September 23rd, 2015

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 GED 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 Burgettstown, 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’ 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 Chris at 1.877.814.0788 ext. 528. 

September 3, 2015

Washington, PA – Area residents who passed some subjects of the 2002 Series GED® exam have until December 31, 2015 to have their passing scores count towards the new 2014 Series GED® exam. Community Action Southwest’s Adult Education Program's Pennsylvania-Certified Teachers will help students’ access their previous scores and prepare them to pass the remaining subjects of the new test so they can obtain their GED credential.

Community Action Southwest’s Adult Education Program 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, Bentleyville and Burgettstown 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 career options and overcome 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.

The agency’s Adult Education Program is funded through grants it receives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and the United Way of Washington County.

For additional information or to register for classes, please call 1.877.814.0788 ext. 539. 

September 1st, 2015

Washington, PA – Community Action Southwest’s Home Ownership Center will launch a workshop series entitled, “Building Your Financial House” beginning this month. The four session workshop series will be offered on the second Saturday of September, October, November and December from 9 a.m. until noon.

The workshops, designed to help residents identify financial strengths, challenges and strategies in order to begin to think about purchasing a home, will be held at Community Action Southwest’s offices located at 150 West Beau Street in Washington.

In addition to the monthly workshops, participants will be paired with a certified HUD-Housing Counselor who will meet with them individually to develop action plans designed to help them achieve their housing-related financial goals.

The workshops and individual coaching sessions will be offered free-of-charge as they are being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

The Home Ownership Center is a program of Community Action Southwest; the center exists to help anyone looking to build, purchase or maintain a home in Washington or Greene Counties. Housing Counselors can help area residents build or purchase a home, repair their credit and/or avoid foreclosure.

The Home Ownership Center receives funding through HUD, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Washington County’s Local Share Account and the United Way of Washington County.  

Pre-registration is required in order for residents to attend the workshop series. For additional information, please call 724.225.9550 ext. 421.

July 24, 2015

Washington, PA - Community Action Southwest has just eight remaining slots for participants in its matched savings program, Assets for Independence. The program provides a $2 match for every $1 saved. Participants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in matching funds for the first $2,000 they save.

 To-date, 18 area residents have completed the program and acquired their asset while 65 are still saving towards their goal.

 Participants must be a Washington or Greene County resident and agree to open a savings account at one of nine partnering banks to save their earned income with the goal of using their savings and match monies to: 1) purchase their first home, 2) attend a trade school or college or 3) begin or expand a business.

 For those saving towards the goal of purchasing their first home, Community Action Southwest links them to their Home Ownership Center where certified HUD Housing Counselors review their credit scores, help them repair their credit as needed and mentor them through the home purchase process.

 For participants interested in attending a trade school or college, the agency’s Postsecondary Education Coordinator can help them to determine a course of study and a school while helping them through the enrollment and financial aid application processes.

 Assets for Independence was launched in 2011 when Community Action Southwest received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch the program in Washington and Greene Counties. Nine partnering banks have committed nearly $180,000 in matching funds for the program. 

 Assets for Independence is part of CAS’ 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 at the agency.

 For additional information about Assets for Independence, please contact Sarah Schneider at 724.225.9550 ext. 423.

May 21, 2015

Community Action Southwest will hold a mass distribution of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks on Friday June 5, 2015.  The distribution is only for WIC-eligible women and their children over 2 years of age; it does not include senior citizens, who will have their own distribution date.

Distribution will take place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Washington - WIC Clinic, 150 W. Beau St, Suite 202, Washington
  • Waynesburg - WIC Clinic, 58 East Greene Street, Waynesburg

Those who normally receive services at satellite WIC clinics may pick up their farmers’ market checks at these centralized locations.  No appointments are necessary, but participants are asked to bring their voucher holder and ID card.

Those who are unable to come on June 5 will receive their farmers’ market vouchers at their regular WIC appointments in June, July, August, or September.

The purpose of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is to provide nutritionally at-risk women and children with vouchers for fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets and also to increase awareness and use of these markets. Eligible women and children will receive four $5 checks totaling $20 for the season.

For more information regarding WIC services in Washington and Greene Counties, call 1-877-814-0788, extension 440.

PA WIC is funded by USDA.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.