. requires that the sponsoring child care program or afterschool/youth program offer paid release time for the student to attend class, study, or handle personal needs. Participants are assigned a counselor to assist them in scholarship management and career development.
- Education. In one scholarship year, each participant must successfully complete a required number of credit hours (usually 9-15) toward a degree or credential in early childhood education, school age/afterschool child care, youth work, or appropriate related field.
- Compensation. At the end of the scholarship year, if they complete their educational requirement, participants are eligible to receive either a bonus or a raise.
- Commitment. Participants agree to continue working in their child care program or afterschool/youth program for one year after each scholarship year.
- be a resident of Pennsylvania
- work about 25-30 hours a week as classroom staff or center director* at a DPW-certified child care facility in Pennsylvania for at least one year, or Pre-K Counts Head Start Program
- have a high school diploma or GED
- earn an income of less than $19.00 per hour
- possess a commitment to remain in the early childhood field
- have an interest in pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, PA Director's Credential, Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (or equivalent)
- work at a program participating in Keystone STARS level 1 and above
- Bachelor’s degree applicants must have already earned an Associate’s degree in ECE or have at least 55 transferable credits toward a Bachelor’s in ECE, be eligible for admission as an in-state student and have worked in child care in PA for at least one year
Youth work professionals must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the scholarship:
- be a resident of Pennsylvania
- be employed at least 15 hours per week in a DPW certified school age child care program or in a self-regulated afterschool/youth development program*
- be employed by sponsoring program for at least one year and maintain employment for at least 9 months out of the year
- be eligible for college/university admission
- earn less than $15.00 per hour for direct care staff and less than $19.00 per hour for program directors/coordinators
- possess a commitment to remain in the afterschool/youth development field
- have an interest in pursuing a credential, certificate, or degree in School Age/Afterschool child care, Youth Work, or appropriate related field
- work at a program participating in Keystone STARS level 1 and above
To find out more information on the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program or to download an application, visit http://www.pacca.org/teach or call the Pennsylvania Child Care Association at (717) 657-9000.
Friday, November 12, 2010
- First, you are prompted to enter the name of the drug you are looking for (the tool has information on 500 prescription drugs).
- Next, a list of prescription drug options is produced that allows you to compare the price of the drug you searched with the prices of comparable prescription drugs that are on Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs list.
- Finally, the tool provides information on the safety and effectiveness of the prescription drugs on your list of options, giving "Best Buy" recommendations in addition to offering drug reports and summaries that can be downloaded in English and Spanish.
AARP hopes to see the information offered through the Drug Savings Tool facilitate discussion between patients and healthcare providers concerning prescription drug options. Patients are encouraged to bring the list of drug choices produced using the savings tool to their next doctor's appointment to review with their healthcare provider. In doing so, a patient and doctor can work together to make the best prescription drug choice for the patient.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
If you are looking for help finding healthcare, Healthcare.gov has some great tools for you to use. Using their website, you can compare coverage and pricing on health insurance in your area .
In addition, if you are looking for a health clinic, Healthcare.gov offers a portable version of the "Find a Health Center" tool available online from HHS. The portable version is available for free download from iTunes. Federally-funded health centers provide checkups, treatment, pregnancy care, immunizations, dental care, prescriptions, mental health, and substance abuse care, even if you don't have insurance.
Finally, as a recent article pointed out, new high-risk pools that have opened up in many states have room for new individuals. If you have a pre-existing condition and have not been insured in six months, please check out PA Fair Care or the insurance option in your state.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, Mary Jane McDevitt, R.N., B.S.N., CDE, program coordinator for the Crozer-Keystone Center for Diabetes, will discuss:
- Nutrition and diabetes prevention
- Exercise and its relationship with diabetes
- Obesity and its relationship to insulin resistance
- Understanding diabetes terminology
For more information, call 610-328-8920. Learn more about the Center for Diabetes at http://diabetes.crozer.org.
