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November 2015 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

PA-Nov-2015CAAP News Update – November 2015

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Bucks County Opportunity Council Celebrates National Weatherization Day

To celebrate National Weatherization Day, Bucks County Opportunity Council shared the story of Shannon and her family. Shannon's family bought their dream home right before the 2008 recession. The economic downturn greatly affected the income her husband, who was in food service, brought home to the family…

Pennsylvania 2-1-1

Nonprofit human service programs like Community Action and various government agencies provide excellent programs to support people in need. One of the challenges, however, is that people who need these programs are often unaware that programs are available. One solution to this problem is called Pennsylvania 2-1-1. Pennsylvania residents can dial 2-1-1, and they will be connected with an operator who has access to a database of health and human services available in your local communities…

United Way Survey Results

In late October, the United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) released its budget impasse survey results. This survey represents 282 organizations who serve more than 200,000 Pennsylvanians normally funded by state or federal dollars…

Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA)

Three new VISTA candidates, Jordyn Wagner, Monica Zourides, and Bonnie Northeimer, will be attending Pre Service Orientation (PSO) in Boston, MA on November 17-20, 2015. Once these candidates have successfully completed their PSO and are sworn in, they will be starting their service with CAP Mercer, Berwick Area United Way, and CASA of Lancaster County. Erica Bolthouse, serving with the Susquehanna County Interfaith, helped with a Back to School shoe drive that raised $24,000 and helped 510 children get new shoes and backpacks for school…

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The LIHEAP season has begun. There are three different ways Pennsylvania residents can apply for LIHEAP: online, on paper, or in person…Over the summer the Department of Human Services offered the new “Turn On Program”. DHS worked with regulated utilities who received LIHEAP grants this year to provide additional crisis grant assistance to eligible households. The program is funded from last season’s leftover LIHEAP funding - $2.2 million…

Don't forget your SSA and DSA Nominations!

Completing your Self-Sufficiency Award (SSA) and Distinguished Service Award (DSA) nomination applications is much easier now that CAAP has a new website…

Also, the 2016 CAAP Workshop Presenter Application is available – deadline to submit is Wednesday, November 25, 2015.


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