Community Action, Inc.
Primarily Serving Clarion and Jefferson Counties, Pennsylvania

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Recognition Luncheon

Volunteers recognized for 5 years of service were: (L to R) Arlene Milligan, Helen White, and Ethel Davis shown with Jefferson County Commissioner, Herb Bullers; Tracy Clark for Representative Brian Smith; and Commissioner Scott North.

Volunteers recognized for 5 years of service were: (L to R) Arlene Milligan, Helen White, and Ethel Davis shown with Jefferson County Commissioner, Herb Bullers; Tracy Clark for Representative Brian Smith; and Commissioner Scott North.
On October 13, 2022, AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteers from across Jefferson County enjoyed a catered lunch at the Brockwayville Depot in Brockway, PA and celebrated the work and compassion provided by fellow RSVP volunteers in improving communities and lives throughout Jefferson County. RSVP volunteers provided thousands of hours of service during the last fiscal year helping at food pantries and thrift shops or with home-delivered meals to meet daily essential needs. Others who knit, crochet, and sew created hats, mittens, blankets, and much more for children and veterans. Some RSVP volunteers are advocates looking out for the environment; and others prepared over 1,600 free tax returns with federal returns of more than $2 million dollars to the local area. AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteers provided over 22,250 hours of service July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 in Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson Counties; proving "Our Volunteers are Out of This World."
Jefferson County Commissioners Herb Bullers (L) and Scott North (R) with Tracy Clark (2nd from R)from Representative Brian Smith

Jefferson County Commissioners Herb Bullers (L) and Scott North (R) with Tracy Clark (2nd from R)from Representative Brian Smith's office, recognized Betty Marchiori and Susan Berlin for 10 years of volunteer service.
Jefferson County Commissioners Herb Bullers (L) and Scott North (R) with Tracy Clark (2nd from R)from Representative Brian Smith

Jefferson County Commissioners Herb Bullers (L) and Scott North (R) with Tracy Clark (2nd from R)from Representative Brian Smith's office, welcomed (L to R): Susan Alexander, Ken Alexander, Jan Kerr, Drew Sarvey, and William Thompson, as new AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteers.

Clarion County Volunteers Recognized

Volunteers of Clarion County were recognized on Friday afternoon at an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP luncheon held at the Trinity Point Church of God. [Pictured above: Charlene Cousins, Peggy Jo Staab (front, left to right), and Harry Nulph (back right) were honored for their total years of service and were presented with certificates from State Representative Donna Oberlander and Clarion County Commissioners Wayne Brosious and Ed Heasley.

Volunteers of Clarion County were recognized on Friday afternoon at an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP luncheon held at the Trinity Point Church of God. [Pictured above: Charlene Cousins, Peggy Jo Staab (front, left to right), and Harry Nulph (back right) were honored for their total years of service and were presented with certificates from State Representative Donna Oberlander and Clarion County Commissioners Wayne Brosious and Ed Heasley.
The theme of the event was “Our Volunteers Are Out of This World” in 2022, with the group providing 22,523 hours and 311 volunteers during the year. The hours were amassed in Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson Counties. “This year you donated 22,253 hours to our three counties,” said Cheryl Shellhammer AmericCorps Seniors RSVP Director to the luncheon group.

P.E.O. Chapter W Recognizes Homeless Needs in the Area

P.E.O. Chapter W members recently held a community outreach event to support the area homeless through household items and supplies donated to Community Action, Inc.

P.E.O. Chapter W members recently held a community outreach event to support the area homeless through household items and supplies donated to Community Action, Inc.'s Homeless Shelters in Jefferson County. Pictured are: (L-R) Karen Burkett, PEO member; Cheryl Craft, Homeless Services Coordinator at Community Action, Inc.; and Kathy Renne, PEO member.
During a recent community outreach event, members and friends of Chapter W of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) collected an amazing assortment of personal and household items needed by homeless individuals and families. Those items were then donated to the Homeless Services Project of Community Action, Inc. (CAI), which operates two homeless shelter locations in Jefferson County. Items collected by the P.E.O. included: personal care, hygiene, and cleaning supplies; towels, bedding, pillows, and blankets; and sets of dishes, silverware, and pots/pans. Karen Burkett and Kathy Renne were two of P.E.O. members helping deliver the collected items and explained how holding this event not only aids homeless individuals; but also supports P.E.O.’s mission to educate, celebrate, and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. “We often think that homelessness is an urban issue but the problem is very real here in Jefferson County. Through their emergency shelters, Community Action provides much needed assistance. The members of P.E.O. Chapter W felt that this was a very worthwhile community project,” noted Ms. Burkett. Cheryl Craft, Homeless Services Coordinator at Community Action, Inc., applauded the P.E.O. members’ work to support and aid homeless needs throughout the area. Ms. Craft also noted, “In addition to providing temporary emergency shelter, CAI staff work individually with the homeless to help overcome employment barriers, access additional community services, and locate a permanent residence. CAI tries to look at the bigger picture and help the person not only meet the immediate concern; but also, to have a plan for the future and how to productively move forward to re-establish permanent housing and family security.” “We are very thankful to P.E.O. Chapter W and their many donors for providing all these wonderful resources for our homeless families and shelters,” noted Ms. Craft. “They are helping with the immediate needs as well as everyday household items needed when finding a new residence. P.E.O.’s support also gives encouragement to those struggling with the many issues surrounding homelessness and empowers them with the knowledge strangers care and want to help,” added Ms. Craft. For more information about the P.E.O., please visit their website at www.peointernational.org. Individuals facing homelessness or near homelessness may contact Community Action, Inc. at 1-800-648-3381 or via email at [email protected]

