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BCOC Community Connections: August 2017

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Join us at the Economic Self Sufficiency Graduation on September 13, 2017

Celebrate with us at the Economic Self Sufficiency Graduation! It will be held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at the Warrington County Club. Join us to support these courageous and dedicated people that have been working tirelessly to support their families!


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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Family First PA Campaign

The Family First PA campaign celebrates and recognizes the families that depend on critical Pennsylvania services to thrive, and advocates for human services to be a priority in Pennsylvania. Two participants of the BCOC Economic Self Sufficiency program told their stories to Family First PA. "By telling the stories of how families connect with each other and critical Pennsylvania services, we’re shining a light on what matters most in our state. Family comes first."

We are #BCOCProud of the hard work and success of Brie and Jane, and invite you to support them in their journeys to economic self-sufficiency. You can #Addresspoverty and #BeCommunityAction by attending the 2017 graduation.

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Meet Brie: “We have tight quarters here,” Brie says of the two-bedroom house she shares with her children, who range in age from two to 14. “But we laugh a lot and make it work.” Brie is working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing administration with a certificate in long-term care. Read her story here: http://familyfirstpa.org/families/fretz/

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Jane, pictured with her daughter Dia, says “I wouldn’t be anywhere today without the programs that have helped me,” Jane adds. “I was able to double my income from my minimum-wage job.” Still, Jane worries about finances, and struggles with the cost of child care. “At times, I have worked two or three jobs at once to make ends meet,” Jane adds. Read Jane's story here:

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Suburbs: The New Frontier of American Poverty

Where is poverty growing most rapidly? In the suburbs, like Bucks County, which is why Community Action agencies such as Bucks County Opportunity Council are critical!

"For more than 17 million suburban residents, a long-running economic recovery has simply not done enough to raise the low wages found in many full-time jobs. Instead, millions of suburban families face impossible choices between putting food on the table, paying for child care, making rent or the mortgage, staying current on bills, or keeping the car running."

Read the article here.

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Make an Impact this Month- Volunteer!

BCOC is seeking volunteers in our food program.

On Thursdays in New Britain, volunteers help unload a truckload of donated meat products from Applegate Farms. You must be able to lift boxes of 35 lbs repeatedly. Sign up HERE!

We are in need of a few more volunteer drivers! Drivers use our food van to pick up donations from Wegmans in Warrington and deliver to a food pantry each weekday. Valid DL, insurance and driver history. We need a regular Thursday driver (9:15 am - 11:15 am) as well as fill-in drivers as back up.

For all current opportunities, visit our website: http://www.bcoc.org/join-us/volunteer/

Share a haircut


Looking for a new 'do? Get a cut at Hair Cuttery and help a family in Bucks County! From August 1 - 15, for every child’s haircut purchased at any Hair Cuttery location, they will donate a free haircut certificate to a child in need through local social services agencies - including BCOC! A new haircut symbolizes a new start and new possibilities. Hair Cuttery believes in making beauty shine from within and a new style is just what children need to start the new school year with confidence! Read more about Share-A-Haircut here. Find a salon near you!

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