Bridges Out of Poverty Training
NOCAC is sponsoring a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop to be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 at ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital. The session will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be available for purchase through the cafeteria. Jacqui Buschor, Director of Community Strategies at Integrated Community Enterprises in Columbus, Ohio will be facilitating.
Seating capacity is limited to 35 and registrations will be taken on a first come - first served basis. The registration deadline is September 23, 2016. Participants will receive a course workbook.
Bridges Out of Poverty presents a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty on both the individual and systemic levels. Examining the issue from the perspective of economic class, this workshop provides tools and resources to empower communities to alleviate and prevent poverty. Throughout the course, participants will become acquainted with specific strategies for improving outcomes for individuals and families living in poverty. The training is particularly helpful for employers, community organizations, social service agencies and individuals looking to gain insight into the poverty cycle.
Help Change the World - Volunteer!!
United Way of Defiance County sponsors "Days of Caring". These events encourage area businesses and residents to volunteer assisting others in their communities.
Recently, employees of First Federal Bank and First Insurance & Investments spent time at NOCAC's Richland Place/PATH Center providing fall landscape maintenance for our homeless shelter building and playground area. They also installed much needed window blinds in tenant rooms. Thank you for donating your time and talents!!
Every October, the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) celebrates "Weatherization Month". The goal for NOCAC HWAP is to provide permanent solutions to reduce the energy burden on low-income families by installing cost-effective, energy-efficient materials and services and to achieve results in energy savings for income eligible individuals. We work to make homes safe, comfortable and energy efficient.
Our technicians use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic technologies, such as a blower door, to determine the most cost-effective measures for each home. They also assess related health and safety conditions.
Last spring, Head Start students helped create a pumpkin patch at our Pulaski site. Students had a short lesson that discussed how a pumpkin grows, what it needs to grow, the variety of pumpkins available and how long it takes a pumpkin to mature. The students helped dig, measure, plant and mark our pumpkin patch. There are several plants growing and we hope to have a full pumpkin patch in the fall when the students return!!