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Volunteer Tutors, part-time instructors, and substitute instructors to help people learn to read, write, or spell, learn math, earn a high school diploma through the GED program, or learn to read and to write English. 494-1964.

Connections Area Agency on Aging, needs volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program. Deliveries last one hour and are delivered from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday. 712-279-6900 ext. 8266.

Friends of Latham Park, looking for volunteers to help with gardening, fundraising and maintenance of the area. Meet at 7 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at the Latham Park Community House, 1915 South Lemon, Sioux City.

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, various positions available. Betty, 712-258-0838.

Foster Grandparents Program, looking for volunteers aged 55 and over willing to help children in the classroom by serving as a mentor. Volunteers may live in Woodbury County and may be eligible for financial benefits. Call 712-224-2610 for more information.

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UnityPoint Health-St. by Luke, is looking for volunteers for opportunities at the hospital and Sunnybrook Medical Plaza. Marie Obrien, 712-279-3220.

Siouxland Food Bank, volunteers to sort and process food in the warehouse. Help repack and prepare food for distribution to non-profit organizations. Volunteer between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday. Due to Covid places are limited so please call ahead. For more information, call 712-255-9741.

Hospice care initiatives, is looking for caring and compassionate people in the Sioux City area to become hospice volunteers. For more information, call 712-239-1226, ext. 6609 or 877-577-3888.

Girl Scouts, volunteers wanted, Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council at 712-255-0187 or 1-800-746-8947.

Ronald McDonald House, is looking for volunteers for 2 to 4 hour shifts, Monday to Friday, as well as weekends. call 712-255-4084.

Siouxland Hospice, needs volunteers for support in a variety of areas, such as companionship or patient and family respite care, office help, and more. 712-233-4144 or 800-383-4545.

Community Action Partnership of Northeastern Nebraska Early Head Start and Head Start, South Sioux City and Dakota City. Receipt of applications for the 2021-2022 school year. 402-494-6755 or 402-494-1282.

Siouxland Bikes for Kids, is looking for used bikes and bike parts to donate to children. If you are interested in donating or volunteering with the group, contact Dave Bak at 712-574-0441.

Senior support program, needs volunteers to visit other seniors to help them be independent and stay in their own homes. Volunteers may live in Woodbury, Plymouth, Monona, Dakota counties and may be eligible for financial benefits. 712-224-2610.

Foster Grandparent Programs, need volunteers to help children in local schools. Volunteer opportunities in Woodbury and Plymouth counties and may be eligible for financial benefits. 712-224-2610.

Iowa SIDS Foundation/Siouxland, looking for volunteers for the “Walk for the Future” planning committee on August 28th. Contact Pam at 712-548-8686.

TeamMates Mentorship Program, South Sioux City, Bishop-Heelan and Sergeant Bluff chapters are looking for volunteers to mentor youth. 1-877-531-8326.

The Office of the State Ombudsman for Long Term Care, seeks candidates for the state’s Volunteer Ombudsman Program (VOP), to help the Office protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of people residing in long-term care facilities . For more information or to request an application, call the VOP Coordinator at 866-236-1430.

Midtown Family Community Center, needs volunteers to help staff with educational and recreational programs. Support also needed for our 4-H club, provided by ISU Extension, Woodbury County. For more information, call (712) 276-2157.

Department of Social Services, is looking for volunteers in the field of secretarial work or transport. 712-255-2913 ext. 2049.

safe place, seeks volunteers for services such as filing, outreach and fundraising or direct customer service or babysitting after certification training (provided by SafePlace). Also seeks bilingual volunteers, fluent in English and Spanish, to provide direct and indirect services. Please call 258-7233.

Iowa Radio Playback Information Service, is looking for volunteers to read the Sioux City Journal on-air for the blind from 8 to 9 a.m. twice a month at KWIT studios. 712-274-6406.

ASSE International Student Exchange Program, volunteers wanted as area representatives who recruit and screen potential host families, supervise exchange students, and interview U.S. students looking to go abroad. 1-800-736-1760.

Adapted Riding School for Special Soldiers, (STARS), needs volunteers to help with therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. No equestrian knowledge necessary. Instructor training available. For more information, email or call the barn at 712-239-5042.

Alzheimer Association, looking for volunteers. 712-279-5802.

Iowa Alzheimer Support Groups, the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Heritage at Northern Hills, 4002 Teton Trace. Second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at Morningside Lutheran Church, 700 S. Martha. Third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association, 1315 Zenith Dr., Suite B. Third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Morningside Lutheran Church.

Nebraska Alzheimer Support Groups, Bancroft Senior Citizens Center, 215 North Main Street, Bancroft, NE 68004. Third Monday of the month 2-3 p.m. Crofton Senior Center 1008 West Second Street Crofton, NE 68730. Third Wednesday of the month 1-3 p.m. Golden Oaks Center 406 North Oakland Avenue Oakland, NE 68045. Last Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunshine Senior Center 140 West Bridge Street, West Point, NE 68788. Third Thursday of the month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. either for the months of February and March. For more information or schedules, please call 800.272.3900 or visit

Unlimited Opportunities, is looking for volunteers to help in various areas. Susan Vondrak, 712-277-8295 ext. 143.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Child Abuse, negligence, desperation. 279-6602.

