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November 2017 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

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CAAP News Update – November 2017
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Westmoreland Community Action awarded $780,800 for its growing social enterprise

What is a social enterprise? A social enterprise is a revenue-generating business with a twist.  It earns revenue (like any business) BUT the revenue is used to achieve positive social, community, economic, and environmental outcomes.  In other words, social enterprises are for-profits that help feed non-profits.

One such social enterprise that supports the Westmoreland Community Action Agency in southwestern Pennsylvania is called American Architectural Salvage. American Architectural Salvage reduces landfill waste and promotes the resale and reuse of goods, while financially supporting Westmoreland Community Action’s mission of moving people with low-income to financial self-sufficiency.  American Architectural Salvage has a retail shop with thousands of square feet of new and used building materials, sinks, cabinets, furniture, appliances and more. They also provide salvaging and deconstruction (i.e., ‘construction in reverse’) services to a property or business...

Special Grant Opportunity for Community Action Agencies

CAAP is partnering with The Molina Foundation to work with PA Community Action Agencies on a campaign called “Launch into Learning: Creating Word-Rich and Healthy Homes”. The goal of this campaign is to distribute new children’s books to agencies serving low-income communities. Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) and Tri County Community Action have already received new children’s books as part of the campaign. SLHDA recently received 4,504 books, valued at nearly $33,000. Tri County received 3,032 books, valued at nearly $22,000...

Bucks County Opportunity Council recognized on the U.S. House floor this week!

The Bucks County Opportunity Council was recognized by U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick on the U.S. House Floor this week for their Economic Self-Sufficiency program which recently graduated its 300th family – view video of Congressman Fitzpatrick’s speech.

Other Items

  • Here’s why you want a VISTA
  • Pennsylvania Simplifies SNAP Application Process for Older Adults
  • Pennsylvania Link to Community Care

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