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.

 

Support for Feinstein Challenge Continues

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The Community Action Planning Council’s share of the Feinstein Challenge Grant continues to grow, thanks to the kind support of the local business community.  Maines Paper and Food Service generously donated an assortment of food products valued at $984.16 in support of the Food Pantry.

Pictured (from left):  David Puccia, Maines Paper and Food Service district president, and Mary Hoistion, Community Action Planning Council intake worker.

The Feinstein Foundation helps more than 2,000 anti-hunger organizations around the country boost their fundraising efforts through its annual challenge.  All donations received in support of the Food Pantry before April 30 will count toward the challenge, at the end of which the Community Action Planning Council will receive a donation from the Feinstein Foundation based on the amount of food and funds raised in March and April.


There are 21 days remaining in April … still plenty of time to get involved.  Join our friends at Maines Paper and Food Service and support the Feinstein Challenge.  Call 315.782.4900, ext. 257 to learn more.

 

1,498 Boxes of Cheerios Arrive at CAPC

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Kinney Drugs donated 1,498 boxes of Cheerios cereal in support of the Community Action Planning Council Food Pantry.  What a way to boost CAPC’s share of the Feinstein Challenge Grant!  All donations received, financial or food, before April 30 are counted toward the Feinstein Challenge, an annual initiative that supports more than 2,000 food pantries around the country.   At the conclusion of the challenge, the Community Action Planning Council will receive a donation from the Feinstein Foundation (Rhode Island) based on the amount of food and funds raised in March and April.  Thank you, Kinney Drugs!

Pictured (from left): Dawn Cole, CAPC deputy director; Bill Fisk, Kinney Drugs merchandise manager; Rob LaMarche, Kinney Drugs store manager; Wendy Rambone, Kinney Drugs store manager; Brian Wekar, Kinney Drugs store manager and Mary Hoistion, CAPC intake worker.

Kinney Drugs joins a growing list of businesses who support Community Action Planning Council’s efforts to meet the Feinstein Challenge.  Many thanks to: Byrne Dairy, Lowe’s, Maines Paper & Food Service, Price Chopper, Renzi Foodservice, as well as the Criminal Justice students at the Jeff-Lewis BOCES.

There are 24 more days left in April … lots of time to participate in the Feinstein Challenge.  Call the Community Action Planning Council at 315.782.4900, ext. 257 to find out how you can help make a difference.

 

Head Start/Pre-K Recognizes Community Partners

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The Head Start and Pre-K program at the Community Action Planning Council hosted a special breakfast on March 21, 2012.  Representatives from community agencies were recognized for their support of Head Start and Pre-K.  Sincere thanks to the many community partners who work with Head Start/Pre-K to provide services to our children, families and staff!


Pictured (front row, from left): Lynn Amell, Milestones Children’s Center; Patty Bishop, NNY Rural Healthcare Alliance; Barbara Robinson, North Country Children’s Clinic; Sr. Juliana Raymond, JCC; Marie Ambrose, Head Start/UPK.  (2nd row, from left): Melissa Snyder, Watertown Housing Authority; Anne Beevers, North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council; Judy Overton, North Country Children’s Clinic; Amanda Root, Cornell Cooperative Extension.  (3rd row, from left): Collene Alexander, Family Counseling Services; Sharon Bouchard, CAPC; Kathy Connor, Northern Regional Center for Independent Living. (Back row, from left):  John Wright, NYS Zoo at Thompson Park; Melinda Gault, CAPC; Ashley Groff, Flower Memorial Library; Alison Fisher, Fort Drum Parent to Parent Program; Cathy Brodeur, Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project; Lisa Dowdle, Cerebral Palsy of the North Country; Andrea Peck, Victims Assistance Center; Stephanie Calhoun, Victims Assistance Center; Carolyn Koeder, Fort Drum Parent to Parent Program.

 

CAPC and TUNES 92.5 Partner on Seeds & Needs

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The Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. (CAPC) is partnering with local radio station TUNES 92.5 on an exciting new initiative – the Seeds & Needs Campaign.  We are collecting packets of fruit and vegetable seeds, small potting spades, start-up potting cups, and small bags of potting soil – all of which will be used to promote healthy living to low-income families.

Each year, CAPC distributes food to thousands of low-income households who cannot afford healthy food options.  The Seeds & Needs initiative can help make fresh produce more accessible to these families.

Please consider making a donation of seeds or other gardening supplies in support of Seeds & Needs.  Together, we can make a healthier community!  For more information, call 315.782.4900, ext. 233.

CAPC Blood Drive Exceeds Goal

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Many thanks to all of the Community Action Planning Council employees, friends and partners in the community who participated in our recent Blood Drive!  On March 16, we surpassed our goal, and 23 units were donated.  This makes a tremendous difference to people in need, and it’s a wonderful way for us to contribute to the well-being of our community.  We are appreciative of our bakers, helpers, and especially our donors!

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, and it can make a big difference in the lives of others.  If you were unable to participate in the blood drive and would like more information about donating blood, visit www.redcross.org/.

QUALITYstarsNY Readiness Project Workshops Now Available

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QUALITYstarsNY is a quality rating and improvement system that is designed to increase quality in early care and learning settings in New York State. Child care programs who participate get a star rating, similar to hotel star ratings. The child care programs also develop a quality improvement plan and receive support from QUALITYstarsNY to implement the improvement plan.

The Early Care & Learning Council, in cooperation with QUALITYstarsNY, has developed three QUALITYstarsNY Readiness Project workshops that are now available throughout New York State. These workshops are intended to inform child care program adminstrators about QUALITYstarsNY and help those programs prepare for the star rating system. The workshops will take place locally at at the Community Action Planning Council on several dates in May.  Workshops are offered at no cost to participants.

Workshops are facilitated by experienced early learning trainers; topics are as follows:

  • Introduction to QUALITYstarsNY
  • Self-Assessment: Preparing for Program Improvement
  • First Steps for Quality Improvement

Click here for workshop dates and registration form or phone 315.782.4900, ext. 239.

Visit www.earlycareandlearning.org to learn more about the QUALITYstarsNY Readiness Project Workshops or to find sessions around the state.

Parent Committee Conducts Diaper Drive

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The Watertown Head Start Parent Committee is conducting a diaper drive in support of the Community Action Planning Council Food Pantry.  Diapers are needed in all sizes.   Visit one of the following Watertown businesses and make a diaper donation to support a low-income family.  Diapers will be collected through March 7, 2012.

  • Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Avon Shoes
  • Bethany United Methodist Church
  • Cheney Tire
  • Community Action Planning Council Food Pantry
  • Flower Memorial Library
  • Hilltop Apartments
  • Holy Family Church
  • LeRay Street Apartments
  • Skyline Apartments
  • Stream International
  • YMCA

Each Head Start Center is home to a Parent Committee.  Meetings are held monthly throughout the school year, during which parents and children enjoy fun and educational activities together.  Parent Committees routinely participate in activities and special projects that support the community at large.  We are fortunate – and grateful – for the strong support and participation of our Head Start Parent Committees.  Please help them make this diaper drive a great success!  For more information about Head Start, contact 315.782.4900, ext. 236.