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UWSEPA funding deadline is December 15th


    The deadline for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Investing in Results 2012-2014 Funding Opportunity is December 15th.  The current application process began accepting applications on October 22nd and will remain open until 5pm on December 15th.
   All agencies interested in being considered for funding must complete the online application. In addition, the deadline for completing Regional Registry of Social Services information has been extended to Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM. More information about R2S2 can be found here.
   United Way’s investment process is driven by the goals outlined in our Investing in Results 2012-14 Executive Summary and is an open and competitive model that places a strong emphasis on outcomes and accountability. This year’s application process features an easy-to-use prescreening tool to help agencies evaluate their alignment with United Way's investment priorities and possible likelihood of qualifying for funding prior to completing the full application.
   Respondents are encouraged to carefully read through all of the information online, including all updates to the FY 2012-2014 Funding Cycle Frequently Asked Questions prior to initiating the funding application. Additional questions can be directed via email to applications@uwsepa.org or to United Way’s Funding Application Message Line at 215-665-2542.  United Way’s goal is to respond to inquiries within two business days, although during peak times additional time may be needed to respond. United Way will make every effort to answer all inquiries but cannot guarantee a response to inquiries placed after 5:00 pm on December 13th.
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Survey targets professional child/youth workers
   The Philadelphia Out-of-School Time Professional Development Project and Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network have created a survey aimed at better understanding the professional needs of child/youth workers in Pennsylvania.
   The groups say that the information gathe
red through the survey will assist them in making the case for increased funding and in developing career pathways.
   A raffle drawing for an Apple I-Pad will be held among those completing the survey.  Individuals working in direct services to children in grades K-12 can fill out the survey here.
   For more information, email Dr. Cheryl Oakman or call 215-665-2559.
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City recreation department seeks Pepsi Refresh grant
   The Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation has applied for a grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project to promote outdoor recreation in the city.
   With the grant, the city intends to build 3 new neighborhood skate parks and conduct skateboard competitions, conduct a 6 week outdoor adventure experience for 250 youth during summer 2011, conduct a series of youth races (running, triathlon, etc.) in
various sections of Fairmount Park, and purchase a van to transport youth to outdoor events.
   The proposal has been accepted and now the Department needs supporters to vote.  The $250,000 grant proposal is part of a strategy to get city kids outside, having fun, exploring parks, and challenging themselves physically.
   The city is asking supporters to vote every day in December for the Outdoor Recreation proposal. To vote, go here.  Supporters can vote once a day.
   For more information, email Jean Hunt or call 215-683-3605.
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Back On My Feet needs donations of new sneakers
   This holiday season, Back on My Feet is asking the Philadelphia community to rally around BOMF and support its unique approach to combating homelessness.
   BOMF promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless people by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.  Its e
fforts have proven successful by moving over 220 members forward to educational opportunities, jobs and housing in 2010.
   BOMF is working to increase its membership and is asking for donations of new sneakers to be sent or dropped off at their office located at 1520 Locust St Suite 804 Philadelphia PA 19102. Thos who cannot donate sneakers can make a donation online for it to purchase the sneakers at $35 per pair.
   For more information, visit here.
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Forum discusses issues in OST professional development
   The monthly peer networking meeting of the Out of School Time Resource Center will feature a discussion on Issues in Professional Development on Monday, December 13th from 9:30 to 11:30am at United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway, in Philadelphia.
   To register, go here.  To participate as a panelist, email John Price or call 215-898-0793.
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VITA campaigns gearing up for new tax season
   Area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs are actively recruiting volunteers to help low-income families maximize their benefits from their 2010 tax returns.
   The Campaign for Working Families is holding volunteer trainings every Saturday in January for people to help from January 14th through April 18th at 11 flexible volunteer locations across the city.  For more information, call 215-851-1759 or email here.
   To volunteer in Montgomery County to volunteer at one of its 11 sites, visit the website of the Montgomery County Tax Coalition here.
   The Delaware County Asset Development Group will offer services at 10 sites in Chester, Sharon Hill, Holmes, Darby and Media plus mobile sites throughout the county.  For more information and to volunteer, email Georgia Julius.
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Black journalists hold media access workshop for nonprofits, small businesses
   Hear from real, working journalists from the region’s newsrooms as they share insider advice and best practices on getting stories and press releases covered in a workshop sponsored by the Philadelphia
Association of Black Journalists on Saturday, January 29th.
   The discussion will cover everything from television, to newspapers, to social media including Facebook.
   The event is free to community, non-profit leaders and small business owners.
   The event will be held at the NBC Philadelphia Studios, City Line Ave. and Monument Rd.
