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HWCLI is hiring! Outreach Specialist


The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island is hiring! 

Job Title: Outreach Specialist

HWCLI seeks an energetic, passionate and socially conscious individual to plan and coordinate outreach and advocacy for Long Island’s vulnerable and at-risk, including recently arrived immigrants. The position includes working directly with agency partners and school districts to foster partnerships as well as working directly with community members to educate and empower them. Specifically, the position provides education and application assistance related to health and nutrition supports.

To view the job description as a PDF, click here.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@hwcli.com

 

Responsibilities:

• Partner with key community stakeholders, such as other human service agencies, school districts, pediatricians and other health care providers to create referral systems to connect clients with services

• Plan, coordinate and conduct presentations and workshops targeting school districts and community locations where community members feel safe and have a trusted relationship

• Assist with an active, committed coalition of agencies looking to address needs of recently arrived immigrants

• Assist clients with SNAP (food stamps) information, prescreening and application assistance

• Assist clients with accessing health care information and resources

• Through direct client interaction, inform HWCLI’s advocacy and policy work

 

Key Skill Sets and Requirements:

• Strong commitment to social justice and HWCLI’s mission

• Strong communication and facilitation skills

• High energy, team player

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• The ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time

• Comfortable working with diverse communities and individuals

• Computer Skills

• Minimum of B.A. or B.S. degree. Significant work experience required

• Vehicle required for travel throughout Long Island

• Must be able to work evenings and weekends

• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) required

• Attend any regularly scheduled sessions for program information, updates, ongoing training and technical support.

• Maintain expertise in eligibility and program specifications

 

The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island is an equal opportunity employer.

 


A Message from HWCLI’s Board Chair, Bob Detor


It is with mixed feelings that I write to announce Gwen O’Shea’s departure from the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island.

Fifteen years ago this month, Gwen O’Shea joined the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. Ten years ago this year, she was selected as its President/CEO.  During her tenure, she expanded and diversified the organization’s revenue infrastructure.  She reshaped the organization’s governance structure, by-laws, and mission to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and enhanced active community partnerships.

Gwen oversaw the establishment of the Unmet Needs Roundtable after the Economic Downturn in 2007/2008, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  This effort brought more than $10 million in financial support to Long Island individuals and families struggling with their disaster recovery.

During these responses and other initiatives, her work with community partners and government officials at the local, State and Federal level, ensured the voices and concerns of those most at-risk were heard.

I think anyone who has worked with Gwen has found her to be dedicated to the mission, professional and a tenacious advocate for Long Island’s most vulnerable and at-risk.

Gwen’s leadership has been a great benefit to this organization and, undeniably, she will be deeply missed here.

Gwen’s last day with the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island will be on Friday, March 24th.

We will begin the search for her replacement over the next few weeks. Please click here for a copy of the position profile.

On behalf of HWCLI’s Board of Directors, please join me in thanking Gwen for her caring service and wishing her all the best as she assumes her new position as President/CEO of CDCLI, a long-standing partner of HWCLI and a critical part of the Long Island community.


Support HWCLI on #NYGivesDay and #GivingTuesday


During the holiday season, the word ‘giving’ comes up a lot. Giving thanks, giving the perfect gift, and hopefully you are hearing a lot about giving back. The magnitude of community philanthropy and kindness that we see during the holidays is heart-warming. And just like all of you, we want to continue to give to our community: we aspire to give things like social justice and equality-access to basic necessities like health care access, safe housing and nutritional supports.

For almost 70 years, the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island has been the voice for Long Island’s working families, low income individuals, the elderly, the sick and the poor.  We know that nearly 1 in 4 Long Islanders are struggling to put food on their tables, pay utilities, find affordable child care and access healthcare.  Long Island families are having to choose between which basic human necessities they can afford.  HWCLI and our partner health and human service agencies have been and will continue to be here– providing services, advocating and supporting.  But we need your help and we need your support to make sure our collective Long Island voice is loud enough to be heard in Albany and in DC. In the non-profit sector, we rely on your giving. We rely on your generosity and support so we can continue to pursue our mission of improving the lives of Long Islanders. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday and #NYGivesDay, please donate to HWCLI’s advocacy for Long Island’s at-risk and vulnerable families.

Together, we can make a difference. On November 29, your donation of any amount will help. Click here to view our New York Gives Day profile.

We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season.


HWCLI’s #Forthe24 Twitter Chat


On October 13, Newsday published an article titled, “LI’s Shrinking Middle Class”, here is an overview:

According to a recent study, 17.8% or 165,758 Long Island households are making more than $184,657 annually.  This is a 60% increase since 1990.
 
While this seems like wonderful news, the study also states an increase in the number of Long Island households earning less than $46,165 a year from 179,879 (21% of all households)  in 1990 to 227,914 (24.4% of all households) in 2014. 
 
