Message from Board Chair 

Dr. Ben McGee

The Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership is committed to addressing the issues and needs of those Mahoning County residents who are living in and struggling with the impact of poverty; while at the same time assisting those same Mahoning County residents in their efforts to move from dependence to self-sufficiency. MYCAP has developed a vision, and mission statement that supports the aforementioned commitment. The Board, the Executive Director and agency employees use the vision and mission statements as guides for the agency’s actions and interactions with clients, funders and other stakeholders to insure fidelity in programming and operation.

The MYCAP Board of Directors is committed to the work of sustaining and growing the agency. Over the past year, the Board demonstrated its commitment to MYCAP by investing more hours and resources than would normally be the case for a community action board. Veteran board members and newly appointed board members have agreed to serve on numerous committees, encouraged their constituents to support MYCAP's efforts and have continued to educate themselves relative to MYCAP’s operational structure. The MYCAP board has equal representation from private, political and low-income sectors of the Mahoning / Youngstown community. This representation is designed to be inclusive and diverse; thus providing the opportunity for persons from the three referenced sectors to provide, input and advocacy to the MYCAP program and operational structure.

In closing, I would like to thank the Executive Director, Shelia Triplett, for her skills, knowledge, commitment and strength during this past year. Shelia has committed an inordinate amount of time to agency operation and structure. She has ambitious and positive intents for the agency.

The Board of Directors is committed to providing the agency with the necessary support to sustain MYCAP’s current scope of work, while supporting MYCAP in its efforts and intents to provide scale and innovation in future programming and services.

Dr. Ben McGee, E.D.

MYCAP Board Chair

Annual Report 2017

EMPLOYMENT & SKILLSEMPLOYMENT & SKILLSTRAINING PROGRAM

Friday October 26, 201810 am to 2 pm @ Eugenia AtkinsonRecreation Center

903 Otis Street903 Otis StreetYoungstown OH 44510(Formerly - Arlington Heights Recreation Center)

Career Expo

MYCAP's Wellness Program which benefits all full-time employees is on a fundraising mission to continue offering a worksite wellness program. Please consider helping us at https://www.gofundme.com/mycapwellnessprogram. Thank you!

Wellness Program

Winter Crisis Starts November 1

Scheduling begins Oct. 29 by calling the NEW Appointment Line Number

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected with their gas or electric, threatened with disconnection with the gas or the electric or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel or repair of a non-heating furnace. The program runs from November 1, 2018 until March 31, 2019.

Customers need to call the new appointment line at 330-778-1133 to schedule.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

  • copies of their most recent energy bills, pending account numbers, bulk fuel bill
  • proof of all household income for the past 30 days and 12 months for everyone self-employed, seasonal workers, such as teachers, construction workers and those doing odd jobs. Those requiring 12 months of income must also bring their most recently filed 1040 with all schedules, and an IRS Wage and Income Transcript, and an IRS Record of Account Transcript (obtain these by contacting the IRS at 1-800-908-9946)
  • photo ID
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
  • Proof of disability (if disabled)

Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

Last year more than 2,700 families in Mahoning County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program.

The Winter Crisis Program can assist those at or below 175% of the poverty level with up to $175.00 to restore service, transfer service, new service or to stop a disconnection. Bulk fuel customers with a 25% percent supply or less are eligible to receive a benefit and can also provide a payment to or towards repair or replacement of a furnace.

For more information about the features of the Winter Crisis Program, contact MYCAP at 330-747-7921. For more information about energy assistance programs call (800)282-0880, Monday through Friday(hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance) and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

Press Release - Winter Crisis

FOR MYCAP ASSISTANCE

CUSTOMER MUST CALL NEW TELEPHONE APPOINTMENT NUMBER.

Effective immediately, the NEW number to call to schedule an energy assistance appointment is 330-778-1133. This line will begin scheduling appointments for the Winter Crisis Program on October 29. The Winter Crisis program runs from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

This number can be used to schedule appointments for PIPP, HEAP, Winter Crisis, and Summer Crisis. The Winter Crisis Program will assist with a disconnection notice, transfer of service, new service, bulk fuel customers with less than a 25% supply or a furnace not providing heat.

An EPP or weatherization application can be completed with one of these appointments.

Any other questions, contact the MYCAP office at 330-747-7921.

Press Release - Heap
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Service Teams

Home Energy Services Team

Home Energy Services Team

Front Row L-R: Heather Glaser

Back Row L-R: James Collier, Reese Rivers, Dan Janosik

Energy Services Team

Energy Services Team

Front Row L-R: Shalondra Russell, Anthony Floyd, Terrie Bishop

Back Row L-R: Diana Kohler, Sandy Thompson, Jennifer Yereb, Joan Trgovac, Yolanda Reyes, Joyce Devenport, Regina Fowler

Workforce Development Team

Workforce Development Team

Front Row L-R: Cora Alston, Lois Clark

Back Row L-R: Roger Beltz, Suzy Mikusevich, Patty Raver, Kim Omoregie

Missing from Photo: Martaine West and Catera Brown

Throughout the course of a year there are a number of different programs that help eligible residents with training, employment, utility bills and energy conservation. This includes: the Electric Partnership Program (EPP); the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP); the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP); the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus); the Summer Crisis Program; the Winter Crisis Program; OHIO Benefit Bank; Senior Programs; and Employment. Residents are eligible for these programs if they meet certain income guidelines and requirements.

