Press & Resources | ARCHIVE: October 2014


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FPWA Raises $200K at Impact Awards

As seen in New York Nonprofit Press The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) held its 2014 Impact Awards Gala on Monday, October 20th, raising more than $200,000 to support the group's work. The evening’s festivities were kicked off by Mistress of Ceremonies, Melissa Russo, award winning Investigative Reporter for NBC 4 New York. More than 225 guests filled Guastavino's in New York City to help provide aid for some of New York City’s most vulnerable.

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As seen on Al Jazeera America NEW YORK — “No more one-size-fits-all” was the theme of a public hearing on welfare policy held Thursday in downtown Manhattan. About 80 people, many of whom receive public benefits, came to give and hear testimony on a seemingly esoteric, 56-page “Employment Plan” issued by the Human Resources Administration (HRA), the agency that oversees cash assistance, food stamps and other “safety-net” programs for New York City’s poorest residents. Advocates and dozens of participants in the city's "welfare-to-work" programs took turns at the microphone, expressing their frustration with a system that, in one man's words, "in no way meets my individual needs. I sit in a classroom six to seven hours a day doing absolutely nothing," he said, while ostensibly being trained on how to find a job.

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As seen in the Christian Science Monitor Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet. “I earned in a week what my family spent in a day,” she recalled.

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GreenStar Co-op announced last week it will open its third store in Ithaca on College Ave. in 2016, reflecting the rise of cooperative businesses across the country. As seen in Ithaca Week GreenStar Co-op, a community-owned natural foods market created to provide Ithaca residents with locally sourced food, has been around for more than four decades. But in the last three years, the number of co-op businesses in the U.S. has grown by a third.

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