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March: 2009 / Capital T is a new monthly electronic newsletter from Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) designed to share the events and news of Temple's involvement and activities in the capital region. | View this newsletter online

Temple NEST The NEST Assisting Nonprofits

Temple University Harrisburg created the Nonprofit Development, Evaluation Services and Training program (NEST), to meet the increasing requests from small nonprofit organizations in the midstate for assistance in their professional and organizational development, evaluation tools and guidance in looking for resources to meet the needs of the residents in their community.

NEST functions as a professional service housed/managed at TUH and is a cooperative effort between Temple University Harrisburg and Temple's Schools/Colleges. NEST is not limited by geographic boundaries yet the concentration of activities has been Central and South Central Pennsylvania

In recognition of the vital role played by nonprofits in our community and to strengthen these nonprofit organizations NEST is designed to provide

  • grant writing support
  • evaluation design and implementation
  • needs assessment
  • technology development
  • website design
  • organizational training
  • professional development and continuing education

In 2008-09 NEST services have been provided to a diverse group of community and statewide organizations including:

  • Lincoln Intermediate Unit
  • The Caring Place
  • National Coalition Building Institute
  • The Center for Communities and Schools
  • PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Eagleville Hospital
  • Center for Applied Management Practices (CAMP)
  • Lower Paxton Youth Center
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Temple University Career Fair "Access to Excellence" Temple University Harrisburg Career Fair:

On February 25th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Temple University Harrisburg hosted our 2nd annual career fair. There were local area social work agencies, school districts and intermediate units. Temple students and other local area college students attended this event. Some of the organizations that attended were Boys and Girls Club, Gaudenzia Inc., Lebanon Lancaster Intermediate Unit 13, Joshua Group, Camp Curtin School from the Harrisburg School District and Pinnacle Health Systems, and this is just a few. There were 29 organizations that attended the event. A wonderful time was had by all. The organization said they were pleased with the student participation in this event. For a complete list of participants and photos of the event, please visit our at website

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

Social Work Spring Series

Social Worker Panel of Purpose & Possibility

Social Work Student Alliance hosting "Social Worker Panel of Purpose & Possibility" in honor of National Social Work Month will be held Tuesday, March 17th 5 -6 pm in room 253. Discussions will include: Clinical, Macro, and International Social Work with a Social Work Licensing Q & A session. 3 social workers, 3 area of interest, immeasurable possibilities.

Kick Off Reception for the 2009 State Protective Services Conference
March 30th is the reception and March 31st is the conference

Temple University's School of Social Administration and Institute on Protective Services are hosting the Kick Off Reception for the 2009 State Protective Services Conference. The conference will be attended by protective services administrators and investigators from all 52 Area Agencies on Aging in Pennsylvania. State lawmakers from the House and Senate will also be invited to the reception to meet the protective services workers and to learn more about the work that is occuring through the Department of Aging and the Institute on Protective Services to protect the safety and welfare of vulnerable older adults.

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Ashley Kettering, TUH MSW Student, Supporting our Troops

Ashley Kettering

Ashley is a graduate student in her first year at Temple University Harrisburg. Recently, her husband was deployed to Iraq with the 56th Stryker Brigade 1st/111th out of Kutztown Pennsylvania. The 56th Stryker Brigade is in need of supplies and resources, while living in Iraq. Ashley started an organization called Families Supporting the Troops to help gather and send these supplies to the unit. Since this unit is going to be deployed for almost a year, Ashley is asking everyone to come together as a source of support for these troops, while they are so far away from home. Ashley is looking for anything you may be able to provide for them. A brochure of needed items and a donation box will be located at Temple University in Harrisburg as long as the 56th Stryker Brigade 1st/111th is deployed to Iraq. Ashley is looking forward to your continued support for our troops.

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Community Outreach at TUH

Shellie SmithTUH Student Financial Services Specialist, Shellie R. Smith is offering free FAFSA workshops to the public through April 1st. Community members have been coming in to Shellie on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm to get help completing their FAFSA or their children's FAFSA. Most parents see the FAFSA as a difficult application and a difficult process. Shellie helps to simplify the process and strengthen our relationship with the community. Shellie has a long history in financial aid and has previously worked for PHEAA. She knows the ins and outs of the process and shares her knowledge with the community at her free FAFSA completion workshops.