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ALICE Bulletin

COMMUNITY ALICE TASK FORCE

The United Way ALICE Project ® is a study of financial hardship based on local costs of living. 

Objective:  To bring together a cross-section of the community (business, government, nonprofits, faith-based) to understand the challenges facing the ALICE population (ALICE = Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and determine possible projects the task force can advocate for and/or pursue.

Who is ALICE?– anyone employed and working hard but still struggling to make ends meet and earn enough to get from month to month.  Often there is little leftover for things like savings, preventative maintenance, home ownership, quality childcare, etc. 

The Action Bulletin items below are resources for individuals in our community to share with family, friends, co-workers, employees, and the community.

 

October 2019 Action Bulletin

HAVING SOLID ‘SOFT SKILLS’ CAN BE THE PATHWAY TO PROMOTION OR A BETTER JOB

We hear it from employers all the time…they are desperate for workers who are reliable and who are great team members. The Center for New Directions at North Idaho College is offering a Workplace Skills Lunch and Learn Workshop on Wed. 10.30 from noon – 1:30pm. The workshops will teach participants skills with communication, positive work ethic, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, customer service and self-representation. The workshop will be held at the Hedlund Building at NIC campus. Call 208-769-3447 for more information.

 

STRESSED ABOUT MEDICAL EXPENSES? HELP MAY BE ON THE WAY

November 1-December 16 is the enrollment period for people eligible for medical coverage through the recently approved Medicade Expansion. Around 6000 people in the working population will find themselves in the new eligibility range – one of those could be you! Health care eligibility professionals with Heritage Health are ready to help you navigate the enrollment process. Call 208-292-0280 or stop by the Heritage Health van parked at the at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot in Downtown CDA on Nov. 13 –from 10-4.

 

FREE COOKING CLASSES WITH FREE GROCERIES, KITCHEN GADGETS AND RECIPES

Cooking Matters knows that stress management and child development hinges on great nutrition. Free cooking classes for Caregivers/Parents of will teach hands-on cooking skills using healthy recipes. Participants will receive groceries, a kitchen gadget, a tote bag and recipes. Classes include: 10/23 No Mealtime Madness; 10/30 Fruits & Veggies; 11/6 Hack Your Snack; and 11/13 Your Family, Your Choice. Classes will be held 10 am to 11 am at 8500 N. Atlas Road; Hayden, ID. Registration is required, please call 208-415-5144. Classes will also be held in Sandpoint 11/5; 11/12; and 11/19 at 2101 Pine Street from 11 am to 12 pm. Reserve your spot by calling 208-415-5144

 

IS YOUR CHILD READY FOR KINDERGARTEN? IT CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE FOR FUTURE SUCCESS!

Ready! For Kindergarten is a national program bringing all the best ways to help children be ready for school to parents through free workshops and a take-home kit full of toys and learning materials. Studies show your child’s readiness to hit the ground running in Kindergarten significantly contributes to later success throughout their school career. Three workshops every school-year are offered for the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts, with free childcare provided. Register for the next workshop at readyforkindergarten.org/unitedwaynorthidaho

 

BANK ON CAN HELP YOU GET ON TOP OF YOUR FINANCES AND PROVIDE ACCESS TO BANKING SERVICES

Six local banks and credit unions are offering access to accounts and banking services to those who take a 3-session class on personal financial wellness taught by a financial professional. Go to bankon@UnitedWayofNorthIdaho.org or call 208-667-8112 to learn more or sign up for a class.

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