The Crozer-Keystone Health System Center for Diabetes is proud to recognize American
Diabetes Month with a free, comprehensive, community education event. The event will feature a health fair that will include free screenings and information about diabetes risk factors provided by Crozer-Keystone departments and national vendors. FREE FLU SHOTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE!
- 8-10 a.m. Free Glucose and Cholesterol Screenings: Patients are required to begin fasting at midnight in order to have the screening done at the health fair. Free screening vouchers will be given after 10 a.m., and to those who forgot to fast.
- 9 a.m. Treating Diabetes: Featuring Ruth Ann Fitzpatrick, M.D., CKHS Endocrinologist
- 10:15 a.m. The Effect of Diabetes on the Eye: Featuring Christopher Williams, M.D., chief of Ophthalmology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center
- 11:30 a.m. How Do You Eat an Elephant? Knowledge is Power: Overcoming the Emotional Impact of Diabetes: Featuring Patty Haney, mid-Atlantic regional manager for Johnson and Johnson
- Those who have pre-diabetes or diabetes.
- Those who have a loved one with pre-diabetes or diabetes.
- Those who just want to learn more about the disease.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
(h/t People's Emergency Center)
Every year, Payless invites nonprofit organizations serving children in need to apply for their program which gives coupons for new, free shoes at Payless. The application is open until Friday. November 5, and all qualified nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. Organizations are chosen based on their nonprofit status, work with children, and geographic proximity to a Payless store (usually within 100 miles of a store).
Even if you don't work for a nonprofit organization, please share this with nonprofits you know and support.
Monday, November 1, 2010
New Article in Delaware County Daily Times: PathWays PA’s symposium focuses on the need to take advantage of refund
Thousands of tax filers are reaping millions of dollars in earned income tax credit here in Delaware County, although about a fifth of those eligible don’t take advantage of this refund.To read the rest of the article and see the video taken by the Times, please visit their website. To learn more about PathWays PA's work on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, please visit our website.
“$76 million came back to workers in this county alone,” John Wancheck of the Washington-based Center on Budget & Policy Priorities said at PathWays PA’s Network for Strategic Asset Building Symposium at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center.
In Pennsylvania, through Oct. 21, 905,123 filers received the earned income tax credit to the tune of $1.8 billion. That’s a 13 percent increase over the previous year, compared to the 4 percent increase between 2008 and 2009.
Wancheck added, however, that 20 to 25 percent of the workers who qualify for the earned income credit don’t apply for it.
“There’s a lot of dollars left in Washington — $10 billion,” he said. “So, there is this critical need for outreach like PathWays PA is doing.”
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
When: Tuesday November 9th, 2010, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Delaware County Community College, 901 Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063-1094
You are invited to the Veterans Job Fair and Support Services at Delaware County Community College. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to talk to Veteran Support Groups and a variety of Employers!
Employers and Support Service Providers scheduled to attend:
- Wells Fargo
- Home Depot
- PA State Civil Service
- Aqua America
- Maris Grove
- Harrah’s Casino
- Eaton Corporation
- Kimberly Clark
- Southwest Airlines
- Veterans Administration
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Internal Revenue Service
- Veterans Education
- Small Business Administration
- Social Security Administration
- Unemployment Compensation
- And many more…
Bring a resume and dress for success! For resume assistance please call PA CareerLink® Delaware County at 610-447-3350 or 610-723-1220
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Please join us on October 26!
PathWays PA, a nonprofit organization serving the Greater Philadelphia region, is pleased to present the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building Symposium, to offer financial education and asset building in the workplace.
This free Symposium will help you offer your workers strategies and tools to build financial knowledge and resources-at no cost to you!
If any of these tools are right for you, PathWays PA will be happy to help you implement them in the workplace without charge.
