Governor Carney Announces Loan Program for Federal Workers

Program would provide state-guaranteed, low-interest loans for workers going unpaid during shutdown

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday announced a state-guaranteed, low-interest loan program to assist federal workers who are going unpaid during the federal government shutdown.

Loans funded through the program announced Thursday would be made by a financial institution and with a loan guarantee from the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA). Workers and their families could use loan proceeds to keep up with their mortgages, pay utility bills, and other housing-related expenses during the shutdown. In partnership with the State of Delaware, West End Neighborhood House will assist workers in completing applications, and will offer optional financial coaching services.

About 500 federal employees who live in Delaware continue to go unpaid.

“Federal workers in Delaware and across the country are going without pay during this shutdown through no fault of their own,” said Governor Carney. “These workers have families who rely on their paychecks to pay their mortgages and other important bills. We ought to do what we can to help our neighbors as this shutdown continues.”

“This loan assistance will be a lifeline to federal workers, helping them make ends meet and supporting their day-to-day life while they continue to work without pay,” said House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst. “This government shutdown has been egregious, and this is a small but important step to helping them meet their obligations and one less thing to worry about during this difficult time. I thank Governor Carney for persisting and finding a solution when things looked bleak.”

“This shutdown and the damage it is causing in Delaware justifies swift state action, ” said Senate Majority Whip Bryan Townsend. “I’m thankful that Governor Carney has acted with the urgency that this problem so clearly demands, I appreciate Representative Longhurst’s leadership on legislative efforts, and I sincerely hope that we can find a way to reopen the federal government as soon as possible.”

Under the new program, DSHA will guarantee the loans from revenue generated through the agency’s Homeownership Loan Program (HLP). Federal workers may access the loans with no credit check required, and will be eligible to receive up to one-month’s net pay.

“In the past, DSHA has guaranteed similar short term housing assistance loans provided by West End Neighborhood House, and we are glad to use the resources established through our existing partnerships to respond quickly to this unique need,” said Anas Ben Addi, Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority.

The loans will offer flexible payment terms and optional financial counseling through the $tand by Me program. Loan managers also will help applicants determine eligibility, complete the necessary paperwork, and the amount of the available loan. M&T Bank, in partnership with West End Neighborhood House, has agreed to make loans available statewide under the program.

“West End is once again pleased to participate in a public private partnership that allows Delawareans financial security,” said Paul Calistro, Executive Director of West End Neighborhood House.

“The West End Neighborhood House does great work helping Delawareans achieve self-sufficiency through economic independence,” said Nick Lambrow, President of M&T Bank’s Delaware Region. “We have supported West End for nearly a century, and are glad to support their efforts to expand the existing Loans Plus program and provide short-term, low interest loans to those impacted by the partial government shutdown.”

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Governor Carney, Legislators Announce Bill to Assist Federal Workers

Loan program would protect federal workers and their families during government shutdown

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney and members of the Delaware General Assembly announced legislation on Tuesday to help federal workers who live in Delaware and are affected by the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

House Bill 3, sponsored by House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, would provide state-guaranteed, low-interest loans to federal workers to help cover mortgage payments, medical bills, food costs, and other bills facing federal workers who are going without pay during the shutdown. Under the program, M&T Bank, in partnership with the West End Neighborhood House, has agreed to provide short-term loans available in all three counties.

“For federal workers, including many of our neighbors here in Delaware, bills don’t just stop coming because the federal government is shut down,” said Governor Carney. “These workers still have to take their families to the doctor, get groceries, pay the electric bill, and the mortgage. We ought to do what we can to help these workers and their families.”

“Through no fault of their own, hundreds of Delaware families are facing the prospect of trying to pay their bills without a paycheck coming in, even though many of them are still being forced to show up for work. That’s unconscionable,” said House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, the lead sponsor of HB 3. “While we can’t do anything to end this manufactured shutdown, we can do something on a state level to help federal workers in Delaware get financial support so their everyday obligations do not turn into burdens and force drastic decisions.”

The State of Delaware estimates that roughly 500 federal workers live in Delaware and are not being paid as the shutdown continues.

M&T Bank would provide federal employees with short-term loans with no credit check required. West End Neighborhood House and the $tand By Me program would assist federal employees in completing loan applications and provide financial literacy coaching to help their families endure the effects of the shutdown.

“M&T understands the impact of the partial government shutdown on workers and their families in Delaware and we are glad to partner with West End and the State of Delaware to provide short-term, low interest loans to those impacted,” said Nick Lambrow, President of M&T Bank’s Delaware Region.

“We are impressed at how quickly our partners have developed a plan to help federal workers weather the government shutdown. For 136 years, West End has assisted families navigating unforeseen circumstances and is proud to partner with M&T Bank and the State of Delaware on such a creative and timely solution,” said Paul Calistro, Executive Director of West End Neighborhood House.

Last week, the Delaware Department of Labor announced that it had extended unemployment insurance protections to federal employees affected by the shutdown. The Department of Labor began accepting applications for unemployment benefits from federal employees on Friday.

