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      Number 236


      July Edition


      Nonprofit Resources

      Events & Fundraisers

      Issue Update

      Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

      United Communities seeks volunteer mentors
         United Communities Southeast Philadelphia is in need of volunteers to be individual or group mentors to youth ages 14-18 years in its Intensive Prevention Services program.
         The IPS program assists at-risk youth in developing both socially and academically through intensive comprehensive programming. The goal is to prevent youth from entering or re-entering the Child Welfare and Delinquency system.
         Interested volunteers must have a high school education (some college preferred), be at least 20 years old, be able to commit to at least 6 months service, be able to resolve conflict, be sincere and compassionate, and have a passion for working with youth.
         For more information, contact Rose Duncan at 215-468-1645 x213 or email her here.

        Medical Students for
          Manager of Student

        Mariposa Coop

        Career Wardrobe
          Grantwriter - Part Time

        POWER Philadelphia
          Executive Director

        American Jewish

          Manager - Raisers

        Valley Youth House
          Employment and
          Technology Instructor

        Pathways to Housing
          Office Manager

        Philadelphia FIGHT
          Education Coordinator
        Public Health
        Management  Corp.
          Nutrition Educator
          HIV Prevention

        Greater Brewerytown
          Assistant Executive


        for Parenting
          Development &

        Neighborhood Bike
          Executive Director

        Phila. Student Union
          Strategic Director

        OIC International
          Director of Business

        Fairmount Community
        Development Corp.
          Grant Manager -

        Dignity Housing
          Case Manager

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      IRS posts video on how to restore nonprofit status
         The Internal Revenue Service has created a video presentation aimed at helping nonprofits whose tax exempt status was recently revoked to start the process of restoring their status.
         Over 275,000 nonprofits had their tax exempt status removed last month for failure to submit financial information returns for at least three years.
         The video, How to Get Your Tax Exempt Status Back, is available on YouTube here.
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      Jett Excellence offers Strategic Plan-ting workshop
         As any good gardener knows, it takes a combination of planning and execution to yield the best results. The same is true in business. But often times, every day challenges prevent small business owners from planning. Whether it’s from lacking the know-how, or failing to prioritize planning, many owners simply do not create a strategic plan. But, just like a garden, a business without a plan is in jeopardy of failing to thrive.
         Jett Excellence has developed the Strategic Plan-ting Workshop to make strategic planning more comfortable and accessible for small business owners. In this one day, interactive session, participants will be led through a step-by-step process to create a strategic plan. At the end of the day, participants will be equipped with a complete strategic plan, outlining long term and short term goals and how they will be achieved; quarterly goals, along with a detailed action plan for achieving these objectives; and three clarifying questions to assist in the decisionmaking process.
         For more details on the next Strategic Plan-ting workshop on Thursday, July 28th, go here.
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      Friends of former councilman forming team for Alzheimer’s Walk
         Upon hearing the news that longtime community leader and former City Councilman Ed Schwartz has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, friends and community activists have come together to form For The Love of Ed Schwartz, a team participating in the Alzheimer's Walk happening on September 10th beginning at 11am.
         Schwartz until recently was the longtime the director of the Institute for the Study of Civic Values and was among the first to use Internet tools to organize neighborhoods and communities.
         To join the Alzheimer’s Walk For the Love of Ed Schwartz team, go here. For more information, call Andrea Johnson at 267-408-1087
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      PCCY schedules Riversharks benefit
         Public Citizens for Children and Youth will sponsor a night of baseball at Campbell’s Field in Camden to see the Camden Riversharks take on the Road Warriors.
