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NATIONAL FUEL FUNDS NETWORK SPOTLIGHTED
IN NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS
to our colleagues at the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN)—where
our own Tom Stovall, CCAP, Executive Director of Operation: New
View CAA in Iowa is Chairperson—for being featured in the
November 27 Giving Issue of PARADE magazine.
discussed NFFN, its members and the importance of energy assistance—as
well as ways readers can make tax-deductible donations for home
energy assistance to the organization. NFFN will use the donations
to help member organizations assist people in need keep their homes
warm and their lights on this winter. To read the story, go to
www.parade.com/news/2011/11/giving-issue.html through December
2, 2011. Click on keep reading (http://www.parade.com/news/2011/11/giving-issue.html?index=2).
NFFN is story #7.
more information on NFFN, go to its website, www.nationalfuelfunds.org
and/or Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Fuel-Funds-Network/133167773648
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was featured in the
November 28 edition of The New York Times. The article discusses
proposed cuts to the program and how the state of Maine is “expecting
less than half of the $55.6 million that it received last winter, even
as more people are applying.”
Due to the looming cuts, many Maine residents are expecting to go days
or weeks without heat. Since August, more than 9,000 households have
applied for federal heating aid, according to a representative from
Penquis, a local nonprofit—who added that the average benefit
of $332 will only buy 100 gallons of fuel.
To read the article, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/28/us/federal-cuts-give-maine-a-chill-as-winter-approaches.html?_r=1&sq=Maine&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=2&adxnnlx=1322492972-cX4mCRybJ09GU4btUpr6IA
and LIHEAP were also featured in the “Saving LIHEAP” article
in American Gas Association’s (AGA) November magazine.
The article discusses the new Save LIHEAP Coalition, which is working
to protect funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
and the families, elderly, and other needy Americans who rely on its
existence. NFFN, AGA, and the Edison Electric Institute formed the coalition
in order to boost the pro-LIHEAP message and create an effective grassroots
lobbying effort for the program, which like many other services for
low-income people, is facing significant proposed budget cuts at a time
when demand for assistance continues to increase.
The article also mentions LIHEAP Action Day in Washington, DC—which
is February 15, 2012. For more information, go to http://www.nationalfuelfunds.org/AdvocacyPublicPolicy/ActionDay.html
TO MELISSA BOTEACH AND OUR GREAT COLLEAGUES AT HALF IN TEN!
Half in Ten campaign recently released its first annual report establishing
a baseline to track progress toward cutting poverty in half in ten years.
The report, Restoring Shared Prosperity: Strategies to Cut
Poverty and Expand Economic Growth, contains data on a
number of indicators and will describe where the nation stands on creating
good jobs, promoting economic security for all, and strengthening families.
To download a copy, go to http://halfinten.org/uploads/support_files/restoring-shared-prosperity-2010.pdf.
Half in Ten has also compiled a toolkit to facilitate use of the report
and its data.To download a copy, go to http://halfinten.org/uploads/support_files/HalfinTen_RestoringSharedProsperity_Toolkit.pdf.
To access additional information, including state-by-state fact sheets,
go to the Restoring Shared Prosperity website, http://halfinten.org/indicators.
OPPORTUNITY INDEX MEASURES PROGRESS OF ECONOMIC MOBILITY
Nation (ON) is a national campaign to promote opportunity, social mobility,
and access to the American Dream. ON includes a broad coalition of 200
businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and military organizations.
The Community Action Partnership is an ON partner.
While the most commonly discussed measures of economic security and
strength are the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the federal poverty
guidelines, ON believes that communities can benefit by having more
focused measures on what economic mobility really means. Using measures
such as jobs, wages, affordable housing, dimensions of education, access
to health care, civic engagement, safety, and others, ON has ranked
the 50 states and DC on their respective “Opportunity Index.”
The top five performing states are: Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts,
Vermont and Nebraska. The bottom performing states are: Alabama, Arkansas,
West Virginia, Mississippi, and Nevada. To see the Ol list and learn
more about the Index, visit www.opportunityindex.org.
MILLION (16%) OF AMERICANS POOR BY NEW STANDARD
As we first
mentioned in the November 4 Enews, the US Census Bureau has released
a report, The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010,
which presents estimates of the prevalence of poverty at the national
level in 2010— overall and for selected demographic groups—for
both the official and supplemental measures.
download a copy, go to http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-241.pdf.
The Census Bureau—with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts—introduced
a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure, which has
been in use since the 1960s. The official measure will continue to be
produced every year and be used to assess eligibility for government
programs and determine funding distribution. The supplemental poverty
measure—on the other hand—is intended to better reflect
contemporary social and economic realities and government policy effects
and thus provide a further understanding of economic conditions and
For more information about the supplemental poverty measure, go to http://www.census.gov/hhes/povmeas/methodology/supplemental/overview.html.
