News Releases

CAA will Provide Free Shoes through Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids Program

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), is pleased to announce that CAADC has been selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kid, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource.  CAADC is among 700 charitable agencies representing all 50 states in the United States.  CAADC will be distributing merchandise certificates for shoes to children in its two family shelters during this holiday season.     

This is the eighth year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program.  Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children do not own a pair of shoes that fit.  Mr. Coleman stated “By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essential on a daily basis, CAADC, in partnering with the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible.”

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Toy Drop-Off Locations for Homeless Children

Media - The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is conducting a Holiday Toy Drive for over 1,000 needy children including from their shelter and transitional housing facilities.  CAADC is collecting new, unwrapped toys until December 19th to be distributed to the homeless children.  The following local businesses have generously agreed to serve as drop-off locations for toy donations:

CAADC at its Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061
CAADC in the Toal Building, 2nd and Orange St., Media 19063
Aston Sunoco, 3355 Market Street, Twin Oaks, PA 19014
The Coffee Station, 1 Kedron Avenue, Morton, PA 19070
The Coffee Station, 3518 Foulk Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061
Crozer-Keystone Medical Center, Lobby and North Campus on 15th Street, Chester, PA 19013
Crozer-Chester Medical Center/Community Hospital, 2600 W. 9th Street, Chester, PA 19013
Crozer Medical Center at Brinton Lake, 30 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Curves of Drexel Hill, 5051 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Baltimore Pike, Suite 9LL, Springfield, PA 19064
Delaware County Memorial Hospital, 501 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Delaware Co. Office of Services for the Aging, 206 Eddystone Ave., Eddystone, PA 19022
Drexel Hill Medical Associates, 5030 State Road, Suite 2-400, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Glenolden Library, 211 S. Llanwellyn Ave., Glenolden, PA 19036
Hope United Methodist Church, 1108 Steel Road, Havertown, PA 19083
Interstate Auto Electric Incorporated, 2545 Market Street, Aston, PA 19014
Keller Williams Real Estate, 276-B Dilworthtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382
Media Imaging, 200 E. State Street, Suite #200, Media, PA 19063
Media-Upper Providence Library, 1 East Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Norwood Library, 513 Welcome Ave., Norwood, PA 19074
Prospect Park United Methodist Church, 800 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park, PA 19076
Red Lobster, 1 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064
REMAX, 610 E. Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
Ridley Township Library, 100 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA 19033
Riviera at Concord, 2 Kerlin Court, Garnet Valley, PA 19061
Sharon Savings Bank - Aston, 4956 Pennell Rd., Aston, PA 19014
Sharon Savings Bank - Darby, 9 Chester Pike, Darby, PA 19023
Sharon Savings Bank - Morton, 25 S. Morton Ave., Morton, PA 19070
Sharon Savings Bank - Springfield, 5 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA 19064
Springfield Hospital, 190 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064
Taylor Hospital, 175 East Chester Pike, Ridley Park, PA 19078
Tinicum Memorial Public Library, 620 Seneca Street, Essington, PA 19029
Vinnie’s Place, 110 S. Edgmont Ave., Media, PA 19063

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Crozer-Keystone Annual Food Drive Benefitting CAADC

MEDIA- Crozer-Keystone Health System employees have a long-standing tradition of helping their neighbors in need through numerous community outreach efforts, including the health system’s annual food drive. This year’s food drive is scheduled from Oct. 27 to Nov. 24. The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is a primary beneficiary for the food drive.

Members of the local community are invited to participate alongside Crozer-Keystone employees in this campaign by choosing from multiple drop-off locations within the health system. In addition, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has agreed to continue its participation with this campaign and will have a drop-off location inside the Chamber office, which is located at 1001 Baltimore Pike, Ste 9LL in Springfield. CAADC has partnered with other community partners as well in Delaware County who have agreed to serve as drop-off locations.

For the food drive from Oct. 27 to Nov. 24, food should be packaged in cans, boxes, or plastic bottles. Some examples include: canned fruit and vegetables, canned pasta, cereal, macaroni and cheese, bottled water, peanut butter/jelly (in plastic jars), pork and beans, soups, tuna fish and canned meats.