Featured national and state experts include:
- John Wancheck,Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, EITC Expert
- Holly Chase, PA Office of Financial Education
- How to find free tax preparation during tax season
- How to improve credit
- How to save money through banks/credit unions, prepaid debit cards, U.S. Savings Bonds, and Individual Development Accounts
- How to access economic security programs such as SNAP, CHIP, and LIHEAP
- How to plan ahead before home buying
- At the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
- 8:30 am - 11:00 am
- Register at http://philansab.eventbrite.com/
- At the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, PA
- 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
- Register at http://delconsab.eventbrite.com/
Friday, October 8, 2010
Previously, callers would have to make their way through a recorded routing system to find information and services. Starting today, however, information specialists and elder care counselors will be available to answer callers' questions on elder care in both English and Spanish (there is a separate "language line" to help those who speak other languages).
Call the Eldercare Locator to find elder care services and agencies in your area as well as to find out general information on:
- Social Security
- Food Stamps
- Food Delivery Services
- Long-term Care
- Caregiver Support
- Protection Against Elder Abuse
- And More!
You can also visit the Administration on Aging's website anytime at www.eldercare.gov to search the Eldercare Locator database to find services and resources in your area.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
To find the best health insurance plan for you, the tool will prompt you to provide information on the state you live in, the type of consumer you are, your current health insurance circumstances, your age, and your general health status. Taking into account the answers you provide, the tool presents and explains multiple options for obtaining health insurance that will cover your needs.
If you are in the market for individual or family insurance plans, you can compare out-of-pocket costs, premium estimates, and coverage of all private insurance plans that apply to you as a consumer. The tool even includes important information on individual insurance companies such as how accurate the estimates provided by the insurance company are likely to be and the percentage of people denied insurance by that company. The tool also provides information on small employer plans available in your local area.
You can visit the main HealthCare.gov website to learn more about health prevention topics, compare quality of care among hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis centers, and gain a better understanding of current healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace
How can you help your employees build assets to boost their financial stability during these challenging times?
PathWays PA presents the First Annual Network for Strategic Asset Building (NSAB) Symposium on Financial Education & Asset Building in the Workplace on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.
This free symposium will be held in two locations. Attend the symposium at the location/time that is most convenient for you!
- 8:30-11:00am at the United Way of Southeastern PA at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or
- 2:00-4:30pm at the Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center at 4700 Drexelbrook Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.
This unique Symposium will offer free or low-cost strategies employers can implement to boost the financial stability of their employees and their families. National and local experts will share new and proven tools for building financial knowledge and assets. Implementing these strategies in the workplace can increase worker productivity, decrease absenteeism, and improve worker retention and loyalty. Connecting employees with financial education and asset development tools and services builds employee goodwill and morale – so important during these challenging times.
PathWays PA offers free onsite tax preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which can play a key role in building financial stability for individuals and families, even when employers cannot offer wage increases. During tax season, PathWays PA’s IRS-trained and certified volunteers prepare taxes at sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. PathWays PA’s free tax service helps filers apply for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds, Childcare tax credits and any other applicable credits, and also offers valuable asset building services that will be discussed in the Symposium … all absolutely free!
All employers hosting PathWays PA VITA mobile sites are encouraged to attend , as well as employers who may be interested in offering free tax preparation services for their workers . For additional information, please call Ann DelCollo at 610-543-5022 x221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
For more information, call 215-549-2686 or visit our website!
On Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the IRS office located at 600 Arch St in Philadelphia will be open to help resolve tax issues. This marks the 5th IRS open house this year.
The event is open to the public, but the IRS is especially encouraging veterans and people with disabilities along with their families and friends to come to the IRS Offices to not only have their tax issues resolved, but to also learn about IRS resources and community services available to them from civic and government organizations.
See the following bulletin for more information and locations: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0By1FxhL179U8MGMwN2VkZjAtODVmZi00ZDE3LTgwMTYtYmUyMGRlN2JiNjk0&hl=en
Friday, September 10, 2010
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 20% of all children and adolescents have behavioral health concerns. If you are concerned that your child may belong to this group, there is help for you! This guide can help you determine whether or not your child may need behavioral health services and how to go about obtaining these services for your child. This guide also addresses common questions, such as:
- What is outpatient treatment?