American Red Cross, Siouxland Chapter. 252-4081.

Central American Aviation and Transportation Museum, in the gift shop, tour guides, search for artifacts, general maintenance. 712-252-5300, Monday through Friday.

Iowa Department of Aging Senior Retirees and Volunteers Program (RSVP), provides volunteer opportunities for people 55 and older to meet community needs. Volunteers serve in various local non-profit organizations in Woodbury County. Contact RSVP Coordinator Jamie Lane at 515-402-2091 or visit the IDARSVP Facebook page.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland, needs adult volunteers to mentor children ages 6-14. Mentors must be at least 18 years old and able to serve four hours per month. Interested persons should stop by the BBBS office at 3650 Glen Oaks Blvd., or call 712-239-9890.

Senior Financial Aid Advisor – Axios Charlotte Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:16:29 +0000

Located in the heart of the nation’s second fastest growing metropolitan area, Queens University of Charlotte takes advantage of the city’s diverse and thriving environment as an expansive classroom. Nationally recognized for its undergraduate programs in international and interdisciplinary education, Queens combines the best of liberal arts learning with career preparation and community engagement. Focused on supporting the success of diverse learners, faculty build close, collaborative relationships with students and help them develop intentional, individualized roadmaps to thrive in Queens and beyond. At the graduate program level, the University provides innovative educational experiences that help learners advance professionally and retool for new opportunities. Our surroundings offer faculty a myriad of opportunities to advance their own professional growth and teaching and research interests by collaborating with dynamic sectors of industry, nonprofits and community organizations.

Because of our history of innovation and strong leadership heritage, Queens is positioned to be among the new forerunners in American higher education. This is a watershed moment for Queens. While other institutions focus on sustaining and surviving, we think much bigger.
Institutions that understand what is needed and are willing to reinvent what is possible can position themselves to thrive and strengthen their market position post-pandemic with innovative approaches that are deeply connected to the world and its greatest challenges.

By 2030, Queens aspires to be Charlotte’s leading private national university with deep, meaningful, and reciprocal connections to the needs of our local community and economy; inventive, multidisciplinary academic programs that are connected to the world’s most pressing challenges and greatest areas of opportunity; a set of fully connected, integrated and innovative experiences that promote holistic wellness and well-being; a culture of continuous improvement and investment that allows faculty and staff to grow and reach their full potential; and a holistic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion that begins on campus and radiates throughout the community.

Job summary:
This full-time, benefits-eligible position is responsible for helping students and families through the complex financial aid funnel and process. This position requires working with federal, state and institutional financial aid resources within established regulations and policies. This position works closely with department leadership to direct and manage advisory operations to ensure office efficiency, compliance, and student service. This position reports to the Director of Financial Aid. This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible for overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a single work week.

• Manage the allocation of financial aid to all student populations and advise students as needed
• Advise and counsel current and prospective students and their families on institutional, state, and federal student financial aid programs, private alternative funding sources, and university-administered payment plans
• Determine eligibility and award various types of institutional, state, and federal aid in full compliance with state and federal regulations, university policies, and auditing requirements
• Evaluate and make independent decisions on unusual cases, special requests and audit issues
• Assist the Director in directing, directing and managing office operations, workflow and policies and procedures
• Provide superior customer service to students and families
• Other duties and special projects may be assigned to meet departmental and university needs

Experience, knowledge and skills:
• Three years of financial aid or related experience at a higher education institution is preferred
• Working knowledge of federal regulations, state laws and ability to learn and apply university policies in awarding financial aid to ensure compliance and auditing requirements
• Thorough and current knowledge of student financial aid principles, practices, methodology and procedures and ability to apply this knowledge to ensure objectives are met
• Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the financial concerns and stresses of students and their families and an ability to explain complex financial information in a way that is easily understood and enhances the customer experience
• Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze components and arrive at a logical plan of action while knowing when to ask for help or direction
• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills and a knack for identifying information that needs to be conveyed immediately
• Proven customer service skills and enthusiasm for providing exceptional service to diverse populations, including undergraduate and graduate students, parents, staff, faculty, etc.
• Excellent tracking and follow-up skills, ensuring accurate and timely execution of short and long-term assignments
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and effectively prioritize assignments to meet deadlines
• Ability to exercise absolute discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential documents, knowledge of FERPA an asset
• Ability to quickly establish and maintain strong relationships with students, employees, external vendors and constituents of the university
• Autonomous with great attention to detail who can work with minimal supervision
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively for optimal customer service delivery
• Software proficiency (primarily Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Excel, and ability to quickly learn software unique to Queens)
• Preference given to candidates with experience of PowerFaids and Jenzabar software
• Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate occasional evening and weekend hours
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Queens offers comprehensive benefits to eligible employees, including: medical, dental and vision insurance, national partner benefits, defined contribution (matching) and supplemental 403(b) pension plans, vacation and paid time off generous, tuition rebate and tuition exchange, Queens-paid life insurance, supplemental life insurance, dependent life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care, health savings account), sick and long-term disability leave, paid parental leave, FMLA leave if eligible, reduced paid meals at Morrison Dining Room, Employee Assistance Program (EAP ), free access to the Levine Center, wellness programs. Additionally, employees can choose benefits such as pet insurance, critical care insurance, and legal assistance.

