Scranton’s Latin Festival

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This past weekend, September 29-30, the Lackawanna County Courthouse square was home to the annual Scranton Latin Festival. Blanca Fernandez organized the event that gathered multiple local performers, musicians, and vendors to come together and celebrate their Hispanic heritage. Fernandez says she wanted the festival to be multicultural and diverse “to promote harmony, love, tolerance, acceptance. Everything that’s needed nowadays.” On Saturday, attendees could watch performances from Noelia Otayza and Ludy Rosales, Champions of Marinera Norteña Peru, a Peruvian coastal dance. Also showcasing their heritage was Frank LittleBear and his family. LittleBear is from the Cree Nation and the founder of Red Visions Dance Troupe, a group dedicated to outreach, understanding, and education of Native American culture through performing arts. Sunday had a different lineup with several DJs playing Spanish…
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Employee of the Month, August 2018: Sharon Whitebread

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        Our Employee of the Month for August 2018 is Sharon Whitebread! Sharon is our Linkage, Outreach, and Community Education Manager. She has been working hard for Caring Communities since 2010, originally starting as a volunteer and working her way to part-time employee in 2013, and finally full-time in 2013. The Caring Communities staff raves about her helpfulness, positive attitude, and extensive knowledge of all things Caring Communities. One coworker noted, “she has taken her experience and used it to better the work of others on multiple occasions” Another mentioned that, “Sharon is always kind to her clients, staff, and members of the community.” She is truly a team player and Caring Communities is only stronger with her on our side! Sharon began her impressive community involvement…
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Pride on the Mountain

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Rain was steady, but that didn’t stop attendees from showing up and jumping in at Pride on the Mountain on September 8, 2018. This year’s Pride, organized by the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, had a wonderful turnout despite less-then-ideal weather. The family-friendly event was set at Mountain Mountain’s water park with music provided by M80, a local cover band. While many Pride-goers tended to stick to tents and under awnings, some still donned their bathing suits and jumped in the lazy river, full of Rainbow Alliance beach balls, enjoying a relaxing day on the mountain. Mid-afternoon was set aside for a drag show. Queens and Kings huddled just off stage, excited to share their performances with the eager crowd. First up was Buster Highman, who also had the honor of passing…
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TODAY is the last day to donate to Caring Communities through Raise the Region 2018! Click here to support us!

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Click here to make a donation to Caring Communities through Raise the Region! What is Raise the Region®? “Raise the Region® is a unique, online giving event that provides an opportunity for people who care about their community to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in 30-hours - starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and ending at midnight on Thursday, March 15, 2018. All gifts will be processed through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships have committed $150,000 to be applied to each donation as stretching funds to help leverage credit card donations received via www.raisetheregion.org during this event.  Monetary prizes will also be awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the event.”
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Early Detection: Rapid HIV Testing

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Early Detection: Rapid HIV Testing Caring Communities offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL rapid HIV testing! In just 20 minutes, you can know your HIV status. The tests we use have "a proven clinical accuracy of 99.9%." The test can be conducted with a simple finger prick. It is a 4th generation test, so it "can detect HIV earlier than 2nd and 3rd generation antibody-only tests." According to Aidsvu.org, “the number of Pennsylvania residents living with HIV was 33,593 in 2014. In the following year, 2015, there was a total of 1,170 new HIV diagnoses.” HIV can be transmitted through four main bodily fluids: blood, semen (including pre-cum), vaginal fluids, and breast milk. It can be passed from one person to another through these infected fluids. People can have HIV for many years…
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