- How do I access behavioral health treatment?
- How long will my child wait to access outpatient services?
- How long will my child be in therapy?
- What resources are available for drug and alcohol treatment for children and adolescents?
- What if my child needs medication?
- And more...
For more information, contact:
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The US Department of Education has launched a new campaign to combat bullying in schools centered on a new website, http://www.bullyinginfo.org, a centralized location where state and local agencies can find resources on anti-bullying educational materials and connect with the Office of Civil Rights, the entity responsible for investigating allegations of bullying.
The website contains useful information for parents, teachers, administrators, caregivers, and other professionals that work with youth on identifying and stopping bullying.
The Department has also made available a variety of studies and current statistics on the bullying problem, as well as a map of anti-bullying programs and resources searchable by zip code.
The National Service Learning Clearinghouse also offers bullying and service-learning resources here: http://www.servicelearning.org/taxonomy/area-service-bullying
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Want to learn all about them?
Come to a short presentation this Monday, September 13th in Center City, Philadelphia at 10:00 AM hosted by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
- The closing of the 'donut hole'
- Why you may receive a $250 check
- Changes to Medicare Advantage Plans
- Free Preventive Benefits
- And more...
PHAN has been working with AARP and the Alliance for Retired Americans to educate Seniors on the changes the new health care law brings to Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
If you or someone you know is on Medicare join us
Monday, September 13th at 10:00 AM
at the Philadelphia Unemployment Project's office
112 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia 19102.
Email Athena w/questions or to RSVP.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Information and Referral Call Center is a help line for a vast number of support services for women including abuse (domestic and otherwise), job training, child care, family counseling, senior services, financial management, health and mental care, emergency and transitional housing, and legal information. The Call Center connects hundreds of women each year with services, support groups and information to support women, strengthen families and build communities.
WRC also offers a wealth of its own programs run by experienced professionals, both paid and volunteer, all for low or no cost around the Delaware Valley:
Free Legal Consultations
One-on-one consultation with an attorney to discus legal options for divorce, custody, child support or other family law matters
Free & Low-cost Counseling
Confidential consultations with a professional counselor in a safe, supportive environment on any issue; drop-in hours available
Affiliate Therapist and Attorney Referral Program
Referrals from pre-screened professionals sensitive to women's concerns; rates are offered on a sliding scale to those who qualify
Single Parenting Support Groups
Classes and support around anger & stress management, decision making, single parenting, nutrition and career planning
Coming out of Marriage & Relationships Support Group
Women who are considering or already in the process of divorce or separation can learn about the emotional and legal stages of divorce in a supportive and confidential environment
Individual Career Consultations
Free one-on-one consultations with a career expert for women who are re-entering the workforce, changing jobs or just starting their careers
Career Guidance Over Coffee
An informal group led by a career counselor that affords women the opportunity to discuss job search strategies and share tips; held at the Gryphon Cafe in Wayne, PA
Girls' Leadership Program
Offered to middle school girls to encourage them to develop leadership abilities by providing support through skill building programs
Call 610-687-6391 for Information & Referral and WRC Programs or visit WRC’s website to learn more.
Monday, August 30, 2010
The site provides information and resources on
- ways to pay for school, including grants, scholarships and loans,
- student aid basics, including commonly used terminology, information on repaying student loan debt, options for borrowers having trouble making monthly payments, and money management,
- budgeting tips and the benefits and dangers of credit cards, including access to calculators and other resources to help estimate loan payments and create personal budgets.
The free site offers students and parents with practical and easy-to-understand advice and information on how to deal with common financial situations in today’s college and post college environment.
Department of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Immunized Against Whooping Cough; Clinics Slated in York, Delaware Counties
Harrisburg – With some areas of the state seeing an increase in whooping cough, known medically as pertussis, the Department of Health urges all Pennsylvanians to ensure they are protected against the vaccine-preventable disease. The department will soon hold public vaccination clinics in York and Delaware counties, where cases of pertussis have been rising. Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system and is characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in.
