Next steps for Operation Back to School

July 26, 2010

We want to let everyone who registered for Operation Back to School know that you’ll be hearing from SCCAP soon with more information about your status and the process for picking out school supplies and clothing. You will receive a letter and/or phone call this week.

Here’s some great news for everyone who is eligible for Operation Back to School and who applied for the program by the deadline last Friday — because we did not exceed the limit of 3,000 children who can be served by this program, all of the eligible children who are registered will get the opportunity to pick out $100 in school supplies and clothing at a local store.

We’d also like to thank the SCCAP employees and their helpers who had to hustle to get the word out and to register more than 2,200 children in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties for Operation Back to School. In the Bloomington office, the crowd in our lobby was almost overflowing for much of the day Friday, but the sign-ups still went smoothly with a number of staff members and temporary workers helping out.

Today is the deadline

July 23, 2010

Reminder – this is the last day to register your K-12 children for $100 in school supplies and clothing through Operation Back to School

So if you want to register your kids but haven’t yet, you have until 4:30 p.m. today to register at an SCCAP office.

Help others by becoming an AmeriCorps Worker

July 16, 2010

South Central Community Action Program, Inc. (SCCAP) is seeking an AmeriCorps Worker (AC) with a strong understanding of poverty and commitment to help families with multi-dimensional problems become economically self-sufficient.  SCCAP is a non-profit agency administering programs to low-income families in a four-county area.

The AC will primarily perform his/her service hours in the Circles TM Initiative in recruiting, training, interviewing, scheduling, and providing overall supervision for the volunteers.  This position will also participate and represent SCCAP in the broader community.

For a full job description, click here: CIR-AmeriCorp Worker 05-2009

 The AC will be required to have 1700 service hours within the service year and in return will be paid a monthly living allowance of $983.  At the completion will receive an Educational Award of $5350.00. 

Requirements: Two years of college with experience in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Education, Family Development or related field and experience in volunteer management and recruitment or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. 

 Please submit the AmeriCorps application, cover letter, and resume to:  SCCAP, 1500 W. 15th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404 by Friday, July 30, 2010 at 4:30p.m.  For an application, click here:  SCCAP AmeriCorps Application (2)  SCCAP, Inc. is an EOE agency.

Early Head Start ventures into new homes, new facility

July 16, 2010

Head Start is expanding services with a new facility and a home-based program.

Early Head Start staff members have been providing in-home visits for children 6 weeks to 3 months since early May this year. The home-based option currently serves 56 children, some of which will transition to the new Head Start facility upon its opening.  Others will continue to receive 90-minute home visits once a week. 

Monitoring child development and making necessary referrals will fill an important need for parents who are not ready to send their child to a child care setting but want them to receive the instruction they need. Home visits will also provide staff a unique opportunity to teach the entire family how to use the home as a learning environment and enhance parenting skills. 

“Parents are the child’s first and most important teacher.  They know the child better than anyone else.  The home is the natural learning environment and this is where the child will learn best,” says Janet Ballard, Early Head Start Education Coordinator. 

Since a child’s capacity for learning is so high during these first three years, the Early Head Start program will be reaching children at a critical time in their development.

The home visit program will not be without its challenges, but it provides a unique advantage as well.  Day-to-day life inside a home may not always provide the most conducive learning environment, but staff will also have the opportunity to work one on one with a child, a situation not always easy to provide in a classroom.  Staff will work closely with families to build the appropriate positive learning environment.

For now, Early Head Start, which serves children from birth to three years old,  is focusing its efforts on Monroe County.  Once the program really settles in, the staff hopes to expand the program to serve other children.

The new Head Start facility is located at Jack’s Defeat Creek Mall near Ellettsville.  The facility will be home to three Early Head Start classrooms, one Head Start classroom, and several support staff offices.

Former Board President Jack Slaybaugh dies

July 12, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Slaybaugh, former president of the SCCAP Board of Directors.  He reluctantly resigned recently to concentrate on his health care. 

Jack devoted many hours of service to the SCCAP Board in service to low-income residents of Brown County.  He served as the representative for the Brown County Chamber of Commerce.  His pleasant demeanor, professionalism, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. 

Once details are available about his funeral services, we will provide them here.

Jack was 78. He was previously a long-time Chief Deputy for the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, according to a notice of his death at



Here’s information on funeral services that’s been passed along by Beth Pankoski: Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville, IN  47448, with a Masonic Service to be held at 7 p.m.

 Funeral services will held on Friday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Cottonwood Church, 2523 Cottonwood Rd., Morgantown, IN 46160, or to the charity of ones’ choice.

A full online obituary can be found by going to

Wanted: Family Development Specialist in Spencer

July 9, 2010

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) is seeking a Family Development Specialist (FDS) with an understanding of poverty and a commitment to help families within Owen County.  SCCAP is a non-profit agency administering programs to low-income families in a 4 county area.

 Requirements: The FDS conducts intakes to determine eligibility for SCCAP programs and provides outreach, referral, and advocacy to clients in their lives both personally and economically. For a full job description, click here: EAP-Family Development Specialist Job Description 07-2007

High School Diploma or GED with 1 to 2 years previous experience in casework, counseling, social service, or related field.

We offer competitive salaries with an excellent benefits package (for more information on benefits, click here: Applicant Benefit Information Sheet website).  Please submit an application, cover letter and resume to: SCCAP, 1500 W. 15th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404 by Friday, July 23, 2010 at 4:30p.m.  SCCAP, Inc. is an EOE agency.

For an SCCAP job application, click here: SCCAP Employment Application Computer Form 12-2008


July 8, 2010

Hello readers, my name is Alex Costakis.  I am the communications and development intern at SCCAP for this summer.  Non profits and community building have always been a possible career path for me, so I came to SCCAP for some experience.  While I’m here I’ll be writing a few pieces for the blog, revising and updating press releases, reviewing grant opportunities, and launching an outreach initiative with the area’s Latino community.

I recently graduated from IU with degrees in Linguistics and Spanish.  During my four years here I have participated in several activism and community building groups.  While studying abroad in Spain last year I even spent time volunteering with a community action program in Madrid.

When I leave Bloomington at the end of the summer, I am moving to Spain to take a position as a language and culture assistant.  I will spend the year working with young students in the Spanish region of Galicia, serving as a direct resource on the English language and American culture.

Until then, I am looking forward to learning more about SCCAP’s work in the community and contributing what I can to the effort.

Keep an eye out for new posts on the blog!

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