         The game takes place on Monday, August 22nd at 7:05pm.  It’s ‘Kids Eat Free’ night and tickets are $12.25 each and $5 from each ticket sold will be donated back to PCCY. 
         To order tickets, go here and enter PCCY as the group password.
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      Compliance workers honor “Phenomenal Women”
         The North Central Contract Compliance Association, the local chapter of the American Contract Compliance Association, is planning the first in a series of four events honoring Phenomenal Women who have made a positive impact on the City of Philadelphia.
         This month’s program will focus on women in government, and honorees include Lisa Nutter, Philadelphia’s First Lady and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown.
         The event will be held on Wednesday, July 20th from 6-8pm at 1234 Market Street on the Mezzanine Level.  The requested donation to attend is $35, and proceeds will assist the members of the local ACCA Chapter in their efforts to host their national conference in Philadelphia in 2012.
         Light refreshments will be served after each program.  For more information call A. Michelle Gumbs at 215-851-1883 or email her here.
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      African Cultural Festival slated for Penn’s Landing
         The African Cultural Alliance of North America’s annual cultural festival will celebrate its fourth year at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing on August 6th.
         For more information, call Voffee Jabateh at 215-729-8225, x101 or email him here.
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      PCF benefits from Helping Hands Week at Trolley Car
         The Philadelphia Children’s Foundation is the beneficiary for the next Helping Hands Week at the Trolley Care Diner and Café during the week of July 25th.
         Through July 31st, PCF’s educational and career programming will receive 15% of the proceeds at Mt. Airy's Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Avenue and East Falls' Trolley Car Café, 3269 S. Ferry Road.  A coupon must be presented, which can be obtained by emailing a request to Christina Chiolo.
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      Congress set to vote on Constitutional budget amendment
         The US House of Representatives and the US Senate are likely to vote on proposals to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution in July.  The House now expects to act during the week of July 18th and the Senate vote during that week as well.  
         Both proposals would require that Congress adopt a balanced budget every year.  Given the reluctance to identify new revenues, this is likely to mean extreme cuts in federal spending as the means of balancing the budget.
         Supporters of the amendment are calling for cutting programs such as Medicaid, SSI, and SNAP/food stamps in half within 10 years.  They have also called for Medicare to be turned into a voucher program where recipients would have to purchase health care on the regular health insurance market, and for spending cuts of up to 70% for key programs such as housing, education, child care, Head Start, public health, veterans’ health care, environmental protection, health research, food and water safety, and many others would be slashed by 70 percent.
         Opponents say that a constitutional balanced budget amendment would cause significant harm to the economy, making recessions both deeper and longer.
         Critics consider the House and Senate proposals to be “extreme” because they would cap total federal spending at 18 percent of GDP (total federal spending was just under 24 percent in 2010) and would require that any measure to raise revenues be adopted by a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.
         The last time the balanced budget amendment was debated in the Senate in 1997, it fell just one vote short of passing.
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      Corbett signs changes to HIV consent requirement
         Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has signed legislation that removes the requirement that written consent is required to receive a test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
         Following recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control, the new law replaces the written consent requirement with one which requires that the consent be “documented” by healthcare providers.  The law still permits patients to refuse to be tested. Positive test results cannot be revealed to the patient without an immediate opportunity for face-to-face counseling, but negative results will no longer have to be delivered in person.
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      Survey describes health, well-being of region's young adults

