Community Services Agency
The Mission of the Community Services Agency (CSA) is to improve the lives of workers and their families by meeting their human and social services needs; by building broad and diverse coalitions to promote and protect dignity and justice for workers; and by empowering workers and their unions to make their communities better, more responsive places to live, work, raise a family and retire.
UNITED WAY, CFC & DC ONE FUND
CLICK HERE to download the 2013 updated donation flyer!
Applications are now being accepted for the Building Futures program
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CSA IN THE NEWS:
'Building Futures' Inspires Unemployed, Helps Meet D.C.-Area Construction Skills Gap via Huffington Post
Attention FEDERAL WORKERS:
CLICK HERE for info on how to PREPARE NOW FOR POSSIBLE SEQUESTRATION ACTIONS THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR JOB! (posted: 2/8/2013)
CSA is a campaign participant in United Way of the National Capital Area, the Combined Federal Campaign and the DC One Fund. Please consider designating your worksite charitable contribution to CSA-United Way and DC One Fund Designation Number 8253; combined Federal Campaign Designation Number 19579.
New Online Video Features Building Futures Program Grads, Shows How Contributions Matter
Without the Building Futures (BF) Pre-Apprenticeship program “I would not have had the opportunity to become an electrician,” BF graduate Lisa Kenner says in a new video (below) produced by the IBEW's media department. The Community Services Agency’s program “pretty much built my future,” Kenner adds. “They built the bridge for me to advance to where I want to be.” Other BF graduates explain how the program changed their lives in the 3:35-minute video, which the IBEW produced as part of its United Way campaign ("IBEW Leads United Way Labor Division," UC 11/29/2012). “It’s so important that people contribute,” said CSA’s Client Services Coordinator Sylvia Casaro Dietert. Click here for details – and downloadable flyers – about the United Way, Combined Federal Campaign and DC One Fund campaigns.
News You Can Use: The Best Way to Help Sandy's
With hundreds of thousands of New York and New Jersey residents still in the dark and cold after the double whammy of Hurricane Sandy and last week’s winter storm, the Community Services Agency and the AFL-CIO are urging financial support. “Money is the best thing to send!” says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. “It doesn’t need to be sorted, schlepped or delivered and it helps folks the most.” Contributions can be made on-line to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Emergency Assistance Fund
CSA raises and spends approximately $120,000 annually and assists about 350 families with emergency financial needs- prevention of utility cut-offs and evictions, needed prescriptions, transportation so members can keep working, food, child care and other needs.
Information and Referral Services
CSA annually refers hundreds of metro area residents to community resources for all kinds of social services assistance.
Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Training and Placement Program
This program provides a 6-week pre-apprenticeship training program to help low-income individuals and ex-offenders enhance their abilities to secure jobs in the construction industry, or successfully enter registered union apprenticeship programs. This program has a 70% placement rate.
Hospitality Express 4
This is a 15-week training program for Prince George’s County resident aged 18-26. Offered in partnership with the Training Source and Prince George’s Community College, the training is funded by a grant from the Greater Washington Workforce Development Collaborative, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Area.
Strike Preparation and Support for workers and
Educational Workshops for Unions
and Their Members
CSA provides information and workshops on a variety of topics including budgeting and financial management, retirement planning, preparing for lay-off and job loss, helping co-workers with substance abuse problems, finding care for aging parents, and other topics of interest to workers.
Union Volunteer Recruitment
Through the area’s 180 local unions, CSA works to recruit union volunteers for community projects. Annually, we generate over 300 individual members for various projects.
- (1/27/2011) CSA's "News You Can Use": Help For Striking Or Furloughed Workers
- (12/21/2010) CSA's "News You Can Use": New Credit Clinic from Union Plus
- (10/12/2010) CSA's "News You Can Use": Deadline Looms for Stop-Loss Retro Pay
- (9/1/2010) CSA's "News You Can Use": Knowing The Difference Between A Scam And A Good Deal
- (5/13/2010) Feeding Solidarity At Daycon Strike
- (2/3/2010) CSA's "News You Can Use": Free Tax Prep For Low-Income Residents
- (1/21/2010) CSA's "News You Can Use": Protecting Against BPA
- (7/10/2009) CSA's "News You Can Use": Vetting Health Sites
- (7/1/2009) CSA's "News You Can Use": Free Financial Advice
- (6/4/2009) CSA's "News You Can Use": Free Workshop On Health Information
- (6/1/2009) CSA's "News You Can Use": Providing For The Basics
- (5/27/2009) CSA's "News You Can Use": Free Foreclosure Assistance
CSA can be supported through the United Way, DC One Fund, Combined Federal Campaigns, and the Maryland Charity Campaign. To donate to CSA online, click here: all donations are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated!
CSA covers Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia and works with the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO & the Northern Virginia Area Labor Federation. As part of the AFL-CIO Community Services Network, CSA has access to the extensive United Way/Labor network across the country and can make referrals for workers in any state.
- Executive Director:
- Building Futures & Client Services Coordinator Coordinator, Bilingual Services:
Sylvia Casaro Dietert
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CSA relies on the
support of workers, their unions, and the
general public. CSA can be supported
through the United
One Fund, Combined
Federal Campaigns, and the Maryland Charity
PLEASE DESIGNATE NUMBER
· 8253 for UNITED WAY and DC ONE FUND
· 19579 for COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN
· 9320 for MARYLAND CHARITY CAMPAIGN
· 8396 for COMBINED VIRGINIA
To donate to CSA online, click here.
All donations are tax-deductible and are really greatly appreciated!