Drop-off bins benefitting CAADC are at the following locations:
- Community Hospital in Chester: Main lobby
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland: POB lobby, North Lobby, Tech Park
- Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake (300 Evergreen Drive) in Glen Mills: Main lobby
- Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill: Main lobby
- Springfield Hospital in Springfield: Main lobby, Healthplex, Corporate office at Pavilion II
- Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Baltimore Pike, Ste 9LL -Springfield
- Media Imaging, 200 E. State Street, Media, PA 19063
- Collenbrook United Church, 5290 Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 on November 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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October 30th is National Weatherization Day

MEDIA- October 30th is National Weatherization Day.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  As the cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures.  For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option.  These families pay 14.4% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.3% for other non low-income families. The Weatherization Program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications.  On average, the program reduces heating bills by 20-30%.  All services are free of charge.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call and get fast service before winter arrives and the program gets very busy.”

Annual income guidelines currently are:
Family of 1: $23,340
Family of 2: $31,460
Family of 3: $39,580
Family of 4: $47,700
Family of 5: $55,820
Add $8,120 for each additional family member.
Funding for this program is provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.  To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770

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Community Action Agency Holding its 35th Annual Meeting

Media, PA—- The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) will be holding its 35th Annual Meeting on Friday October 31st, 2014 at the Springfield Country Club (400 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064) from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM.  Central to the program will be recognition of clients that have made significant progress towards self-sufficiency.  CAADC provides a variety of social services helping low-income person achieve self-sufficiency including emergency shelter, transitional housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, financial literacy instruction, etc.  The luncheon event will include an update on the Agency’s status, a look back at the past year, as well as awards to supporters of the Agency.  The lead sponsor for this event is The Boeing Company. 

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Wells Fargo Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo to support its Case Management Program.  CAADC provides intensive case management to families in crisis in its three homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, employment and training programs, etc.  Case Managers help families and individuals to develop goal plans and move toward self-sufficiency.  Mr. Coleman stated, “Wells Fargo has been a great supporter of our homeless efforts in Delaware County.  They are helping homeless and low-income families with finding housing, securing employment, and developing financial literacy skills.” 

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1st Annual Harvest Moon Dance Fundraiser Benefiting Homeless Shelters

Media - The 1st Annual Harvest Moon Dance Fundraising Event will be held on Sunday October 19th (Eagles bye week) and will benefit homeless shelters in Delaware County.  The event will support the homeless shelters operated by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) including the Wesley House (families and single women), the Family Management Center (families) and the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County (single men and women). 

This fun event will be from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and will include a relaxing evening listening and dancing to all your favorite Big Band Music from the Thirties and Forties (from an experienced DJ).  A light supper is included as well catered by Justine’s Cuisines.  Additional donations will be requested for wine and beer.  It is being held at St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church at 41 E. Baltimore Avenue in Lansdowne, PA 19050 (parking entrance is on Highland Avenue).  Tickets are $20.  Please call Ann at (610) 853-1484 or Linda at (610) 622-0870 to purchase a ticket.  Tickets may be purchased on-line by clicking on the “TICKETS” button at http://www.caadc.org (tickets will then be mailed plus purchasers will be put on a list at the door).

If you are unable to attend but would like to support this effort please send a check payable to the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. to:
Save Our Shelters (S.O.S) Campaign
CAADC, Inc.
Government Center, 201 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063

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Building Trades Training Program for Youth Accepting Applications

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Building Trades Training Program is now accepting applications from eligible youth.  The Building Trades Training Program is designed to help out-of-school youth gain the skills for a rewarding career.  Free training is provided in plumbing basics, construction/drywall and electrical maintenance.  Participants receive industry recognized certifications in OSHA Construction, Lead Safety and Forklifting. 

There are a limited number of available slots though and applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one
- Currently reside in Delaware County
- Not enrolled in High School

Income eligibility guidelines do apply.  Call today to see if you are eligible.  Contact Carla Gordy at CAADC’s Employment and Training Department at (610) 874-8451 x 1047.

