Community Action Seeks Support of Gardening Initiative

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Community Action Planning Council seeks support of the third annual Seeds & Needs campaign.  Community members are asked to donate gardening supplies, such as fruit and vegetable seeds, small potting spades, start-up potting cups, and bags of potting soil – all of which will be made available to low-income families in an effort to promote and encourage healthy eating habits.   At the conclusion of the campaign, families will be invited to attend a special Grow with Community Action event where they will be provided with gardening instruction and supplies to start their own gardens.

Grow with CA 01Through its food pantry, Community Action Planning Council distributes food to thousands of families each year.  Visitors to the pantry often find healthy food options cost prohibitive.  Seeds & Needs encourages low-income individuals to make the most of their household budgets by growing their own fruits and vegetables.   

Seeds & Needs is a community approach to healthy living.  Last year, community members donated more than 3,000 packets of seeds and other gardening materials that were distributed to Community Action families and to local schools and food pantries.  Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County offered gardening instruction.  Cape Vincent Correctional Facility and the Food Bank of Central New York provided tomato and green pepper starter plants in buckets which make great portable gardens for families with limited yard space.

Please consider supporting Seeds & Needs.  Make a donation, organize a gardening supply drive, or put a collection box within your place of work to encourage customers or coworkers to contribute to Seeds & Needs.

Donations will be collected through the spring and distributed to families on May 28 during a Grow with Community Action 50th anniversary open house event.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Mary Jane Mathewson at 315.782.4900, extension 233.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

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Red-Cross-Blood-Drive-Mar-28-2014v2Community Action is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, March 28, 1:00 – 6:00 PM in the Training Room (#38) at Community Action Planning Council, 518 Davidson Street in Watertown.  Please help make this our most successful blood drive to date.  In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Community Action, we are planning for 50 appointments!  Please consider donating blood … and recruiting your friends and  family members to do the same.

Every unit of blood donated will benefit up to THREE people right here in our community.  Treats, smiles, stickers, juice, and sincere appreciation are just some of the benefits to you when you donate.  But the biggest reward comes from knowing that you spent just 30 minutes giving a stranger what they need to sustain life when they need it most.

Click here to download the flyer … hang in your place of business and help spread the word!

For questions, a couple of tips and (of course) to make an appointment, call Cathy Brodeur at 315.782.4900 ext. 240.

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JLCP to Host Spring Conference for Child Care Providers

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The Spring Conference is just around the corner … March 22.  Have you registered yet? Don’t wait… space is limited to the first 50 people!

We will have a fun-filled day of inquiry and creation which is sure to generate some new ideas for your program. Explore ways in which to encourage children’s natural curiosity and creative thinking skills. Complimentary lunch from Panera Bread!

Click here to download conference flyer and registration form.

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FREE Tax Preparation Services Available

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Tax-Volunteers 2Community Action Planning Council is offering free income tax preparation to low-income households in Jefferson County.  Filing a tax return is as easy as making an appointment to meet with an IRS-certified volunteer who will provide basic income tax return preparation (Forms 1040, 1040-A, 1040-EZ).  Well-trained, experienced tax preparers are knowledgeable about special tax credits, including Earned Income Tax Credit.  Electronic filing and direct deposit are offered.

To qualify for tax preparation services, household income must not exceed $55,000.  Service is not available to small businesses or military households.   Tax preparation is offered by appointment only.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 315.782.4900, ext. 271. For appointments at the Carthage or Clayton locations, call the phone numbers listed below.  Tax preparation is available at the following locations:

  • Community Action Planning Council – 518 Davidson Street Watertown
    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, February 3 – April 14, 2014, 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM
  • Flower Memorial Library – 229 Washington Street Watertown
    Saturdays, February 8 – April 12, 2014, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Village of Adams Offices – 3 South Main Street Adams
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 4 – April 10, 2014, 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Paynter Senior Center – 914 Strawberry Lane Clayton – Call 315.686.3553 for an appointment.
    Mondays, February 24, March 3 and March 10
  • American Legion – 415 West Street Carthage – Call 315.493.1545 for an appointment.
    1st Tuesday of the month, then Wednesdays the remainder of the month, February 4 – April 9, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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FREE Tax Preparation Services Available

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Tax-Volunteers 2Community Action Planning Council is offering free income tax preparation to low-income households in Jefferson County.  Filing a tax return is as easy as making an appointment to meet with an IRS-certified volunteer who will provide basic income tax return preparation (Forms 1040, 1040-A, 1040-EZ).  Well-trained, experienced tax preparers are knowledgeable about special tax credits, including Earned Income Tax Credit.  Electronic filing and direct deposit are offered.

To qualify for tax preparation services, household income must not exceed $55,000.  Service is not available to small businesses or military households.   Tax preparation is offered by appointment only.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 315.782.4900, ext. 271. For appointments at the Carthage or Clayton locations, call the phone numbers listed below.  Tax preparation is available at the following locations:

  • Community Action Planning Council – 518 Davidson Street Watertown
    Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, February 3 – April 14, 2014, 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM
  • Flower Memorial Library – 229 Washington Street Watertown
    Saturdays, February 8 – April 12, 2014, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Village of Adams Offices – 3 South Main Street Adams
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 4 – April 10, 2014, 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Paynter Senior Center – 914 Strawberry Lane Clayton – Call 315.686.3553 for an appointment.
    Mondays, February 24, March 3 and March 10
  • American Legion – 415 West Street Carthage – Call 315.493.1545 for an appointment.
    1st Tuesday of the month, then Wednesdays the remainder of the month, February 4 – April 9, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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