New On-Line Classes Available for Adult Education

Knowing there are always skills adults can brush up on, Community Action, Inc. (CAI) offers adult-oriented classes in Jefferson County. The classes help people with job skills, basic learning skills, GED prep, and even postsecondary education prep. “We are pleased to announce new on-line classes are now available” Crystal White, CAI Adult Education Supervisor, shared details on CAI’s adult education offerings. “We provide basic skills instruction for students who want to obtain a high school equivalency diploma or for students who have a diploma but want to brush up on basic skills to obtain a job, advance in a job, or attend postsecondary education or training,” stated White. “We are more than just a ‘GED program.’” What are the offerings in CAI’s adult education program? White continued, “Services provided include: career services such as assessment of skills levels; referrals to and coordination of support services and programs; and information on postsecondary education, training, and workforce services.” Once people have their diploma, some may find they need help determining what to do next. “We help students recognize the diploma is a stepping stone, not the end goal,” White stated. “In fact, the adult education staff have many tools to help students on their path to gainful employment such as preparation for job training, postsecondary education or training, as well as specific employer requirements.” “These programs are free of charge to anyone 16 and older, not currently enrolled in a secondary school program,” White stated. “The purpose of the program is to help individuals meet their education and employment goals.” With services offered across the county, people can find classes at the location nearest to them. White continued, “In-person day and evening classes are currently held in Reynoldsville and Punxsutawney. Online classes are now available for those who can’t attend in-person classes. Education and employment are the common goals of all classes.” “We are also looking for volunteer tutors and classroom aides,” White added. “These volunteers help one-on-one either during class or at another scheduled time. All volunteers receive ongoing free training, materials, and guidance from Adult Education staff.” Sign up for CAI Adult Education classes or volunteer by calling Crystal at 814-938-3302 or 1-800-648-3381 or by emailing [email protected]

Construction and HVAC Contractors Needed

Seeking Volunteers for Domestic Violence Shelter

Community Action Inc.'s Crossroads Project is in great need of volunteers. If you are a student in need of some volunteer hours, a community member looking to make a difference, then look no further! Crossroads provides comprehensive free domestic violence training, offers flexible schedules, and a variety of duties and locations for volunteers. Together we can make a difference! Call today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and ways to help domestic violence victims in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties. Brookville 814-849-2779; Clearfield 814-768-7200; DuBois 814-371-1223; Punxsutawney 814-938-3580; or toll free 1-800-598-3998. You can also email Crossroads at [email protected] for more information on volunteering. Learn more and join Crossroads' efforts to break the Domestic Violence cycle in your community; together we can make a difference!

Donations Increase for Clarion Community Action Food Pantry

Community Action, Inc. Case Manager, Heather Reynolds, with the recent Clarion County Postal Workers Food Drive donations to the Clarion Food Pantry, located at 30A South Sheridan Road, Clarion, PA.

Community Action, Inc. Case Manager, Heather Reynolds, with the recent Clarion County Postal Workers Food Drive donations to the Clarion Food Pantry, located at 30A South Sheridan Road, Clarion, PA.

Emergency Rent Assistance Program Available

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Abuse Can Start with Adolescence

Teenagers are just as likely to be in domestic violence filled relationships as adults. Studies show that nearly 1.5 million young boys and girls every year are abused in teenage relationships. This can happen physically, verbally, sexually, or even online. Social media, cell phones, and other online interactions are huge hotspots for teens experiencing domestic violence. Are you involved in your teen's dating life? Do you know if they're being abused by their friend or partner? Whether it's on the job, at school, or even during their own 'free time,' many teens can experience domestic violence from a friend or partner. This can start off as being anything small from simple commands or name calling and snowball into larger and more destructive actions, such as physical or sexual abuse. Just because they're teenagers, doesn't mean they aren't capable of being either an abuser or survivor in a domestic abuse relationship. High schools, parents, and the general public should be aware of these situations and circumstances, especially during the month of February which is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Community Action, Inc.'s Crossroads Project is raising awareness of this domestic violence threat to educate the youth of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties. Crossroads is taking a stand against teen dating violence and is offering our services to teens and parents. Give Crossroads a call on our toll-free hotline 24/7 at 1-800-598-3998. If your organization, school, or business would like to schedule a Teen Dating Violence Awareness presentation, please email [email protected] or contact the Crossroads' office nearest you. Brookville 814-849-2779; Clearfield 814-768-7200; DuBois 814-371-1223; Punxsutawney 814-938-3580; or toll-free 1-800-598-3998. Love isn't supposed to hurt. If someone you love hurts you, give us a call and help break the growing cycle of domestic violence.

Community Action, Inc. Board of Directors

Back Row: Commissioner Wayne Brosius; Richard Fetterman (President); Lori Brown; Lee Stewart (Treasurer); Ron Wilshire (Vice President) Front Row: Granville Carter; Rebecca Mitchell; Renee Vowinckel; Robin Lutz (representing Senator Scott Hutchinson; Pam Johnson (Assistant Secretary); Deborah Shook; Zachery Zankey (representing Representative Cris Dush). Missing: Representative Donna Oberlander; Clara Belloit; Melva McGranor; Mayor Rich Beck; Commissioner Jack Matson; Amy Ortz

Back Row: Commissioner Wayne Brosius; Richard Fetterman (President); Lori Brown; Lee Stewart (Treasurer); Ron Wilshire (Vice President) Front Row: Granville Carter; Rebecca Mitchell; Renee Vowinckel; Robin Lutz (representing Senator Scott Hutchinson; Pam Johnson (Assistant Secretary); Deborah Shook; Zachery Zankey (representing Representative Cris Dush). Missing: Representative Donna Oberlander; Clara Belloit; Melva McGranor; Mayor Rich Beck; Commissioner Jack Matson; Amy Ortz