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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!


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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