The pertussis vaccine is required for children to enter school. Because immunity from the vaccine fades over time, most adolescents and adults are susceptible to the disease. In addition to the typical childhood series of pertussis immunizations at 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and a booster at 4-6 years, the Department of Health recommends the adolescent-adult pertussis vaccine, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, or Tdap, booster for:
- individuals 10-64 years of age who are not fully immunized;
- women of childbearing age, before or immediately after pregnancy;
- people who have contact with pregnant women or infants too young to have received a full series of vaccinations; and
- all family members and caregivers of infants.
Individuals should talk to their doctor to discuss their current vaccine status or request the vaccine.
The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a common cold including runny nose, sneezing, mild cough and low-grade fever. After about one to two weeks, the dry, irritating cough evolves into coughing spells that can last for more than one minute and can lead to vomiting.
For more information about immunizations, visit www.vaccinesforlife.com or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
Public vaccination clinics will be offered in York and Delaware counties at the following dates and times:
9 a.m. – noon; 1 – 3 p.m.
Albert S. Weyer Health Center
435 W. Philadelphia Street
9 a.m. - noon
1750 N. George Street
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Delaware State Health Center
151 W. Fifth Street
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Penn State - Brandywine Campus
25 Yearsley Mill Road Route 352 (enter at Campus Drive traffic light)
Friday, August 27, 2010
Delaware County State Health Center
151 West 5th Street, Suite 1
Chester, PA 19013
Free HIV Counseling and Testing Site (No appointment necessary)
- Every Wednesday of each month
- 9:00am - 11:30am (must be there before 11:00 to be tested)
- Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
- Every Wednesday of each month
- 1:00pm-4:00pm (please try to arrive as early as possible to be tested)
- 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
- Delaware County State Health provides shots at no cost for children up to 18 years old who have no insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations
- Call (610) 447-3250 for information and to make an appointment
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Use this helpful worksheet to list all of your monthly income and expenses. Then, set some goals for areas where there may be room for cutbacks. The worksheet will calculate your totals automatically*, you don't even need to use a calculator! You can also click on the "Chart" tab at the bottom of the worksheet to see a list of totals for each budgeting category.
When you have completed your budget, you may also print a copy to keep with you as a reminder for the goals you have set.
*In order to enter information on the worksheet, you must first download it to your desktop or make a copy:
- To download to your computer, open the link and click File --> Download as --> Excel (or your preferred data software). Then you can save it to your computer and make your entries!
- To make a copy, open the link and click File --> Make a Copy. This may only work if you already have a Gmail account.
Using action verbs like "communicated," "developed," or "supervised" to exemplify your job skills will help employers to take notice of your experiences, and might give you a step up above another competing candidate.
Here are some examples of weak resume statements, which can be improved by using action verbs:
Weak: Report writing and editing
Action: Wrote and edited reports varying in length from 5 to 100+ pages
Weak: Good communication skills
Action: Communicated effectively with clients and staff to achieve desired outcomes
Weak: New hire training coordinator
Action: Coordinated various training activities for new hires
It is important to remember that action verbs and details like the ones in the above examples make your resume much more interesting and appealing to employers. Check out the links below for some suggestions for finding the right words to use:
- A list of Action Verbs from Boston College: http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/skills/resumes/verbs.html
- View Action Verbs alphabetically or by skills category at Quintessential Careers website: http://www.quintcareers.com/action_verbs.html
- More Action Verbs by skill category at WriteExpress.com: http://www.writeexpress.com/action-verbs.html
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
To learn more about eligibility for the program, please visit the program's website. Answers to frequently asked questions are also available. PA Fair Care will begin taking applications on August 4, 2010. The Insurance Department suggests that people apply online.
