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Georgia Association of Homes
and Services for Children
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Normer Adams, Editor
What: Launch of Georgia’s Raise Me Up Campaign
Who: Governor Sonny Perdue
First Lady Mary Perdue
David Statton, DHS Chief Operating Officer
Cari DeSantis, Executive Vice President, Casey Family Programs
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Where: State Capitol Building
Please join Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and First Lady Mary Perdue to kick off a powerful campaign to improve the lives of Georgia’s children in foster care.
The kickoff takes place 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at a press conference announcing Raise Me Up, a multimedia campaign inspiring people to get involved in helping raise up vulnerable children and families in Georgia. The campaign is a partnership between Georgia’s Department of Human Services, more than a dozen Atlanta-area nonprofits and a major national foundation
Over a two-month period, Raise Me Up will blanket the Atlanta media market with powerful ads highlighting the challenges that face children in foster care – and the simple steps people can take to make a difference for youth in their own communities via www.raisemeup.org.
The Governor and First Lady will be joined by Department of Human Services Chief Operating Officer David Statton, community partners, alumni of foster care, and Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation entirely dedicated to improving foster care.
Georgia was selected as one of a handful of sites for the Raise Me Up campaign, which is part of a national effort to bring attention to the nearly half million children in America’s foster care system. The press conference and Georgia campaign will emphasize the importance of quickly connecting children in foster care with safe, loving and permanent families and other lifelong connections.
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Health Care System Reform Advocacy -
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Dear Senator/Representative __________:
On behalf of [organization], I am writing to urge you to ensure that health care legislation includes subsidies to help nonprofit employers provide health coverage to their workers.
Nonprofit organizations employ over 14 million people in the United States -- almost 10 percent of the U.S. workforce -- who are integral to the vital services these organizations provide to communities across the nation. The vast majority of nonprofits are small businesses, employing 50 or fewer workers, and like our for-profit counterparts, we generally lack access to the range of health insurance choices available to larger businesses. During these difficult economic times, we are facing rising demands for our services with fewer private contributions and government resources to help meet that demand. Without assistance, most small nonprofits will be forced to cut staff, cut benefits, and cut programs. [Share specifics about the number of people your organization employs, the types of services you provide, and the importance of health care reform to your organization.]
We urge you to support the inclusion of a program subsidy, like the one offered in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved bill, to both nonprofit and for-profit employers to help pay the cost of health insurance premiums. This approach provides a more direct benefit than the tax credit included in the bill adopted by the House Ways and Means Committee, which would generally not apply to tax-exempt nonprofits.
Again, we feel it is imperative that Congress ensure that any health care reform measures provide direct incentives to nonprofit employers so that they may have affordable access to health insurance options for their employees.
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Public Hearing Notice - October 28, 2009 - 1:00 pm