RCAP Re-Opening RAFT Intake

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RCAP has received an additional award for the RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) Program. This is great news for the citizens in need of assistance in Worcester County!!

We will reopen our doors for RAFT intake in our Worcester Office effective this Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. until the funds are committed.

We will resume our regular intake schedule until further notice:

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, bminkle@rcapsolutions.org

Take the #SafeStepForward Challenge

#SAFESTEPFORWARDWe Believe in a Better Future

Providing Safety and Stability for Domestic Violence Survivors and their Children, through Housing and Case Management

 

 

Take the #SafeStepForward Challenge today!

This initiative will help us provide our families with the essential items they need to start a life free from domestic abuse.It costs approximately $2,000 to furnish a SafeStep home. We are looking to raise at least $5,000 to support these families.

A $25 donation could give a child in the SafeStep program hats, mittens and scarves that would keep them warm throughout the cold New England winter or a $50 donation could provide a SafeStep mom with a monthly bus pass to get to her job. Any donation amount gives the essential items families need while transitioning into healthy homes at the end of the two year program.

DonateAfterTweet EditedSSF you accept our challenge to donate, go to Facebook and Twitter and post about your contribution using the hashtag: #SafeStepForward . Monetary donations can be made through our website. Make your donation now, click the “Donate” button to visit our donate page.

Items NeededPurchase items needed for survivors and bring them to our headquarters at 12 East Worcester Street in Worcester, MA or to our corporate offices located at 205 School Street in Gardner, MA. We can also pick up  donations, just call 978-630-6714 to schedule a pick-up time. Click the “Items Needed” button to see a list of items needed.

 

2000px-Recycle001.svgDonate electronic waste that will be recycled through Planet Green Recycle. A box of 20 electronics for recycling translates to $50 dollars that will help a SafeStep family. Drop-off e-waste at our recycling boxes at headquarters at 12 East Worcester Street in Worcester, MA or at our corporate offices at 205 School Street in Gardner, MA. *This recycling event will continue after the #SafeStepForward challenge.

 

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Conveniently donate to our program while shopping on AmazonSmile, just select RCAP Solutions as your non-profit and .5% of your purchase cost will go to RCAP Solutions programs.

 

 

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Finally, don’t forget to tell everyone you made a difference! After you donate, post it to your Facebook and Twitter pages using our #SafeStepForward post.

“I helped a local family take a #SafeStepForward by donating $          to RCAP Solutions!

 

About SafeStep

This year, SafeStep provided twenty-four adults and forty-seven children with safe homes. These families entered our program in search of a new beginningSafestep 4, fleeing their partner and the physical and emotional abuse inflicted upon them.

SafeStep is a transitional housing program that helps survivors build stable lives through counseling, education, and employment. Our case managers work with each family providing them with the tools they need to succeed. Our families, who are referred from homeless shelters throughout the area often flee their abusers with little or nothing to call their own. With your help, we can provide them with the tools needed to take a safe step forward and build a stable and better life.

Free Private Well Safe Drinking Water Workshop

Join us anwaterglassd learn about proper management of private water wells and springs. 

Thousands of people in Massachusetts rely on private wells for their drinking water.  These wells are the responsibility of the homeowner.  It is up to you to make sure that your well is providing clean drinking water and we want to help!

Workshop will provide information on:Well

  • Water well location & construction
  • Maintenance and management of existing water wells
  • Solving water quality and quantity problems

The Workshop will also include live participation in a webinar in affiliation with the Private Well Class, performed by Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist from the University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, (Registration at 6:00 PM) 

Mount Wachusett Community College, North Café, 444 Green St, Gardner, MA

Register Today! Click here or call 978-630-9525

The workshop is free, however advance registration is requested.

This complimentary workshop is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, through a grant to the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), a non-profit organization that provides free technical assistance to rural water and wastewater communities. RCAP Solutions is a regional affiliate of RCAP.

Calais, ME Water Department Welcomes RCAP Staff

IMG_2531The Calais Water Department welcomed RCAP staff to their facility to perform the Basics of Operator Math training.

Fourteen operators from eight different systems attended the training and received 3.75 training contact hours from the State of Maine. The training was well received by operators with different levels of math knowledge. The operators each brought different strengths and were often helping each other during practice problems.

IMG_2536Mia McDonald, a technical assistance provider in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with RCAP Solutions, led the training and was assisted by the State Lead for Maine, Art Astarita.