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New Program Supports Veterans Having a Housing Crisis

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), announced that the Agency is beginning a new program in partnership with the Salvation Army- Chester Corps to support Veterans having a housing crisis.  CAADC was funded for a Supportive Services for Veteran Families program through the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs.  The goal of the program is to provide supportive services for Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

The program begins on October 1st and income eligibility requirements do apply.  The program though is looking for Veterans to call now so that they can be ready to enter into the limited number of slots.  CAADC will be providing services to Veteran families with children.  Families facing a housing crisis should call Danita Miller at CAADC at (610) 874-8451.  The Salvation Army will serve Veteran individuals (no children in the household).  Individuals facing a housing crisis should call Harry Dorsey at the Salvation Army at (610) 874-0423.

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CAADC, Inc. Undertakes Weatherization in Tri-County Area

Media - CAADC has been a long-time provider of Weatherization services in Delaware County.  The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  The program is designed to keep residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  The majority of Weatherization funding comes from the Federal Department of Energy.

Federal resources for Weatherization services have decreased dramatically.  Edward T. Coleman, CEO of CAADC, has been involved with Weatherization for the last 37 years.  Mr. Coleman started the Weatherization program in Lackawanna County in 1976 and has been involved ever since.  Mr. Coleman said “In all the years I have been involved with Weatherization we have never faced such a critical loss of resources.  It is unfortunate since job creation and energy independence are national priorities.  Weatherization effectively and efficiently focuses on both of those priorities.”

As a result of the funding reductions, the Agency providing service in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties notified the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that they could no longer provide services to these counties.  The PA DCED asked CAADC to assume responsibility for administration in these counties in addition to Delaware County. 

Lynette Praster, Director of the Center for Community Services within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development which administers the Weatherization program in Pennsylvania, said “CAADC now covers not only Delaware County, but also Lebanon, Lancaster and Chester Counties.  This was done through a combination of existing hires, subcontract agreements with neighboring Community Action Weatherization providers and additional subcontractor staff.  Thus far, it has worked out very well.”

CAADC began providing services in September of 2012 and to date 169 households have received services in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  This Tri-County partnership has been able to avoid a gap in services for this part of Pennsylvania while operating the program in a cost efficient and effective manner.  Residents interested in applying for services from these counties or Delaware County should call (610) 521-8770.

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Community Action Agency CEO Receives Workplace Safety Award

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC), recently received an award for contributions to workplace safety.  Mr. Coleman received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award for “Outstanding Contributions, Dedication and Support of the Workplace Safety Committee Training Initiative.”  The award was presented at the 17th Annual Workplace Safety Committee Training Seminar held at the Drexelbrook Conference Center in Drexel Hill, PA.  The award was presented to him by former NFL and Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and Pat Larkin from Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. 

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Citizens Bank Foundation Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $10,000 donation underwritten by the Citizens Bank Foundation.  The grant is for CAADC’s Emergency Fuel Assistance Program and will help Delaware County families and senior citizens that need oil assistance due to economic hardships during the winter.  Mr. Coleman stated “Low- and moderate income families continue to struggle with home heating costs.  Citizens Bank Foundation has seen this need and has made this generous contribution to help their community during these difficult times.”   

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Program Can Help During Tough Financial Times

Delaware County - There are many families in Delaware County that cannot afford to sufficiently provide a healthy and nutritious diet for their children.  There are also many seniors that cannot make ends meet anymore during these difficult financial times.  They often do not realize, especially families that are working, that they may be eligible for Food Stamps, also now known as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP nationwide helps put food on the table for over 44 million Americans each month.  The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) continues to help these families through the Food Stamp Participation Project.  The Project annually helps over 600 families register for assistance. 

The Project is an outreach program to assist low-income individuals and families in understanding and applying for participation in the Food Stamp/SNAP Program.  Eligible applicants do not even need to go into the Welfare Office to apply but can do it through CAADC’s Program.  Many people who would be eligible for the Food Stamp Program do not apply because they believe that they have to be on Welfare to be receiving Food Stamps or because they do not want to use paper Food Stamps at a grocery store.  However, participants do not have to be receiving Welfare benefits to be eligible.  In addition, participants now use a card similar to a bank ATM card instead of paper stamps.
 
