Poverty's Edge

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's take on poverty, how it affects our communities, and what we're doing about it.

07 Jan

Audio – Philanthropy on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Alan Jennings with special guests, Laurie Gostley Hackett, Charles Marcon, and Marlene Fowler discuss Philanthropy in the Lehigh Valley, December 10th, 2012 on the WDIY  – Lehigh Valley Discourse radio show.   [ca_audio url=”http://blog.caclv.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Philanthropy.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] ...

23 Aug

Neighborliness – a Nation that Cares

We welcome back Janet Ney, former Associate Executive Director of CACLV.  Janet currently serves as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Outreach for the Second Harvest Food Bank  of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. My sixth grade teacher used to accuse (yes, accuse) us of being rugged individualists when we failed to do what was best for the community.  She did not tolerate those who went their own way with no regard for...

16 Aug

Press Release: SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING CLASSES RECRUITING ENTREPRENEURS

Community Action’s “Start Your Business” Program to Start 29th Bi-Annual Sessions The Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown (CADCA) will begin its twenty-ninth “Start Your Business” program on Monday, August 20, 2012.  The comprehensive, 20-week program is held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 702 Hamilton Street, Allentown. CADCA’s entrepreneurial training program was created for people of low- to moderate-income who are thinking about starting a business or...

09 Aug

TONIGHT! August 9th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski

“So Mayor Pawlowski is proposing some bold measures, including unloading some major operations to private and/or outside interests.” – Alan Jennings Join CACLV’s Alan Jennings and his guest Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.  Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski has a problem.  Actually, like all mayors trying to make their cities viable in Pennsylvania, the mayor has big problems.  Having cut city spending to the bone, he still has major obligations such as meeting pension obligations for retired city workers.  Tune in...

08 Aug

THANKS TO THE NEW MAJORITY ON LEHIGH COUNTY’S BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, THE AGENDA IS GETTING CLEARER

The new majority on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners wants to kill the decades-long campaign to extend critical public health services to all residents in our two counties.  I won’t go into a long account of the many merits of making sure people have access to immunizations, that restaurants be inspected so we are reasonably safe from cutting corners that can lead to ugly little diseases like salmonella or even being prepared for a terrorist attack on, say, our...

01 Aug

Press Release: THE RISING TIDE BOOKS $219,335 TO 8 SMALL BUSINESSES, CONCLUDING THE MICROLENDER’S BEST YEAR EVER

22 Additional Jobs Were Created or Retained The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund made 8 new loans totaling $219,335, making 2011-2012 its best year since it was established in 2001.  During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund booked 19 loans totaling $585,805.  The loans resulted in 70 jobs created or retained. The following businesses received loans: Valley Stone Supply, a stone supply business located in Hanover Township, borrowed $35,000; Great Day Sports...

25 Jun

A REVELATION

It all fell into place at the grocery store tonight. Have you ever wondered why people who just aren’t very nice through much of the normal course of the day are so polite, patient, deferential and even friendly when they encounter you in the grocery store? I think it’s because there is such anonymity when we’re driving or on the phone with a stranger.  In a grocery store, on the other hand, it’s too uncomfortable when you can’t help but look...

29 May

THE FRAY

CACLV has at any time an array of public policy initiatives.  Sometimes we are fighting policy retreat that takes past gains away, sometimes we’re fighting to advance a progressive agenda.  But we’re always in the fight.  Following are some key issues we are watching or are in the middle of the fray: GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PROPOSED 2012-2013 BUDGET To study this budget proposal, one would think our problems are over: deep cuts in human services, education, community and development, and still no...

01 May

We Can Only Do So Much…

We welcome back Jennifer Hernandez-Reyes, Communication and Reporting Specialist at the Sixth Street Shelter (SSS) to Poverty’s Edge.    I am not a garden person.  Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that plants are not my friends.  But as I see the flowers come up year after year with very little maintenance, it got me thinking about our families. Year after year, I see families come into the shelter with very little, yet they seem to blossom while they’re here.  They look to our programs to bring...

17 Apr

It’s Time To “Save Our Homes”

  The American Dream is in danger.  The recession that began in 2008 has decimated Pennsylvania’s families and the communities in which they live.  While the recession is, technically, over, the sluggishness of the “recovery” has meant unemployment in excess of 8% for almost four years. Few families have the savings to outlast that kind of economic climate.   Since that time, foreclosures have occurred at an alarming rate and are expected to rise.  On April 3, 2012, the PA Save...

07 Feb

A Tale of a Safety Net in Jeopardy

We welcome Janet Ney, former Associate Executive Director of CACLV.  For over 28 years, Janet has enjoyed working in a variety of positions and currently she serves as the Coordinator of Advocacy and Outreach for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania.  Janet is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Regional Food Banks, (now called Hunger-Free Pennsylvania), serving at its President for two terms. In the past, she was a longtime member of the Board...