RESERVE NOW FOR CORE FOUR BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE AT
JANUARY CONFERENCE IN MIAMI BEACH
Four® Business Planning Course*
to develop a business plan to test the feasibility of your business
concept and to increase your marketing, management, and financial knowledge.
Course presents how to plan a business and covers Market, Cash Flow
and Operations Planning. Course also presents Success Planning, which
focuses on the personal goals of the business owner, business ethics
and other personal development topics.
Books will be ordered for this class. To allow time for shipping and
to make sure you have a book reserved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
by December 5 and note you will attend the Core 4 session.
Who Should Attend?
People with a business idea
• Struggling business owners
• Owners of growing or changing businesses
• Potential borrowers
• Business consultants and advisors
are the Four Cores?
Planning strategies for each of the four cores are presented in separate
1: Success Planning – Foundation of a good business plan.
This session covers Personal Goals, Personal Financial Goals, Commitment,
Capability, Character and Contingency: “What if?”
Core 2: Market Planning – Presents tools and strategies
for transforming your dream into a reality. How to build a marketing
plan by focusing on: Products/Services, Distribution, Customers, Industry
Core 3: Cash Flow Planning – Cash is the fuel that powers
a business. Learn how to set financial goals, evaluate and assess business
strategies, identify cash weaknesses and cash strengths. Cash flow specifically
addresses: Timing, Amounts, Sources, Uses and Relationships.
Core 4: Operations Planning – This section is
designed to raise your awareness of key issues that your business must
address in order to be a legitimate, successful business. Operations
planning is where you can anticipate and prevent problems and crises
by planning to operate a legitimate, professional business.
Once you have the knowledge of how to plan a business, you can use this
knowledge for any business idea, at any time, for the rest of your life.
Nave is the Senior Training Manager for People Incorporated Financial
Services. Ms. Nave is a graduate of King College with a Bachelor of
Business Administration. She is a Certified Credit Counselor and a
Licensed Coaching Clinic Facilitator from Corporate Coach U. She is
a graduate of LEAD Bristol, which is a Certification in Leadership
her duties are teaching Business Basics, Credit Building, Customer
Service, Leadership, Social Media and Core Four® Business Planning
Classes, as well as providing business financial and development services
to clients in Southwest Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
These workshops have served to stimulate entrepreneurship, publicize
and provide opportunities for businesses to network. Ms. Nave was
instrumental in beginning the Entrepreneurship for Youth program in
Washington County and the City of Bristol.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE STATES
Feature: Spotlight on the States
50-State Resource Map Compiles Data, Research, News and Policy Information
friends and colleagues at Spotlight on Poverty have launched a new tool,
“Spotlight on the States,” http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/poverty_data_map.aspx,
which highlights the work of state and local governments, community-based
organizations and other non-profits to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.
The website includes state poverty data and statistics, policies, research,
Click here to watch a five minute webinar to learn more about Spotlight
on the States and how your work can be feature on the site, http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/news.aspx?id=0388b36e-fdc9-4b1a-a74a-d220cceeca71
TO AARP FOR SPONSORING THIS AD
TO JACKIE BRITZ AND OUR GREAT COLLEAGUES AT
TRUST FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH
concurs with our allies at OMB Watch and Trust for America’s Health
that the proposed Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) and the proposed
Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act are not
in the best health and safety interests of low-income people and communities.
Therefore, we signed on to the letter below, sent to all Senators and
Member of Congress,
As public health organizations dedicated to improving and protecting
the health of American families, we are writing to express our opposition
to the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) (H.R. 3010/S. 1606) and the
Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011
(H.R. 10/S. 299). These proposals would undermine our nation’s
ability to protect public health, which is one of government’s
most basic responsibilities.
American families enjoy the security of a safe food supply, clean air
and water, and a variety of consumer protections because our government
sets basic quality standards to ensure that business interests do not
outweigh the interest of the public’s health and safety. However,
the RAA would prioritize cost to industry over the health of Americans.
It would add years to an already lengthy rulemaking process by adding
60 new analytical requirements. This could extend a process that already
takes an average of four to eight years for a significant rule, by another
two to four years, significantly slowing the government’s ability
to take action on emerging public health threats.
The REINS Act would require Congressional approval of all major rules
within 70 days. Most rulemaking is directly tied to legislation already
enacted by Congress – so this legislation would essentially give
Congress veto power over laws enacted in past years without Members
of Congress having to cast a single vote to repeal those laws. For example,
this bill would block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which
requires new regulations to ensure that the uninsured have coverage
and that insurance companies provide new consumer protections as required
The ability of our government to protect the health of American families
is not an academic exercise – these regulations are truly lifesaving.