Physical requirements:
• Hand-eye coordination: requires hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to operate a computer keyboard, copier, calculator and other office equipment
• Speaking: especially when you frequently need to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas precisely, out loud or quickly
• Repetitive movements: frequently and regularly required movements using the wrists, hands and/or fingers
• Average hearing: able to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information
• Average visual abilities: average, ordinary, required visual acuity, including near vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
• Physical Strength: Will regularly be required to sit, use hands to finger, manipulate or feel objects, tools and controls to reach with hands and arms. Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, kneel or squat. Must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds
• Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to think critically and focus. Must be able to react quickly to changing conditions

Working conditions:
• Must be willing and able to work occasional evenings and/or weekends to meet job requirements.
• Work in an office environment, involving contact with prospective and current students, parents, faculty, staff, service providers and vendors.
• Work involves deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and can be stressful at times.

This description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the duties and responsibilities of this position, nor to be such a list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of this position.

To apply:
Qualified applicants should submit the documents listed below via email to in (.doc) or (.pdf) format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Include the following:
1. A cover letter outlining qualifications and experience for the position
2. Curriculum vitae or current CV
3. Salary requirements
4. Contact information for three professional references.

Be sure to include “SFAC-SFS” and YOUR NAME in the subject line of your email.
(Example: SFAC-SFS Shawn Mullin)

Applications received before February 4, 2022 will be given priority. Queens will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Queens University of Charlotte is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to supporting and celebrating all forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), sexual orientation, identity or gender expression, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, genetic information, or any legally protected characteristics in the administration of its education policies and admissions, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring policies, or other programs administered by the University.

Any person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to apply for a job or to participate in the Queens job search/selection process should contact the Director of Human Resources at 704.337.2222 .

]]> Air Force Unveils Action Plan to “Develop the Enlisted Airmen of Tomorrow” > Air Force > Article display Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:37:59 +0000

As the service continues to refine what is needed to develop the Airmen needed to fight and win our future wars, Air Force officials announced the implementation of the Air Force Development Action Plan. enlisted force, located here.

With the goal of fulfilling 28 force development goals over the next two years, the plan and an “Enlisted Force Development Master Plan,” released in the spring, is aligned with the Chief of Staff’s Action Orders. Air Force staff and is focused on investing in and empowering Airmen for future combat.

“The fight for tomorrow has already begun and it will undoubtedly be led by many Airmen serving today,” said Air Force Chief of Staff, General CQ Brown, Jr. “As we continue to focus on our preparation against strategic competitors, particularly China and Russia, our Airmen will need to be prepared to defeat the speed and complexity of the threats we face around the world every day. This plan is designed to do just that.

The deliberate development of the enlisted force, which represents more than 75% of Air Force military personnel, means that a culture of teamwork that incorporates everyone’s diverse abilities, talents and ideas is essential to maximizing and delivering significant results.

“An environment focused on developing and managing the talents of our Airmen is essential for their ability to thrive and reach their full potential,” said Chief Staff Sgt. of the Air Force Joanne S. Bass. “Deliberate enlisted force development is a mission imperative and must be a top priority for everyone expected to lead – from front-line supervisors to commanders.”

Coming soon to accompany the plan is “The Master Plan for Enlisted Force Development”. This document will serve as a living foundational resource that connects all enlisted developments from entry to departure, including key concepts for connecting enlisted Airmen to the Profession of Arms.

“The plan serves as a focal point to create a common understanding of our Air Force journey,” Bass said. “It will provide every Airman with a roadmap that highlights the pathways, resources and opportunities for success.”

The premise of the action plan centers on six areas that align with Air Force priorities and CSAF Action Orders, with quarterly newsletters to force accountability and transparency on updates and progress in each area.

Competitive strength

Supporting Airman and competition action orders, this area includes goals related to the development of a highly skilled, educated, and adaptable Airman ready to operate in a joint environment and dominate competition.

Initiatives include updating the “Little Blue Book”, the Air Force Core Values ​​and “Little Brown Book”, the Enlisted Force Structure, as well as creating a purple” which includes the values, capabilities and combat concepts of the joint force. team.

Frontline Leader Development

Supporting Airman Action Commands, Competition, and Design, this area focuses on the deliberate leadership development of Airmen as they take on increased responsibility for caring for others.

Initiatives include “The Blueprint for Enlisted Force Development,” developing validation processes for new supervisors, increasing the value placed on experience, and creating a standardized Air Force writing guide.