13 Jan

CORBETT BUDGET FREEZE TO BE TARGET OF PRESS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT:    Alan L. Jennings                          610-248-9900                                                               Coalition Sees Irony in Increased Corrections Budget Coinciding With More Cuts in Programs That Develop Pennsylvania’s Human Resources A coalition of groups that serve residents of the Lehigh Valley will hold a briefing on Tuesday, January 17, at 11 AM, to stress their objections to Governor Tom Corbett’s budget “freeze.”  The event will take place near...

23 Dec

Once Upon A Time…

We welcome Chris Hudock, director of The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund to Poverty’s Edge.  Chris is strong supporter of our local communities’ small businesses.  He has been providing financial support to small businesses in theLehighValley since 2005.  Thanks for contributing!  While this starts out like a fairy tale this is actually a true story.  Once upon a time, most communities consisted of a variety of small business owners.  One could easily walk down the street to your local drug store when...

09 Nov

If the hunger and poverty statistics don’t move your heart… maybe their role in child development will change your mind.

We welcome back Esther Y. Guzman, director of the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership. Esther who is not a stranger on Poverty’s Edge was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is the proud mother of two sons,  Angel Luis & Francisco Javier.  Over the years she has been involved in the fight against domestic violence, Puerto Rican and immigration rights and cultural affairs.  She is a certified trainer for “Diversity & Sensitivity” classes.   Esther has been serving as the Director of...

30 Sep

Hunger Study Generates Passionate Remarks From Jennings

Yesterday, September 29th, Second Harvest Food Bank held a press conference to announce the results of the hunger study conducted in the beginning of the year (Click here to view our Executive Summary).   Speakers at the press briefing included Barbara Bigelow, Chair of the Advisory Board of Second Harvest, Elisa Zaehringer, Planner, CACLV, Alan Jennings, Executive Director of CACLV, Terry Ryan-Mitlyng, Steering Committee Chair of Christ Church Lowhill...

30 Sep

PRESS RELEASE: SUSTAINED UNEMPLOYMENT CAUSING PEOPLE TO SEEK FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR FIRST TIME

                            Second Harvest Survey Details Problems Faced by People Seeking Help at Emergency Food Assistance Sites             Since “The Great Recession” began in 2007, 76% of those seeking assistance at food pantries and meal centers commonly called “soup kitchens” sought help for the first time.  The Second Harvest Food Bank of LehighValley and Northeast Pennsylvania released the results of a survey of 500 people who have sought assistance at a press briefing today.  The briefing took place at the warehouse...

26 Sep

Harrisburg Rally to Restore HEMAP: Mortgage Aid in PA Ends on September 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sponsored by the PA Save Our Homes Coalition, made up of housing, labor and religious groups from around the state.  www.PASaveOurHomes.org Join the cause at the Harrisburg Rally to restore HEMAP, a program which has helped many to save their home.   Date: 9/27/2011 Time: 1:00 P.M. Location: Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA Contact:  John Dodds, Philadelphia Unemployment Project 267-975-4706 or Cindy Daley,  Housing Alliance of PA 1-717-909-2006 With the September 30 conclusion of the federal Emergency Homeowner Loan Program (EHLP), Pennsylvania homeowners will have no direct mortgage...

14 Apr

Developing Microbusinesses Strengthens Communities

Special thanks to Ellen Larmer, Director of the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem, for this op-ed piece that was featured in the Morning Call. Back in the 1960s, when I was a kid, fathers went to work. That is, it seemed, every father except mine. He called himself a self-employed marketing consultant and he worked from home. Nobody understood why my dad didn’t go to a job each day. I guess if you didn’t work for somebody...

28 Feb

ARRA Supported Program Creates and Saves Nearly 100 Local Jobs

Thanks to Kim Stout, Business Development Coordinator of Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem, for this post! In order to cope with the emerging needs of small businesses in Lehigh and Northampton counties, CACLV and Lehigh Valley SCORE partnered in 2010 in hopes of keeping small businesses in the Lehigh Valley open while maintaining the jobs that go with them.  A joint effort created the Small Business Assistance Program.  The Small Business Assistance Program...

27 Jan

Featured Entrepreneur – Jessie Thompson; The Yoga Loft

“Improving the quality of life by building a community in which all people have access to economic opportunity…” This is the first part of CACLV’s mission statement, and one of the ways that we pursue this effort is by providing support to local small businesses – the backbone of our local economy.  The Community Action Development Corporations of Allentown and Bethlehem and the Rising Tide Community Loan Fund – three of CACLV’s subsidiaries – provide resources and...

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