Our Community In Action
A Quarterly Publication of Green Hills Community Action Agency
Volume 9, Issue 2 - Spring 2014

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Think Outside

A nationally recognized jobs initiative for young adults is returning for its fifth year, Gov. Nixon announced today. State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC), launched by the Governor in 2010, provides Missouri youth with the opportunity to work outdoors improving Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. SPYC employs eligible Missourians between the ages of 17 and 23 at parks, historic sites and natural areas across Missouri, from May 1 through Dec. 31. Applications for the program are now being accepted online at thinkoutside.mo.gov.

“State Parks Youth Corps gives young Missourians the opportunity to gain valuable job skills while making a difference in Missouri’s outdoor areas,” said Gov. Jay Nixon. “Since 2010, we’ve been able to undertake a wide variety of meaningful projects and are looking forward to what these young people are sure to accomplish in 2014.”

“We’ve been incredibly pleased with the contributions these young people have made to Missouri’s state parks and historic sites over the past several years,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. “We look forward to continuing this important partnership for the benefit of the participants and the state’s award-winning parks system.”

Since the program began in 2010, SPYC workers have completed more than 550,000 hours in Missouri state parks and historic sites. During 2013, SPYC workers put in more than 70,000 hours, performing a variety of tasks, ranging from routine maintenance work and trail construction to interpretation and stewardship efforts. Examples included treating 365 acres of Long Branch State Park for invasive plant species; repairing and repainting 15 picnic tables, 12 benches, and 60 grills at St. Joe State Park; leading nearly 1,700 tours at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park; and working to build an accessible pathway at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.

State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC) is administered by Missouri’s Workforce Investment Boards in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Workforce Development. In 2013, Missouri State Parks Youth Corps was accepted as a part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC).

This summer, young Missourians will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience to prepare for tomorrow’s careers, while enjoying the beauty and grandeur of Missouri’s state parks. The Missouri State Parks Youth Corps will challenge participants to “Think Outside” by accomplishing interesting projects that help preserve and enhance Missouri’s state park system. In addition to developing the critical leadership skills that will prepare them for success in future careers, the program will bolster an appreciation for the environment and “green” concepts that are an exciting part of Missouri’s growing industries. (Article courtesy thinkoutside.mo.gov, please visit site for more information or program application.)

2014 Community Garden
The Green Hills Community Garden program is under way once again across the 9 county area.

Growing your own garden saves money, lets you eat better, and fosters less dependance on federal food programs! Large area or small, apartment or mansion - anyone can grow a garden! Think outside the box & contact us for more information!

If you would like to reserve a plot at our Grundy County site or sign up to receive seeds, contact us by calling 855-290-8544 ext 1020

Reminder

Don't forget that many of our programs require you to provide us with an application, documentation, and possibly even attend a workshop or class before we can provide monetary assistance. If you would like to attend one of these workshops or learn about what we are planning for future sessions, give us a call 855-290-8544 ext 1021 or ext 1023
Donations Kept Local

Many of our clients and other residents of the communities we serve don’t realize just how important local donations are to our agency. Much of our current funding comes with strict guidelines as to how it is allowed to be spent, and we encounter many situations in our daily work which do not neatly fit into any of these predefined categories. Our clients survive on very fixed incomes, and many are elderly and/or disabled. In the face of an unforeseen crisis situation, most have nowhere else to turn for help.

Providing a donation, no matter the amount, to our emergency crisis fund would help families face these crises with more confidence, and allow them to get back on their feet. Some people call our agency seeking warm winter clothing, or help on a utility bill not covered by energy assistance, are in dire need of heater or air conditioning repair, a place to stay for a night, gas vouchers to get to and from the doctor’s office, or even help on life saving prescription medicines. We have seen these requests and more.

With the funding we have available, we do as much as we can, to help as many as we can, but sometimes the need is too great, and the number of families seeking help is only growing.

We respectfully request your donations and support for our Green Hills Community Action Agency Emergency Services Program, which provides emergency funds to families in times of crisis. Any amount would be a blessing for these families in need!

Don’t forget this number when you need to get in touch with GHCAA - now you can call us toll free no matter what county you live in!
 
1.855.290.8544
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Other Numbers
1.877.611.7600 (WHS toll free)

1.660.359.6619 (fax)

1.660.359.2038 (LIHEAP fax)
Seeking Board Members
Our tri-partite Board of Directors currently has vacancies in Caldwell, Daviess, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, and Mercer counties. Strong board participation is integral to the success of any non-profit agency, and we hope to begin filling these vacancies as soon as possible. If you are interested in learning more about serving on the GHCAA Board of Directors, please contact agency CEO, Aaron Franklin, by calling 855-290-8544 ext 1038.
Vendors Sought for Expo
We are currently seeking artisans, crafters, vendors, non-profit groups, or other businesses interested in booth space or banner sponsorship for this event. Booths start at only $40 for a 10×10 space, and banner sponsorships are only $25. (View the application.) Visit the Women’s Health website for all the details on becoming a vendor at this great event!
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Our Community in Action is a quarterly publication by Green Hills Community Action Agency. If you have particular programs that you would like to see highlighted in future issues, or if you know someone who would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact:
 

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1506 Oklahoma Ave.  Trenton, MO 64683
Phone: 855-290-8544 | Fax: 660-359-6619
 
Aaron Franklin, CEO

franklina@ghcaa.org
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