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MCAA Action News

Helping People. Changing Lives.

Volume 4, Issue 13

January-March 2013

TUESDAY MARCH 5 AT 7AM THRU WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 AT 7PM

36-HOUR GIVING CHALLENGE

Unleash your inner generosity

You can help Manatee Community Ac on Agency win our share of  of matching dona ons and grants!  SEE PAGE 4 

History of Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc By Barbara Patten, Executive Director

Manatee Community Ac on Agency, Inc., formally known as Manatee Opportunity Council, Inc. was incorporated in 1968 as a community ac on agency, under the laws of the State of Florida. Community ac on programs were ini ated as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. (See page 2)

Say NO to Mortgage Woes By Rick DiGiorgio Many homeowners are s ll ignoring the le ers and calls from their mortgage companies or banks. Don’t just ignore them, call for help. We might be able to help you obtain a Loan modifica on or see if you qualify for the Florida Hardest Hit Program. (See page 3)

Health Insurance For Your Kids (Page 5)

SQUIRREL! See Page 3

LIHEAP & FPL say, Change a Little and Save a Watt See Page 6

36-Hour Challenge .................................. 4 36-Hour Flier ........................................... 8 Anniversaries & New Hires ..................... 7 Home Energy Tips ................................... 6 Health Insurance For Your Kids .............. 5 History of MCAA ..................................... 1 Head Start Facts...................................... 2 Mortgage Assistance .............................. 1 Squirrel ................................................... 3

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History of Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc. (continued from page 1)

The agency received its first grant of $90,000 in 1965. It was then managed by Suncoast Progress of St. Petersburg, Florida. Star ng from a commi ed concern for the poor in 1965, the agency has grown from a summer project of 510 children and 34 staff and a $90,000 budget to over 160 staff and an annual budget of over 11 million dollars in 2012. Manatee Community Ac on Agency ini ated the Meals on Wheels program, transporta on for the elderly, and other senior programs that were later spun off to the community. Addi onally, MCAA served as the central agency for Manatee County’s School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-K programs from 1985 to 2009. The Board of Directors is unique in its tri-par te composi on, a requirement for all community ac on agencies. The Board is comprised of the following representa on: 1/3 from the low-income sector, 1/3 from the public sector and 1/3 from the private sector, to insure appropriate service delivery and involvement of all segments of the community. The agency receives funding from various sources including: Federal, State, County, City, United Way, founda ons and private dona ons. Today, programs include: Early Head Start/ Head Start/VPK, Healthy Families, Home Instruc on for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Speech Screening, Evalua on and therapy Program (CATCH), Weatheriza on, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), CSBG Family Self-Sufficiency, Housing Counseling, and the Micro-Enterprise Development Program (MED). Manatee Community Ac on Agency has Head Start centers throughout the en re county, both in incorporated and unincorporated areas. Addi onally, the CSBG Family Self-Sufficiency program has outreach offices are located in Hardee and DeSoto coun es. The Weatheriza on program serves both Manatee and Sarasota and Charlo e coun es.

Some

Stats:

Children and Pregnant Women Served: 1,117,687 children and pregnant women were served in HS and EHS programs during the 2009-2010. Staff and Volunteers: There are 242,782 paid HS and EHS staff and contractors and 1,335,620 volunteers. Of those volunteers, 881,092 are HS or EHS parents. Ethnicity:  Hispanic or Latino Origin (36%)  Non-Hispanic or Non-Latino Origin (64%)

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Say NO to Mortgage Woes (continued from page 1)

For the past year MCAA has been offering a Foreclosure Clinic on the second Monday of every month at our address 302 Manatee Ave. E. room 306 from 6pm till 7:30pm. Our next regular clinic will be April 8th. If you have OCWEN servicing your loan on March 11th from 9am to 4pm you can meet face-to-face to possibly modify your home mortgage. If you have any questions we are just a phone call away. You can also visit us on the web at www.manateecaa.org go to programs, then Housing Counseling to print out an application which will let you know what is needed to assist you. If you have questions please call me at 941-757-1166 option 1 for Mortgage help. This past quarter I’ve been able to help several families obtain Loan Modifications, which has reduced their payments and allowed them to keep their homes. Sometimes this can be a quick process and other times a very long process. Economists caution that the housing crisis is a long way from fully recovering, since hiring is critical to a housing rebound. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in nearly three years. Still some families with little to no income it’s hard to obtain options for them to keep their homes. So they are left with only three options Short Sale, Deed-in-lieu of Foreclosure, or Foreclosure. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment call Rick at 941-757-1166, option 1.