   Pre-registration required by January 14th by emailing here.
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Forum highlights lead poisoning prevention in homeless families
   Last year’s report on Philadelphia’s children and youth experiencing homelessness reported that 6.9% of sheltered children tested at high lead levels. This is twice the rate of high lead levels of all children tested in Philadelphia. While many children in emergency housing were screened for lead, a substantial minority remain in need of screening.
   Lead Safe Babies – Families in Transition, a workshop on lead poisoning prevention education to homeless families with young children and pregnant women, will be held on Thursday, December 16th from 10am to 11:30pm at the Wanamaker Building, Room 12C (12th floor), at 100 Penn Square East in Philadelphia.
   The workshop will feature Todd Zeigler of Lead Safe Babies program and Peter Palermo of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program.
   RSVP by sending an email here with your name, job title, organization, and email address.
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Disabilities group seeks young committee members
   The Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for young people with developmental disabilities to join its committees, which include those on Advocacy, Quality, Inclusion, and Services and Supports.
   Committee members are appointed for one year terms and form the group from which nominees for full Council membership are normally drawn.
   The Council is a 20 person body appointed by the Governor, authorized by federal law to engage in advocacy, systems change and capacity building on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.  This is achieved  through direct action and by making grants to nonprofit, advocacy and other bodies to carry out the requirements of its State Plan.
   A nominations form can be downloaded here.  For more information, visit here.
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Culture groups offer access to visual, hearing impaired
   Art-Reach and the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia are offering Access Certificates, gift certificates that can be purchased in $10 increments and redeemed for tickets to an accessible performance at one of a dozen theaters.
   These special performances feature one or more of the following: open captioning for audiences who are deaf or hard-of-hearing; audio description for audiences who are blind or low-vision; or American Sign Language interpretation for audiences who are deaf.
   Michael Norris, executive director of Art-Reach, said the program seeks to provide access to theater and to build audiences.
   The Access Certificates are valid for two years, but can only be redeemed for a specifically designated accessible performance. Upcoming offerings include performances at the Amaryllis Theatre, Wilma Theater, and the People's Light & Theatre Company.
   A complete list of accessible performances through June 2011, for which the Access Certificates can be used, can be found here.
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Pathways seeks sponsors to ‘Adopt A Family’
   PathWays PA's Adopt-a-Family program offers the families who receive PathWays PA services many of the joys of the holiday season they may otherwise be without.
   Thanks to the generosity of local donors, special memories of holidays past have been created for the families Pathways serves. Thousands of clien
t families have benefited from this program through the years.
   This year, client families will again be partnered with donors based on their size and the ages of their children. After being paired up with a client family, a wish list will be sent to the donors with the receiving family's genders, ages, clothing sizes and their holiday wishes. The donor family chooses to purchase any or all of the items on the clients' list, or substitute items that they feel the client may enjoy. Non-perishable food baskets are also welcomed.
   To download a donor form, visit here,  For more information, call Pam Przybylski at 610-543-5022 x234.
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Arts program seeks scripts from young playwrights
   VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is inviting middle and high school students to submit their scripts for the Playwright Discovery Program.
   The program invites students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disabili
ty affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting.
   Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals. Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students.
   The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington, DC, to view his or her work on stage.
   For more information, visit here.
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Job seekers welcome to employment search workshop
   The Metropolitan Career Center has joined with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams to offer an Employment Search 101 Workshop on Wednesday, December 8th from 6 to 8pm at Kingsessing Recreation Center in the auditorium on the second floor, 4901 Kingsessing Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.
   At the event, job seekers can learn about or brush up on the latest nuances of today’s employment search, such as soft skills (appearance/attitude), resume writing techniques, interview preparation, Internet job searching and more.
   For more details, call 215-492-2980.
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Deadline for property tax/rent rebate program is Dec. 31
   The deadline for senior citizens and other residents to apply for a state rebate on rent or property taxes paid in 2009 is December 31st.  
   The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program provides a rebate of up to $650 to income-eligible senior citizens and other residents. The program is open to Pennsylvania residents who are 65 or older, 50 or older and widowed, or 18 or older with a permanent disability. To qualify, household income must be $35,000 or less for homeowners, or $15,000 or less for renters.
   Homeowners and renters only have to count half of their Social Security, Supplemental Security Income or federal railroad Tier 1 retirement benefits when applying. 
   More information about program is available here.
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Online community helps parents create safe environments for kids
   To help parents foster safe and healthy environments for their kids, Safe Kids USA created Safe Kids and You, a new online community that connects parents, health professionals and safety advocates in an open forum to share information about unintentional injury prevention.