“Since January 4, we’ve received about 80 applications for unemployment from federal employees that work at agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury as well as the IRS,” said Cerron Cade, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor. “Because unemployment by definition and state law means that a person is not working through no fault of their own, those who are essential federal employees and still working wouldn’t qualify. They need money for gas and everyday bills. We applaud the legislators with their quick turnaround to pass a bill to help these and other federal workers.”

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Thirty Five Talented State Employees and Their Family Members Honored at Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition

THIRTY-FIVE TALENTED STATE EMPLOYEES AND
THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS HONORED
Delaware Division of the Arts announces award-winning artists in its annual
Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition reception & award ceremony

Wilmington, Del. (March 19, 2018) – The talented state employees and their family members were recognized for their art work exhibited at the seventh annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition sponsored by the National Arts Program® reception and award ceremony held on Sunday, March 18. Featured guests and speakers included the First Lady, Tracey Quillen Carney, the Honorable Secretary of State, Jeffrey W. Bullock and Delaware Division of the Arts Deputy Director, Kristin Pleasanton.

“I look forward to this art exhibition every year and I’m proud to be able to support and recognize the artistic accomplishments of state employees and their families,” said Secretary of State, Jeffrey W. Bullock. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see these employees and their family members participate in a statewide exhibition, to showcase art work that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.”

Twenty-eight awards were given out in five categories–Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen (13-18 years old), and Youth (12 years and under). Other distinguished awards included the: Best of Show Award, Two People’s Choice Awards (calculated by most number of “likes” on Facebook and entries by email and in-person ballot votes at the Gallery), Art Education Award (up to $200 reimbursement for arts instruction and materials), and four Special Award categories. Award winning images and photos from the reception can be found on Flickr.

Below is a list of all award winners who were recognized at the 2018 reception and awards ceremony.

2018 National Arts Program Award Winners

 

Best of Show: Jessika King, Greenwood

People’s Choice Award (Facebook): Brynn Bowen, age 12, Dover

People’s Choice Award (Ballot): Ayla Knight, Bear

Art Education Award: Luana Spalluto, age 17, Dover

 

Special Awards:

Special Award, Portrait: Ayla Knight, Bear

Special Award, Mixed Media: Keith Mosher, Lincoln

Special Award, Animals: Suzanne Oliver, Wilmington

Special Award, Abstract: Tracy Channel, New Castle

 

Professional:

1st Place: Cindy Morris, Hockessin

2nd Place: SoYoung Park-Bovee, Newark

3rd Place: John Waters, Camden

 

Honorable Mentions:

Lindsey Mical, Middletown

Colleen Zufelt, Wilmington

 

Intermediate:

1st Place: Megan Thomas, Dover

2nd Place: Leslie Snowdon-Jones, Lewes

3rd Place: Luis Rios Fontanez, Dover

 

Honorable Mentions:

Cynthia Scherry, Dover

Thomas Gears, Wilmington

 

Amateur:                   

1st Place: Mark Huling, Lewes

2nd Place: Grover Langshaw, Clayton

3rd Place: Briana Rodriguez, Bear

 

Honorable Mentions:

Pao Lin, Dover

Lina Romano’Swincki, Wilmington

 

Teen (13-18 years old):

1st Place: Cassie Paterson, age 18, Middletown

2nd Place: Leilani Anupol, age 13, Milford

3rd Place: Raina Semenick, age 16, Smyrna

 

Honorable Mentions:

Brandi Nichols, age 17, Magnolia

Sara Paulish, age 15, Dover

Haley Musemici, age 16, Magnolia

 

Youth (12 years and under):

1st Place: Harshana Sundaravelu, age 11, Middletown

2nd Place: Samantha Guinals, age 11, Townsend

3rd Place: Brynn Bowen, age 12, Dover

 

Honorable Mentions:

Natalia Gatti, age 7, Wyoming

Elizabeth Dierkes, age 8, Clayton

Piper Drace, age 11, Seaford

Walter Thompson, age 12, Elsmere

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Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov


The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.

Banner image: Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition


Media Advisory: Delaware Division of the Arts Announces 2017 Delaware State Employee Exhibition

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WHAT: This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their families, at any skill level, a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to compete for cash prizes. New this year: increases to the cash awards as well as additional judges’ choice and special recognition awards. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Photos are allowed in the Gallery.

WHEN: February 20 – March 13, 2017. Gallery Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri 9:00am – 3:30pm; Tues, Wed 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sat (2/25/17 and 3/11/17) 12:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: Delaware State University Art Center/Gallery, 1200 N. DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901, 302.857.6697. Click here for directions

WHO: Over 225 pieces will be displayed at the sixth annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition sponsored by The National Arts Program ®. Participants must be a current employee, or immediate family member of a current employee (parent, spouse, sibling, or child), of the State of Delaware (participating group members are also eligible).

