Category: Community Outreach

PASSAGE Family Church’s Cuddly Kids Academy Promotes Early Education


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PASSAGE Family Church

Imogene L. Cathey, general counsel for Seton Hill University, has served as a lawyer for more than 15 years, focusing for much of her career on working as counsel for various public and private universities. Dedicated to staying active within her professional and local communities, Imogene Cathey has been an active participant with several religious-based organizations including the PASSAGE Family Church in Gainesville, Florida.

PASSAGE Family Church operates several ministries and schools, including Cuddly Kids Academy. Established with the goal of helping children reach their highest potential, the Cuddly Kids Academy is a childcare center and early learning institution for children between the ages of infancy and 5 years. Children enrolled at the center have the opportunity to learn in a way that specifically targets their age and developmental stage. By using a mixture of play, evidence-based practices, and interactions, Cuddly Kids Academy promotes positive social, emotional, and physical development.

The Cuddly Kids Academy operates from Monday to Friday on a year-round basis. It is an Early Learning Coalition (ELC) approved provider and is accredited by the Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Association. Further, the center maintains a license from the Department of Children and Families. Fees for the Cuddly Kids Academy are based on children’s age and range from $104 to $148 per week. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch, and a snack while at the center.


United Way Helps Proctor and Gamble Give Back

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United Way

Imogene L. Cathey currently serves as general counsel at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she handles legal issues that pertain the private, not-for-profit institution. Outside of her professional life, Imogene L. Cathey has engaged in several philanthropic endeavors, supporting non-profit organizations including The United Way of Greater Greensboro.

During last September’s staff retreat, employees with Proctor and Gamble provided two hours of volunteer service where they assembled snack packs, toiletry kits, and other various items to be distributed to local nonprofit organizations. The event was co-sponsored by The United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Volunteer Center of Greensboro. Among the 20 non-profit groups that received the packaged items were the Salvation Army Center of Hope, YWCA Family Shelter, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Carl Jones, the Campaign Manager with United Way of Greater Greensboro, expressed a great deal of satisfaction with the event. In his comments, he stated that such efforts show the power of partnerships in community outreach and is in the highest keeping of the United Way’s mission.

Street Law Program Teaches About the Justice System

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Street Law Program

Imogene L. Cathey was recently appointed the general counsel to Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she is involved with legal matters ranging from human resource issues to federal regulations. Active in community affairs, Imogene Cathey also participated earlier in Florida as a facilitator for a Law Day mock sentencing hearing.

The hearing marked the final event in Street Law, an after-school program in which middle-school students learned experientially about the justice system and the necessity of good citizenship. Sponsoring the proceedings was the Josiah T. Walls Bar Association, an association of African-American lawyers.

Students playing the roles of the judge, the prosecution, and the defense heard the details of a fictional case of aggravated battery. Prosecutors asked for a harsh sentence and the defense proposed a milder punishment. The judge decided on a compromise sentence using elements of both requests.

Prior to this exercise, Street Law students took field trips to several locations in Tallahassee, including the state Supreme Court, where they visited the court library and met the justices and other officials. They also took part in crafting mock legislation and toured the campuses of Florida A&M and Florida State universities.

The students said they enjoyed learning about the branches of the government and the importance of the law. Several voiced ambitions to become attorneys and law enforcement officials. One of the instructors stated that it empowered young people to see themselves as officers of the court, rather than victims.

Recent United Way of Greater Greensboro Project Supported by Community

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United Way of Greater Greensboro

Imogene L. Cathey, an attorney currently living in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has taken part in several charitable programs. Imogene L. Cathey was formerly associated with the United Way of Greater Greensboro African American Leadership Initiative in North Carolina, as well as the United Way of Greater Greensboro Women’s Leadership Steering Committee.

The United Way of Greater Greensboro recently made headlines for implementing a new community impact model that has proven to be largely successful. The organization received a total donation of $10.4 million from over 13,000 donors to help advance the new strategy, which was designed to address poverty through local solutions. Recognizing the devastating effect that poverty in their community has on individuals as well as business development, crime rates, and education and health systems, the organization took action to make a positive change in Greater Greensboro’s poverty rate.

Starting with an estimated 57,000 individuals in the area living in poverty, United Way created solutions that have already helped many become financially independent, find employment, improve their health, and provide their children with a better education. The large financial contribution from the community also proves that the people of Greater Greensboro will readily choose to support new solutions in an effort to help make a positive impact on their community as a whole.

Serving in Leadership Groups at United Way of Greater Greensboro

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United Way of Greater Greensboro

Founding general counsel of Seton Hill University, Imogene L. Cathey has over 15 years of legal experience and is a seasoned strategist and negotiator. Imogene L. Cathey is active in the charitable community and has served as a member of the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI), as well as the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) Steering Committee of the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

In 2015, Greensboro, North Carolina, topped the nation in terms of food hardship. In this context the United Way of Greater Greensboro has been playing a leading role in breaking the cycle of poverty. It provides investments, grants, and other initiatives such as the Family Success Center, all of which strive to lift up the community.

Among its leadership groups is AALI, whose members contribute $1,000 or more annually to the nonprofit organization. The members are community leaders who give their voice, money, and resources to assist those in need. It focuses on empowering minority communities to help them succeed.

WLC is made up of women who also contribute $1,000 or more each year to this nonprofit. The council’s theme is about women helping women. Members of the group are community leaders who work together in encouraging other women to help themselves and their communities lead better lives.