October 5th, 2016

Washington, PA – Community Action Southwest’s (CAS) Home Ownership Center offers free appointments with HUD-certified housing counselors trained to assist area residents of all household incomes with the credit repair and home buying process or the foreclosure prevention process in both Greene and Washington Counties.

For homebuyers, counselors work with residents to determine what they can afford, review their credit scores, determine how credit scores can be improved when needed, discuss options for down payment assistance and explore pre-qualification for suitable loan programs.

For existing homeowners, counselors work with residents to help them refinance when needed and to enroll them in programs designed to prevent foreclosures through the national Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Initiative.

Linkages are also made to other support services at Community Action Southwest, including its weekly series of Financial Literacy Classes and matched savings account program. Additionally, listings of local realtors, homebuilders, mortgage lenders and home insurers, as well as local housing programs including the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington are also available.

Community Action Southwest’s Home Ownership Center receives funding through Washington County’s Local Share Account, the United Way of Washington County, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For additional information, please call 724.225.9550 ext. 421.

Washington, PA – Community Action Southwest (CAS) is currently recruiting volunteers in Washington and Greene Counties to tutor students in its Adult Education Program. The Adult Education Program is designed to assist area residents age 17 or older to obtain their high school equivalency diploma and/or increase their learning skills so they may enroll in a trade school or college or gain employment.

Volunteers are needed to assist Pennsylvania-Certified Teachers with classes in Bentleyville, Carmichaels, Donora, Washington and Waynesburg. Classes are held on various days and times each week in those communities.

Volunteers can also assist with tutoring students outside of the classroom through individual sessions at area libraries.

Training will be provided and volunteers will be asked to tutor students in subjects in which they are comfortable including reading, writing, science, social studies and math.

Volunteers must either have a Bachelor’s Degree or be actively pursuing a four-year degree at a college or university.

CAS receives funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Postsecondary & Adult Education in addition to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to operate its Adult Education Program.

CAS’ Adult Education Program is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, skills, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized.

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Anna at 724.225.9550 ext. 437.

Washington, PA –

Community Action Southwest’s Adult Education Program that is designed to assist residents age 17 or older to obtain their GED and/or increase their learning skills in order to secure employment or attend a trade school or college is enrolling new students.

A full schedule of classes is in-place in Washington and Greene Counties. Classes are taught every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week at the Greene, Mon Valley and Washington PA CareerLink sites.

Additionally, CAS also offers classes in Carmichaels and Bentleyville on Tuesday afternoons and on Thursdays in Carmichaels and Washington until 7 p.m. each week.

Upon enrollment and orientation, Pennsylvania-Certified Instructors work with students to determine the appropriate level of classes they will attend in addition to establishing their weekly class schedule.

Students enrolled in the program are also partnered with a trained case manager who will work with them on job development and trade school or college enrollment procedures. With the help of their case manager, students are able to explore their career options and overcome their barriers while being connected to some of the area’s largest employers and postsecondary schools.

CAS’ Adult Education Program is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, skills, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized.

CAS’ receives funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Postsecondary & Adult Education in addition to the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development to operate its Adult Education Program.

For additional information or to register for classes, please call 1.877.814.0788 ext. 530.

Washington, PA --Community Action Southwest is offering free classes at its Computer Learning Center in the City of Washington for lower income adults interested in enhancing their skills for employment or educational opportunities.

The classes taught include Basic Computer Skills, Internet Skills, Email Skills, Keyboarding, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. All of the classes are taught by volunteers once per week for four to six weeks (depending on the topic) and are held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Three of the classes have been scheduled for next month:

- The Basic Computer Skills class consists of five sessions and will begin on Monday, September 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
- The Microsoft Word class consists of four sessions and will begin on Thursday, September 15th from 9:15am to 12:15pm.
- The Microsoft Excel class consists of six sessions and will begin on Monday, September 12th from 9:30pm to 11:30pm.

These classes will be offered at the agency’s Washington office location at 150 West Beau Street, Suite 304.

For more information, to enroll in a class or to be added to the waiting list for another class offering, please call Carly at 724-225-9550 ext. 424. Classes are offered based on community need.

CAS’ Computer Learning Center is part of the agency’s Community Action WORKS initiative designed to serve its clients in a comprehensive fashion. Addressing adult education, employability, skill enhancement, housing and asset development, while creating opportunities and providing support for economic independence is the framework in which client success is realized.

May 2nd, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Community Action Southwest (CAS) received statewide recognition recently as the recipient of two Distinguished Service Awards, presented by the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP).

CAS received the Innovative Program of the Year award, which recognizes an agency whose newly developed program significantly impacted the quality of life for clients in a meaningful way. CAS partnered with Jefferson-Morgan School District this past year on a program called Community Innovation Zones. Both CAS and the school district are jointly committed to addressing the achievement of low-income students in rural Greene County.

CAS recognized that in order for children to succeed, their family unit must develop jobs skills, prepare for post-secondary education and possess technological skills. CAS strengthened their relationship with the school district and centralized services by implementing a Basic Computer Skills class for parents, creating transition activities for each grade level, and providing an on-site caseworker, among other initiatives. The strategies implemented have resulted in an increase in parent engagement, improved school readiness for children at risk of educational failure, and families working toward self-sufficiency.

The Community Engagement Award recognizes agencies whose initiatives successfully improved their community, improved the conditions for low-income families, and/or strengthened the agency’s relationships with its community partners and leaders. CAS was honored with the Community Engagement Award for instituting the Assets for Independence program (AFI).

Many low-income families lack the financial skills and capacity to manage and save money to escape poverty. To help clients achieve a greater degree of self-sufficiency, CAS partnered with nine local financial institutions to provide a $2 to $1 matched savings program for clients to purchase a home, capitalize a small business or transition to post-secondary education. Since CAS began offering AFI in 2012, 36 people have graduated from the program and 39 individuals are currently active savers.

Community Action is a locally designated and implemented anti-poverty effort performed by Community Action Agencies across the country. The 41 member agencies of the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania serve 64 counties in Pennsylvania. Agencies leverage federal Community Service Block Grant funding to attract additional financial support and resources to continue the fight against poverty.