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 3/19/2020. More Information

Community Jeans Days at FNB Benefit Community Action, Inc.

Employees of Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (FNB), Punxsutawney Branch recently selected the Adult Education Project of Community Action, Inc. (CAI) to receive proceeds from their Community Jeans Day Program. Presenting the check to (center; right) Susan K. Fusco, Executive Director of CAI is Amy Wundrack, Punxsutawney Branch Manager with Kelsey Huey, Senior Personal Banker looking on (left).

Employees of Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (FNB), Punxsutawney Branch recently selected the Adult Education Project of Community Action, Inc. (CAI) to receive proceeds from their Community Jeans Day Program. Presenting the check to (center; right) Susan K. Fusco, Executive Director of CAI is Amy Wundrack, Punxsutawney Branch Manager with Kelsey Huey, Senior Personal Banker looking on (left).
Employees of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (FNB), Punxsutawney Branch, recently donated $545 to the Adult Education Project at Community Action, Inc. through donations gathered during the FNB’s Community Jeans Day program. Community Jeans Day is an FNB employee program benefiting local organizations within the Bank’s footprint. Employees of the Bank are encouraged to donate each month and in return, are permitted to wear jeans on Fridays. All money raised goes back into the community through gifting to local, non-profit organizations such as Community Action, Inc. “Being part of the community and supporting local endeavors is important to FNB and our employees participation in our community spirit is valued,” stated Amy Wundrack, FNB’s Punxsutawney Branch Manager. “The Punxsutawney staff elected to donate to Community Action, Inc.’s Adult Education Project in recognition of the many projects CAI provides throughout Jefferson County and the importance of education in meeting life and employment goals,” added Wundrack. 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 Pennsylvania and Hancock County, West Virginia. For more information on Farmers National Bank, a subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”), please visit the website at www.farmersnb.com or call Amy Wundrack, at (814) 938-5770. For more information on the Adult Education Project at Community Action, Inc., please visit www.jccap.org or contact Crystal E. White, Adult Education Supervisor, at (814)938-3302, ext. 204.

Local Business Punxsy Pizza to Deliver Pizzas to Local Shelter for National Pizza Day

shelter pizza donation
February 3, 2020, Punxsutawney, Pa., – Just ahead of National Pizza Day, pizzerias across the country will once again come together on Friday, Feb. 7th – Sunday Feb 9th to feed the hungry through the Pizza Across America program. A project developed first by World Pizza Champion Carmine Testa and his two sons, known nationally as the Jersey Pizza Boys, the idea was born as a way to share the love on National Pizza Day in 2018. After a year off in 2019, Testa and his World Pizza Champion colleagues, led by the 13 time World Pizza Champion, Tony Gemignani, decided to bring the concept back through all WPC members across the U.S. WPC team members will make and deliver at least ten 16 in or greater pizzas to their local food bank or homeless shelter. Team members, such as Scott Anthony, owner of Punxsy Pizza all know their local communities, so they will choose where to donate to do the most good for National Pizza Day. In addition, the WPC invites other pizzerias across America to join us in the effort by donating on this weekend.” Anthony, has been a member of the World Pizza Champions team since 2015. Anthony stated, “Community Outreach is part of the mission of the World Pizza Champion’s team, and we want to take full advantage of National pizza day to fulfill that” Anthony who currently serves as Treasurer of WPC, Inc. Feels, “it is great to be part of this team effort to make a difference. Pizza is an enjoyable communal experience and we want to share that with others.” Suella M. Himes, Director of Community Action, Inc.’s Crossroads said, “We’re grateful to everyone in the community for their support. Crossroads provides free and confidential services 24/7 to domestic violence victims. Last year Crossroads provided 2, 241 night of shelter. Punxsy Pizza’s generous offer to provide Crossroads with free pizzas for those in shelter, not only helps our program, but lifts the spirits of those in shelter!” Anthony added, “Pizza is often referred to as a ‘comfort food’, so this seems like a perfect fit for those experiencing distress in their lives.” If all WPC-member owned pizzerias participate in this program, dozens of communities across the U.S. will benefit. “Great pizza isn’t something that economically challenged people are always able to enjoy. On Feb. 7th, we want to change that for as many people as possible through the Pizza Across America initiative. These men and women are the best of the best in pizza, and I’m proud that so many of our WPC members want to be a part of it,” Gemignani said. About World Pizza Champions Since its inception, the World Pizza Champions™ team has grown into a U.S. based non-profit, multinational group made up of elite pizza professionals. Through international competition, educational outreach, public demonstrations, and community-based service the team is dedicated to promoting pizza making as a respected craft and viable career choice.

