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Mark Your Calendar: Staffing Agencies Job Fair

Pennsylvania CareerLink – Lehigh Valley The Pennsylvania CareerLink – Lehigh Valley will be holding a Staffing Agencies Job Fair on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 1:30p-4:30p at their office located at 555 Union Blvd., Allentown, PA.  Staffing agencies hiring for general warehouse, forklift, assembly, human resources, clerical, customer service, landscaping, sales, retail management, machine operators, carpenters, electricians, mechanics, autoCAD designers, healthcare positions (including nurses), and more!

For a full list of companies scheduled to attend, please visit Entry level & experienced candidates needed!

If you are a company/organization that would like to participate in this event & would like to register to reserve a table, please click here.

Employer of the Week: Nestlé Purina       

Nestlé PurinaNestlé Purina Pet Care has been advancing pet nutrition for over 80 years. Our team of over 18,000 employees and 400 scientists, including nutritionists, aim to develop products that deliver comprehensive nutrition to help ensure the long healthy lives of pets and make discoveries that can further enhance the lives of pets everywhere.

Purina is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Electrician (2nd Shift): 13038512
Maintenance Planner: 13038515
Maintenance Team Leader (1st Shift): 13038516
Production Team Leader: 13042427
Senior Coordinator/Shipping Clerk: 13091015
Transportation Representative: 13160286

*Click on a job posting number to learn more about the position*

Apply online at

For a COMPLETE list of all job openings available through PA CareerLink, please click here & search by location.

PHARE Funding Expanded

HouseAs part of the budget process, the cap on funding for the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) was increased from $25 to $40 million. This increase in funding will help to create more affordable housing, provide services that helps keep Pennsylvanians in their homes, helps low-income people become first time homeowners, and provides funding to communities to address blight.

PHARE is the state housing trust fund and was created in December 2010. PHARE receives funding from three sources, a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax (RTT), a portion of Marcellus Shale Impact Fees, and the National Housing Trust Fund. Marcellus Shale Impact Fee funding can only be used in those communities. The RTT amount can be used statewide and is based on a formula that grows as the real estate market grows. The RTT amount was previously capped at $25 million and this legislation will lift the cap to $40 million. Based on the strength of the real estate market, up to $15 million more could be added to the PHARE funds.

Children EatingSummer Food Program

Children ages 18 and younger can participate in the Summer Food Service Program which began in mid-June.  This is a federal program providing free meals and fun activities to kids 18 and under during the summer months when school is out of session. Children can receive breakfast and lunch during summer recess at many locations throughout Lehigh & Northampton Counties. 
For additional information, click here to search for locations near you.

How about a PA Road Trip this Summer?

Summer Road tripSummertime is the PERFECT time to take a road trip…and check out what Pennsylvania has to offer!  Click here to download one of the customized road trips designed for every interest, all you have to do is pick your road trip and begin your adventure!!

Did you know that In 2016 the Pennsylvania Tourism Office launched a new slogan “Pennsylvania. Pursue Your Happiness”? This mantra captures the spirit of the Keystone State, which stems from  “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” from the Declaration of Independence penned in Philadelphia in 1776.

Pennsylvania has 11 tourism regions – there are miles of smiles out there for you, pick one and GO!

Protect Your Home this Summer

The beautiful weather is upon us & everyone is taking their well-deserved summer vacations but before you rock out your beach gear and coolers, keep in mind: summer is burglary season too. As homeowners spend less time inside and more time in the sunshine, burglary rates spike. Empty houses are easier targets for break ins.  Check out the Vacation Home Protection List to make sure you are prepared to keep your home & things you value safe.

Make sure to step back, go through each aspect of your home, and look for vulnerabilities to address so you can go on vacation with peace of mind.

Vacation Checklist

Warning to PTRR Applicants: Scam Calls Targeting Recipients of Property Tax & Rent Rebates

Pennsylvanians to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Worried woman holding credit cardThe Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has received information that the scam consists of unsolicited telephone calls from a person claiming to work for the Department of Revenue. The caller starts the call by saying the recipient’s application for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been approved. The caller then asks if the recipient would like the rebate directly deposited into a bank account. That’s followed by a request for the recipient’s banking information.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is a program that annually provides property tax and rent relief to income-eligible seniors and people with disabilities. Last year nearly 572,000 people received more than $253 million through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Since the program’s inception in 1971, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief.

Here is some additional information on the program and tips to safeguard against this scam:

  • The Department of Revenue does not collect applicants’ banking information over the phone. Applicants are required to submit their bank account information on their application forms in order to receive their rebates through direct deposit.

  • The Department of Revenue does contact applicants via automated calls to confirm their information has been received and approved. If the department needs more information about an individual’s application, it sends a letter through the mail.

  • Do not give out personal information over the phone to unsolicited callers, even if the caller claims to be from the Department of Revenue, the IRS or your bank.

  • Do not trust the number you see on your caller ID, even if it appears to be coming from the Department of Revenue or the IRS. Scam artists increasingly use a technique known as spoofing to trick caller ID.

  • Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not contact you to verify your account information, so ask for a call back number. Ask why your personal information is needed, how it will be used, how it will be protected, and what happens if you do not share it. Contact your bank or credit card company to confirm the call.

  • If you received one of these scam calls and provided your banking information or other personal information, immediately call your bank to report this potential fraud.

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