         Public Health Management Corporation has released an analysis of the findings of its 2010 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey on the health and well-being of young adults aged 18-29 residing  in the five-county region.  The analysis presents information about health insurance and prescription drug coverage as well as access to care, health behaviors and screenings, and neighborhood and housing indicators.
        The survey showed that in the region, young adults are more likely to not have insurance coverage than any other age group, particularly health and prescription drug coverage.  More than one-fifth of young adults 18-29 years (20.8%) do not have health insurance coverage, representing 103,600 young adults. Young adults are the age group most likely to not have health insurance coverage: children 0-5 years (3.2%), children 6-12 years (3.1%), adolescents 13-17 years (4.0%), adults 30-49 years (11.0%), and adults 50-64 years (6.8%).  Young adult men (23.4%) are more likely than young adult women (18.4%) to not have health insurance.
         People of color who are young adults are also less likely to have health insurance.  More than two-fifths of Latino young adults (44.2%) are without health insurance, compared with Asian young adults (22.6%), black young adults (21.5%), and white young adults (15.7%).  Income also plays a role: more than one-quarter young adults living below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (26.6%) do not have health insurance, compared with 19.1% of young adults living at or above 150% of the poverty level.
         In Southeastern Pennsylvania, while young adults are the least likely age group to be in fair or poor health, they are more likely to have some chronic health cond
      itions.   More than one-fifth of young adults (21.4%) have ever been told by a healthcare professional they have asthma, compared with adults 30-49 years (14.5%), adults 50-64 years (15.4%), and adults 65 years or older (9.5%).
         Young adults are less likely to be overweight (29.5%), compared with adults 30-49 years (34.2%), adults 50-64 years (37.4%), and adults 65 years or older (40.9%).
         Nearly one-fifth of young adults (18.2%) has had to forego medical care due to cost factors, compared with adults 30-49 years (15.1%), adults 50-64 years (11.1%), and adults 65 years or older (3.9%).
         Approximately one-quarter of young adults 18-29 years (24.3%) smokes cigarettes, which is similar with the percentage of adults 30-49 years (22.8%) and adults 50-64 years (21.2%), but higher than the percentage of adults 65 years or older (11.2%).
         Nearly two-fifths of young adults (39.1%) have had an HIV test within the past year, compared with adults 30-49 years (25.9%), adults 50-64 years (14.7%), and adults 65 years or older (8.9%).
         In Southeastern Pennsylvania, young adults are less likely to express favorable views of their neighbors. Young adults are more likely than other adults to rent their home or to use public transportation to get to work.
         More than one-third of young adults 18-29 years has feelings of distrust of their neighbors (34.5%), compared with adults 30-49 years (20.3%), adults 50-64 years (16.5%), and adults 65 years or older (10.4%). Among young adults, more than one-half of black young adults (53.1%) and Latino young adults (51.2%) have feelings of distrust of their neighbors, compared with one-third of Asian young adults (33.7%) and nearly one-quarter of white young adults (22.5%).
         Young adults are less likely to feel they belong in their neighborhood (18.5%), compared with adults 30-49 years (11.4%), adults 50-64 years (10.3%), and adults 65 years or older (5.6%).
         Among employed adults, nearly one-fifth of young adults (19.0%) took public transportation to get to work in the past week, compared with adults 30-49 years (12.6%), adults 50-64 years (9.7%), and adults 65 years or older (6.0%).
        Findings from the 2010 Household Health Survey indicate young adults are less connected to the healthcare system than any other age group, as young adults are less likely to have health insurance, prescription drug coverage, or a regular source of care compared with adults 30 years of age or older. Young adults are also more likely than any other age group to have experienced cost barriers to receiving healthcare within the past year. Additionally, survey findings reveal insurance and access to care disparities exist among the young adult population.
         For more information about the findings, email Nicole Dreisbach.
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      Enon sponsors symposium on offender re-entry
         Project F.R.E.E.D.O.M. (Forgiven Righteously, Educated and Emancipated, Discipline Of Mind) is a program of Enon Tabernacle Church that aims to break the cycle of recidivism and reunite families.
         The program will hold its Second Annual Symposium on Saturday, July 16th from 8:45am to 4pm at 2800 Cheltenham Avenue in the Cedarbrook section of Philadelphia.
         The symposium is for people who have been released from a correctional institution, have a loved one who is or has been incarcerated, and for those caring for the children of an incarcerated person who could use help.  It will help participants learn how to become an advocate for the rights of returning citizens, start a new business, and other important information.
         Registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided.  To register, go here.  For more information, call Rev. Ann L. Colley at 215-276-7200 x1009 or email here.
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      Sen. Williams asks community for ideas for new laws
         Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Williams has launched a There Oughta Be a Law competition to solicit ideas for new laws.
         Sen. Williams says that anothe
