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April 29, 2008
So you've stocked your closet with designer clothes, outfitted the den with the latest electronics and remodeled the kitchen, all courtesy of the plastic express. Your raise didn't come through like the boss promised, you're behind on your credit card payments and we all know what comes next: The phone calls from the collection department. We don't like it, but we know it. That's how it works. It's part of the bargain. But this? According to the New York Times, there is a chance that when you get those calls from the collection department, they are not originating in the United States.
By PEPPER BALLARD | May 20, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY-The money she made working three part-time jobs as a crossing guard, lunch aide and evening cook barely enabled single mother Cherry Hiser to pay the rent. She was caught in a cycle of work and poverty that continued for five years before the Hagerstown woman found Habitat for Humanity of Washington County Inc., which built her a home three years ago and helped lay the foundation for her new life. "Being a single mother and being able to afford to pay for a place to live ... It's an exciting feeling because you know you're working every day for a reason," said Hiser, who now works full time as an assembler to make the monthly no-interest mortgage payments to Habitat.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | March 12, 2013
A move to increase awareness of the needs of poor children across West Virginia comes to the Eastern Panhandle on Saturday in a forum on child poverty, one of 12 being hosted across the state. The “Our Children, Our Future” forum, at Westview Baptist Church at 301 S. Louisiana Ave. in Martinsburg, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. John Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, the senate majority leader, champions issues surrounding child poverty. “Research shows that child development occurs between birth and age 8,” Unger said.
November 23, 2009
Long Meadows Rotary members welcomed District Foundation Chairman Dale Lepovetsky at its Nov. 16 meeting. He showed a video and gave a presentation on EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year). Each club's goal of $100 per member per year is what sustains the annual programs fund and allows the Rotary Foundation to support world and community needs. Every dollar donated goes toward a members' Paul Harris Fellow recognition. The Rotary Foundation mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
August 17, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a $30,000 grant to the City of Hancock to rehabilitate a community center. The community center provides young people with social, recreational and educational programming like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, both D-Md., said in an e-mailed release on Monday. The Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families will use the ARC funds to repair the floor and install HVAC, lighting and sound equipment in the Hancock Community Center, the release says.
June 8, 2006
A group of Broadfording Christian Academy high school students and adults traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico, in March to minister to the poverty-stricken children there. The BCA mission team paired with Christian Outreach International, a larger missionary group that has been working with the people of Chihuahua for several years. The mission teams prepared and served meals, and held a mini-Vacation Bible School for the children. A school, training center and church are being built to supply more seating so more children in Chihuahua can attend church and be served meals.
August 25, 2013
A band of volunteers from the Sellgren Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, on Professional Court in Hagerstown, recently descended on Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build work site on Lexington Avenue in Hagerstown.   They put in a full day of volunteer labor and brought along with them a $10,000 check from the Wells Fargo Foundation for Habitat.  This is the third consecutive year that the Sellgren group has volunteered its time and talents to assist Habitat for Humanity of Washington County in the fight against poverty housing in Washington County.
By ERIN JULIUS | April 30, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- More than 400 people dedicated to helping children gathered Tuesday for the 20th annual workshop on preventing child abuse and neglect, an event sponsored by Washington County Public Schools, the Washington County Department of Social Services and other local organizations. "It takes community partnership to address abuse and neglect," said Brenda Donald, secretary for the Maryland Department of Human Resources and keynote speaker for the event. Donald discussed the Place Matters initiative, which focuses on stabilizing families in an effort to keep children with relatives if it's safe, she said.
By DON AINES | November 30, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? Deborah Kay Witmer was receiving her Teacher of the Year award on Friday morning from Franklin County Head Start when 4-year-old Zion Valenca gave a spontaneous demonstration of the program's importance to children, reading aloud from the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. " "A, B, C ... Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," read the State Line, Pa., boy, who had accompanied Witmer to the podium during the breakfast meeting at The Orchards Restaurant. He continued reading, and asked Witmer to join him. Zion is one of the more than 10,000 children who have attended Head Start in the county since its inception as a summer program in 1965.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | July 28, 2011
The future of several human services programs in Franklin County, Pa., are in limbo because of questions about federal funding, according to the executive director of South Central Community Action Programs Inc. Megan Shreve spoke to the Franklin County Commissioners Thursday about SCCAP's 22 programs, including food pantries, homeless shelters, utility assistance and housing rehabilitation. Some programs such as money skills are being eliminated because of decreased revenue.
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