Basic Computer Classes

Aims to help people learn the basic use of how to operate a computer and how to find information over the internet. This is available to adults. Income 125%

Emergency & Planned Assistance (EPA) & Energy Assistance Programs

Throughout the course of a year there are a number of different programs that help eligible residents with their utility bills and energy conservation. This includes: the Electric Partnership Program (EPP); the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP); the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP); the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus); the Summer Crisis Program; and the Winter Crisis Program. Residents are eligible for these programs if they meet certain income guidelines and requirements.

EPA

This program assist Mahoning County residents with security deposit or first month's rent, rent assistance, water bill assistance, and mortgage assistance.Income 125%

EPP

mproves the electric efficiency of low-income households who participate in the PIPP Plus program. It gives homeowners an opportunity to replace old light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs and possibly replace their present refrigerator and/or freezer with a brand new Energy Star Model that is energy efficient. Income 150%

HEAP

This federally funded program is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high cots of home heating. Income 175%

Summer Crisis Program

This component of HEAP assists eligible families with their electric bills and/or purchase of air conditioners during the summer months. Income 175%

Winter Crisis Program

This component of HEAP provides assistance once per heating season to eligible households that are disconnected, threatened with disconnection, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Income 175%

HWAP

A no cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible Ohioans, reduce household energy costs and improve the health and safety of residents. Income 200%

PIPP Plus

This gives eligible households an extended payment arrangement that requires gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the household income.Income 150%

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MYCAP is an Ohio Benefit Bank site which gives the public the opportunity to use computers so they are able to access benefit programs through Mahoning County Department of Jobs and Family Services. The programs are available to individuals or families who are having a difficult time meeting all of their financial responsibilities. This program also helps with veteran education and training. 

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This gives eligible households an extended payment arrangement that requires gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the household income. Income 150%

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MYCAP will offer bi-weekly activities and the program is designed to promote health, wellness, and financial literacy to eligible low-income age 60 or older. Transportation may be available to qualifying seniors living in Mahoning County to attend the activities. Income 125%. 

 

MYCAP SENIORS ANNUAL GATHERING LUNCHEON

NORTON MANOR, YOUNGSTOWN

JANUARY 31, 2018

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MYCAP SENIORS MONTHY WELLNESS MEETING

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MYCAP SENIORS HOLIDAY GATHERING LUNCHEON

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This component of HEAP assists eligible families with their electric bills and/or purchase of air conditioners during the summer months. Income 175%

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This component of HEAP provides assistance once per heating season to eligible households that are disconnected, threatened with disconnection, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Income 175%

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Aims to help people learn the basic use of how to operate a computer and how to find information over the internet. This is available to adults. Income 125%

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Geared toward assisting low income individuals with a development plan that will lead them to economic stability. After learning these strategies, individuals will be able to create a budget, manage credit, begin a savings plan, and open checking or savings accounts. Income 125%

Financial Literacy Resources

  • FDIC Money Smart
  • https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/adult.html
  • Practical Money Skills for Life
  • http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/

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A 6 week employment skills training program geared towards initiating low-income individuals into the workforce. Eligible participants receive soft skills training, resume writing and job application assistance, job placement counseling, and supportive services to find and maintain employment or continue on to post-secondary education or vocational training. Income 125%

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This program assist Mahoning County residents with security deposit or first month's rent, rent assistance, water bill assistance, and mortgage assistance. Income 125%

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Amber Landsman

Amber Landsman, MYCAP’ Wellness Program Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning trainer, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, blogger (http://www.trainingquestion.com), workout connoisseur, meditator, Yogi, proponent of eating only real, unadulterated food and wearing minimalist shoes, breast cancer survivor, former competitive athlete and never, ever without my organic lip gloss.

She holds a MSc in Exercise Physiology, a Personal Training certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Level 3 YogaFit - Yoga/Meditation Instructor, and a certified Speed and Agility athletic trainer through the House of Speed; also a certified C.H.E.K. Institute-Holistic Lifestyle Coach. Finally, along with working at MYCAP as a Employee Wellness Program Coordinator, she is the owner of a Tactical Training business called, Fit To Protect, LLC.

In 2009, Amber moved from her home state of S.C. to attend Graduate School at Akron and joined Creekside Fitness as a trainer. In 2014, she joined MYCAP as their employee wellness coordinator. Her goal is to make getting healthy and living well as fun a prospect as possible, and to teach her clients/employees new skills and habits that will improve their quality of life.

In her spare time, she meditates each morning, journals her gratitude list for the day, practices yoga, sleeps hard, tries to get sunshine, travels the world with her amazing biomechanist husband, Dr. Michael Butcher, visits “Triple Ds”- AKA, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (visited over 89 locations across USA), cooks the meanest protein powered breakfast, and she listens to podcasts on a full spectrum of fitness and holistic wellness topics. Amber says, "I love being a triple SSS girl!" What’s that? SMART, STRONG and SPIRITED!

Amber's Wellness Editorials

  1. 2016 Quarter 1 - Editorial (PDF)
  2. 2016 Quarter 2 - Editorial (PDF)

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Job Postings

Currently there are no internal job openings.

To view external job openings, click here

EEO Policy

It is the policy of MYCAP to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). MYCAP will not discriminate against any qualified employee or job applicant with respect to any terms, privileges or conditions of employment because of a person's physical or mental disability. MYCAP will also make reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not impose an undue hardship on MYCAP.

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