      r name for the competition could be, “Are You Smarter Than a State Legislator?”  At least one winner will be selected and the senator will introduce the winning idea next spring as a proposed new law. Contest winners will also join him for a visit to the Capitol and may have the opportunity to testify on behalf of their bill at a formal Senate hearing.
         For more information or to enter an idea, go here.
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      Gun buyback event set for Darby area
         As part of the Neighborhood to Neighborhood 2011 Summer of Peace initiative and in response to recent violence in Darby and Darby Township, a gun buyback will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 11:30am at the Darby Borough Police Department, 821 Summit St. in Darby.
         Participants will receive $100 gift cards in exchange for turning in their guns, no questions asked.
         For more information, call Don Cave at 215-492-2980.
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      PUP leads effort to combat HEMAP cuts
         The Philadelphia Unemployment Project will hold a meeting and conference call on Thursday, July 14th at 1:30pm at  112 N. Broad St., 11th Floor, in Philadelphia.  The event is part of PUP’s effort to organize to restore funding to the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. Those who cannot attend the meeting in person can participate by conference call by calling 712-451-6000, code- 275892#.
         The HEMAP program has shut down as of July 1st due to lack of funds.  Supporters say that the program has saved over 45,000 homes since 1983 and that more money has been repaid to the state than has been appropriated.
         For more information, visit here.
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      Disney Studios screens new film for kinship caregivers
         Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is inviting those 50+ and their grand
      children or special family members (up to three additional guests) to a complimentary advance screening of Winnie the Pooh at 7pm on Wednesday July 13th at the AMC Plymouth Meeting theater in Montgomery County
         Those interested in attending should RSVP here.
         For more information, call Lindsay Gruen at 267-765-3712.
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      Focus groups convene parents to discuss student discipline
         MEE Productions is preparing to conduct a series of focus groups to get parents and teachers' perceptions about student disciplinary strategies in the public schools. All information provided in the groups will be confidential and used for research purposes only.  
         The focus groups will most likely be held the week of July 18th at 5070 Parkside Avenue.
         MEE will be recruiting separate groups of participants that Latino parents of students in grades K-12 and white and black teachers in grades K-12.
         Groups will last no more than 2 hours and participants will receive $80 cash for their time and transportation costs.
         For more information or to register, call Christina Upsher, Kiera Smith or William Juzang at 215-796-9141 or 877-633-7763 to be screened.
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      Church seeks agencies to participate in community day
         First Presbyterian Church of Olney, located at 5435 N. 3rd Street in Philadelphia, is seeking provider agencies to come out and join their community day on Saturday, August 20th from 11am to 2pm. The church group says that this area of Olney could use providers to assist with medical , dental, behavioral health, financial and other needs.
         For more information, call Delores Williams at 267-312-0896 or email her here.
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      PEC celebrates graduates from JOBS program
         West Philadelphia’s People’s Emergency Center will hold ceremonies for the graduates of its 2010 Job Opportunities and Business Skills program on Thursday, July 21st from 5:30-8pm at the Families First Pavilion, 3939 Warren Street.
         The event is highlighted by remarks from Dainette Mintz, director of the city’s Office of Supportive Housing.
         The graduation is a celebration recognizing the accomplishments of program participants who have increased their literacy skills by two levels, obtained their GEDs, completed a job training program or have secured employment.  RSVP by July 20th to Madeline Hoch at 215-382-7522 x269.
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      Philly Tutors offer free SAT prep classes at North Light
         Philly Tutors will offer SAT preparation classes at North Light Community Ce
      nter, 175 Green Lane in Manayunk on Thursdays, from July 14th through September 1st from 6-8pm.
         The fee for the course is $280 and includes an SAT prep book and a college prep workshop.
         For more information, call Billy Eisenberg at 267-254-1787 or email him here.
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      Red Cross sponsors leadership, preparedness camp
         The American Red Cross is sponsoring Camp Save-A-Life for young people ages 10-14 to provide them with the opportunity to learn valuable disaster preparedness techniques and leadership skills.
         Youth will be certified in CPR, First Aid and other life-saving skills, and have fun while learning how to keep their friends and families safe.
         This year’s camp will take place from Monday, July 11th through Friday, July 15th from 9am to 3pm at Red Cross House, 40th and Powelton Streets, in West Philadelphia.
         Space is limited, and applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  The camp is free of charge and participants will be provided with a snack and lunch daily.
         For more information, email Mike Kiley- Zufelt.
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