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

RSVP Recognizes Volunteers, Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Community Action, Inc.'s AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) recently honored Clarion County volunteers and celebrated its 50th anniversary during its 2021 Recognition Celebration held at the Trinity Point Church of God.
State Representative and Community Action Board Member Donna Oberlander (left) presents Peggy Staab with a certificate recognizing her 2,013 volunteer hours.)

State Representative and Community Action Board Member Donna Oberlander (left) presents Peggy Staab with a certificate recognizing her 2,013 volunteer hours.)

Cricket Wireless Car Show Benefits Area Veteran Services

(L to R:) Sarah Parker, Sales Advocate, and Linda Jeffries, Cricket Wireless Store Manager, present additional proceeds from their Cricket Car Show for Veterans benefit to Jessica Kalkhof, Community Resources Director at Community Action, Inc.

(L to R:) Sarah Parker, Sales Advocate, and Linda Jeffries, Cricket Wireless Store Manager, present additional proceeds from their Cricket Car Show for Veterans benefit to Jessica Kalkhof, Community Resources Director at Community Action, Inc.
Area veterans and their families will benefit from the Car Show recently organized and held by the Cricket Wireless - Cell Phones 4 Less store in Punxsutawney, PA. The Car Show was held on August 28 in the store parking lot with a wonderful crowd and many organizations represented, raising more than $700 for the Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF) Project of Community Action, Inc. Linda Jeffries, Cricket Wireless Store Manager, stated "Our goal was to help veterans in the community, create local ties, and bring awareness to the services available to assist veterans." "Community Action, Inc. is well known for their services and we knew donations would be appreciated and used wisely to help area veterans and their families," added Ms. Jeffries. Community Action Inc's SSVF Project assists veterans and their families to overcome barriers to employment, permanent housing, and daily living needs. The goal is to address concerns, provide temporary financial assistance, and help establish long term housing and financial stability for veterans and families. "Local donations help SSVF meet these goals and especially the unusual needs often not covered by our grant funding, but very necessary to the veteran/family such as transportation," noted Jessica Kalkhof, Community Resources Director for Community Action, Inc. Sarah Parker, Cricket Sales Advocate noted Cricket Wireless plans to hold additional community events to raise awareness and benefit other needs within the community. Those interested in Cricket Wireless services or their community events may contact Ms. Jeffries at (814)246-4600. Jefferson and Clarion County Veterans or their families may contact Community Action, Inc.'s SSVF Project at (814)938-3302 or toll free at 800-648-3381, ext. 209 or visit their website at www.jccap.org.

Master Gardeners Donate Vegetable Plants to Food Pantry

Clarion Master Gardeners presenting vegetables to Community Action are Rosie Lawrence, Pam Hufnagel, Alice Thurau, Brittany Ananea (Community Action), Stephanie Wilshire, and Shanelle Hawk.

Clarion Master Gardeners presenting vegetables to Community Action are Rosie Lawrence, Pam Hufnagel, Alice Thurau, Brittany Ananea (Community Action), Stephanie Wilshire, and Shanelle Hawk.

Emergency Rent Assistance Program Available

New Virtual Adult Education Classes Available in Jefferson County

Reaching adulthood does not mean we stop learning and neither does COVID-19. 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 with enrolling in post-secondary education.

Weatherization Contractors Needed

Flyer with information about CAI

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton Supports Americorps Seniors

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated to the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc.

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated to the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc.
The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated to the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc. "Farmers National Bank of Emlenton encourages giving back to the community and supporting local endeavors benefitting our citizens and enhancing their quality of life," noted Samantha Swigart, Retail Banking Administrator. Cheryl Shellhammer, Community Action, Inc.'s AmeriCorps Seniors Director, explained "AmeriCorps Seniors are volunteers, age 55 or older, who remain active in our communities sharing their skills and talents to help others. They provide assistance to aging seniors, low income families, and children by delivering meals, assisting at food pantries, and preparing federal, state, local tax returns, and property tax/rent rebates. Seniors also work to reclaim local streams and trails; create lap covers, mittens, and other warm coverings; and provide friendly check-in calls through the Phone-a-Friend project." "AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer opportunities are available through more than 50 stations located in Clarion, Jefferson, and Indiana counties. Stations include Area Agencies on Aging, local food pantries, VITA tax preparation sites, hospitals, libraries, faith-based organizations, proprietary healthcare facilities, and non-profit organizations," added Ms. Shellhammer. The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, PA, operating 20 full-service offices in western PA and Hancock County, WV. For more information on Farmers National Bank, a subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: "EMCF"), please visit their website at www.farmersnb.com. For more information on the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc., please visit www.jccap.org or contact Cheryl Shellhammer at (814)226-4785 or [email protected]

SSVF COVID-19 Crisis Response

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CareerLink Assistance Available

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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