Teresa Piedmonte is our 2023 Employee of the Year!

Teresa Piedmonte is our 2023 Employee of the Year!

Teresa Piedmonte has been our Facilities Office Manager since October 2020, and she has made a huge impact on the department right from her first day on the job, channeling her can-do attitude and infectious positive energy to do great things. Her notable achievements include improving the purchase order process, finding and implementing a new and highly effective online work order system, and earning the title of “Queen of Inventory” by overseeing the clean-up, renovation, and reorganization of the warehouse into an efficient operation ensuring the documentation and loss-prevention of all agency supplies and maintenance equipment.

Thank you, Teresa, for everything you do, and congratulations for being named our Employee of the Year for 2023!

Photo: 2023 Employee of the Year Teresa Piedmonte, with (L to R) Recruiter Jamie Colucci, Facilities Director Jerry Barker, Executive Director Carolyn Brown, Custodian Shawn Rhines, Maintenance Supply Manager Ben Binyard, and Maintenance Manager Ned Owens.

PEACE, Inc. staff and families join more than 400 other advocates for 2024 Child Care Advocacy Day

PEACE, Inc. staff and families join more than 400 other advocates for 2024 Child Care Advocacy Day

PEACE, Inc. staff members and their families went to Albany yesterday for the Empire State Campaign for Child Care’s 2024 Advocacy Day. Alongside local partners and advocates including the Early Childhood Alliance of CNY; Child Care Solutions of CNY; Partners in Learning, Inc.; the Salvation Army; and Micron Technologies, critical conversations/education took place with lawmakers and with a public rally. Among the most important calls raised: the importance of investing in the child care workforce and the need to make it easier for families to access quality early childhood child care and education.

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PEACE, Inc., KeyBank, and Beauchamp Branch Library partner for successful Super Saturday event!

PEACE, Inc., KeyBank, and Beauchamp Branch Library partner for successful Super Saturday event!

On February 3, PEACE, Inc., KeyBank, and members of the CNY CA$H Coalition hosted a great Super Saturday Free Tax event at Beauchamp Branch Library, Onondaga County Public Libraries.

More than 30 staff and volunteers from the entities filed 40 tax returns in a little more than 4 hours. Thank you to all who helped! The numbers and impact are great, including:

  • 34 of the 40 filers received returns totaling $57,552!
  • The average return was $1,693.
  • The average filer was 43 years old and reported an annual income of $34,442.
  • 8 of the families were at 100% or below the Federal Poverty Level. 26 families were at 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level.
  • 10 of the filers earned Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC); 9 earned Child Tax Credits (CTC).

In a census tract where nearly 70% of youth live in poverty, a Super Saturday Event at Beauchamp Library can make a big difference!

If you missed the event, not a problem! You can schedule an appointment at our year-round Free Tax Prep Program and/or one of our partnering sites at https://www.peace-caa.org/taxes/.

EITC, Free Tax Prep Super Saturday Event planned for February 3

EITC, Free Tax Prep Super Saturday Event planned for February 3

For the second year in a row, CNY CA$H Coalition member PEACE, Inc. will once again partner with KeyBank, CNY CA$H Coalition, Beauchamp Branch Library-Onondaga County Public Libraries for an EITC, Super Saturday Event. The event will take place from 10 AM to 2 PM at KeyBank and Beauchamp Branch Library, located on the corner of South Salina and Colvin Streets in the Southside Syracuse.

The event is walk-in only, first come, first serve for qualifying households. The services will be provided by PEACE, Inc. Free Tax Preparation Program staff and trained volunteers. For more information about income requirements and required documents for the day, visit the PEACE, Inc. website at https://www.peace-caa.org/taxes/. A press release for the event can be found below.

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PEACE, Inc. Board of Directors convened for its annual retreat

PEACE, Inc. Board of Directors convened for its annual retreat

On January 26 and 27, the PEACE, Inc. Board of Directors convened for its annual retreat. The agenda was a full one, beginning with a site visit to PEACE, Inc.’s Merrick Head Start facility as well as a Media Event for EITC Awareness Day with the CA$H Coalition of CNY  at Beauchamp Branch Library. Robust conversations soon followed about the agency’s proposed Strategic Design and DEI Initiatives. Presentations about the agency’s Early Childhood Career Pathways Program (a partnership with Child Care Solutions of CNY) as well as Early Head Start/Head Start’s use of data also commenced. The retreat concluded with the Board’s monthly meeting and a video presentation from the agency’s Program Directors. Thanks go to the Board Members, Agency Staff, and Community Members that made the retreat such a successful one.