The Insurance Department is accepting emails with your questions. In addition, a toll-free number, 1-888-767-7015 (TTY 1-888-767-7018), is available to help you throughout the application process. This call center will be open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
National Health Center Week is August 8-14, 2010, and many communities during the month of August are sponsoring health fairs and health screenings. These events target low-income individuals and families without access to adequate health services.
State and community SNAP outreach staff can sign up to volunteer at these events and offer a table with information on SNAP and nutrition materials as there is a direct connection between our diet and our health. Most events have no fee. You can find out about local events at http://www.healthcenterweek.org/join.html. Clients can also use this site to look for events in their area that they may want to attend.
If you do not see an event in your state today, try again in a few days. Events are posted daily.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
- Health Insurance Programs
- Special Health Care Needs Services
- Prenatal Services
- Breast Feeding Support
- Services for Older Pennsylvanians
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Use this presentation for:
- Identifying expenses (rent, utilities, child care, savings, etc.)
- Reviewing a sample monthly budget for an LPN (single with no children)
- Considering needs vs. wants
- Information on paying back student loans
- Different ways to save money
Thursday, July 15, 2010
What does this mean? It means if you entered into an agreement to purchase your home on or before April 30, 2010, and are set to close on the purchase of the home before September 30, 2010, you can still receive the credit.
Special filing and documentation requirements still apply. In order to receive the credit, eligible taxpayers must complete Form 5405 and provide one of the following documents:
- A copy of the settlement statement;
- A copy of the executed retail sales contract (for mobile home purchasers only); or
- A copy of the certificate of occupancy (for newly constructed homes that do not have a settlement statement).
- If you haven't filed your 2009 taxes yet, you can claim the credit on Form 1040 for the 2009 tax year. You can use IRS Free File to prepare the return, but you must print the return and mail it to the IRS with a copy of the required documentation described above;
- If you have already filed your 2009 taxes you can claim the credit on an amended return using Form 1040X; or
- Regardless of whether or not you have filed your 2009 taxes, wait until next year and claim the credit on your 2010 taxes using Form 1040.
More details on claiming the credit can be found in the instructions to Form 5405, as well as on the First-Time Homebuyer credit page on the IRS.gov website.
Monday, July 12, 2010
GPUAC’s Summer/Fall 2010 Foreclosure Prevention Guide was developed to assist professionals such as housing counselors, attorneys, and lenders. It was created by the Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, a group of bankers, housing advocates, government officials, and community leaders working to combat the foreclosure crisis. Another guide is Navigating the Slippery Slope of Foreclosure, which is a brochure that provides step-by-step instructions homeowners should take, based their individual circumstances, to avoid losing their homes.
Both guides can be used by social workers and case managers when homeowners at risk of foreclosure turn to them for help.
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Friday, July 9, 2010
Topics covered in the text messages include seasonal flu prevention, nutrition, prenatal care, oral health, smoking prevention, immunization schedules, and safe sleep. Mothers will get no more than three text messages per week. Messages can also connect mothers to clinics and support services for prenatal care.
You can sign up for messages by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish messages) to 511411. To learn more, please visit text4baby.org.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
- Insurance Coverage: Many states have made Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans available starting today for people who are uninsured due to a pre-existing condition. These plans will continue until 2014, when new health insurance rules go into effect. In Pennsylvania, these plans will be state-run and will go into effect on July 12, 2010. Premiums under the Pennsylvania plan will cost $283.20 per month.
- New Information: Starting today, a new website, www.healthcare.gov, is available to answer questions about insurance coverage options by state as well as information on prevention, care quality, and understanding health care reform.
- SAT/ACT Prep and Exams
- Extensive College Prep Resources
- Wired for Learning - Academic Atmosphere
- Year Round College Prep Advising
You can find out more about CACDC, sign up for their mailing list, and check out their calendar of events by following this link: http://www.collegeaccessdelco.org/
PathWays PA, a Holmes-based nonprofit organization, has partnered with Delaware County Community College to offer free training for Emergency Medical Technician certification.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) respond to situations that can vary from heart attacks to automobile accidents. “EMT training is a great way to combine a desire to help others with the ability to earn a good, family-supporting income,” said Lyn Kugel, Director of Self-Sufficiency Projects for PathWays PA. On average, EMTs in Delaware County earn $30,000 per year.