   The online community includes a Moms of Safe Kids Blog, regular surveys to ensure the website meets parent needs, advice on sports safety, the option to share stories, and many more resources. An extensive safety tips section provides safety basics in four age group areas: babies 0-12 months, little kids 1-4 years, big kids 5-9 years, and pre-teens 10-14 years. The safety resources are also categorized by risk area, special needs, seasonal injury prevention, and overall basics.
   To visit the site, go here .
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Study focuses on media images of young black males
   MEE Productions is working with the William Penn Foundation to conduct a series of focus groups about media images and portrayals of young black males.
   MEE is recruiting black men between the ages of 19 to 30 years old and service providers/employers for focus groups during the week of December 13th.
   During these focus groups participants will be discussing how media images impact and
influence the perceptions of various sectors of society.
   All groups will be held at 340 N. 12th Stree
t, Suite #200 in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, December 14th from 6-8pm for black males ages 25-30, on Wednesday, December 15th from 6-8pm for service providers and employers who educate, train, mentor, supervise or hire black males, and on Thursday, December 16th from 6-8pm for black males ages 19 – 22.
   All focus group participants will receive $50 cash as compensation for completing the focus groups.
   If interested in participating, call Christina Upsher at 877-MEE-PROD.
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Power 99 sponsors online town meeting on youth violence
   On Monday December 6th, Power 99 FM, in partnership with State Representative Kenyatta Johnson’s Peace Not Guns – Project Succeed campaign, will host an online town meeting with youth to help raise awareness and work together to end street violence.
   Moderated by Power99.com personality Tazz Daddy the webcast will stream from 4-5pm and will feature recording artists Freeway, Young Chris and youth dedicated to ending violence.
   To view the webcast and for more details, visit here.
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Union training program offers GED, college program
   The District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund is offering a free, one year program that helps participants earn a GED and transition into college.
   The program operates 20 hours a week, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 1pm. Ince
ntives and transportation are included.  It is open to Philadelphia residents who meet income guidelines and are between the ages of 17 and 24.
   Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, December 7th, 14th, and 21st at 9am and 1:30pm, on Wednesdays,  December 8th and 15th, , 2010 at 10am, and on Thursdays, December 9th and 16th at 9am and 1:30pm.  Advance registration is required.
   For more information, call Nia Eubanks-Dixon at 215-568-2220 ext. 5107 or email her here.
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PUP holds celebration for those who have avoided foreclosure
   The Philadelphia Unemployment Project’s Foreclosure Crisis Committee is holding a In My Home for the Holidays celebratory meeting Tuesday, December 7th at 6pm at 112 N. Broad St. 11th Floor.
   The event celebrates the successful efforts of its members to save their homes.
   For more information, call Tim Styer at 215-557-0822 ext. 103 or email him here.
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Women’s Way holds public form on well-being of women, families
   Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern PA, a project of Women's Way, will sponsor “a critical dialogue” with elected officials on women's health care needs as the health care reform law is implemented in Pennsylvania.
   The forum will be held on Wednesday, December 15th from 5:30 to 8pm at WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street, in Philadelphia.
   To RSVP, go here.
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Doctors needed for Haitian relief efforts
   As the cholera epidemic extends its reach in Haiti, the need for physicians to meet the increasing demand for care has grown apace.
   There is a special need for internal medicine specialists, pediatricians, and emergency medicine specialists.  Experienced nurse practitioners may also be considered. Because of cultural and linguistic challenges, the ability to speak French would be a great advantage.
   Interested clinicians should email Dr. Ernst or call 412.260.9480.
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Training day set for college access professionals
   The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Administrators will provide a full day professional development for college access professionals on December 7th Community College of Philadelphia, Winnet Building, Room S2-3, 1700 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.
   The training will resemble their financial aid training for beginning financial aid administrators. It will be a full scale training inclusive of understanding financial aid (federal, state and institutional), professional judgment, verification, and other financial aid dynamics helping a professional understand the financial office side of the desk. The training is recommended for anyone that will provide hands on guidance of applicants applying for financial aid.
    For more information, go here.  To RSVP, go here,
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Workshop provides updates on federal homeless policies
   Representatives of the federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans will provide an update on the latest policy developments in Washington at a workshop on Thursday, December 9th from 3-5pm at the Wanamaker Building, Room 12C (12th floor), at 100 Penn Square East in Philadelphia.
   Topics will include the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program.
   The event is sponsored by the Public Private Task Force on Homelessness.  RSVP by sending an email here with name, job title, organization, and email address.
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