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Forensic Unit now officially closed – TimesObserver.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – The Times Observer

Forensic Unit now officially closed – TimesObserver.com

The link above will take you to an article found in the Saturday, October 30, 2010 edition of the Warren Times-Observer.

It indicates that the closing of the Warren State Hospital Forensic Unit is completed the last client left on Thursday and the remaining unit staff left on Friday.

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Update on DVC call for State Performance Audit

DVC Powerpoint

The above link will allow you to download a powerpoint presentation explaining why the Disability Voting Coalition of PA is calling for a performance audit with regards to voter registration of those who are elderly, disabled, or low-income.

Also a reminder that Wednesday of this week  is their monthly organizer call in.

here is the info from the email I received about the call in and the included powerpoint presentation ….

Hello, Disability Voting Coalition Members! This is to remind you that the DVC monthly organizer call will be this Wednesday, October 20 from 10:30 am – 12 noon. All DVC members are welcome to participate in this FREE conference call.

o   Here is the call-in information: The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

o   Topic of the call:

§  Election Day preparation

§  DVC request to Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act

The attached Powerpoint gives some background information on WHY we will be requesting a performance audit and will help you prepare for Wednesday’s call.

Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support!

Rachel

RSVP offers a lot to smile about! – TimesObserver.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – The Times Observer

RSVP offers a lot to smile about! – TimesObserver.com

This article found in the October 16, 2010 edition of the Warren Times Observer, talks about what the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, commonly known as RSVP.  I know volunteering can be very gratifying if you find something that is a good match in terms of your skills, abilities, and available time.  RSVP targets the age 55+ group, but they do a lot of neat things.  On thing that jumped out at me from this particular article, is that they are lookig for volunteers to work on getting the Warren State Hospital Greenhouses up and running again.  I have watched the greenhouses go from being vibrant places to being something just short of abandoned, so to see a group taking an interest in reviving the greenhouses is truely and exciting thing in my eyes.

The greenhouses use to be operated as a sheltered workshop type setting before they were shut down.  Patients could work there and get paid for their work.  The greenhouses were open to the public so folks in the community were able to go and purchase plants from the greenhouse it was a neat project.  I don’t know if there are plans to include patients in the workforce once the greenhouses have been revived but regardless of that I am glad to see someone taking an interest in them.

For those outside of the Warren area, who are interested in volunteering someplace, some ideas of places to look might include your local hospital, library, historical society, animal shelters, Red Cross chapters, and sometimes opportunities will even be listed in your local paper as well.  Ask around people you know might know of someone looking for volunteers for a long or short term project.  Short-term projects are a great way to kind of test the water so to speak and see what kinds of things you enjoy doing as a volunteer.  Some organizations with long-term programs also include awards based on either number of hours you volunteered or the number of years you volunteered, these awards may not be anything fancy, but they can give you something to work towards which can give you a sense of accomplishment when they are obtained.

 

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Deal struck for Forensic Unit workers – TimesObserver.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information – The Times Observer

Deal struck for Forensic Unit workers – TimesObserver.com

The above link will take you to an article found in the Warren Times Observer on October 14, 2010.  It indicates that negotiations have resulted in job promises as they become available for those currently employeed at Warren State Hospital’s Forensic Unit which is slated to close at the end of this month.

 

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Noting on Voting

https://pamhi.wordpress.com/voting/

I just wanted to remind folks, to check out my page here on Voting it has some resources I’ve collected to aid in understanding what to some is the overwhelming realm of politics … it can be a daunting task to try to understand what is going on in the political realm, but there are sites that can help make it at least a bit easier to understand and hopefully find ways that each of us can better engage ourselves in the political process.

I have my personal preferences when it comes to voting, but here on this blog, I am doing everything I can to include as many views as I can without allowing my own biases to lead others.  I would rather see people take information, weigh it out and then decide what they feel they can stand up for.  My goal is to relay information not dictate.  The choice is yours do with it as you will.

DVC calls for ‘performance audit’

The following was emailed to me from someone involved with the Disability Voting Coalition of PA it is information that needs attention by DVC members prior to the Monthly Organizer Call I posted about recently that is coming up on October 20, 2010.  Also remember that membership with the Disability Voting Coalition is free and more information can be found at … http://www.dvcpa.org/

The file that was attached to the email can be found here ….  DVC_Auditor_General_Letter ( Adobe Acrobat reader is needed to view this file it is free)

The Disability Voting Coalition believes it is time to ask Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

We need your support.

Follow the links in the attached letter ( DVC_Auditor_General_Letter ) to join our coalition of groups asking for this Performance Audit.

Please act before Wednesday, October 20th so that we can include your organization’s name in the request to Auditor General Wagner.

The Disability Voting Coalition has been tracking Pennsylvania’s performance under the NVRA.  The NVRA requires Pennsylvania to regularly offer voter registration opportunities to the all individuals served by state-funded disability service agencies, agencies providing aging-related services, public assistance benefits and others.   You can go to our website www.DVCPA.org and see the 4 year summary, county by county.

We believe there is evidence that vulnerable people with limited access to voter registration services are not getting voter registration services required by the NVRA.

A Performance Audit could answer whether voter registration services are actually missing in the majority of the state (as the data would suggest), or if they’re happening but not being reported.

Together we can strengthen our community – help us create a loud political voice! Please add your organization to the list of supporters.

Legislative Detail: PA Senate Bill 699 – 2009-2010 Regular Session | eLobbyist

Legislative Detail: PA Senate Bill 699 – 2009-2010 Regular Session | eLobbyist.

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