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March-2015 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA Newsletter - March 2015

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CEO Corner

Message from Karla Digirolamo, NYSCAA CEO – See newsletter for NYSCAA’s continuing commitment to speaking out and providing opportunities for the voices of the poor to be heard.

Policy Update

This week we join other Community Action advocates in Washington, DC for the NCAF Legislative Conference and visits with New York's representatives in our nation's capital…

Last week NYSCAA was pleased to participate in two policy events.  On Friday, March 20, the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force held a press conference in Albany to bring the child poverty rates of New York's largest cities to light…At the same time, Secretary of State Cesar Perales  and others were addressing another group in Utica about the governor's efforts to raise minimum wage in NYS…

Last month 18 different Community Action Agencies were represented by 27 individuals who made calls and sent e-mails to their New York State Legislators as part of NYSCAA's Virtual Legislative Day.


New York's Community Action Network visits with elected officials in Washington DC – Executive Directors, Board Members and Staff from New York's Community Action Agencies visited Washington DC this month for annual visits to elected officials.

Nominations for the 2015 Community Action Awards are open – Leadership Award, Personal Achievement Award, The Service Award, The Community Action Vision and Values Award and The Innovation Award.

Emerging Leaders Meet – The 2015 group of Emerging Leaders met for the first time at the Leadership Seminar in February…The group got to know each other through some team building activities and participated in workshops about Advocacy, the History of Community Action and Bridges Out of Poverty…

NYSCAA Conferences
  • 9th Annual Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security on April 1 & 2 in Albany, NY
  • June Professional Development Conference on June 16 & 17 in Oswego, NY
  • RPIC Region II Finance, Human Resources and Leadership Conference on September 17 & 18 in Binghamton, NY

NYSCAA 2015 Regional Meetings – see newsletter for schedule

IT Webinars: Basic MS Access, April 22 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, MS Access - Pulling & Reporting on Data, May 20 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and MS Access - Pulling & Reporting on Data, June 30 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

CCAP Cohort Update – New York State has twenty-three candidates working on Community Action Professional Certification, many of whom are hoping to sit for the CCAP exam this June…

Member News

Many of our agencies are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year with a special logo design – see newsletter to view some of the 2015 anniversary logos.

The Cayuga Museum of History and Art will feature a collaborative community exhibit showcasing the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency

Delaware Opportunities Inc. is hosting an open house in celebration of the agency's 50th anniversary on May 19 from 1:00 – 6:00 PM.

The Economic Opportunity Program Inc. of Chemung and Schuyler Counties has unveiled a new website as they celebrate 50 years of service… Community Action of Greene County, Inc. also has a brand new website.

Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. was the recipient of the proceeds from the fifth annual Snowflake Ball in North Tonawanda.

CEO's Youthbuild program was recently honored for the program's contribution to the community.  Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia officially designated March 12 as Troy YouthBuild Day…

On April 1, 2015 from 9 AM to 1 PM, Saratoga County EOP hosts over 100 health and human service agencies at the23rd annual Interagency Awareness Day.

PathStone Corp. recently received a $697,690 grant to strengthen neighborhoods through housing and community development initiatives.  The agency received the grant through the national NeighborWorks network… The funds will be used to create affordable housing opportunities in New York and other areas where PathStone operates.

Other News

Hunger Solutions New York is hosting their first State-Wide Anti-Hunger Conference, May 7, 2015 in Albany, NY

The LIFE (Low Income Forum on Energy) has announced the schedule for the 2015 LIFE Regional Meetings

The Power of a Father's Presence:  Challenges and Victories in Supporting Dads, April 7, 2015 in White Plains, NY

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Save Our Daughters Night, Friday, May 8, 2015


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