Ms. McDonald brings over fifteen years as a math tutor, as well as a lifelong love of math given by her math educator parents. Mr. Astarita was able to connect with systems to begin new relationships with RCAP Solutions to offer assistance with future trainings, locating funding sources and asset management.

2014/2015 Bi-Annual Report

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Our longtime goal of  providing “The World We Want” to individuals, families, communities and small businesses, coupled with our work providing essential needs such as safe drinking water and affordable housing, makes today, Earth Day, the perfect day to release our 2014/2015 Bi-Annual Report: 45+ Years and Still Going Strong. 

Click here to view in flip book virtual format

Click here to download a PDF file

We hope you enjoy reading the compelling testimonials from our constituents and see the hard work and dedication our staff provides day in and day out to those we serve.

As always, we appreciate your support of RCAP Solutions and welcome your feedback.

The Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Take a Bite out of Homelessness!

JerseyThe Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend the Worcester Sharks Game on Saturday, December 13!

10. Take a BITE out of Homelessness! All proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and the jersey auction will benefit RCAP Solutions local homelessness prevention programs!

9. Catch the Sharks wearing “throwback” IceCats jerseys from 1994!

8. Celebrate 20 years of Hockey in the City of Worcester!

7. Freebies! Attendees will receive a Worcester Hockey Mascot Poster featuring FINZ and Scratch!

6. Former IceCats players will sign autographs with FINZ and Scratch during the intermissions!

5. Tickets purchased through RCAP are great seats and discounted over 50%

4. Create memories! This is a great (and low cost) family night out!

3. All game worn jerseys will be auctioned/raffled off, benefiting RCAP Solutions!

2. Sharks Feeding Frenzy! Specialty Jersey Games have a lot of energy – players (and fans) go wild!

1. See President & CEO Karen Koller drop the puck!

Have a fun night out and support local families at the same time!

What else are you doing on 12.13.14???

Gold Level Discounted Tickets just $12 Each (Face Value of $20)!

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Event Includes:
• Sharks vs. Monarchs game
• Game Worn Jersey Auction (live, silent & raffle)
• 50/50 Raffle
• Chuck A Puck Contest
• Autographs, free posters, mascots and much more

Contact Maegen McCaffrey, 978-630-6714, email: mmccaffrey@rcapsolutions.org.

Ticket sales and auction proceeds will benefit RCAP Solutions Client Services Programs, serving over four thousand Worcester county residents and families each year, providing affordable housing, homelessness prevention, home rehabilitation, domestic violence victim support, foreclosure prevention and financial literacy.

Gone to the Birds Gala

On September 18, 2014, RCAP Solutions Celebrated its 45th Anniversary by going to the birds! Over 250 attendees, made up of artists, business professionals, RCAP Solutions supporters and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce members participated in a birdhouse auction, hosted by Skinner Auctions. Over 100 works of art were auctioned, raising over $16,000. 100% of the proceeds will support housing and homelessness prevention programs for Worcester County families.

We thank the many generous sponsors, talented artists, and the staff and volunteers who donated their time and talents and helped to make this event a great success!

Photos by Andrea Seward, Habakkuk Media Services.

 

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Federal Report on Housing, Transportation and Economic Growth

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August 7, 2014

Federal Report Highlights Five Years of Progress Providing Communities with Affordable Housing, Efficient Transportation and Economic Growth

WASHINGTON – In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released “Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments,” a report demonstrating how the three agencies are cooperating to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods that attract business development and jobs while protecting the environment.

“The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is about achieving one goal: expanding opportunity for American families,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “These targeted investments are bringing more affordable housing and transportation options, and more economic resilience to regions that were hard hit by the economic crisis. In partnership with local leaders, I am convinced that the investments our agencies have made will enhance the health and wealth of communities for decades to come.”

“The Partnership is helping us align our transportation investments with the goals of providing affordable housing and preserving the environment,” said DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Together with HUD and EPA, we are making fundamental changes in how we work together to benefit all Americans and provide new ladders of opportunity for many.”
“Communities know better than anyone else what they need,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, we at the federal level are organizing ourselves to give communities tools to address economic and environmental challenges in the way that works best for them.”

