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 5/19/2022. More Information

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.

RSVP Recognizes Volunteers, Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Community Action, Inc.'s AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) recently honored Clarion County volunteers and celebrated its 50th anniversary during its 2021 Recognition Celebration held at the Trinity Point Church of God.
State Representative and Community Action Board Member Donna Oberlander (left) presents Peggy Staab with a certificate recognizing her 2,013 volunteer hours.)

State Representative and Community Action Board Member Donna Oberlander (left) presents Peggy Staab with a certificate recognizing her 2,013 volunteer hours.)

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.

Weatherization Contractors Needed

Flyer with information about CAI

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton Supports Americorps Seniors

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated to the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc.

Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated to the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc.
The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated to the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc. "Farmers National Bank of Emlenton encourages giving back to the community and supporting local endeavors benefitting our citizens and enhancing their quality of life," noted Samantha Swigart, Retail Banking Administrator. Cheryl Shellhammer, Community Action, Inc.'s AmeriCorps Seniors Director, explained "AmeriCorps Seniors are volunteers, age 55 or older, who remain active in our communities sharing their skills and talents to help others. They provide assistance to aging seniors, low income families, and children by delivering meals, assisting at food pantries, and preparing federal, state, local tax returns, and property tax/rent rebates. Seniors also work to reclaim local streams and trails; create lap covers, mittens, and other warm coverings; and provide friendly check-in calls through the Phone-a-Friend project." "AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer opportunities are available through more than 50 stations located in Clarion, Jefferson, and Indiana counties. Stations include Area Agencies on Aging, local food pantries, VITA tax preparation sites, hospitals, libraries, faith-based organizations, proprietary healthcare facilities, and non-profit organizations," added Ms. Shellhammer. 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 PA and Hancock County, WV. For more information on Farmers National Bank, a subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: "EMCF"), please visit their website at www.farmersnb.com. For more information on the AmeriCorps Seniors Project at Community Action, Inc., please visit www.jccap.org or contact Cheryl Shellhammer at (814)226-4785 or [email protected]

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