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

Master Gardeners Donate Vegetable Plants to Food Pantry

(Pictured above: Clarion Master Gardeners presenting vegetables to Community Action are Alice Thurau, Pam Hufnagel, Liz Gallagher, Melissa Dolecki (Penn State Extension), Community Action Case Manager Heather Reynolds, Community Action Executive Director Sue Fusco, Sue McElhattan, Stephanie Wilshire, and Rosie Lawrence.)

(Pictured above: Clarion Master Gardeners presenting vegetables to Community Action are Alice Thurau, Pam Hufnagel, Liz Gallagher, Melissa Dolecki (Penn State Extension), Community Action Case Manager Heather Reynolds, Community Action Executive Director Sue Fusco, Sue McElhattan, Stephanie Wilshire, and Rosie Lawrence.)
The Clarion County Master Gardeners donated more than 125 vegetable plants to the Community Action, Inc. office last week for distribution to clients of the Clarion Food Bank.

Donations Increase for Clarion Community Action Food Pantry

Community Action, Inc. Case Manager, Heather Reynolds, with the recent Clarion County Postal Workers Food Drive donations to the Clarion Food Pantry, located at 30A South Sheridan Road, Clarion, PA.

Community Action, Inc. Case Manager, Heather Reynolds, with the recent Clarion County Postal Workers Food Drive donations to the Clarion Food Pantry, located at 30A South Sheridan Road, Clarion, PA.

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Alpha Delta Kappa Supports Homeless Services in Jefferson County

(L to R:) Cheryl Craft, Homeless Services Coordinator at Community Action, Inc. receives donations from Alpha Delta Kappa Omicron members Sue Moser, Stasia Coon, and Susan Frontino.

(L to R:) Cheryl Craft, Homeless Services Coordinator at Community Action, Inc. receives donations from Alpha Delta Kappa Omicron members Sue Moser, Stasia Coon, and Susan Frontino.
Individuals and families needing housing in Community Action, Inc.'s emergency shelters in Jefferson County received a generous donation of supplies and encouragement from the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Omicron. The members collected personal hygiene products, bedding, pillows, cleaning supplies, paper products, and writing supplies to aid those needing temporary housing at the local emergency shelters. Susan Frontino, Chapter President, explained the local Alpha Delta Kappa Omicron Chapter of professional teachers and educators is proud to not only strive for educational excellence and professional growth through educational opportunities; but also for their opportunity to make a difference in their schools and communities through altruist projects. "Our members learned of the need for everyday basics for the homeless/emergency shelters in Jefferson County and knew we could help," noted Ms. Frontino. "The thoughtfulness and energy the Alpha Delta Kappa members gave to this project was wonderful," added Cheryl Craft, Homeless Services Coordinator for Community Action, Inc. "Their collection helped spread the word there are homeless issues in Jefferson County," noted Ms. Craft. "Their donations will provide comfort, basic necessities, and encouragement to those seeking temporary housing," Ms. Craft continued. "Basic comforts such as bathing, warmth, and shelter mean so much to those in need and knowing others are thinking of them and care is empowering," concluded Ms. Craft. Current or former teachers and educators may contact Sue at [email protected] or Stasia at [email protected] for more information on the local Alpha Delta Kappa Omicron Chapter. Individuals facing homelessness or near homelessness may contact Community Action, Inc. at 1-800-648-3381 or via email at [email protected]

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Abuse Can Start with Adolescence

Teenagers are just as likely to be in domestic violence filled relationships as adults. Studies show that nearly 1.5 million young boys and girls every year are abused in teenage relationships. This can happen physically, verbally, sexually, or even online. Social media, cell phones, and other online interactions are huge hotspots for teens experiencing domestic violence. Are you involved in your teen's dating life? Do you know if they're being abused by their friend or partner? Whether it's on the job, at school, or even during their own 'free time,' many teens can experience domestic violence from a friend or partner. This can start off as being anything small from simple commands or name calling and snowball into larger and more destructive actions, such as physical or sexual abuse. Just because they're teenagers, doesn't mean they aren't capable of being either an abuser or survivor in a domestic abuse relationship. High schools, parents, and the general public should be aware of these situations and circumstances, especially during the month of February which is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Community Action, Inc.'s Crossroads Project is raising awareness of this domestic violence threat to educate the youth of Clearfield and Jefferson Counties. Crossroads is taking a stand against teen dating violence and is offering our services to teens and parents. Give Crossroads a call on our toll-free hotline 24/7 at 1-800-598-3998. If your organization, school, or business would like to schedule a Teen Dating Violence Awareness presentation, please email [email protected] or contact the Crossroads' office nearest you. Brookville 814-849-2779; Clearfield 814-768-7200; DuBois 814-371-1223; Punxsutawney 814-938-3580; or toll-free 1-800-598-3998. Love isn't supposed to hurt. If someone you love hurts you, give us a call and help break the growing cycle of domestic violence.

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.

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Flyer with information about CAI

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