January 5, 2015

Washington, PA – Is your child three or four years old and looking forward to school like his or her older brothers and sisters? Is your first child preparing to go to school?

The Pre-K Counts Program is a full-day, FREE Program for qualifying families that prepares children for Kindergarten and future learning.

Pre-K is available at multiple locations throughout Washington and Greene Counties, perhaps near you! Community Action Southwest is currently accepting applications for the coming 2016-2017 school year.

To learn more and find out if you qualify, please contact the Pre-K Counts Office at 724.225.9550, Ext. 457; or toll free 1.877.814.0788, Ext. 457.

October 20, 2015

Washington, PA—Community Action Southwest is currently seeking volunteers in Washington County for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The program provides low-to-moderate income households with free income tax filing services, protects them from predatory or expensive filing services and ensures they receive all tax credits for which they are eligible.

Community members interested in learning more about volunteering for the program are invited to attend an upcoming Open House as follows:    

  • Wednesday, October 28th from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Community Action Southwest office in Washington (150 West Beau Street, Suite 304)

Volunteers are needed for various positions including greeting and screening taxpayers and preparing income tax returns on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. during income tax return season. Volunteers do not need prior experience in tax filing as they receive training and certification through the program. Individuals may volunteer as little as two hours each week and more if their schedule allows.

Last year, VITA Volunteers helped to file 516 income tax returns in Washington and Greene Counties resulting in $663,878 in refunds which were funneled back into the local economy.

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

CAS receives funding from both the United Way of Washington County and the Greene County United Way to operate VITA.

For additional information or to RSVP for an open house event, please contact Rebecca by telephone at 724-225-9550 x. 439 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.