NNY Community Foundation Support Critical to Food Pantry

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Can you imagine lacking the resources to buy enough food for your family? Access to food pantries is especially critical during situations like this. The Food Pantry at Community Action Planning Council has been able to provide food packages equivalent to 86,910 meals from October 2018 to April 2019.

Thanks to the generous donation of $1,500 from Northern New York Community Foundation, our selves were stocked with nutritious food, including a variety of canned vegetables, pasta, protein and soup. 

Our pantry at Community Action Planning Council receives financial support from a variety of sources, including the Food Bank of Central New York, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Northern New York Community Foundation, as well as donations and food drives coordinated by area businesses and individuals.

Visitors to the food pantry are provided with a five-day supply of food (three meals per day) for each member of the household. Food packages contain a variety of food items in keeping with nutrition guidelines from the Food Bank of Central New York. For more information about the food pantry or other Community Action services, please contact 315.782.4900, extension 257.

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Jefferson County Board of Legislators proclaim Community Action Month

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On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.

Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County was established in 1966 to wage the war on poverty in Jefferson County promoting self-sufficiency for those of limited income, ensuring that all residents are able to live in dignity; by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance; and by being a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms.

Community Action remains committed to helping families achieve economic security by providing a broad range of services that meet the unique needs of each family – and our community.

On May 7, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators made a proclamation in recognition of Community Action month. 

The festivities conclude on May 9, Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project, a program of Community Action Planning Council, will host a Child Care Provider Appreciation Celebration. On May 13, the agency will host a brunch to recognize the dedicated tax preparation volunteers for their outstanding efforts.  On May 23 with Grow with Community Action, a special open house event for low-income families, highlighting healthy habits, such as growing and preparing vegetables.

Last year, Community Action Planning Council helped better the lives of 5,964 individuals by providing essential services and life-changing opportunities, including early childhood education, family development, emergency food assistance, vocational education, job readiness supports, child care referrals, provider training, weatherization services, tax preparation, and more.

Despite budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, Community Action Planning Council has been remarkably successful assisting a broad cross-section of our the local population – families, children, students, senior citizens, military, veterans, single-parents, and anyone seeking an opportunity to achieve economic security.

For more information about Community Action programs or special events, please contact Claudia Whitmire at 315-782-4900, extension 250.

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Community Action Welcomes New Mascot

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On Friday, May 3rd, Community Action staff and students were greeted by our new Mascot: Cappy, the St. Bernard. Staff members were treated to popcorn to celebrate Cappy’s “Gotcha Day.”

The idea for the mascot was developed by the Marketing Committee last year, and the final conception was realized this week, just in time for Community Action Month!

Cappy was chosen as a St. Bernard after careful consideration of many other animal options to represent the agency. The St. Bernard breed of dog is known to be gentle, loving, loyal and watchful. For Community Action, those qualities speak volumes. Cappy will help encourage the mission and vision of Community Action, and represent the agency at future events. Welcome aboard, Cappy!

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Early Childhood Professionals Complete Training Course

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Six early childhood professionals recently completed a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preparatory course offered by Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project at Community Action Planning Council. The group attended weekly classes from September to April. The CDA training program offers an opportunity for individuals working with young children to expand their knowledge, improve their practices, and grow as professionals. Training topics include child growth and development, program management, and professionalism.

In order to earn the CDA credential, candidates must also demonstrate competency through preparation of a professional portfolio and observation of their work with young children.

The next CDA class is scheduled to begin in September, 2019.

Community Action Planning Council would like to congratulate these dedicated individuals and wish them success as they continue their careers in the early childhood field.

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Community Action at work!

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The Annual Report for 2018 is now available. The report highlights outcomes associated with each of the agency’s program areas: Head Start/Pre-K, Housing & Energy Services, Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project and the Family Center.

As noted in the report, Community Action served a total of 5,964 unduplicated individuals – or 2,083 families – during the course of the year. The issues relating to poverty are complex and require a comprehensive approach. Even though many of our customers access multiple services, we count them only once during a given year.

The Annual Report for 2018 provides a brief snapshot of the many services offered at Community Action. For more information, please contact us and schedule a tour…see Community Action at work.

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2019 Needs Assessment is now available

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Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. recently conducted an agency-wide assessment of community needs.  The assessment document will serve as a foundation for the agency’s strategic planning process, slated to begin in 2021.

The community needs assessment is comprised of data from a variety of sources, such as focus groups and surveys of agency constituencies, as well as statistical data from sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, and NYS Department of Education.   The data was analyzed and a list of community needs was compiled categorized by topic:  Jefferson County Poverty Profile, Transportation, Child Care, Disability Services and Substance Abuse.  The assessment document including the findings including the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey was reviewed by the agency’s Board of Directors in April.  The agency-wide assessment is complemented by program-specific assessment documents compiled by Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project and Head Start.

Community members are welcome to review the assessment materials, all of which are available here.

For more information about Community Action Planning Council or the assessment process, please contact Claudia Whitmire at 315-782-4900, extension 250.

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A Perfect Day for Pinwheels

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“All children deserve great childhoods because children are our future,” is the bold line we see when we visit the Prevent Child Abuse America website. Community Action Planning Council strives to do our part in the community to give children a brighter future through our programs. It was a no-brainer that we would come together in support of Pinwheels for Prevention.

With the leadership of the Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project (JLCP) staff, agency members came together today, a perfect sunny and windy day, to initiate our part of the cause by planting our very own Pinwheel Garden. With the assistance of an enthusiastic little girl, multiple Pinwheels have been planted outside of our main entrance to the building to show the community we are in support of the cause to prevent child abuse.

For more information about Pinwheels for Prevention, and how you can help, visit their website at

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Provider Appreciation Day

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May 10 is a day to recognize your child care provider for all the invaluable work they do for young children.  Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is recognized nationally and we want to make sure our Jefferson and Lewis County providers are also being recognized for their hard work and dedication to providing quality care for our community’s youngest.

This years theme is “You Are Making A Difference Every Day”.   Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project is hoping to collect 100 “Thank You’s” from families who appreciate all that their child care provider has done for their child and family, big or small.  This thank you can be in the form of a picture, video and/or a personalized statement.  All thank you’s will be used during our Provider Appreciation event to let child care providers know they are valued by their families and community.  Click here to post your comments or share a picture / video.

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Sessions To Be Held for Watertown’s Comprehensive Plan

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Community Action Planning Council will be hosting one of six open house sessions to discuss the future of the City of Watertown! Please join us and let your voice be heard! We will be meeting from 10:00am – 2:00pm on Wednesday, January 30th at our main building located at 518 Davidson Street. Our local partner, Urban Mission, will be holding a session the following day from 11:30am-3:00pm. For more information, please visit www.PlanWatertown.com.

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Universal Pre-K Expands to Sackets Harbor

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Community Action Planning Council is pleased and excited to announce the growth of our Pre-K program in January 2019.  Joining Watertown and Indian River School Districts, Sackets Harbor Central School will now house our newest Pre-K classroom.

Sackets Harbor Pre-K will run from 8:00am to 1:30pm. Classes are scheduled to start January 14, 2018.  Children must be 4 years of age on or before December 1, 2018 to enroll.  Applications can be submitted online or through the district office of Sackets Harbor.  The first selection will be made Friday, December 21, 2018 and the second on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

As with our other Pre-K classes, students will be taught using a Creative Curriculum through a Comprehensive Preschool Program.  Transportation will be available through the regular bus runs, and parent pick-ups will be at 1:30pm.  Meals will be provided to children.

For more information regarding our newest Pre-K classroom, please call (315) 646-3575.


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