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, stated, “Many families pay so much towards rent, utility costs and gas that they can’t afford a healthy and plentiful diet.  Food Stamps can help them reach this vital goal for themselves and their children.”

For a confidential screening to find out if you qualify please call Marilyn Sileo at 610-874-8451, ext. 1015.  Ms. Sileo is also available to speak to community groups about the program.

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Weatherization Program Can Lower Your Bills All Year Round!

MEDIA - With the continued increase of many energy related costs, families are looking for ways to reduce these bills.  Weatherization can help lower your bills during the hot months just as well as the cold months.  The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  The program is designed to keep residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications up to $6,500.  On average, the program reduces heating bills by 31%.  All services are free of charge.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call as we are not as busy once the weather gets warm.”

Annual income guidelines currently are:
Family of 1: $22,980
Family of 2: $31,020
Family of 3: $39,060
Family of 4: $47,100
Family of 5: $55,140
Add $8,040 for each additional family member.
To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.

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Free Program for Families Can Remove Lead-Based Paint from Homes

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Lead Hazard Control Program.  This free program typically provides new windows and doors to replace older ones that contain lead paint.  Many homes built before 1978 have lead paint, which can cause a wide range of negative health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, in children under six years old. 
CAADC’s program is designed to remove lead-based paint hazards from the homes of income-eligible families with children under the age of six.  The Agency can spend up to $5,000 per house and all services are free pending proof of eligibility.  Applicants must be a homeowner (renters are not eligible at this time) and be a resident of Delaware County except residents in Upper Darby, Haverford, or Chester. 

Services typically include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc.  Please call Community Action Agency at (610) 891-5101 for an application and more information about income guidelines. 

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CAADC Accepting Referrals for Home Repair Program

Delaware County - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Homeowners Energy Efficiency Loan Program (HEELP).  HEELP is an affordable loan program designed to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient.  This program offers a great way to reduce high energy bills and make home improvements at a very affordable rate.
 
HEELP offers loans between $1,000 and $10,000.  The loans have a fixed interest rate of 1% for the 10-year term with no prepayment penalties.  Allowable uses of the loan proceeds include insulation and ductwork, new energy-efficient windows and doors, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters and roofs. Other permissible work includes repair of interior damage from roof leaks, electrical repairs as well as any repairs that permit weatherization work to take place.

HEELP loans are more affordable than you may think.  A $5,000 loan would have only a $44 monthly payment.  The maximum loan amount of $10,000 would have a monthly payment of only $88.  For more information, call CAADC at (610) 891-5101 and ask about the HEELP Program.  Income limits apply.  For example, the maximum allowed annual income for a family of four is $53,300.

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Weatherization Available to the Public with Revenue Supporting CAADC

MEDIA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has a new opportunity available to home owners, landlords and business owners to help them save on energy costs.  CAADC has been providing Weatherization services to eligible low-income families for thirty (30) years.  Now CAADC is making this service available to the public at a very affordable cost.  A portion of the revenue will support the Agency’s social service programs which helps over 30,000 needy individuals each year.

By sealing gaps in a property and insulating attics and roofs, Weatherization can save a household up to 30 - 35% during the winter and the summer.  Potential improvements include attic insulation and venting, sidewall insulation, furnace repair or replacement, heating duct insulation, replacement of damaged windows and doors, and air sealing of windows, doors and other air gaps in a home. 

Mr. Coleman stated “We are excited to take our years of experience providing this service and make it available to the general public and local businesses.  We will help them to save money while also generating funds to support our Agency.” 

Financing options are available including home loans as low as 1%. CAADC will help customers through the application process.  Interested residents and businesses should call 610-521-8770 to schedule an initial Home Energy Audit or for more information.  With the selection of the recommended energy saving measures, the fee for the Home Energy Audit (valued at $350) will be waived.  CAADC"s Weatherization crews are certified by the State of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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