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Laurie Harvey attended the National Skills Coalition Summit in Washington, D.C.

CWEE’s CEO, Laurie Harvey, recently attended the National Skills Coalition Summit in Washington DC.  More than 270 workforce advocates, employers, and community college leaders from 29 states participated.  Laurie spent a day “up on the Hill” visiting Senators Bennet and Gardner as well as six of our Congressional offices.  Our Colorado attendees included Frank Waterous of The Bell Policy Center, Paula Schriefer of Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning and Chaer Robert of Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

Laurie and her team advocated for seven different policies from the Skills Coalition’s legislative agenda- including expanding access to Pell grants, supporting adult education funding, fully funding the new WIOA workforce legislation, as well as reauthorizing TANF legislation.  The workforce and education policies discussed will all improve the lives of low income Coloradans and the participants that CWEE serves.

Hygiene Packs Now Available for Participants in Need

Nearly 30% of CWEE’s participants are homeless and in need of basic essentials. Dozens of generous organizations and individuals have contributed to building these packs that are now offered to our participants. These packs include basic essentials like shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream and razors. We will also be providing baby packs to our participants who’ve recently welcomed a new addition to their family! Our baby packs include essentials like baby wash, shampoo, lotion and diaper cream. If you're interested in hosting a hygiene drive, or donating unused hygiene or baby products, please contact Caitie Neice at cneice@cwee.org or 303-892-8444 ext. 344

Leadership Board Paints CWEE’s Classrooms

On January 28th, CWEE’s Leadership Board gathered more than 30 community volunteers to help paint CWEE’s classrooms. By applying a fresh new coat, CWEE can provide our participants with a dignified and clean space to learn. Special thanks to all our volunteers, and to Imhoff Painting for their expertise and to Sherwin-Williams for donating the paint and supplies! See gallery here.

Understanding Self-Sufficiency

The Colorado Center for Law and Policy in tandem with the University of Washington released Colorado’s 2015 Self-Sufficiency Standard. This measure calculates how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs. Click here to read the full report