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March-2015 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OACAA Newsletter - March 2015

Network News

Devany honored for service to Community Action with commissioned portrait – Earlier this month, Andrew "Joe" Devany was honored with the presentation of a commissioned portrait for his years of dedicated service to Community Action and Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission…OACAA would also like to express our appreciate to Mr. Devany. His years of dedicated service to the board of trustees and his advocacy for low-income persons across not only Ohio but the United States has made a strong impact on our collective mission – read more in OHCAC’s newsletter.

Dotson named Top 25 under 35 – During their Movers & Shakers Awards ceremony this month, The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club named Carrie Dotson, executive director of Lifeline, Inc. in Lake County, one of the Top 25 Under 35 in Northeast Ohio. According to their website, the award recognizes young leaders who have an excellent record in their work, civic engagement and philanthropic efforts.  Congratulations, Carrie! Thank you for your commitment to Community Action's mission and your dedication to low-income residents of Lake County – read more.

New nurse helps Kno-Ho-Co respond to health care needs – Sarah Miley has been involved with public health for nearly 10 years for a simple reason: She has a desire to help an underserved population.  In September, Miley took on the role as family planning nurse practitioner with Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland, a social services agency that serves Coshocton and surrounding counties – read more.

Association Updates

State of Poverty in Ohio Report Released – In cooperation with Community Research Partners, OACAA released the State of Poverty in Ohio Report on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The report, which is now available online, aims to illustrate the effects of poverty in an effort to understand economic hardships today and over the last fifty years – read more.

Cole recognized with national leadership award – During the National Community Action Foundation Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., Philip E. Cole, executive director of Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) was honored with the 2015 Charles Braithwait Leadership Award.  "This award is the highest honor our organization presents," said David Bradley, executive director of NCAF. "The award, named after Charles Braithwait, co-founder of the National Community Action Foundation, is presented annually to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills both at the state and local levels as well as nationally" – read more.

Success Story

LACCA helps client gain safe housing and independence – When Sven learned his roommates were engaging in drug activity at the home they shared, he knew he needed to find a safer place to live. Though he needed more independence than he previously had while living with family, he determined in order to be successful with the added challenges of his developmental disability he would need – read more.

Community Action in Ohio Blog – Latest Postings

The Community Action in Ohio blog shares some of the ways in which Ohio's CAAs have helped people in their community.

Family Development Certification Training

State of Poverty in Ohio Report 2014

Other Items

  • Save the Date: OACAA Summer Conference, July 22-24 in Huron, OH
  • OCATO Needs Assessment Survey
  • OACAA’s Community Action in Action Photo Contest

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