Squirrel! by Carol A. Hunt

The red squirrel holding a pinecone was created by Carol Hunt through a process known as needle felting. Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool through repeated pokes, literally thousands of pokes, with a special barbed needle. The barbs on the needle force the fibers to interlock creating a solid shape which is then sculpted to represent an object, in this case a squirrel. Although creating an object can take a considerable amount of time, it is very relaxing and only mildly dangerous when you poke yourself with the needle instead of the wool. The red squirrel was entered into the Arts and Crafts display at the recent Manatee County fair and won second place in the fiber division as well as one of the five over-all Susan Keen awards for a unique and creative art entry. Carol A. Hunt is one of the many dedicated MCAA team members. Carol is celebrating her 35th year with the agency.

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Manatee Community Ac on Agency is  Par cipa ng in the 36‐Hour Giving Challenge on March 5 & 6  Manatee Community Ac on Agency will benefit from the community’s online dona ons  through www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org  Manatee Community Ac on Agency – www.ManateeCAA.org is one of more than 100 charitable organiza ons throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlo e coun es asking area residents to “unleash their inner generosity” by dona ng to MCAA as one of their favorite chari es online at www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org. The 36-Hour Giving Challenge takes place online from Tuesday, March 5 at 7am through Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm. “In these tough economic mes and with funding cuts threatening the programs we offer to our local children and families this event can really make a big difference. This is especially true during the 36-Hour Giving Challenge when there is the opportunity to have the money matched by the Pa erson Founda on.” said Barbara Pa en, Execu ve Director. “We really hope the en re community will step up and help, even in some small way during this 36-hour challenge on March 5 and 6.” Money donated to Manatee Community Ac on Agency will directly benefit its mission of ‘Helping people, Changing  lives’ in our community through educa on, partnerships, and delivery of quality services. Manatee Community Ac on Agency will be using its Facebook page and website to get the word out to the community. The goal is to allow everyone the opportunity to help an agency that has been serving the local community since 1968. The Community Founda on of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Founda on, and Manatee Community  Founda on—with the support of The Pa erson Founda on—have partnered to make the 36-Hour Giving Challenge possible for local organiza ons with completed profiles in The Giving Partner, a new online tool helping donors make more informed decisions about philanthropy. The Giving Partner is set to publicly launch with this fast-paced 36-Hour Giving Challenge during which more than $645,000 will be available to match online dona ons. “We expect to infuse more than $600,000 in funding to our local nonprofit community,” said Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Founda on of Sarasota County. “But just as importantly, we want to showcase The Giving Partner as the community’s go-to source for valuable informa on about our local nonprofits’ programs and impact, governance, management and finances.” The 36-Hour Giving Challenge is powered by KIMBIA, a cri cal partner in making the Challenge a success. KIMBIA offers a secure pla orm, streamlined dona on process and easy-to-use fundraising tools that inspire individuals and nonprofits to give and fundraise online. Special thanks to our 36‐Hour Giving Challenge sponsors:  Community Founda on of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Founda on, Manatee Community Founda on,  The Pa erson Founda on, and the Herald‐Tribune Media Group. 

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Health Insurance For Your Kids By Pat Johnson of Whole Child Manatee Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. It includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.  MEDIKIDS: children ages 1 through 4.  HEALTHY KIDS: children ages 5 through 18.  CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SERVICES NETWORK: children birth through 18 who  MEDICAID: children birth through 18. A child who has other health

have special health care needs.

insurance may s ll qualify for Medicaid. Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are: Doctor visits Check-ups and shots Hospital Surgery Prescrip ons Emergencies Vision and hearing Dental Mental health  There are several ways to apply for Florida KidCare: If you applied for Florida KidCare before, call 1‐888‐540‐5437 to update your informa on by telephone, or Apply online www.healthykids.org.

The Whole Child Connec on is a comprehensive web-based service delivery system that helps Manatee County families access the services they need to enhance their quality of life or o en simply make ends meet. Check us out on the web at www.WholeChildManatee.com

