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Help Prevent a 52% Budget Cut to the South County Community Action Agency in Westerly, Rhode Island

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The Westerly Town Council wants to cut the budget of the South County Community Action (SCCA) Agency, serving Westerly, RI, by 52%. This cut will remove $11,000 from the budget, bringing it down from $21,000 to $10,000. We ask that Westerly residents ONLY, who believe in and support the Agency to please sign this petition to aide in the prevention of this budget cut.

The Westerly site is located at 34 Pond Street, and the Agency serves low to moderate income families, disabled adults, seniors, children and youth. The SCCA Agency was established in 1967 under President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”

Mission Statement:

“To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, education, health, prevention and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life” (SCCA).

Services Offered by the South County Community Action Agency:

Children, Youth & Families:  
-Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP)
-Joyful Learning Child Academy
-Head Start
-Holiday Food Baskets & Toy Distribution
Employment, Education & Training:
-Adult Education, Employment & Training
-AmeriCorps
-Distance Learning
-English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
-Financial Stability Programs
-GED Preparation
-Summer Youth Employment
-Tax Preparation Assistance (EITC)
-Transition to College
-YouthLinks
Food, Nutrition & Health:
-Commodities Distribution
-Holiday Food Baskets
-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP)
-Tobacco Cessation Program
Housing, Energy & Emergency Services:
-Appliance Management Program
-Emergency Basic Human Needs
-Emergency Boiler Repair/Boiler Replacement
-Furniture Bank Referral
-Heating Assistance (LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
-Shelter Vouchers
-Weatherization
Seniors & Disabled Adults:
-Aging & Disabilities Resource Center (The POINT)
-Elder Case Management
-Matter of Balance
-National Family Caregiver
-Personal Choice Waiver
-RI Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (RIPAE)
-Senior Health Insurance (SHIP)
-Senior Medical Patrol
-Victims of Crime Advocacy Program
Teens/Young Adults:
-Distance Learning
-GED Preparation
-Parenting Wisely
-Summer Youth Employment
-Transition to College
-Truancy Courts
-Youth Diversion Program
-Youth Responsibility
-Youth Success
-YouthLinks
-Wayward and Disobedient Youth

(SCCA)

If you are interested in taking a more direct action to help prevent this budget cut, there will be a Westerly Town Council meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm, which will be held at the Westerly Town Hall located at 45 Broad Street.    

“Sign-up Sheets will be available at the Council Meeting for any citizens wishing to be heard.  Citizens who do not sign up to speak will have an opportunity to be heard following the individuals listed on the sign-up sheet.

When addressing the Council, please state your name and address; please conduct yourself in an orderly and respectful fashion.  The comments of citizens accessing this portion of our meeting are neither adopted nor endorsed by this body, but heard as requested” (WESTERLY).

When you speak, be sure to state your name, your address, what services are provided to you through SCCA, and how it helps. Please keep your testimonies short, as others will also want to be heard. Head Start parents are encouraged to bring their children with them, if they wish, as they are just a few of the faces that could be affected by this budget cut!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: lesleysjewelz@yahoo.com.

Thank you,

-Lesley Gallo

 

 

 

Sources:

"South County Community Action Agency Home." South County Community Action Agency Home. Web. 10 Apr. 2015. <http://www.sccainc.org>

"WESTERLY, Rhode Island." AGENDAS, MINUTES, ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS. Web. 10 Apr. 2015. <http://www.westerly.govoffice.com>

 



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