Just a Buck Can Make a Difference

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The Jo Oddi Memorial Just a Buck fundraiser is underway. Through a direct mail campaign, members of the community are encouraged to make donations in support of the Food Pantry at the Community Action Planning Council.  For the second year, Watertown Savings Bank is matching the first $2,500 received through the Just a Buck campaign.

Last year the Food Pantry distributed emergency food that provided north country households with more than 112,000 meals. The pantry receives financial support from a variety of sources, including the Food Bank of Central NY, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). However, donations and food drives coordinated by area businesses and individuals continue to be a major source of support.  The partnership with Watertown Savings Bank is an excellent example of corporate and non-profit organizations working together to serve the community.

Now in its tenth year, the Just a Buck campaign was initiated by longtime member of the CAPC board of directors, Josephine “Jo” Oddi. After Jo’s death in 2008, the CAPC board of directors opted to continue the Just a Buck tradition.  Last year, the Just a Buck campaign raised $9,543.

For more information about the Just a Buck campaign, please contact Dawn Cole at (315) 782-4900, extension 250 or via email at dcole@capcjc.org.

Planting Strong Roots

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Northern Regional Center for Independent Living and Families Together in the North Country planted a tree at the Community Action Planning Council in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (May 6 – May 12).  The evergreen tree was planted to raise awareness about children’s mental health in hopes of helping to erase the stigma associated with children’s mental health issues.  Members of the community attended a special tree dedication ceremony at the Community Action Planning Council on May 11, 2012.  The audience included Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, Deputy Director Steve Hunt from the Office of Congressman Owens, and some very enthusiastic Head Start students.

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL) is a disability rights and resource center that promotes community efforts to end discrimination, segregation, and prejudice against people with disabilities, by working with community partners to create an accessible, inclusive society. Through NRCIL, people discover choices to live more independently with enhanced dignity. For more information about NRCIL, visit www.nrcil.net.

JLCP Announces Summer 2012 Training Schedule

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The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project is committed to meeting the training needs of child care providers by offering an array of workshops. Click here for the Summer 2012 Workshop Training Schedule and Registration Form. You will find a number of interesting workshops to choose from, including Toddler Activities, Behavior Management, Self-Assessment, School’s Out, What Now and Involving Parents in Your Program

For more information about child care provider education, call 315-782-4900, ext 237.

Come GROW with Community Action

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The Community Action Planning Council is hosting a special gardening event on May 14, 2012, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the CAPC Warehouse, located at 588 Morrison Street, Watertown.  Families will have the opportunity to start their own garden-in-a-bucket and learn useful gardening tips from the master gardener at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.  Seeds and live tomato and pepper plants are available for families to take home.  Anyone planning to attend should phone 315.782.4900, ext. 271.

All gardening supplies for the Come GROW with Community Action event were donated by local individuals and businesses as part of the Seeds & Needs campaign that ran through April.  This initiative is a Community Action Angels project.  Community Action Angels is an innovative volunteer and community partnership program dedicated to helping Community Action Agencies expand their capacity to serve the local community.  For more information about Community Action Angels, phone 315.782.4900, ext. 271.