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May-2015 Newsletter – Connecticut Association for Community Action

Connecticut Association for Community Action

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CAFCA Connections - May 5, 2015

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Connecticut State Budget Update: HSI Restored (...for now)! – CAFCA is excited to report that the Human Services Infrastructure (HSI)-Community Action Program line item has been restored in the state budget at $3.1 million by the Appropriations Committee…

Community Action Highlights

  • ABCD makes "Pinwheels for Peace" – In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month, the Early Learning Division at Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD) sponsored an event on April 22nd to promote awareness and education on ways to prevent child abuse. “Pinwheels for Peace” provided an opportunity to creatively present information related to positive parenting, discipline, stress management, mandated reporting, and community resources…
  • TEAM's 8th Annual Men Who Cook (TEAM, 4/25/15) – The event was a great success! Approximately 600 people attended, and over ninety-five "celebrity" chefs…
  • 50,000 meals donated from Tolland High School (Access, 4/21/15)
  • Access Community Action Agency marks 50 years of service (Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 4/20/15)
  • Coffee house opens up in Danielson (Denise Coffey, Hartford Courant, 4/20/15)
  • Repair Cafe continues to expand (Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 4/20/15)
  • Three HRA VITA sites in top ten (4/14/15) – Last month, the IRS Territory Office announced the number of VITA returns completed in CT, along with rankings of all of its tax preparation sites. The Human Resources Agency of New Britain's (HRA) team of volunteers and staff was excited to learn that the 4,200 plus returns they prepared will refund over $7.7M to residents in greater New Britain, Bristol, Meriden, Southington, Vernon and Wallingford. Additionally, the preliminary total of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds is over $2.9M…

Check It Out – Items of Interest

Community Events

National Events

Northern New England 2015 CAA Conference
May 20-22 in Manchester, VT

2015 National Training Conference
June 10-12 in Portland, OR

Community Action Partnership
2015 Annual Convention
August 25-28 in San Francisco, CA

2015 Annual Training Conference
September 15-18 in Sacramento, CA


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