State races to meet weatherization deadline

March 22, 2010

SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare was quoted in the Indianapolis Star yesterday about our agency’s success in meeting its quarterly goal for the number of homes weatherized in Monroe County with stimulus funds, while the numbers for some other organizations across the state aren’t so good.

You can read the whole article here:

Katie Hopkins appointed newest member of SCCAP board of directors

March 3, 2010

Katie Hopkins (left) with SCCAP staff members Linda Patton and Christine Combs

The South Central Community Action Program recently appointed a new member to its board of directors.

Katie Hopkins, a 28-year-old student and mother, took the position and attended her first board meeting Monday, March 1. Hopkins fills the seat left by Jonathon Williams, who passed away in October.

Hopkins has three children, two of whom are enrolled in Head Start. She became a Circles Leader in August, and she is a member of the Community of Teachers Program at the IU School of Education.

The SCCAP Board By-Laws state that at least eight members of the board must be representatives from the lower-income group. Hopkins serves in one of these positions.

“As a Circles Leader, I’m passionate about doing my part,” she said, “even if it’s just a small part, to end poverty—for me, personally, for my children and their children, for my community, and for my world.”

Plenty of laughs and learning at Head Start Winter Carnival

March 2, 2010


The annual SCCAP Head Start Staff and Families Winter Carnival was held last weekend. This year’s theme was “Arctic Adventures.”

Activities included:

  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Read with the Dogs from the MC Humane Assoc
  • Walk like a Penguin
  • Feed the Polar Bear
  • Build an Igloo
  • Fake Snow sensory table
  • Arts and Crafts

The event was held at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and had a great turnout with 25 families and close to 100 people attending. There were fun giveaways, raffle prizes and parent resources available. Each activity had a posted sign to explain the learning goals to parents.

SCCAPPY Days are here

March 2, 2010

The SCCAPPY Days bowlers participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake Saturday at Classic Lanes in Bloomington. We were proud to raise the most money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters among any of the teams in our session Saturday.

Our top bowler was Dave Pankoski with a 175.  He attributed his bowling prowess to practicing at home with the Wii bowling video game, which is a riot, of course.   

As you can see above, Christine Combs – i.e. Mrs. C. – got into the spirit with her SCCAPPY Days outfit. Christine, it turns out, is also quite a good bowler.

Our team also included Todd Lare, Julie Nizamoff, Beth Pankoski, Kate Scales and Doug Wilson.

Weatherization exceeds goal once again

March 1, 2010

The Weatherization team once again met and exceeded their goal of homes completed with Recovery Act funds.

Every program around the state was given a goal based on the amount of funding it received. With SCCAP’s funding, the team was expected to complete 36 homes from December 1 to February 28.

They completed 55.

Director of Operations Chris Myers said that the goal of 36 completions would have left the team with more than half of their overall number to be completed in the next two months. Because of this, the team set an internal goal of 55 instead.

Myers said the whole staff has really pulled together to reach this, including the contractors, auditors, and clerical staff.

“I think we’re blessed with a staff that not only works hard, but works well together,” she said. “This makes all the difference.”

 In order to celebrate, Myers said she’ll be bringing the staff a Mexican-themed lunch. She said she also has a tradition of rewarding the auditor with the most completions, but this month poses a problem, as 4 auditors tied for the top spot.

This success builds from last period, in which Weatherization also met its goal. It was one of just four of the 30 Indiana organizations to do so.

Weatherization staff must now reset to complete their remaining 53 homes within the next two months. Keep up the good work!

Federal stimulus funds aid local residents

March 1, 2010

The Herald-Times current series on stimulus funding in our area includes a description today of the SCCAP programs that have been expanded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

Those with subscriptions to can check out that story here:

One person who read this story at HTO posted a comment about SCCAP’s Weatherization Program that I want to share here:

“I personally know of one home that was recently included in the weatherization program. The disabled owner was so overcome by the replacement of the furnace and window, along with added insulation and other cost saving fixtures that he could hardly tell me about it. The workers in the house were considerate and courteous, and an inspector made sure all was safe and secure. The owner wishes to thank all of you out there who are able to work and pay the taxes that made him able to live alone in a home he can afford and be comfortable in.”

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