PathWays PA’s training prepares technicians for any situation they might face. The program combines a six-week class study support class focusing on math and English skills with the certification trainings. Participants first complete CPR certification, and then complete First-Responder training (50 hours of training over four weeks) and 77 hours of EMT training through the community college.
EMT classes at PathWays PA are open to individuals who are currently unemployed, who have limited employment, or who meet income eligibility requirements. People who are interested in serving others, who can think and take action quickly, and who are willing to work with everyone are encouraged to apply.
In addition to quick reaction times and a willingness to work with others, EMT participants should also be able to lift 125 pounds 33 inches off the ground and carry it for 10 feet.
For more information, email Jennifer Oglesbee .
The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger has published a directory of programs offering free meals for children in Philadelphia this summer. To find a summer meals program you can:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Self Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania (2010-2011) demonstrates that a single adult with one school-aged child needs to earn between $12.98 and $24.55 per hour to be economically self sufficient. For an adult with a child facing unemployment, this reality can be daunting. Work supports and public benefits can reduce this amount, and during periods of unemployment they can play a crucial role in helping a family maintain financial stability.
Using the Online Training and Benefits Eligibility Tool (OTBET), families now have the opportunity to determine what income they need to support themselves and what public benefits are available for their use. The OTBET is an easy to use tool that determines eligibility for multiple programs including food stamps (SNAP), child care assistance, and CHIP. Families can print out their eligibility information and use it when applying for services or tracking their income needs. Additionally, the OTBET provides links to the COMPASS system (where families can apply for benefits), CareerLink, and other important services.
Who can use the OTBET?
You can use the OTBET for yourself or as an advocate, service provider, client, employer, policy-maker, or researcher. Just follow the steps below:
- To begin, use the drop-down menus and boxes to show whether you are using the OTBET for yourself, a family member, a client, or as a researcher, the county you live in, and the name of the family. **PathWays PA does not save any data except the county and user-type chosen.**
- Continue by adding information about your family size, ages of family members, and employment data.
- Add additional income and expenses.
- Answer a few more questions about any services you may currently use.
- Click “Calculate Final Report” to get your results! If you would like to test eligibility for services, click on the button next to that service to learn more.
- You can now print your information, go back and recalculate information, or move on to see other links.
If you find yourself getting caught up in the woes of job searching, or know someone else who has, check out this helpful Job Searching Resource Guide. The guide breaks down the entire process into eight steps, which can help you to:
- Identify your interests and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses
- Prepare your resume
- Develop a plan for job searching
- Research the job market and determine what is available
- Apply for positions and compose cover letters
- Prepare and practice for the interview
- Attend workshops and training sessions
- Consider options such as internships and furthering your education/skills
Friday, June 11, 2010
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Monday, June 7, 2010
- Some identity thieves sift through trash bins looking for bank account and credit card statements;
- Others use more high-tech methods for accessing corporate databases to steal lists of customer information.
The good news is that many types of identity theft can be prevented.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In fact, you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft. While there is no guaranteed way to avoid identity theft, you can minimize your risk and minimize the damage if a problem occurs. Here are some helpful tips:
- Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your personal information.
- Detect suspicious activity by always monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.
- Defend against identity (ID) theft as soon as you suspect a problem. Promptly deal with discrepancies on any personal documents.
How can I protect myself from identity theft?
The best way to prevent identity theft is to:
- Be aware of how information is stolen
- Be aware of how to protect your information,
- Know how to monitor your personal information to uncover problems quickly, and
- Know what to do when you suspect your identity has been stolen.
You can also help fight identity theft by educating your friends, family, and members of your community. The FTC has prepared a collection of easy-to-use materials to enable anyone regardless of existing knowledge about identity theft to inform others about this serious crime.
