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Benefits summit Friday open to church leaders and the general public

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Partnership of African American Churches, along with the AARP, will host a free Benefits Summit from noon until 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Civic Center. Local experts will cover a wide array of information on social programs and resources available to church leaders as well as the general public. Free lunch is available to all who attend.

The summit is structured into two tracks. The first track is designed to provide the general public with knowledge on the Affordable Care Act, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Connect Child Care and Substance Abuse Recovery Services. Community Assisters will also be on hand to help attendees that are eligible to acquire enrollment in affordable health care.

The second track will provide church leaders with ideas on capacity building within congregations including information on establishing 501(c)3 status, Lay Health Ministries and a means to address community hunger by creating local food hubs.

Registration is free and can be completed online at or by calling 304-768-7688. The first 10 churches that register or bring at least 10 people will receive $250 to jumpstart a project idea based on insight received from the summit.

For more information, call Edna Green, associate director, Partnership of African American Churches, at 304-768-7688 or email


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