For instance, in the last several months, at least 29 people in eight
states died after eating cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that since the
outbreak began in late July at least 139 people have fallen ill in 28
states. Without the Food and Drug Administration’s work to enforce
food safety standards, we would see many more outbreaks and deaths due
to foodborne illness.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to enforce the Clean
Air Act is also vital to protecting public health. The Clean Air Act
has reduced emission of key pollutants by 70 percent and significantly
improved the health of Americans. In 2010 alone, the Clean Air Act prevented
160,000 premature deaths; 1.7 million instances of asthma exacerbation;
54,000 cases of chronic bronchitis; as well as 41,000 respiratory and
45,000 cardiovascular hospital admissions. Without the protections of
the Clean Air Act, we can expect to see increased illness and death
due to these illnesses and a significant increase in health care costs.
And finally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability
to issue and finalize updated school meal standards for children is
also critical to promoting good health and combating our nation’s
obesity epidemic. Today, more than one-third (34.6 percent) of children
ages 10–17 are obese or overweight. With an estimated 35-50 percent
of children’s total calories consumed at school, the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed USDA to issue updates to nutritional
standards for school meal programs. The federal government spent $13.7
billion on school breakfast and lunches in fiscal year 2010, while at
the same time obesity results in $123 billion a year in extra costs
our health care system, and ultimately taxpayers, employers, and workers.
USDA must be permitted to finalize these long overdue updated meal standards.
Protecting the health of American families is one of the most basic
responsibilities of government. The Regulatory Accountability Act and
the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act would not
only create roadblocks to our ability to move forward in protecting
public health, but would also threaten years of progress. We urge you
to stand up for the health of American families and oppose these bills.
Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
American Lung Association
American Medical Student Association
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Center for Science in the Public Interest
CommonHealth ACTION & Institute for Public Health Innovation
Community Action Partnership
Defeat Diabetes Foundation
Directors of Public Health Promotion and Education
Institute of Social Medicine and Community Health
Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium
of United Latin American Citizens
Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental
National Association of Local Boards of Health
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators
National Center for Healthy Housing
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Disability Rights Network
National Research Center for Women & Families/Cancer Prevention
and Treatment Fund
National WIC Association
Oregon Public Health Institute
Public Health Foundation
Public Health Law & Policy
Safe States Alliance
The Arc of the United States
Trust for America’s Health
United Spinal Association
LEE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO
CUT POVERTY IN HALF IN TEN YEARS
Barbara Lee (D-CA) has announced the introduction of H.R. 3300, a
bill to help create pathways out of poverty and realize the goal of
cutting poverty in half in a decade. In 2008, the House of Representatives
unanimously passed H.Con.Res. 198, which called on Congress to commit
to cutting poverty in half in a decade. The Half in Ten Act of 2011
provides the plan to help accomplish this goal.
“Americans all across the country are struggling,” said
Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “It is clear that our policies and
programs addressing poverty have not kept pace with the growing needs
of millions of Americans. It is time we make the commitment to confront
poverty head-on. This bill will help tear down the barriers of poverty
and work to reignite the American Dream by providing ladders of opportunity
Census Bureau released data showing that 2.6 million Americans fell
into poverty over the last year and an estimated 46.2 million Americans
faced poverty in 2010. Fifteen percent of Americans lived in poverty
last year, including one in five of America’s children. Communities
of color continue to face disturbingly higher rates of poverty, with
36% of African American children and 31% of Latino children facing
The Half in Ten Act of 2011 will establish the Federal Interagency
Working Group on Reducing Poverty. The Working Group will develop
and implement a national plan to reduce poverty in half in ten years
while working to eliminate extreme poverty, child poverty, and the
historic disparity in poverty rates in communities of color.
Congresswoman Lee, founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Out of Poverty
Caucus, concluded: “We need to create jobs to give Americans
economic security and grow our economy. Our economy will not recover
quickly from the Great Recession with 46.2 million Americans living
in poverty, but if we give those millions of Americans support and
a pathway out of poverty, our economy will grow.”
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December 14. 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm, EST
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criteria will trigger recompetition, and what your organization can
do to prepare for the new system. Learn
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TO ARLEY JOHNSON AT NASCSP AND LISA HARPER AT SOJOURNERS
is a national network of churches, faith-based organizations, and individuals
that began in 1971. It partners with local, state and national groups
from across the theological and political spectrum to influence bipartisan
public policies that address issues of social justice, including poverty.
Sojourners invited the Partnership to sign the memorandum of understanding
below so that our respective organizations could join forces to reduce
poverty in America.
JOYCE DORSEY HONORED IN ATLANTA
CEO Honored at Urban League of Greater Atlanta's 50th Annual
Equal Opportunity Day Dinner
Joyce J. Dorsey, President and CEO of Fulton Atlanta Community
Action Authority (FACAA), received the award for Distinguished
Community Service in recognition of the many strides that the
organization has made for the cause of low-income individuals
and families in Fulton County and Atlanta. With more than 34
years of committed service as an advocate for the poor, Dr.
Dorsey's career reflects significant achievements in social
work, corrections, entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector.
Dr. Dorsey is the 1st Vice Chair of the Partnership’s
board of directors. She has chaired our Conference Planning
Committee for several years.
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