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January-2015 Newsletter – Tennessee Association of Community Action

Tennessee Association of Community Action

TACA Newsletter – January 2015

Join TACA in Welcoming New President

As we begin a new year and a new chapter of Community Action, please join TACA in welcoming new President, Tim Jaynes.  Tim has been Executive Director for Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency for over a year.  Prior to that time he was director of NET Trans, a division of the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency.  Tim believes each person has an individual path to self-sufficiency and espouses a comprehensive effort to help them help themselves in that journey.   Tim recently stated, "The face of poverty has changed over the past fifty years of Community Action, and we need to constantly measure and adapt to provide the best for our communities."   He says he is appreciative of the hard work of his predecessor, Cynthia Croom and is honored to serve his colleagues in this capacity.

TACA 2015 Officers

Tim Jaynes, President – Susan Luker, First Vice-President – Don Ridgeway, Second Vice-President – Leslie Chiodini, Secretary – Barbara Kelly, Treasurer – Cynthia Croom, Past President and Special Liaison


Information Memorandum (IM) 138, which finalizes the 58 Organizational Standards for Private/Nonprofit CAAs and the 50 for Public CAAs and outlines the process for implementation, assessment, and T/TA efforts is here.  TACA is one of many resources available to help agencies assess their performance and meet 100% of the Organizational Standards.

Upcoming Events

See newsletter for listing.

New Year/New Start

Thanks to Metro Action Commission, it's not only a new year, but also a new start for some Davidson County residents who previously made poor choices in life.  Metro Action partners with the Metro Nashville Criminal Court Clerk's Office to assist their community in applying to expunge eligible criminal offenses; removing for some what is a major barrier to employment.  Read more on the success of this program as featured in the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) 2014 CSBG Annual Report.

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