In today’s news . . .

Volunteers from Bloomington churches are holding a CareFest tomorrow in which they will help people in need with tasks such as minor repairs on their homes, cleaning and painting, sorting clothes and yard work, as reported on SOCC i2U, the blog of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church.  

Here’s a nice story about a mom and her kids inRoanoke, Va. who turned on the music and started dancing after the family was able to buy its first home after saving money through an Individual Development Accounts program. SCCAP also has a very successful Individual Development Accounts program and we are currently working on putting together some of our clients’ success stories in using this program.  

Indiana community leaders and health care officials will participate in a poverty simulation next Friday in Indianapolis. And here’s a recent story about a poverty simulation in Lafayette in which the public was invited to sign up and participate.  For those of you who haven’t seen in it yet, Ivy Tech did a terrific job with a slide show about SCCAP’s most recent poverty simulation.

New research in Pennsylvania demonstrates the success of preschool programs for children from low-income families.

Ironically, also in Pennsylvania, a Head Start program was finally able to resume classes this week after being shut down since this summer because of the failure of the state government to pass an annual budget.

Here’s an interesting idea for educating the public about weatherization, a weatherization demonstration that was covered by a TV station in Parkersburg, W.V.

Indiana ranks 32nd in the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

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