Sears and Community Action Team up to Promote Healthy Eating

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Staff members at Sears (Salmon Run Mall) encouraged customers to support Community Action’s Seeds & Needs campaign during the retailer’s Friends & Family night on March 23.  They collected assorted gardening supplies and $189 in cash to support Seeds & Needs, an initiative designed to promote and encourage healthy eating habits.  Throughout the spring, Community Action Planning Council will continue to collect seeds and gardening supplies which will be made available to low-income families.  On May 28, 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.  Many thanks to our friends at Sears and in the community for helping to get Seeds & Needs off to a great start!

Sears Seeds and Needs Donation Web

Pictured, back row (from left): Patti Waldner, JCC intern for Community Action; Mary Jane Mathewson, Community Action Family Center coordinator; Scott Raines, Sears store manager; Monique Rink, Sears fine jewelry coordinator.  Front row (from left): Kay Kerns, Sears human resources lead and Becky Sholette, Sears soft lines lead.

Community Action to Host Fair Housing Roundtable

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Community Action Planning Council and the Jefferson County Planning Department are hosting an Annual
Fair Housing Roundtable in recognition of Fair Housing Month on April 22, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 AM at
Community Action Planning Council, located at 518 Davidson Street, Watertown.

The topic for this year’s roundtable discussion is “Reasonable Accommodations” with Karen Schroeder from
the CNY Fair Housing Council and Deanna Nelson from the NYS Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Schroeder will
explain reasonable accommodations and who the law applies to under the Fair Housing Act. Ms. Nelson will
provide information pertaining to the legal consequences for landlords who fail to comply with requests for
reasonable accommodations.

In addition, panelists from three Jefferson County agencies will share their expertise regarding available
resources to help landlords offset the costs associated with providing reasonable accommodations.
Panelists are Kim Smith and Mark Curtis from Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, Barb
Trombley from NNY Cerebral Palsy Association, and Sandy Garcia from Disabled Persons Action

For more information on the Fair Housing Roundtable or to RSVP, please call the Community Action Family
Center at 315.782.4900 ext. 271.

Assemblyman Blankenbush Visits Community Action

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Community Action welcomed Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush (Assembly District 117) this morning.  He took time out of his busy schedule to learn more about the Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project, the agency’s child care resource and referral program.  Thanks, Assemblyman Blankenbush!  It’s always a pleasure to tell the Community Action story.

Ken Blankenbush visits CAPC Mar 7 2014

Pictured (from left): Melinda Gault, executive director, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush and Cathy Brodeur, director of the Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project.