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

Free Income Tax Preparation Appointments Available

Clarion and Jefferson County taxpayers earning $60,000 or less may qualify for Free VITA income tax preparation. Appointment scheduling begins January 9, 2023 with tax preparation appointments starting February 6, 2023. Please call Community Action Inc. at 814-226-4785 x 107 to leave your name and phone number. A worker will call back to schedule an appointment; please only call once. Signup sheets are also available at the Brockwayville Depot, the Heritage House, and The Foundry Seniors Centers in Jefferson County; please do not call the Centers.

Good Advice on Display at RSVP Office

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Cheryl Shellhammer, AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Director, is backed up with good advice in her office at the Clarion office of Community Action, Inc.  The first thing people see when they enter her office is a back wall covered with motivational quotes from a variety of authors, from Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney to John Lennon.

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Cheryl Shellhammer, AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Director, is backed up with good advice in her office at the Clarion office of Community Action, Inc. The first thing people see when they enter her office is a back wall covered with motivational quotes from a variety of authors, from Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney to John Lennon.

Clarion Woman Sells Candy Sleighs to Support Homeless Vets in Clarion County

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Santa’s sleigh is well known for delivering gifts, but a much smaller version developed by a Clarion woman, Joan Kriebel, also brings support for homeless veterans.

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Santa’s sleigh is well known for delivering gifts, but a much smaller version developed by a Clarion woman, Joan Kriebel, also brings support for homeless veterans.
Joan Kriebel (pictured above) makes sleighs out of multiple pieces of candy and sells them to raise funds for Veterans Services in Clarion County. In 2020, she raised $1,000.00 for Community Action’s Supportive Services to Veterans and their Families (SSVF) project, and in December 2022, she donated $1,200.00 raised from candy sleigh sales.

Emergency Rent Assistance Program Available

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2022 - ERAP applications being processed in the order they’re received, including new applications and recertifications.

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2022 - ERAP applications being processed in the order they’re received, including new applications and recertifications.

New On-Line Classes Available for Adult Education

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 postsecondary education prep. “We are pleased to announce new on-line classes are now available” Crystal White, CAI Adult Education Supervisor, shared details on CAI’s adult education offerings. “We provide basic skills instruction for students who want to obtain a high school equivalency diploma or for students who have a diploma but want to brush up on basic skills to obtain a job, advance in a job, or attend postsecondary education or training,” stated White. “We are more than just a ‘GED program.’” What are the offerings in CAI’s adult education program? White continued, “Services provided include: career services such as assessment of skills levels; referrals to and coordination of support services and programs; and information on postsecondary education, training, and workforce services.” Once people have their diploma, some may find they need help determining what to do next. “We help students recognize the diploma is a stepping stone, not the end goal,” White stated. “In fact, the adult education staff have many tools to help students on their path to gainful employment such as preparation for job training, postsecondary education or training, as well as specific employer requirements.” “These programs are free of charge to anyone 16 and older, not currently enrolled in a secondary school program,” White stated. “The purpose of the program is to help individuals meet their education and employment goals.” With services offered across the county, people can find classes at the location nearest to them. White continued, “In-person day and evening classes are currently held in Reynoldsville and Punxsutawney. Online classes are now available for those who can’t attend in-person classes. Education and employment are the common goals of all classes.” “We are also looking for volunteer tutors and classroom aides,” White added. “These volunteers help one-on-one either during class or at another scheduled time. All volunteers receive ongoing free training, materials, and guidance from Adult Education staff.” Sign up for CAI Adult Education classes or volunteer by calling Crystal at 814-938-3302 or 1-800-648-3381 or by emailing [email protected]

Construction and HVAC Contractors Needed

Seeking Volunteers for Domestic Violence Shelter

Community Action Inc.'s Crossroads Project is in great need of volunteers. If you are a student in need of some volunteer hours, a community member looking to make a difference, then look no further! Crossroads provides comprehensive free domestic violence training, offers flexible schedules, and a variety of duties and locations for volunteers. Together we can make a difference! Call today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and ways to help domestic violence victims in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties. Brookville 814-849-2779; Clearfield 814-768-7200; DuBois 814-371-1223; Punxsutawney 814-938-3580; or toll free 1-800-598-3998. You can also email Crossroads at [email protected] for more information on volunteering. Learn more and join Crossroads' efforts to break the Domestic Violence cycle in your community; together we can make a difference!

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.

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.