“Saying ‘you’ll understand’ to new supervisors can’t be our default approach,” Bass said. “We need to be more deliberate – especially when it comes to people.”

Team up to solve problems

Supporting Airman and competitor action orders, this focus area centers on association with the ability to operate and survive in all domains.

Initiatives include training and developing Airmen at all levels to foster inclusion and value diversity, cultivate the inherent problem-solving capabilities of our personnel, and enable command teams to better engage with partners. communities and develop exercise models to build the confidence needed to operate under mission command.

“Embracing a multi-capable mindset to operate beyond traditional specialties toward commander intent while executing decisively with speed, discipline and confidence is key to the 2030 Force Vision,” Brown said. “At the same time, operating as part of a collaborative team requires Airmen to bring their unique and diverse perspectives to achieve mission objectives by seizing competitive advantage.”

Resilience is key to preparedness

Supporting the Airmen’s Order of Action, this focus area supports the understanding that wellness enhances resilience and builds ready Airmen.

Initiatives include establishing “Airmen’s Time” in units to elevate connections and prioritize Airman wellness, developing wellness education programs, better utilization of resiliency training assistants and master resilience trainers as well as financial fitness and transition support programs tailored to each level.

“Airmen and families who are resilient and ready are the foundation of everything we do as the Air Force,” Brown said. “Priorizing our readiness in the human domain mitigates the threats we face and keeps our enlisted force ready to compete.

Force Development Ecosystem

Supporting the Aviators, Competition, and Design action orders, this area focuses on opening development opportunities beyond traditional classes, courses, and schools — to deliver the right content at the right time.

Initiatives include creating an Air Force-wide development plan and framework for the progression of enlisted skills, reinventing professional enlisted military education to address historical gaps during a career, curating quality content, and professionalizing a broader framework to link development goals at grassroots levels.

“To succeed in the fight of the 21st century, Airmen need an interconnected development system that supports continued growth,” Bass said. “We must do this by harnessing the modern capabilities that exist in the information age to make stronger connections between initial skills, technical and on-the-job training, education and experiences.”

Systems for matching values

Supporting bureaucracy and action order design, this area focuses on reducing systems, processes, or practices that unnecessarily rob Airmen of time or impede the achievement of Air Force priorities.

Initiatives include transforming the Airman feedback process, revamping enlisted performance reviews to align with Airman leadership qualities, advancing promotion testing to include the application of situational judgment, formalizing the Career Enlargement Program, to include special development tasks and improving talent management systems to take advantage of it.

“This plan is about accountability and action…not talk,” Brown said. “While we can’t do it all at once, we won’t wait to start developing the Airmen of 2030 today.”

CapMetro should have stopped bus service earlier during winter storm, unpublished after action report says Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:35:08 +0000

During the deadly winter storm last February, Capital Metro workers sheltered trembling Austinites and drove dialysis patients along dangerous routes to life-saving treatment.

But the agency had unrealistic expectations of how long it could operate in worsening conditions, frustrating passengers and leaving buses abandoned on frozen streets.

These are some of the details of an independent analysis of CapMetro’s performance that was produced in August but has not been made public.

Keeping the report a secret “was a misstep,” said Ann Kitchen, a board member for Capital Metro who also represents District 5 of Austin City Council. “I don’t think it was deliberate, but I think it was not the best practice.

Capital Metro February 2021 Winter Weather After Action Report


These “handling instructions” are included at the beginning of the report. A subsequent review by Capital Metro found that the scan did not contain sensitive security information.

The agency said it did not release the after action report to the public because the analysis was originally intended to inform internal operations and may contain sensitive security information. However, CapMetro acknowledged that an internal review found that there was no sensitive information in the report.

“This is something we weren’t philosophically opposed to making public,” said CapMetro deputy general manager Dottie Watkins. “We just hadn’t thought of that in advance.”

The After Action Report of IEM, a North Carolina-based emergency management consultancy, depicts an agency that has taken an “All Stakeholder Position on Bridge” to provide service under conditions unprecedented for CapMetro .

But because the storm was so severe and lasted for so long, the agency struggled to keep operating. The pipes began to burst in the operations centers. When the parking lots froze and the power was cut, operations were halted.

“The service restoration times communicated to the public were too optimistic for the weather conditions,” the report said in one of the agency’s many reviews. “To maintain trust and establish clear expectations with the public, Capital Metro should have been more careful in communicating restore timelines.”

The report found that employees camping at CapMetro’s facilities during the storm did not have enough supplies, including cots, sleeping bags, food and water.

“Many interview participants noted that their departments had cots and ready-to-eat (MRE) meals,” IEM wrote, “but these items were not accessible or were no longer available for use in the incident. “

But, overall, IEM said Capital Metro has launched a strong and centralized emergency operation to coordinate response activities. The agency took people to warming centers, transported patients to critical medical appointments, distributed cases of water and regularly checked with employees to make sure they had essential services.

“Capital Metro employees who were able to attend in line with their duties provided exemplary support to the agency and the community,” according to the report.

