Subject: Amazing Gifts
October 2013

Dear Friend,

You have helped Community Action Duluth become the ladder out of poverty for Duluth families working to achieve a better life and that's exactly why we've launched our first ever annual campaign! Your gift allows us to help 2,200 families each year and that number is growing. A financial contribution from you will allow us to close the $100,000 gap between the annual cost to provide our services and the revenue to pay for them. Every $1 matters and we welcome and thank you for gifts of any size.

Another great way to help out our work is to volunteer at our free tax site. Orientation sessions start October 30 and training starts January 8. Find out more on our website.

Angie Miller
Executive Director

The Great News About Giving

Thanks to our amazing friends at maurices and a select group of generous donors, we have a $20,000 match this year and when you make a gift today, your gift will double.

How vital are the services we offer?

Just ask Kobreina who took her family from $387 a month in public assistance to $1,350 a month from full-time employment. Or Sara who utilized our transitional employment program to find a full-time job and enroll in college. Or Jess whose restored credit affords her more opportunity than she ever thought possible. These three incredible women lifted their families out of poverty and are just a few of the 2,200 we work with each year. Find out more about the amazing families we're so privileged to work with here.

P.S.: Our match is an all-or-nothing challenge and ends December 31. We are only as strong as our community and we thank you for being a part of it.

Donate today.

The Big View on the Levy

Join us as Superintendant of Schools Bill Gronseth presents details of the proposed 2013 education levy at the Big View Community Forum on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30-8:00 PM at 2424 W 5th Street (the former Lincoln Park School). The superintendant will offer insight about the proposed levy and then we'll facilitate a Q&A and a series of breakout sessions. Whether you support or oppose the levy, we encourage you to attend this non-partisan community conversation on how the decision will impact working poor families in Duluth.

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This Big View Forum may be your last chance to get your questions answered before the November 5th vote. We encourage community members, school board members, administrators, and anyone who needs clarity about the proposed levy to attend this forum! Get Involved!

For more information, please contact Community Action Duluth at: or call 218-726-1665 x17. Childcare and a meal will be provided. Sign up online to reserve your place at the table!

GED Test Prep Tutoring at CAD

Since the beginning of the month, we've been providing MFIP participants GED test prep tutoring.  Ten people are preparing to finish taking the tests before the end of the year. In January 2014 the administrators of the GED will switch to a new test format; when that happens, people who have partially completed the testing sequence will need to start over.

We designed our tutoring program reduce the barriers that our participants face in getting through the process. The tutoring sessions are held in the evening, and we provide dinner, childcare, and transportation help if needed. Additionally, we are providing help to pay for the tests and even incentives for passing.

"A high percentage of the participants we see who are on MFIP are lacking their diploma or GED" says Kate Wigren, Director of Employment Services. "This creates a huge barrier to their ability to move forward in seeking employment but it also stops people from being able to seek higher education or training. This program aims to eliminate the barriers so people can get this done."

All ten students are setting their sights on taking their remaining GED tests in November.

Hires for Classes, Taxes, Outreach

We've hired on three more staff to better meet the needs of our participants. They are (L-R): Karen Walter is our new Benefits Outreach Specialist. She'll work alongside our existing outreach specialist, Megan Halena, to connect current and prospective program participants with health insurance and food support. Subsidized health insurance purchaed through MNSure and SNAP (food support) benefits are essential tools for low-income families to use in getting out of poverty. Longtime volunteer Tesha Dickenson joined the team as a LISC AmeriCorps member serving with our free tax site. She'll be working to recruit new volunteers (check out the opportunities to help out here) for the tax site and preparing returns. Denise Carlino also joined the team as a LISC AmeriCorps member and is taking the lead on one of our most popular classroom offerings, Common Cents: The Money and Homebuyer Class. She'll be marketing the program and will serve as lead instructor through mid-summer. Welcome onboard to all!

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October 22nd, 1:00 PM Agency Orientation
October 23rd, 5:30 PM Agency Orientation
October 24th, 3:00pm Last Lincoln Park Farmers Market
October 24th, 5:30pm Big View
October 30th, 5:00pm First Tax Site Volunter Orientation
November 2nd, 8:00 AM First Class, Common Cents Session O