A good Tuesday to you!
This spring, I am in Harrisburg working toward a negotiated state budget. But while I am here, there are so many things to celebrate and highlight in our fair city of Philadelphia.
In today’s edition of the First District Connection, I’m pointing your attention in some great ways. Together, we can make a difference in individual lives and collective communities.
Thank you for your interest in making the 1st Senatorial District a great place to live, work and play.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Bad Public Policy
It took Philadelphia City Council a handful of years to find the solution to the problem that was forcing good workers to leave their jobs due to illness or having to care for a sick son, daughter or grandparent.
Philly’s paid sick leave law, which is supposed to begin May 14, could be derailed by state legislation that unfortunately has cleared my chamber and is now waiting for consideration by the state House.
PA lawmakers are one step closer to stopping earned leave for hardworking employees who need this bit of human kindness to help themselves get better or help their families overcome grief or pain.
This can’t happen, which is why I am speaking up against Senate Bill 333 and am working to stop it in its tracks.
Get a (Better) Job
Whether you need to be employed or are considering another opportunity, you must put this career expo on your calendar.
Next Wednesday, April 29, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and JEVS Human Services will hold a free career workshop that will guide you through salary negotiations, ways to use LinkedIn in your job search, and explain what employers are seeking in new hires.
While free, the career expo would like you to register. To do that, contact Wendy Rosenfeldt at 215-854-1874 or visit jewishphilly.org/expo.
Click here to download the event flyer!
Albert Schweitzer once said, “Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.” And so it is that I point you in the direction of http://volunteer.phila.gov/ as it seeks people to help others learn technology and help keep the city clean during the Broad Street Run.
Becoming a tech tutor is one volunteer opening; serving as a “waste watcher” during the May 3 Broad Street Run is the other.
Help your phellow Philadelphian and donate your time and talents. You’ll be glad you did!
Donate Life Resolution
I teamed with state Sen. Lisa Boscola last week to make April “Pennsylvania Donate Life Month.” The Senate unanimously approved our resolution.
The commonwealth does a great job – and is a leader – in organ and tissue donation and research, but more can and needs to be done.
There are still too many people are on the waiting lists ready to receive a heart, liver, or tissue. I urge you to become an organ donor.
Helping "Lost" Lives
I am applauding Project HOME and SEPTA today for their work to reach the city’s homeless during cold weather.
“Hub of Hope” was recently featured by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Hub is a groundbreaking effort that is being noticed by the Federal Transit Authority.
The Hub, as the Inquirer reported, “collaborates with a vast network of healthcare providers and social service organizations across Philadelphia that … allows staff to offer services that are targeted to the individual needs of the people they are trying to help.”
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