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TFEC Congratulates the winners of the 2013 Nonprofit Innovation Awards!

Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign
Winner: Bethesda Mission
Runner Up: Lutheran Social Services - SCP

Winner: Power Packs Project
Runner Up: Children's Family Center

Winner: Steelton Borough Community Cats, a project of Steelton Community Development Foundation
Runner Up: Leg Up Farm

Nonprofit Leadership Excellence
Emerson L. Lesher, Ph.D.
President, Messiah Lifeways

Domestic and Sexual Violence Subject of Film Series
The recently formed Perry Empowerment Task Force (PETF) is partnering with the Perry County Council of the Arts to host a series of films on the subject of domestic and sexual violence. PETF was founded with an initial goal of providing safe transitional housing for victims of domestic violence, a goal that was achieved with the local establishment of Linda House thanks to funding by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. Currently PETF seeks to make county residents aware of the prevalence and dangerous reality of domestic and sexual violence, the danger signs for potential as well as actual abuse, and concrete ways we can respond to, and minimize, this violence.

The series will be introduced by Leslie Morgan Steiner, author and blogger, at 7:00pm on Friday, March 8, 2013 at the Landis House in Newport. Ms. Steiner’s best selling book, “Crazy Love”, chronicles her experiences in a violently abusive first marriage; experiences she shares in an effort to shed light and information on this dark, often hidden, problem. She is no stranger to Perry County having spent two summers as a camper at Longacre Leadership, later returning for three more summers as a counselor. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Business Administration, former editor of Seventeen Magazine, author of best-seller “The Mommy Wars”, guest blogger for the Huffington Post, and creator of her own national blog, Modern Mom, Ms. Steiner now lives and writes in Washington D.C. but she continues to visit Perry County friends.

Films to be shown on subsequent Friday evenings are: March 22: “Telling Amy’s Story” about a woman in State College killed by her abusive husband; April 12: “Boys and Men Healing” focuses on the lingering effects of sexual violence; and April 26: “The Sin of Silence” about women in prison for killing their abusers.

Films are being provided by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. The Perry County Council of the Arts is providing both venue and popcorn, and PETF is providing soft drinks. The evenings are free and open to the public. Young people of dating age are encouraged to attend.

Community Action Commission Career Opportunities
Resumes will be accepted until filled. All candidates must be able to obtain Act 33/34 clearances upon hire. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Community Action Commission
Attn: F. Howard
1514 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104

Family Self Sufficiency Case Management Coordinator
– The FSS CM Coordinator will manage day to day activity, oversee goals, progress and implementation of programming related to CAC’s long-term Family Self Sufficiency Case Management program in the tri-county service region.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  providing direct supervision of staff including:  developing a training plan for new hires, managing of daily needs of program staff, monitoring of progress towards individual goals, identifying professional development opportunities for staff, reviewing and approving all time sheets and other requests, completing employee evaluations for staff; and providing direct management of programming including:  quality assurance monitoring and paperwork, maintaining an inventory of supplies at each site and completing supply requisitions when needed, monitoring progress and goals as listed in the contract, ensuring compliance to all program, contract and agency requirements, identifying areas of concern and recommending corrective action, and any other program needs.  Minimum qualifications include: a Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis in human services related field and/or social work and a strong case management background, a minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience, with experience in oversight of staff and program locations in multiple sites, a valid PA driver’s license with access to properly insured and reliable transportation, with an ability to drive in the three county service area of Community Action Commission, and excellent communication and leadership skills (with both staff and stakeholders).   The candidate must be able to obtain Act 33/34 clearances upon hire.  Day to day responsibilities will require travel within Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties, and may require travel statewide.  The salary range is $32,000-$35,000, with benefits offered.

Enhancing Communities Learning Series (ECLS)
ECLS is a program of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), Temple University’s Nonprofit Evaluation Services and Training Program (NEST) and the Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) at Millersville University. The series offers you a convenient way to learn about important and relevant issues affecting nonprofits while enjoying a meal with your colleagues in the community.

Click here for more information on upcoming 2013 sessions, as well as resources available from past sessions.

Lunch & Learn Series from The Arc of Dauphin County
Each event is at Harsco Center | 2569 Walnut Street | Penbrook, PA
Parking is available on either side of Banks Street (Arc owns both lots). A light meal will be served at each session.
RSVP in advance to Winnie Black at or by calling 717-920-2727.

Everyone's Responsibility: What Parents Can Do
Kathy Stocki | Thursday, June 13th | 11:30am-1:00pm
Kathy Stocki from the Parent Education Network will present this training on Bullying Prevention which is designed to educate parents, educators, students, and community members about bullying and to develop strategies for bullying prevention for children at home, school, and online.

Parents Panel
Tuesday, August 27th | 11:30am-1:00pm
Various community parents will discuss the strengths and challenges they have faced while assisting their children with the current Intellectual and Developmental Disability Systems.

PA Client Assistance Program
Lee Lippi | Monday, September 16th | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Lee Lippi of PA Client Assistance Program (CAP) will explain their advocacy program for people with disabilities as administered by the Center for Disability Law & Policy. CAP helps people who are seeking services from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), Centers for Independent Living (CILs) or other programs funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act. He will also discuss the Rehabilitation Council and the services they provide.

Living Wills and Power of Attorney
Debra Wallet | Thursday, October 3rd | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Debra Wallet from Debra Wallet Law Firm will discuss POLST (PA Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment), Living Wills, & Durable Medical Powers of Attorney. Ms. Wallet will share the latest on dealing with end of life issues.

iCanConnect and iTap
Terry Heffelfinger | Wednesday, November 6th | 12:00pm-1:30pm
Terry Heffelfinger will discuss how the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) provides outreach, assessments, telecommunications technology and training free of charge to those who meet federal eligibility guidelines. She will also discuss how iTAP promotes individuals with disabilities’ abilities to take advantage of iPad apps to enhance communication skills, develop and refine time management and planning skills, and cultivate social skills.

Legal Issues Surrounding Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Lacy Hayes | Tuesday, December 3rd | 11:30am-1:30pm
Lacy Hayes from the Law Office of Lacy Hayes, Jr. will answer your questions about legal issues that are currently challenging individuals with special needs including intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The ABC’s of IEP’s
Pam Klipa | Monday, January 13th | 11:30am-1:00pm
Pam Klipa from the Arc of PA will present this training intended to help parents and families understand the process of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) using Progress Monitoring - how to write goals, collect data, use a team to determine and implement goals that have a real outcome. Also included are many valuable resources from the Arc of PA to assist parents in finding the answers they need.

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, 200 North Third Street, P. O. Box 678, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678,
Telephone: (717) 236-5040, Fax: (717) 231-4463