Be sure to check out our cheat sheet on how to beat ID Theft.
- Why do I need a checking and/or savings account?
- What's the difference between a bank and a check cashing store?
- What are the advantages to banking with a credit union?
Find the answers to these questions and more, and determine if the PathWays PA publication, "Paths to Banking," would be a helpful tool for you.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
For more resume writing help, here are a couple of websites we've come across in our research that are worth looking at:
- Visit www.resumania.com to view a collection of resume mistakes and read advice on how to avoid common errors.
- If you need help formatting your resume, www.thebeehive.org/jobs can help. Set up a free account, and access the Resume Builder software. Follow the straightforward, step-by-step guide. You will be asked to enter education, career, and skills information, and then the website will build your professional resume in minutes.
Let us know if you know of any other useful resume writing resources on the web in the comments section!
Keep in mind that a cover letter is, more often than not, grounds for an employer's first impression of you. And we all know how important first impressions are! It's crucial that your cover letter is free of grammatical and spelling errors, and it should not be a generic letter that you send to all employers. Rather, it should be tailored to a specific employer and the position to which you are applying.
An effective cover letter engages the reader and encourages him or her to invite you in for an interview. Here are some general tips for writing cover letters:
- Avoid overusing "I" throughout the letter.
- Print your cover letter on nice paper that matches the resume (if possible)
- Write a separate cover letter for each job you apply to.
- Research the company before you begin writing, and be sure to include some key words from their mission statement, website, and/or job posting.
- Use the spell check and grammar check!
- Remember that these checks will not catch everything, so it's a good idea to re-read your cover letter over and over again, and have someone else take a look at it.
Cover letters should follow standard business letter format. This includes: the sender's address and contact info, the recipient's address, and the date. In most word programs, there are templates for business letters that you can follow. After listing the contact info, begin your letter. If you know the contact's name, use it. If not, you can write, "Dear Sir or Madam," or "Dear Hiring Manager." Since it's better to address a specific person, you may want to make a phone call to the organization to see who your letter should be addressed to.
Next, skip a line and begin your introduction. Briefly tell the reader about yourself and mention the title of the position you're applying for. Skip another line and begin the body of your document. This section should highlight material in your resume (but in an exciting way!), explain why you are interested in the job, and show why you would be valuable to the employer. This section should also include your strongest, most relevant skills and experiences.
Skip a line and write your conclusion. Indicate the next step you will take. State that you look forward to hearing from the employer, and/or that you will contact the reader at a certain date.
After the closing paragraph, skip a line and sign your letter. You may want to sign it, "Sincerely," or "Best."
To get started, take a look at this cover letter template.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Still trying to figure out tax questions and problems? Come to an IRS Open House Saturday June 5th to get things straightened out!
When: This Saturday, June 5, from 9am-2pm
Where: In PA, IRS offices in
If you or someone you know needs tax assistance, don't miss this opportunity to meet directly with IRS staff to help resolve any problems or complications you may have encountered. They will be there to help you fill out forms and schedules, set up payment plans, and leave with solutions to your confusing tax problems.
Friday, May 28, 2010
PathWays PA offers a wide variety of publications and resources. You can find electronic copies of them below.
- NEW Self-Sufficiency Standard (2010)
- Overlooked and Undercounted (2009)
- Self-Sufficiency Standard (2008)
- Elder Economic Security Initiative (2008)
- Elder Policy Brief (2008)
- Financial Resource Guide (2008)
- Keeping it Real: Teen Finances (2010)
- Paths to Banking (2008)
- Paths to Banking Brochure (2008)
- Work Supports: Helping Families Reach Self-Sufficiency (2008)
Here you'll find a PowerPoint presentation on budgeting and managing assets. The take home message: always pay yourself first, and don't spend more money than you make!Also, be sure to check out our budgeting worksheet. When you have a chance, print this out, take a seat, and get to thinking about your expenses in a typical month. You can use this worksheet to write them down, and determine where you can cut back.