Wireless Zone Improving Employment Through Adult Education

Showing some of the new laptops and textbooks purchased for the Adult Education Project at Community Action, Inc. by a grant from The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving are: (l-r) Community Action, Inc.

Showing some of the new laptops and textbooks purchased for the Adult Education Project at Community Action, Inc. by a grant from The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving are: (l-r) Community Action, Inc.'s Adult Education Project Supervisor, Crystal E. White; Executive Director, Susan K. Fusco; Wireless Zone of Punxsutawney Store Owner, Jeff Swackhammer; and Punxsutawney Store Manager, Steven Phipps.
The Verizon - Wireless Zone and its franchises recognize the value of education and technology in building a skilled workforce, especially for non-traditional students. Recently, through a $7,550 grant from the Wireless Zone of Punxsutawney, Community Action, Inc.’s (CAI’s) Adult Education Project purchased new laptops, an interactive whiteboard, technological enhancement tools, and textbooks. According to Steven Phipps, Punxsutawney Store Manager, the Punxsutawney Wireless Zone store is an independently owned Verizon authorized retailer and is able to provide this grant to CAI through a portion of proceeds from every device sold by the local store. “Verizon’s Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving was created with the desire to give back to the local communities through donations to local charities such as Community Action, Inc. I am proud of our local customers’ business and support enabling us to share proceeds with the Foundation for Giving and making significant donations like this possible in our local area,” noted Phipps. “CAI is honored to have Verizon - Wireless Zone as a partner to improve our educational resources for individuals wanting to gain their High School Equivalency Certificate (GED), find employment, or improve their skills to enter post-secondary training,” noted CAI’s Executive Director, Susan K. Fusco. “Adult Education classes are free of charge to anyone 16 or older, not currently enrolled in a secondary school program,” noted Fusco. “The purpose of the Adult Education Project is to help individuals meet their educational and employment goals.” While showing some of the items purchased with the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving’s grant, Crystal E. White, Adult Education Supervisor, explained how the new equipment and resources will ensure students at various class sites in Jefferson County have access to computers and modern learning resources. White added, “For some employed students, the opportunity to learn / use a computer, the internet, and modern technology is their window to improving English and math skills or learning new skills leading to job promotions or better employment opportunities.” White went on to add, “One of the greatest barriers to employment is the lack of a high school diploma. In Jefferson County, 18.3 percent of the 18-24 year olds and 11 percent of those 25 or older, lack a high school diploma; additionally, 13 percent lack basic skills.” “Our Adult Education Project is geared to assisting these individuals to reduce or eliminate this barrier to employment and encourage continued learning and growth to develop and maintain a skilled workforce to support our local employers and economy,” stated Fusco. “Grants and donations such as The Verizon - Wireless Zone’s have a long-term impact on individuals, employers, and our community,” noted Fusco. To learn more about the free Adult Education services at Community Action, Inc., call 800-648-3381, ext. 204 or email [email protected] or via the website www.jccap.org.

FREE Income Tax Preparation Offered in Clarion and Jefferson County

Community Action, Inc.'s IRS-certified tax preparers are available, by appointment only, to complete and electronically file simple tax returns for individuals who earned $56,000 or less in 2019. This is a free service. To schedule your appointment and discuss eligibility requirements, please contact Community Action, Inc. at 800-648-3381, ext. 236 or 814-938-3302, ext. 236.

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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

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105 Grace Way, Punxsutawney PA 15767
Phone: (814)-938-3302
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Susan K. Fusco
Executive Director
814-938-3302
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