What this article re-enforces, is the message we, as a collective having been saying for years. Long Islanders are struggling! It takes almost 2x that amount to survive.
 
The survival budget standard for a family of 4 is approx.$85,000
 
Almost 25% of all Long Island households are experiencing significant daily challenges in meeting the basic human needs of our families- housing, food, clothing, transportation, and health care.
 
Since  the release of this article brought greater visibility to the issue, we were prompted to create a plan of action. A plan of action that continues to bring visibility to the needs of Long Islanders. A plan of action that must include all of Long Island’s elected officials.
 
Join us in HWCLI’s Twitter Chat on November 4th at 1 PM as we ask ourselves and our elected officials what we can do to support the 24%. 
Simply use the #Forthe24 to join the conversation.

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How to join:

  • Log on to Twitter
  • Make sure you are following @HWCLI
  • Use the #Forthe24 along with your tweet

Making a difference starts with a conversation!


Lifting Millions Out of Poverty: SNAP Works


In 2015, 13 million children lived in families that had trouble putting food on the table. According to a report done by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the development, health and well-being of children depend on access to a safe and secure source of food. Poverty and extreme poverty during childhood show especially detrimental outcomes, increasing children’s chances of cognitive and behavioral problems when they reach adulthood.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has helped lift millions out of poverty and deep poverty with the modest benefit of just $1.35 on average per person per meal for households with children. This year SNAP will help about 20 million children, or one-fourth of all U.S. children, receive the nutrition that they need to improve food security, and contribute to better health and academic achievement.

SNAP is the nation’s largest nutrition program providing around $30 billion in nutrition benefits over the course of this year and reaches more at-risk children than any other nutrition or income assistance program. Research shows that SNAP can have significant impacts on children:

  • SNAP kept about 10.3 million people out of poverty in 2012, including about 4.9 million children.  SNAP lifted 2.1 million children out of deep poverty (defined as 50 percent of the poverty line), which is more than any other government assistance program.
  • An adequate, healthy diet during childhood is critical for school success. SNAP participation can lead to improvement in reading and math skills and help with memory and behavior as well. SNAP also helps families during the summer months when children are less likely to have access to the free meal programs they receive during the school year.
  • Mothers exposed to SNAP were less likely to give birth to low-weight babies. Some evidence also suggests that children receiving SNAP are less likely to be in fair or poor health compared to low-income non-participants.

With SNAP’s ability to lift families out of poverty, studies show that half of all families with children leave SNAP within the first year of entering. Food insecurity among children enrolled in SNAP fell by roughly a third after their families received SNAP benefits for six months.

Although the numbers of households struggling with poverty and food insecurity are still high, SNAP has significantly impacted food insecure Americans. The CBPP says, “Efforts to reform or enhance SNAP should build on its effectiveness in protecting the well-being of America’s children, and preserve the essential program features that contribute to that success.”

For more information, read the full report SNAP Works for America from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


Teen Food Insecurity


An estimated 6.8 million young people ages 10 to 17 struggle to have enough to eat, including 2.9 million who have very low food security. Urban Institute and Feeding America spent 3 years conducting focus groups with teenagers in 10 communities in an effort to get a more complete picture about how food insecurity impacts teenagers. They found that food insecure teenagers face impossible choices- often engaging in risky behavior just to survive.

During the focus groups, teens were asked questions about their observations of teen food insecurity in their communities, how young people get food, and risky behaviors, such as stealing or dealing drugs that teens may resort to during times of desperation. Several common themes emerged from the focus groups discussions:

  • Teen food insecurity is widespread. Even teens that were not experiencing food insecurity themselves were aware of other teens that were.
  • Teens fear the stigma associated with food insecurity and needing assistance. They may be less likely to access resources.
  • Teens with younger siblings often take on the role of parent for younger siblings, ensuring they have enough to eat first and putting themselves second. Teens are often more aware of parent’s struggles with money and food insecurity than younger children.
  • Teens faced with acute food insecurity reported sometimes engaging in criminal behavior such as stealing food, dealing drugs or reselling stolen items to make money.

It’s clear from the data collected in the focus groups that teen food insecurity is a multi-faceted issue that requires adding supports in multiple areas. Many nutrition programs focus on younger children so more emphasis should be placed on engaging teens in these programs, especially school meal programs. More employment options are also needed to provide teens with a way of earning money. Teens in the focus group indicated they would be glad to work but job opportunities are limited in their communities. Teens should be empowered and engaged to create programs for their communities. As a result of a focus group in Portland, a youth empowerment group is designing programming for teens in their own community.  Addressing food insecurity in teens is clearly a challenge, but it’s clear that steps must be taken to provide further supports to this vulnerable population.

For more information, read the full report, Impossible Choices, from Urban Institute and Feeding America