In one vivid example, the team behind PickUp – CapMetro’s on-demand transportation service – immediately realized the impact of power outages on some customers and began to regularly contact dialysis centers to see if they were. open.

“Overall, I think the public can be very proud of the role CapMetro has played in responding to and trying to alleviate the suffering in our community,” said CapMetro Chairman of the Board, Wade Cooper.

“There is always room for improvement,” Kitchen said. “The recommendations made will make CapMetro stronger and better able to support the community during an emergency and disaster.”

CapMetro says it has already started implementing some of the report’s recommendations. The agency is strengthening its decision-making process on when to suspend the service. It also means buying snow equipment such as chains to put on the tires. Some recently purchased maintenance trucks can be fitted with a snow plow if required.

“We were quite proud of our ability to [respond to emergencies] during winter storms, “Watkins said.” Hopefully if this hits us again, we can do some more. “

JCC Program Helps Add Child Care Providers To Area Workforce | Education Sat, 08 Jan 2022 23:17:40 +0000

WATERTOWN – After realizing that Jefferson and Lewis counties were in what was considered a ‘child care desert’, Jefferson Community College and partners came together to help resolve the issue in the area. .

JCC worked with the Watertown Small Business Development Center and the Community Action Planning Council to deliver the elements of the college’s first regulated home child care training boot camp in the north of the country.

In the pilot program, participants attended childhood development classes, business workshops, and one-on-one mentorships to start their own home day care centers. The program began in June, serving residents of Jefferson and Lewis counties. The eight new entrepreneurs who completed boot camp were celebrated Thursday night and will be enrolled in the college’s introductory early childhood development course for free this semester.

“There are many reasons I am so proud of this program,” said Ty A. Stone, JCC President. “First of all, it was born from a collaboration between many partners. This ceremony is proof that we can accomplish great things when we work together to address issues of concern to our community. “

Compared to just 10 home child care businesses opened in the past three years in Jefferson and Lewis counties, 2021 has shown progress, in part thanks to this home child care training. Two new home-based child care businesses in Lewis County and 10 in Jefferson County opened in 2021. JCC expects that number to increase as other pilot program participants open their doors. new businesses, and three more are pending at the moment. According to Stone, the program has so far expanded the available child care services by about 60 new child care spaces.

Participants received support to complete the New York State registration and approval process, including completing all required health and safety training.

Esther Rosas received her certificate on Thursday. A former bank manager, she started her business, A Mommy’s Daycare, in September and said she enjoyed being at home with her boys and continuing to work.

“I just see it more like a daycare, it’s more of a family to me – anyone who comes in, that’s what I want them to feel. I want them to feel like it’s a second home, ”she said. “For anyone thinking about it, just do it, jump on it because it’s not an easy process, it definitely has its steps, but if you’re motivated and motivated, it’s doable.”

The second cohort of the Childcare Bootcamp is scheduled to begin in March. Grant funding covers the full cost of the program for participants and is available to residents of Jefferson and Lewis counties. All participants must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The pre-registration deadline to complete an interest form is March 7.

Information sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on January 13 at JCC building E, room 117; from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on January 25 in building E of the JCC, room 117; and from 10 am to 11 am on February 5 at the Lewis County Education Center, Room 1. Sessions can also be followed virtually via Zoom.

The kick-off meeting for the program will take place on March 8 at 6 p.m. The Next Cohort has a new, streamlined enrollment and referral process with more incentives and more one-on-one mentoring and professional services provided by a program coordinator, business advisor, and regulator.

Additionally, JCC is developing an online version of the program on Coursera and is one of only two community colleges in the state to use this method of course delivery. The online program is expected to launch in the fall.

Those interested in starting a home child care business in the area should contact JCC Director of Community Services, Joanna C. Habermann, at or 315-786-2438.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sussex alumni serve as Santa’s helpers Wed, 05 Jan 2022 01:58:06 +0000

Over Christmas, members of the Sussex County Alumni section of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. were busy helping Santa, giving to fostered youth and other charities serving the Sussex County Youth.

Chapter members and community elves have organized and implemented many projects. Their Christmas sleigh was delivered to African American children in foster care in Sussex County, the Boys & Girls Club in Dagsboro, Delaware Guidance Services in Lewes, and Children and Families First in Georgetown.

SCAC elf Patricia Jackson, Chair of the Community Action Committee, presented donations of Visa gift cards to Court-appointed Special State Director Melissa Palokas for 17 African American children in foster care. ‘home in Sussex County. The cards ranged from $ 25 to $ 50 in value. This is the chapter’s second annual donation to help bring smiles to these vulnerable and deserving children. To support CASA, visit

The Christmas Shop Committee sponsored by Gemez and Fel Norwood and Tyniece Norwood of Millsboro, and Betty Harmon, Director of the Dagsboro Boys & Girls Club, hosted the 13th Annual Christmas Shop to benefit the club on December 4th. Over 40 kids have signed up to Shop for Free Toys and Other Gift Items for Parents and Grandparents.

