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

Upcoming Community Action, Inc. Board Meeting

A Community Action, Inc. Board of Directors meeting will be held on 11/18/2021. More Information

Weatherization Works - National Weatherization Day October 30th

As residents prepare their apartments and homes for cold weather and winter heating needs, residents are urged to learn more about energy efficiency and how to reduce utility bills and health hazards. October 30th is national Weatherization Day, recognizing the benefits of weatherizing your home to not only save money on utility costs; but also, improve your family's health and safety. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) of Community Action, Inc. (CAI) provides free weatherization services to eligible renters and home owners in Clarion, Jefferson, and Indiana Counties who make less than 200% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG); for a household of four, this is less than $53,000. In addition, WAP partners with the County Assistance Offices to enable the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide services to individuals (less than 150% FPIG) experiencing no heat situations. WAP also produces jobs, career training, and development of home performance and energy saving products and equipment. Trained Weatherization workers from Community Action, Inc. use computerized energy assessments and diagnostic equipment to establish a comprehensive analysis of the home to determine the most cost effective measures for energy improvements and to identify any health or safety concerns for the residents. Weatherization improvements may include air sealing and weather-stripping; wall, attic, or crawlspace insulation; duct sealing; furnace repairs / replacement; installation of attic ventilation, and replacement of broken glass. Health and safety concerns may include household hazards such as carbon monoxide, radon, mold, mildew, indoor air pollutants, and fire dangers. Community Action, Inc. contracts with qualified and insured local contractors to perform the work; a Certified Quality Control Inspector ensures all work is completed correctly and the home is safe for the residents. To learn more about energy efficiency for your home, reducing health and safety concerns in your home, or to consider employment in the Weatherization field, contact Community Action, Inc's Weatherization Project at (814) 938-3302 or 800-648-3381, extension 217, via email at [email protected], or visit www.jccap.org. There is no fee for applying or receiving Weatherization services. Interested contractors may also contact Community Action, Inc. to learn more about sub-contracting with the Weatherization Project.

Break the Silence: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Community Action, Inc.'s Crossroads Project encourages area residents to end violence within our homes, our communities, and our country. Domestic violence involves physical, psychological, sexual, emotional, and/or economic abuse. It does not come from a lack of self-control on the part of the abuser, or any flaw or shortcoming on the part of the victim. Rather, domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used to gain power and control over the victim. The effect of domestic violence impacts the lives of people across all economic, racial, gender, educational, religious, and societal lines. Domestic violence can be subtle, often going unnoticed by friends and family until there has already been long-lasting physical and psychological damage inflicted on the victim. Furthermore, it can be hard to see the signs of an abusive relationship from within the relationship, so the role of non-abusive loved ones is essential. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, victims may be more isolated than ever. This means all of us, as a community, must work hard to support and protect our family, friends, and neighbors. Break the silence of domestic violence. If you think someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, we urge you to talk to them about it, letting them know you are there if they need you and that you care about them. You can also refer them to Community Action, Inc.’s Crossroads Project, which provides many services related to domestic violence across Clearfield and Jefferson Counties. Services include safety planning; emergency shelter; legal, social, and medical advocacy; supportive and educational counseling; and relocation assistance. To discuss your options as a victim, or as someone concerned for a victim, call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-598-3998.

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.

Emergency Rent Assistance Program Available

Weatherization Contractors Needed

Flyer with information about CAI

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.

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

ssvf covid-19 flyer

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