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Change a Little and Save a Watt By Florida Power & Light The LIHEAP Program would like to share some energy saving strategies provided by Florida Power & Light. As the program strives to help low income families pay their electric bills we also like to provide some simple ps to assist families in keeping their energy costs at a minimum. These easy guidelines will prove to benefit the energy demands of every economic household. Keeping Bills Low  Common Causes of High Bills: To gain control over your energy consump on, it's helpful to understand the most common causes of high bills. Weather is the No. 1 cause of high bills   Hot weather - Lowering your thermostat to stay comfortable in humid weather causes your A/C to run longer, which increases energy use  Cold weather - Hea ng is two to three mes more expensive than cooling. People also tend to take longer showers in colder weather, which increases water hea ng costs Top 10 Savings Tips  Effec ve Ways to Conserve Energy  Listed below are some of the quickest and most effec ve ways to help you conserve energy, trim costs, and gain control over the energy usage in your home. You should post these ps in your home so that everyone can join in and save! 1.Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan switched to auto. For addi onal savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you're away. 2.Heat your home at 68 degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switched to auto. To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at night or when you're away from home. 3.Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature se ng according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $7 a month. 4.Clean or replace the A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently and trim cooling costs. 5.Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the me costs up to $7 a month. 6.Use your dishwasher to conserve energy. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes to save up to $70 a year. 7.Limit the me you run your pool pump:  Summer - six hours a day  Winter - four hours a day 8.Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse. 9.Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster. Use the auto sensor func on on your dryer to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes. Take the Showerhead Test  Here's an easy way to determine if your showerhead is water efficient. Take the showerhead test. 1.Get a bucket and a watch/clock that counts seconds. 2.Place the bucket underneath the showerhead. 3.Turn the shower on all the way using cold water. 4.Time how long it takes for one gallon of water to fall into the bucket. Check Your Timing  If it takes:  Less than 24 seconds to fill a gallon of water, then you do not have the most efficient showerhead because its flow exceeds the recommended 2.5 gallons per minute.  More than 24 seconds to fill a gallon of water, then you have an efficient showerhead.

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ANNIVERSARIES September 2012 thru March 2013 MCAA Thanks you for all that you do as well and the service and commitment you have given through the years. “The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~Vince Lombardi (In order of start date) CSBG/Administration Hunt, Carol A.

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Head Start

Freeman, Dwan L.M.

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USDA

Eady, Sarah F.

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Head Start

Jackson, Angela M

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Head Start

Sullivan, Carol A.

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CSBG

Lamy, Shujwana

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Head Start

Gilbert, Susan D.

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Head Start

Lane, Carol A.

3

Head Start

Stewart, Sharon Y.

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Head Start

Narayanan, Denese J.

3

Head Start

Stephey, Kimberly L.

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Head Start

Reyes-Vimos, Javier A.

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Head Start

Samuel, Sedol M

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Head Start

Sanders, Ronald W

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Spencer, Dianne

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HUD Head Start

Digiorgio, Richard W. McKinney, Dian L.

Administration

Gromko, Meredith

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Head Start

Administration

Palmer, Amy Y.

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Head Start

Vimos, Luz

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Head Start

Robinson, Kim L.

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Head Start

Collins, Kerin C.

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USDA

Reid, Paulette Y.

13

Head Start

Collins, Lavon M.

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Healthy Families

Hedrick, Linda A.

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HIPPY

Concepcion, Consuelo E.

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USDA

Adderley, Rosemary

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Head Start

Fluellen, Tamara R.

2

Head Start

Martinez Castro, Beatriz

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Head Start

Johnson, Michael J.

2

Whole Child

Ross, Kim

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Administration

Lalonde IV, Parnell E

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Administration

Hughes, Mary E.

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Head Start

Molina, Isabel

2

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Head Start

Roblero, Maria P

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Roopnarine, Angela V.

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Whole Child

Scheeres, Maria C.

Head Start

Clubb, Darlene K.

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Head Start

Head Start

Umana, Nohemy E.

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Head Start

Sanchez, Louis

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Head Start

Williams, Keichana M.

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Head Start

Brown, Christina L.

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Head Start

Murray, Bernatta D.

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Head Start

Cismesia, Anna L

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Head Start

Frederick, Leatha A.

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Head Start

Ford, Ayana O.

1

Head Start

Stalnaker, Sara J.

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Healthy Families

Geeslin, Susan P.

1

Head Start

Mathis, Joyce B

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Head Start

Green, Roderick D.

1

Head Start

Paddock, Rod A.

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Head Start

Howard, Christine E.

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Head Start

Childers, Dorothy S.

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Head Start

Laughlin, Margaret M

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4

Head Start

Mays, Gail

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Murrell, Meredith

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Head Start

Dunn, Harriet M

Head Start

Norris, Lucy M.

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Head Start

Head Start

Baity, Janice

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Head Start

Presley, Ollie M

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Head Start

Cuellar, Maria

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Head Start

Simmons, Solanges M

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Head Start

Wilson, Deborah L

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NEW FACES Thru March 2013 MCAA welcomes the many new faces that have joined our family. (In order of start Date) Head Start

Washington, Octavious T.

Healthy Families

Tejada, Maria C.

Head Start

Live, Alicia F.

Head Start

Porter, Jessica M.

Head Start

Baity Jr., Reggie B.

Head Start

Rumph, Shawnta D.

Head Start

Haslem, Joanna P.

Healthy Families

Questell, Michelle

Head Start

Pacheco, Rose

Head Start

Casas, Maria E.

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Help Manatee Community Ac on Agency get the word out.  Post this flier in a store or restaurant in your community!! 

Manatee Community Action News Volume IV Issue 13  

Our Vision: Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc. changes lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves our community and makes it a better...

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