Tuesday News – SCCAP Weatherization does it again!

November 30, 2010

Once again this quarter, the SCCAP Weatherization Department has exceeded its goal for the number of homes it has weatherized using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

This is the second quarter of the second round of ARRA weatherization funding. The assigned goal was 117 homes this quarter. SCCAP had made energy efficiency improvements to 123 homes in Brown, Monroe and Owen counties as of this morning.

Great job, Weatherization staff!!

This has also been a very busy time for the SCCAP Energy Assistance Program. SCCAP has approved 2,357 families for energy assistance in its 2010 winter program, including 817 who received additional crisis assistance.

Those numbers mean that SCCAP has already gone though just over 50 percent of its allotted funds for the entire winter, meaning the agency may run out of funds before the scheduled end of the winter program.

Friday Photos: Circles Initiative Thanksgiving 2010

November 19, 2010

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Participants in the Monroe County Circles Initiative, along with their family and friends, held their 2010 Thanksgiving dinner Thursday night at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Bloomington.

It was a great event with a big turnout and a terrific traditional Thanksgiving meal. We thank everyone who participated and particularly those who donated their time and/or turkeys to make this event possible.

Tuesday News: Energy Assistance Program busy

November 16, 2010

With the arrival of colder weather, this has been a busy week at the South Central Community Action Program with lots of people seeking assistance in paying their heating bills.

The Winter Energy Assistance Program has served 1,926 households already this season, providing $742,615 in assistance.  This is an average of $385 for each of the households receiving assistance in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

SCCAP has also provided $231,760 in crisis energy assistance to 674 households, an average of $344 per household.

With a reduction in funding, it is more likely that SCCAP will run out of energy assistance funding at some point this winter. For families who have not yet applied, you can schedule an appointment by calling 339-3447 in Monroe County (push 0 to get the appointments person), 988-6636 in Brown County, 342-1518 in Morgan County and 829-2279 in Owen County.

Deadline for Morgan County Coordinator applications is Friday

November 15, 2010

Friday Photos – Parking lot expansion impact

November 12, 2010

The photos above show the 15 new spaces added to SCCAP’s back and side parking lots at our Bloomington main office. This work was finished a couple of weeks ago. The back and side parking lots are now usually mostly full, but typically have a few empty spots for employees or Head Start parents, who enter at the side of the building.

Front parking lot at SCCAP

 This photo shows half of the front parking lot at SCCAP. During the winter energy assistance season last year, this parking lot was completely overfilled with cars. Energy assistance clients who use the front entrance had to park their cars in every available cranny, resulting in many vehicles that were illegally parked in the lot and along the street.

This was a dangerous and inconvenient situation, especially for senior citizens and people with disabilities. With thousands of people receiving energy assistance from SCCAP each winter, this situation was a major problem.

With the expansion of the back and side parking lots, there are actually open, legal spots intended for parking where our clients can park throughout the day this EAP season. What a change from a year ago!

We want to thank the Jack Hopkins Social Service Funding Committee and City Council at the City of Bloomington, which provided most of the funding for the parking lot expansions.

Wednesday Woof 4

November 10, 2010

Please keep sending us your pet photos to doug@insccap.org or text them to 812-369-1423. Make sure to include the dog’s or cat’s name and your name.

Tuesday News: We need your help – please pass the message along

November 9, 2010

The Monroe County Circles Initiative has an urgent need for volunteers to help end poverty in Monroe County. Please join us for an informal discussion about the volunteer opportunities within the Circles Community.

This discussion will be held next Monday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Central Community Action Program, 1500 W. 15th Street. Coffee and dessert will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 12 to circlevolunteer@insccap.org or 812-339-3447, ext. 206.

Here is a statement by current Circles Ally Markus Dickinson about his volunteer experience:

“My wife and I joined the Circles program with the idea that poverty was bad, and we had no idea what to do about it,” Dickinson said. “It’s a shame, we thought, that we really don’t know anyone in poverty and we only know bits and pieces of the research on poverty.

“So, we signed on to be Allies, partnering to move them out of poverty, despite barely knowing what that meant. What prevented us from joining sooner was the imposing 18-month commitment required of Allies. But that’s one thing we discovered: it’s not a commitment any more than a friendship is a commitment. It’d be weird to say that you have an 18-month friendship, and it’d also be missing the point.

“We’ve been able to help someone and, at the same time, have them help us. Like friends do. In good times and bad times. It’s been eye-opening to see how hard some things are for people in poverty, like housing issues or car troubles, but wonderful to see how deeply the friendship can grow in the midst of those hardships. That’s why we signed up: for a deeper sense of community, here in Bloomington.”

The Circles® Initiative facilitates intentional relationships between people who have sufficient resources to thrive and those who do not.  A Circle Leader is someone who is motivated to increase his/her resources in order to move out of poverty.  A Circle Ally is someone who has sufficient and stable resources, and an interest in eliminating poverty in Monroe County.  Each Circle Leader is matched with 3-4 Circle Allies creating a circle of support.  These circles not only help individuals move out of poverty, but they work to break down class stereotypes, advocate for the poor, and create a more sustainable economy for our whole community!

 Come and learn more about:

  • Becoming an Ally!
  • Helping cook & serve a meal at our weekly Circles® Community meeting!
  • Volunteering with our Youth Program!

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