The reception and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 1 to 3 pm in the Bank of America Building auditorium. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served prior to the ceremony. Speakers will include the Honorable Jeffrey W. Bullock, secretary of state and Paul Weagraff, director, Delaware Division of the Arts.

OTHER: Make sure to tag us on Facebook or Twitter when you visit the Gallery at @ArtsDelaware.

About the Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit artsdel.org or call 302-577-8278.

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Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing, 302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov


Twenty-one State Employees and their Family Members Awarded Art Honors

Stephanie Berry, Migration, Best in Show
Best in Show: Migration, Stephanie Berry, Dover, Department: Capital School District, Art Teacher

Twenty-one talented state employees and their family members will be recognized for their works of art featured in the National Arts Program®: Delaware State Employee Exhibition and Contest IV. In addition, one People’s Choice Award winner will be selected through a Facebook contest. The Awards Show and Closing Reception will be held at Delaware State University’s Arts Center/Gallery on March 14, 2015, 1-3 p.m. Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock and Division of the Arts Deputy Director Kristin Pleasanton will preside at the Awards Ceremony.

“This program provides state employees and their family members with an opportunity to show a side that we don’t normally see in the workplace. It clearly demonstrates the range of talented individuals who are working for the state of Delaware,” said Secretary Bullock. “We’re proud to be able to support and recognize the artistic accomplishments of these employees and their families.”

Twenty-one awards will be given out in five categories – Professional, Intermediate, Amateur, Teen (13-18 years old), and Youth (12 years and under), culminating in one Best in Show. Sixteen cash prizes totaling $2,400 will be awarded by the National Arts Program®. Five Honorable Mention ribbons will also be awarded. Below is a list of all award winners who will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony and Closing Reception.

Two hundred thirty-five employees of Delaware state agencies and their immediate family members submitted artwork for the 2015 exhibition and contest. The participating artists came from across the state and region. Judges for the contest were Rosemary Connelly, artist and educator; Jennifer Gunther, Director of DSU Arts Center/Gallery; and James Ulry, artist and educator.

The Delaware Division of the Arts is proud to be the local sponsor of The National Arts Program®, an organization established in 1982 to identify, showcase, and reward the visual artistic talent in America. The National Arts Program® currently sponsors 82 annual programs, encompassing more than 450 cities and counties within 38 states.

The exhibition will be on view in the Arts Center/Gallery at Delaware State University through March 14. The Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Vote for your favorites! To view a complete set of all 235 art works, visit the Division’s Facebook page or view the artwork on Flickr. The image with the most likes on Facebook will be named the “People’s Choice” and recognized at the Awards Show and Closing Reception.

View all juried winner images here.

Best in Show:
Stephanie Berry, Dover
Department: Capital School District, Art Teacher

Professional:
1st Place:
Adam Ledford, Philadelphia, PA
Department: Special Education, Teacher (Immediate Family Member)

2nd Place:
Gregory Thompson, Wilmington
Department: Red Clay School District, Teacher

3rd Place:
Jennifer Boland, Harrington
Department: Education, Art Educator

Honorable Mention:
William Cox, Wyoming
Department: Health and Social Services (Immediate Family Member)

Intermediate:
1st Place:
Mark Blome, West Grove, PA
Department: Labor, Office of Anti-Discrimination (Immediate Family Member)

2nd Place:
Suzanne Oliver, Wilmington
Department: Technology and Information, Project Management Team

3rd Place:
John Fitzgerald, Claymont
Department: New Castle County Vocational Technical School District

Honorable Mention:
William Montgomery, Wilmington
Department: Delaware Supreme Court, Court Administrator

Amateur:
1st Place:
Sandi Carney, Dover
Department: Health and Social Services

2nd Place:
Jennifer Jurczak, Dover
Department: Labor, Business Services Representative

3rd Place:
Elizabeth Lucas, Middletown
Department: Education, Speech Language Therapist

Honorable Mention:
Gary Piel, Oceanview
Department: Corrections, Correctional Officer

Teen:
1st Place:
Leah Martin, age 17, Dover
Department: Education, Star Hill School Nurse (Immediate Family Member)

2nd Place:
Samantha Greim, age 17, Smyrna
Department: North Star Elementary Library (Immediate Family Member)

3rd Place:
Hayley Schuster, age 18, Dover
Department: Caesar Rodney School District (Immediate Family Member)

Honorable Mention:
Willow Quillen, age 18, Lewes
Department: Education, Automotive Instructor (Immediate Family Member)

Youth:
1st Place:
Caroline Dooley, age 8, Wilmington
Department: Delaware Transit Corporation (Immediate Family Member)

2nd Place:
Skyler Ditizio, age11, Smyrna
Department: Labor Unemployment, Claims Interviewer (Immediate Family Member)

3rd Place:
Max Kichline, age 12, Georgetown
Department: Public Health, Trainer/Educator (Immediate Family Member)

Honorable Mention:
Alex Krumrine, age 6, Magnolia
Department: Natural Resources and Environmental Control (Immediate Family Member)