Outreach – Center for Community Resources Parent Café for Fathers

Outreach invites Fathers in the community to attend the Parent Café on June 10, 2022, from 10 am – 11:30 am. The topic of the Parent Café is Dad Talks and will feature Pennsylvania State Representatives Kyle Mullins and Thom Welby, sharing their experiences as Fathers.

The Dad Talks Parent Café will be held at the Outreach – Center for Community Resources, 431 North Seventh Avenue in Scranton on Friday, June 10, 2022, from 10 am to 11:30 am, and will include lunch for attendees and their children. 

Outreach invites area fathers to spend a morning with their peers to share stories, concerns, joys, and accomplishments in a supportive environment. Attendees will receive the book “Just Me and My Dad” and other Father’s Day activities. The Parent Café is free to attend, but registration is required, and childcare is available during the program. Please call 570-955-7857 to register. 

Comserve Solutions Share Five Summer Jobs

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.  If you’re a college student, teacher, or just in need of some extra cash, your summer plans likely include a temporary job. Here are some of the highest-paying occupations for summer workers.

Construction Worker If you’re ready for some heavy-duty physical labor, a summer construction job may be just the ticket.

Construction workers help build and repair all types of structures, using blueprints provided by the client. They’re usually responsible for erecting scaffolding, loading and unloading building materials, removing debris, and operating heavy equipment to pour concrete and perform other tasks.

They may also be called on to assist carpenters, electricians and other craftsmen.

Average Hourly Wage: $18.04

Tutor Tutoring jobs are custom-made for teachers on summer break, but they’re also ideal for college students seeking to keep their academic skills sharp and cushion their bank accounts in between semesters.

Tutors are usually hired through an agency, and are responsible for reviewing school assignments, discussing subject content, assisting with homework, and/or preparing students for standardized tests. Tutors must be excellent communicators who have demonstrated expertise in the given subject matter.

Average Hourly Wage:  $20.00

Virtual Assistant Virtual assistants provide administrative services to businesses or entrepreneurs from a remote location.

Their responsibilities include managing the client’s social media, calendars and appointments; answering emails; making travel arrangements; and maintaining online records. This job requires the ability to handle multiple administrative projects with minimal supervision.

Virtual assistants must also have access to a strong internet connection and proficiency in various digital communication tools, such as Zoom or Skype.

Average Hourly Wage: $21.77

Freelance Writer Freelance writers may work remotely or onsite, through an agency or directly for a client, producing a variety of written content.

They must possess advanced writing skills and be able to utilize various style guides, depending on the client’s preference. They also must be able to properly conduct the research needed to develop an expertise on various topics. The end result is professional-level content for blogs, articles, white papers, and other digital or hard copy publications.

Average Hourly Wage:  $22.00 to $33.00, depending on location.

Event Planner Event planners coordinate all logistics and services related to a given event: securing a location, catering, entertainment, decorations, lodging, etc., based on clients’ needs.

They also must coordinate budget planning and ensure that the event remains within cost projections. During the event, they must be available to manage the guest registry and organize the facility to ensure all A/V equipment remain operational, decorations are in place and catering services are satisfactory.

Average Hourly Wage: $25.00 to $30.00, depending upon experience and location.

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The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is Coming to Lackawanna County

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2022, in collaboration with the United Way, is excited to enroll children who are residents of Lackawanna County in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an international Foundation dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by giving free monthly books to children from birth to age five. Once enrolled, each child will receive the book “The Little Engine That Could” followed by a new book every month thereafter. 

Register your child today at https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/ to start receiving books from the Dolly Parton Imagination library!

Boback’s Bill to Assist Older Foster Youth Passed by House

A bill sponsored by Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) that would help older foster youth in Pennsylvania to find more permanent family connections was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Monday.

“Young people who leave the child welfare system without having adults in their lives to provide assistance often end up in jail or homeless,” said Boback. “My bill would give foster youth every possible opportunity to find a permanent family during this critical transition period.”

House Bill 1866 would build on existing state requirements that foster youth receive counseling and other services as they grow older, including the identification of family members who may be willing to assume a primary caretaker or other supportive role. Boback’s proposal would also ensure those requirements are fully and effectively implemented.

The bill will next be considered by the Senate.  

NeighborWorks NEPA Receives Contribution from NBT Bank

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania (NeighborWorks) recently accepted a contribution from NBT Bank, in the amount of $10,000 through the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).

The contribution will support the Scranton Beautiful Blocks Program for 2022. Beautiful Blocks, which is jointly sponsored by NeighborWorks and the City of Scranton, provides matching grants of up to $1,000 to each member of a group of at least five Scranton residents to help them make exterior improvements to their homes. Grants are awarded annually through a competitive application process.

Scranton Fringe Festival Returns, Seeks Proposals

The 2022 Scranton Fringe Festival is seeking proposals now through Tuesday, June 7th via an online application. Scranton Fringe is an award-winning arts organization producing innovative work since 2015. Fringe is dedicated to creating a bold, engaging platform for thought-provoking art while striving to promote Northeast Pennsylvania as a viable creative environment. Scranton Fringe is thrilled to announce the return of the main festival, set to take place on stages both indoors and outdoors across downtown Scranton (PA) from Thursday, September 29th thru Saturday, October 8th, 2022. Scranton Fringe is now accepting applications for proposed works of theater/performing arts and other types of creative projects from independent artists and cultural groups from across Northeast PA and beyond. 

You can learn more / apply by visiting www.scrantonfringe.org 

PennDOT Centers Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.   

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2022 is available online.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot/.