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Scott's Run Settlement House will again be a VITA tax preparation site. What does this mean for you? If you earned $58,000 or less in 2013 and do not have capital gains or own your own business, we can do your taxes for free! Or, if you prefer to do your own taxes, use this link to access our free preparation tools. If you would like your taxes prepared for you, please call our office at (304) 599-5020; tax preparation is by appointment only. If you are interested in doing your taxes on your own but don't have access to a computer with internet access come in and use our computer lab.
Inclement Weather Hours:
Scott's Run Settlement House's inclement weather policy is based on Monongalia County School's delays and closures. When there is a two-hour delay, we will open two hours later; the office will open at 10:30 am as will the food pantry. When school is closed due to weather, SRSH will be closed as well. We extend our apologies for any inconvenience.
Why do we serve the elementary schools that we do?
We recently received this question in response to a solicitation letter for our Backpack Feeding program: Why do you do backpacks at North and Cheat Lake (most affluent schools) but not at Eastwood with it's high free and reduced lunch rates? Sadly, the note came anonymously so we couldn't answer it directly, but thought the answer might be of interest to everyone!
The great news? Eastwood Elementary does have a Backpack Feeding program--and has since it opened! Avery United Methodist Church and Woodland United Methodist Church jointly provide this program (Avery United Methodist Church had been proving the program at Easton Elementary). Ridgedale Elementary has program run by Goshen Baptist Church; plans are in place for SRSH to take that program under our umbrella when the church runs out of grant funds. And, Kingdom Evangelical Methodist Church serves the children at Skyview Elementary. Currently the only school without at Backpack Feeding program is Suncrest Primary School.
SRSH serves Cheat Lake and North Elementary Schools quite simply because there are children in need at both of these schools. Data from the WV Department of Education paints a picture that is worth understanding: 20.87% of the children at Cheat Lake and 34.37% of children at North Elementary schools are eligible for the federal nutrition program. Because of the size of the enrollment at these two schools (i.e. Cheat Lake Elementary School is the third largest school in the county behind Morgantown and University High Schools) there is the possibility of serving 422 children in these two schools combined!
Our goal is to grow the Backpack Feeding program so that every school has a program to address the food insecurity and hunger needs of their students--whether we run the program or not! It is humbling to live in a community where many different groups can come together with a single purpose.
Poverty Increasing in Public Schools
Take the time to read this article from The Washington Post and be sure to check out the graphic to see how the growth in poverty is taking over the US. In 2011, 51% of public school children were identified living in poverty; the cost of childhood hunger is high--much higher than solutions to the issue.
You can help make us to help children who face hunger and food insecurity by making a financial contribution to the Backpack Feeding Program. We also welcome donations of food items as well; see this list for guidance when shopping. And, of course, we are always looking for volunteers to help pack, transport and distribute snack bags! Give us a call for more information (304) 599-5020.