The Dagsboro Boys & Girls Club provides a safe environment where children experience life-changing programs as they play, learn and grow. To donate to initiatives for the club, email The other volunteer elves consisted of community members, the SCAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Psi Iota chapter of Dover Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. The elves helped the children follow COVID protocols as well as select and wrap gifts.

The SCAC sled also stopped at Delaware Guidance Services in Lewes on December 9 and donated boxes of toys. Most were donated by members of the Planation Lakes development in Millsboro. DGS is Delaware’s largest provider of non-residential mental health services for children and families. To learn more, visit

The last delivery of SCAC sled toys was at Children & Families First in Georgetown. The organization strengthens Delaware families by providing an innovative and effective continuum of community social services. To learn more, visit

The spirit of generosity continued when the chapter hosted an event to support the Delaware Adolescent Program Inc. in Georgetown. The chapter adopted three DAPI families for the holidays. DAPI is an alternative new start for pregnant adolescents to receive the health and social services they need to continue their education during and after pregnancy. For more information, visit

Founded in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is a private, international, non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance and support through established programs in local communities around the world. The public service organization boldly faces the challenges of African Americans and, therefore, all Americans.

The SCAC Sussex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority works to support the Sussex County community by sponsoring public service activities, supporting other non-profit organizations and providing scholarships to high school students in the County of Sussex.

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Almost half of CT residents live in a ‘child care desert’ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 11:06:47 +0000 Babysitter Tara Kennedy receives more potential families than she has space to register.

“I get several requests each week from families looking for child care, either moving to the area, returning to work, or wishing their children to return to the world of socializing after not seeing anyone for a while. a year and a half, “said Kennedy, director and owner of Cedar Gables Preschool & Childcare in Danbury.

This school year alone, Kennedy received 107 email inquiries about his pre-Christmas program. More and more requests have come by word of mouth or by phone.

“I can only have a limited number of children in my center, so my hands are tied,” she said. “The demand is so high right now, and I really don’t know what the parents are doing. “

Danbury is one of many child care deserts in Connecticut, where 44% of the population lives in areas without enough child care options, according to new research from the Center for American Progress, a group progressive thinking. Calculations were based on providers located within a 20-minute drive, taking into account speed limits and road networks.

Other deserts include Bridgeport, Stamford and Groton, and have resulted in a dearth of opportunities to enrich child development, support working families and strengthen the local economy.

“There is just no supply,” said MK Falgout, author of the report. “Even though families can afford child care, they can’t find niches – there isn’t enough capacity. “

The estimate predates the pandemic, during which the availability of child care services in Connecticut may have declined. Data from the state’s Office of the Early Years suggests that federal COVID assistance has helped many child care providers overcome planned shutdowns. But while the state has maintained a constant supply of licensed programs, COVID-19 could affect the number of families served.

“While the number of programs has not changed, we have seen across the country that we have lost over 100,000 child care workers who left the industry and did not return, which has a huge impact on the ability of suppliers to operate. at full capacity, ”said Falgout.

Classrooms statewide have closed as daycares struggled to recruit and retain workers, according to the Office of the Early Years. Last month, 98 of the 1,607 classrooms in state-funded programs were closed, according to state data. Almost half cited personnel issues as the reason for the closures.

Part of the problem is compensation. According to the researchers, the median hourly wage for educators in Connecticut is $ 13.74, compared to $ 38.11 for kindergarten teachers plus benefits. Rates are often lower for home providers, who work some of the longest days in the industry.

Kamara Moodie, a family day care educator for 15 years, operates the 24 hour day care center Lil Sunshine Home Days in Bridgeport, affiliated with All Our Kin. An immigrant from Jamaica, Moodie struggled to find child care as a young mother working to earn a college degree.

“I came into early childhood because I wanted to make a difference for young parents,” she said. “A lot of times I had to drop out of school because I didn’t have daycare. “

Families travel far and wide for his 24-hour care, including from Danbury and Stamford. One of his parent-clients is from New Haven to Bridgeport. “She couldn’t find someone in her area to work those unconventional hours,” Moodie said.

Moodie estimated that she gets two to five inquiries a week about her program and any openings.

“I always have a waiting list,” she says, even though she isn’t moving much. When a place opens, it is often quickly filled with the new baby or cousin of a current family.

Moodie called the work his life and livelihood, but like suppliers across the industry, they have said they need adequate compensation for the essential work they do.

“Child care is a very undervalued job for sure,” said Deb Monahan, CEO of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action, which runs early childhood development programs in Southeast Connecticut. “This is really early care and early education, and it needs to be recognized and paid for properly. “

The programs in Norwich, New London and Groton are in an area of ​​concern for the Deserts of Child Care at the Early Years Office.

Monahan also cited “financial hurdles” to building or taking out a mortgage on expanded daycare centers and hope for federal investment, with complementary efforts from the state, through bond funds and other means to meet the needs. needs of families.

The Early Years Commissioner was concerned about the future of the industry without continued federal investment.