Since 2009, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has been working to ensure that HUD, DOT, EPA and other federal agency investments better serve communities that were hard hit by the economic recession. Through its efforts, more than $4 billion has been awarded to 1,000 communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. In addition to funding, many communities have also received technical assistance to help plan economic development and leverage private and other public resources to maximize the Partnership’s investments. For example:

  • Partnership-funded regional planning efforts in New York and New Jersey laid a strong foundation for recovery from Superstorm Sandy because communities in the region had already been collaborating on development issues.
  • Partnership grants helped Memphis, Tenn., create a master plan for redeveloping the area around its airport, as well as develop a plan to improve bike and pedestrian paths and spur revitalization in a midtown neighborhood.
  • Partnership funding helped the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota develop a regional plan to define the community’s future. It could be a model for other rural Native American communities as well.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities has also fundamentally changed the way that HUD, EPA and DOT evaluate and award competitive grants and technical assistance. The three agencies collaborate to review and select applications for many grants and technical assistance opportunities, such as DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants, HUD’s Community Challenge Grants, and EPA’s Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grants. This collaboration ensures that federal investments maximize resources for communities.

To download the report: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/partnership-accomplishments-report-2014.pdf

Four days until Greater Worcester Gives!

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RCAP Solutions is proud to be a non profit partner in Greater Worcester GIVES, a community-wide online giving challenge hosted by Greater Worcester Community Foundation which seeks to inspire as many people as possible to support local nonprofit organizations during a 24-hour period.

Please visit the RCAP Solutions Donation Page to make a donation on Tuesday, May 6, 2014: http://www.gwgives.org/#npo/rcap-solutions-inc

The goal is to raise unrestricted dollars for the nonprofit organizations that serve our communities.

For 24 hours, between 12:00am through 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 6, donors can make gifts of $25 or more to participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in Worcester County.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the country’s first community foundation, we hope to shine a spotlight on the nonprofit community and make it fun and easy for individuals to support local nonprofit organizations.

USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day by Supporting Water Quality Projects in 40 States and Puerto Rico

 

Of the USDA projects announced in the following release, RCAP Solutions provided technical assistance on 9 projects in CT, ME, MA, NY, and RI that were awarded funding over the past several years.  This resulted in $34,640,000  in USDA Loans and $59,111,872  in RD and Farm Bill grants for a total of $93,751,872 to small communities for water and wastewater system improvements.  

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WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment.

“Having reliable, clean and safe water is essential for any community to thrive and grow,” Vilsack said. “I am proud that USDA helps build rural communities from the ground up by supporting water infrastructure projects like these. I am especially proud that we can help communities that are struggling economically and those that have urgent health and safety concerns due to their failing water systems.”

Today’s announcement is USDA’s largest Earth Day investment in rural water and wastewater systems. Nearly $387 million is being awarded to 116 recipients in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Department is providing $150 million in grants through the 2014 Farm Bill plus $237 million in loans and grants from USDA’s Water and Environmental Program.

Also noteworthy this year are USDA’s accomplishments to help communities with the greatest needs. Sixteen of the Earth Day projects are in areas of persistent poverty. Twenty-nine are in communities served by USDA’s ” StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity.” StrikeForce is a USDA initiative to reduce poverty by increasing investments in rural communities through intensive outreach and stronger partnerships with community leaders, businesses, foundations and other groups that are working to combat poverty.

Climate change in particular is putting more stress on municipal water systems. Many areas around the country have seen changes in rainfall, resulting in more floods, droughts, declines in snowpack, intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. All of these are placing fiscal strains on communities – causing them to make more frequent (and often more expensive) repairs and upgrades.

Among projects funded this year, the city of McCrory, Ark., is receiving $2.1 million to build a water treatment facility and two water supply wells, and refurbish its two water storage tanks. The improvements will reduce high manganese and iron levels in the water supply to provide safe drinking water to McCrory’s nearly 800 residents. McCrory is in Woodruff County, a persistent poverty area that is part of USDA’s “StrikeForce initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity.”

Paintsville, Ky., is receiving a $4.9 million loan and $2.1 million grant to rehabilitate its sanitary and stormwater sewer systems. This is one of 10 projects funded by USDA that will improve water infrastructure in rural areas of Kentucky. The Paintsville project will serve nearly 2,300 residents and businesses and protect the ecosystems of Paint Creek and nearby lakes.

The city of San Joaquin, Calif., is receiving a $1 million loan/grant combination to replace a contaminated well. The city had to shut down one of its three wells due to high levels of bacteria. Once completed, this project will ensure San Joaquin residents have safe, clean drinking water.

In Ohio, the Erie County Commissioners will use $3 million in loans and nearly $3 million in grants to replace individual on-site waste treatment systems that discharge into and pollute the Sandusky Bay and surrounding areas. The commissioners also will build a wastewater collection system for the Village of Bay View and the neighboring Bay Bridge area. The Bay View peninsula is a vital ecological and economic area in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.