The Poverty Task Group is made up of representatives from non-profit
agencies, human services agencies, institutes of higher learner,
schools, businesses and faith-based programs. The task group has taken
on a dual role. As they have done for more than ten year,s the task
group offers financial assistance to Bradford County residents who have a
need related to obtaining or maintaining employment. However, in the
past few years, the task group has also been trying to identify gaps in
services and resources that inhibit families from becoming
Do you need Financial Assistance? Is your need related to maintaining or obtaining employment?
We may be able to help you.
Acceptable Referrals: (include but are not limited to the following)
• Required work clothing - uniforms, safety glasses, or boots
• Pre-employment physical
• GED fees
• Auto repair, insurance, registration, inspection
How it works:
Referrals for assistance must be submitted by an agency or employer on behalf of the applicant, using the Poverty Application Form.
A representative of the referring agency/employer must
present the needs of the applicant to the Poverty Task Group members
and answers questions at a monthly meeting. The referring
agency/employer is also required to complete a 6 and 12 month follow-up
on the individual if they receive assistance.
If approved - funds will be directly dispersed to the service provider not the applicant.
Poverty Action Plan
Poverty Task Group is also working on the underlying
issues that hold families in Poverty. The Poverty Task Group developed a
plan that included evaluating the available resources and services in
the County, educating the public and service providers and implement
programs and services that would assist families in becoming
Task Group Accomplishments
"Building Bridges out of Poverty"
Conference - April 2009, we hosted a "Building Bridges out of Poverty"
Conference with 166 participants. The trainer, was also the co-author of
the book "Building Bridges out of Poverty", Terrie Druessi-Smith.
- we hosted a simulation; which allowed participants to role play as a
person who lives in Poverty for four "simulated" weeks. The roles
included young single mothers, young men out of prison, elderly,
divorced parents raising children and caring for parents. Below are
pictures from that Poverty Simulation - it was a great experience for
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| Poverty Simulation|
| Role Playing - single mother|
| Role Playing - students|
The Poverty Task Group is also trying to identify the "Nasty Nine" in Bradford County so that they can develop other services which will help low-income families avoid these money traps.
Task Group Meets: see Calendar / Meeting Dates