“We were losing childcare capacity before the pandemic,” said Beth Bye, commissioner of the state’s Early Years Office. “The temporary supports have strengthened us, but without Build Back Better, if everything returns to the same as in 2019, we will return to this downward trajectory. “

The state has made several investments in its early childhood workforce, including campaigns to attract applicants to the field and encourage existing staff at state-funded institutions to stay. Officials also looked at home providers to fill geographic gaps in care and expanded public resources such as the Smart Start competitive grant program, which provides funds to establish or expand preschool programs in public schools. At the same time, the state is also preparing for federal investments.

“We want to be the first state to walk out of the gate,” Bye said. “We want to be the most family-friendly state in the country. “

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Latest water resources from the 4 states, heating bill resources Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:51:44 +0000
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Several programs have opened their application process or will soon be accepting requests for assistance with utility bills. Families or individuals can find help paying their water and energy bills. Below you can find updates as well as links to programs and apps in all 4 states.

Water bill assistance

In Missouri, low-income residents can start seeking help through the state’s water assistance program in February.

Due to “unforeseen circumstances” the start of the Low Income Household Water Supply Assistance Program (LIHWAP) was delayed. The ministry announced that it will now start accepting applications in February 2022.

LIHWAP provides funds to help low-income households pay their water and sanitation bills. LIHWAP grants are available nationwide.

Certain federal reporting requirements in the LIHWAP were established this year. These requirements now include:

  • Allow the payment of other items included on the water and / or wastewater bill if this is necessary for the continuation or restoration of services. For example, if the waste is also included, it is permissible to pay this cost. This must also be declared separately.
  • Federal reports previously only included the amount of payments for water and wastewater, but now require reports for disconnections, current bill or arrears for water, wastewater and several services.

You can read more here.

4-state LIHWAP links


Many states are starting to receive requests to help low-income families pay their utility bills. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is another federal program available in all states.


The Kansas Corporation Commission has launched an online resource to explain why prices are rising. Kansas residents can also find tips to help minimize the impact and find financial and inclement weather assistance.

The Kansas Corporation Commission wants to provide Kansas taxpayers with useful information and resources as winter approaches. Click on the links below to learn more about this important topic. We will update this page frequently, so check back often for the latest news.

The KCC regulates investor-owned utilities in the state; however, the agency does not set fuel prices. In the mid-1980s, the US Congress deregulated the price of natural gas. As a result, the market has driven the cost of natural gas. The cost that utilities pay for natural gas is passed directly on to its customers.


Missouri residents interested in requesting bloat assistance can Click here for a map of the state. Simply click on your region and search for your local agency contact details, or select your county from the drop-down list.

Typical weatherization measures include airtightness to reduce infiltration, insulation of attics, side walls, floors, pipes, repair of heating and cooling systems, etc. You can find resources in Missouri here.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps residents pay their heating and cooling bills. You can also seek help with your water and / or wastewater bills through the Missouri Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You can apply here.


Oklahoma also has a statewide bad weather assistance program. You can find out if you qualify here. You can also contact your local community action agency to request bloat help. Call 405-949-1495 to find your local office, or Click here.

The Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program provides financial assistance. The federally funded program has a tool to help you see if you qualify.


Federal programs are also helping the people of Arkansas through the Weatherization assistance program

the Home energy assistance program helps low-income households pay for the energy costs of their homes by administering regular assistance and crisis intervention programs.


No matter how cold your part of the country is, there are plenty of easy, inexpensive ways to warm yourself up while lowering your bills. You can read this article here: Your heating bill will skyrocket this winter. Here’s what to do about it


You can find more help resources in the 4 states area in the following articles.

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WCCA Housing Director Sheryl Fortune retires – The Tryon Daily Bulletin Wed, 29 Dec 2021 01:30:43 +0000

WCCA Housing Programs Director Sheryl Fortune is retiring after a 33-year career with the non-profit agency. During this time, Fortune managed the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, implemented the agency’s highly successful Family Self-Sufficiency and HCV Home Ownership programs, helped 59 families become home buyers. first home and enabled more than 4,000 families and people with disabilities to access safe and affordable housing in our region.

Fortune began her career in 1988. She also managed the Weatherization, Single Family Rehabilitation and Urgent Repair programs for WCCA which helped low-income families stay in their homes. In the early 2000s, Fortune initiated and assisted in the development of three low-income multi-family housing developments in Brevard – English Hills Apartments, English House (supportive housing) and Excelsior Apartments. She has consistently achieved a “High Performer” designation for the WCCA Housing Choice Voucher program.

Sheryl Fortune has shown leadership and served on numerous national, regional and local housing committees and community development boards responsible for making policy decisions and shaping all aspects of the affordable housing industry in the South. -is of the United States. Throughout her career, Fortune has been passionate about helping people transition from public assistance to independence. His work with the WCCA’s Family Self-Sufficiency and Homeownership Programs was recognized in 2013 when Fortune received the National Merit Award for Program Innovation from the National Assoc. housing and redevelopment officers (NAHRO).

