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Please note: The Bedford County Food Pantries will distribute food AS NORMAL on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

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Brittany serves as an employment specialist in Fulton County. Appreciative to have received services through Center for Community Action when she needed them, Nunemaker was inspired by the EARN program and is proud to have become self-sufficient through a strong support system, confidence, and assistance from CCA.

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Center for Community Action is the sponser agency for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Blair and Huntingdon Counties. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Through RSVP, older adults use the skills and talents learned over their lifetime and have opportunities to develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within the community. Click here to learn more.

CCA Partenters with Saint Francis University for Uwork

Uwork’s pilot deployment was funded by a grant from BNY Mellon, awarded at Enactus National Competition in May 2018. The SFU Enactus team spent the fall of 2018 planning project deployment and lining up community partners before beginning deployment in February 2019. Since that time, the Enactus team has presented 6 training sessions between the CCA and AASD, reaching approximately 20 high-risk job seekers. Participants in the pilot received a certificate of completion and a small gift for attending.
“Enactus’ primary mission is to make the world a better place while giving students opportunities for hands-on learning,” stated Bauman. “With Uwork, our students gain real-world experience while offering a needed service in the community.”
Because of the varying needs of Uwork’s community partners, the SFU Enactus team modified formats and schedules to meet the needs of individual constituents. CCA EARN Staff Support Assistant Jonid Castillo praised the flexibility of the Uwork program and the willingness of student participants to learn on their feet.
“Attendance at many of our sessions can be fluid, based on everything from transportation to job interviews,” she states. “The modular nature of the program developed by SFU Enactus really enabled them to respond quickly to requests from our constituents.”
Student facilitators were instrumental in some of the required improvisation to ensure that these sessions were successful. Hunter Longenecker explained he and his fellow students often changed content and presentation approaches based on real-time observation of attendees.
“During some of our smaller sessions, it just made sense to go more one-on-one with attendees as opposed to a typical lecture format,” he stated. “As the level of formality came down, so did barriers between people!”
Many student participants emphasized that the community-engaged learning experience was personally moving. Uwork Project Co-Lead Morgan Flack praised the transformative nature of working with adult learners.
“I can honestly say that serving others has been one of the most satisfying parts of Uwork,” she states. “It has given me a real opportunity to see my classroom business skills used in a way that might actually change someone’s life!”
Despite the success of Uwork’s pilot deployment, the program was not without challenges. Many community partner schedules conflicted with SFU volunteer class times. Other challenges included high rates of participant changeover and difficulties with transportation for attendees.
“Many of these job-seekers don’t have cars and public transportation is problematic in this region,” said volunteer Anne-Marie Larkin. “We will be exploring alternative means of content delivery for future project expansion.”
To that end the Uwork project team plans on expanding program offerings for the fall through existing and developing community partners and acquisition of additional funding. Uwork co-lead Alex Kiepert said that the team is actively pursuing grants and alternative avenues. “We’re realized this project has plenty of room to grow and develop,” states Kiepert. “As long as there’s a need, we will do our best to be there.”
Professor Tonkin plans on integrating Uwork into his fall 2019 course offerings at SFU, giving students in his Management 201 (Human Resource Management) class the opportunity to work in helping to better prepare job-seekers.
“This fall, I hope to see some of my students serving as mock-interviewers and actively engaging with the public,” he states. “These kinds of experiences really make theory come to life.”
The Saint Francis University Uwork team gratefully acknowledges the support of their community partners, the Shields School of Business Dean Dr. Randy Frye and Associate Dean Dr. John Miko, BNY Mellon, SFU Career Services, Dr. Kelly Rhodes, Enactus USA, and the SFU community for support. For more information, please visit www.francis.edu/uwork or e-mail ktonkin@francis.edu
*CCA STAFF back row (left to right): Christopher Gresko Assistant Program Director, Stacey Wyles Program Director, Ralph Estabrook- Program Coordinator
Front row: Jonid Castillo- Staff Support, Janice Gartland- Career Counselor
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Looking for work?
Cambria County Career Link will have a representative at the office at 4200 Crawford Avenue this Wednesday, April 17, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Call to make an appointment or stop in...
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Some people think government shouldn’t set a minimum wage.

But when workers make poverty wages, it's government — not businesses — making sure people can feed their families, go to the doctor, and heat their homes.

It’s time all businesses pay workers a livable wage. #FightFor15
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