In 2015, she supported the National Community Action Association’s prestigious Sargent Shriver Award recipient program for these flagship programs.

After such an incredible career, Fortune is able to look back and know she made a difference.

While humbled by her many accomplishments, she admits she can’t wait to retire. Fortune has four children, 4 grandchildren, enjoys the outdoors, and is an accomplished ballroom dancer who competes in local and national competitions. When asked what she thought of her WCCA career and upcoming retirement, Fortune said, “It’s satisfying to know that I’ve helped so many people live in housing. decent and affordable. My success is a direct result of the great teammates I have had over all these years. I will miss working with all of them and the many tenants and landlords we serve.

Western Carolina Community Action is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit based in Hendersonville, NC that helps low-income and underserved people in western North Carolina. By working with our communities and partners, WCCA improves people’s lives by creating pathways to empowerment and healthier lifestyles. Our programs include early childhood education, housing assistance, Apple Country transportation, and senior services. For more information, please contact: Terri Bowman, or call (828) 231-9549.

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Upcoming Bottled Water Pickup Schedule for Town of Benton Harbor Residents Mon, 27 Dec 2021 06:05:19 +0000 To ensure that residents of the Town of Benton Harbor have sufficient water for the holidays, overtime for distribution was added from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 31 at Benton Harbor High School.

Residents can get additional cases of water this week as distribution sites will not be open on New Years Day. Additional amounts of water will be available during deliveries to people confined to their homes or those without transportation to ensure the availability. Self-service water collection will not be available at the Southwest Community Action Agency on Friday, December 31.

To arrange delivery of water to homes or residents without transportation in the town of Benton Harbor, contact 211, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phones that cannot contact 211 should contact 844-875-9211.

Free bottled water continues to be provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and local and paid residents as residents of the town of Benton Harbor are encouraged to use bottled water. for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, rinsing food and mixing powder. infant formulas. This action is part of an accelerated widespread effort to reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water as the city replaces all lead pipes.

Please note that there will be no distribution at Benton Harbor High School on New Years Day (Saturday January 1, 2022).

Community volunteers from the following organizations are available to help residents of the Town of Benton Harbor collect water from Benton Harbor High School, 870 Colfax Avenue as follows:

Monday, December 27
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers from Abundant Life COGIC
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – New Covenant Community Baptist Church volunteers

Tuesday 28 December
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers from Abundant Life COGIC
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Volunteers from the Ebenezer Baptist Church

wednesday 29 december
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers in the ministries of the Church of But
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Purpose Church Ministries Volunteers

Thursday, December 30
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers from the Ebenezer Baptist Church
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Volunteers of the Brotherhood of All Nations

Friday December 31 – NEW
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Volunteers from the Fraternity of All Nations and the Baptist Church of the New Covenant community

Sunday January 2
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Volunteers from Abundant Life COGIC
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Volunteers of the Brotherhood of All Nations

Monday January 3
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers from Abundant Life COGIC
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – New Covenant Community Baptist Church volunteers

Tuesday 4 January
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers from Abundant Life COGIC
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Volunteers from the Ebenezer Baptist Church

Wednesday 5 January
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers in the ministries of the Church of But
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Purpose Church Ministries Volunteers

Thursday January 6
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Volunteers from the Ebenezer Baptist Church

Southwest Community Action Agency, 331 Miller Street, will host self-service water collection as following:

Wednesday December 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday December 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday January 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday January 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additional dates and locations for bottled water collection will be added to ensure community needs are met. The information will be posted at

The ongoing response in Benton Harbor includes the city, the Berrien County Department of Health, local community organizations, the MDHHS, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called for the replacement of lead service lines at Benton Harbor in 18 months and the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration has provided just under $ 20 million to Benton Harbor to speed up the replacement schedule for its lines from service. Abonmarche reports that 24 service lines were replaced this fall, bringing the total number of service lines replaced to 400 with approximately 3,900 remaining.

Click here for the most recent service line replacement statistics.

There is no cost to the residents of the Town of Benton Harbor for the replacement of lead service lines. To help ensure the work can be completed as soon as possible, residents are encouraged to complete the Water Service Line Replacement Agreement available online. Contractors cannot begin work on a property without permission from the owner.

Click here for the Water Service Line Replacement Agreement.

Completed forms can be returned to Abonmarche, 95 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or emailed to [email protected]

Click here to email the Water Service Line Replacement Agreement to [email protected]

These efforts also include recently approved funds to remove lead from city homes. Funding through the Federal Children’s Medicare Program, which provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, is available to provide comprehensive services to identify and address all risks of lead in children. houses in Benton Harbor. This includes dust, paint, dirt, and potable water.

Families living in Benton Harbor can request this service by completing and mailing a Lead Safe Home Program application available online. Residents can also call 866-691-5323 for information.

Click here to complete a Lead Safe Home program application.

For any questions about lead, MDHHS can be contacted at 866-691-5323 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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