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May 2015 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania


CAAP update – May 20, 2015

CAAP update – May 20, 2015

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National Community Action Month

Community Action Month is a time to highlight the achievements of families and communities as well as the great work done by Community Action all year long. This year, the Community Action Partnership developed the #BeCommunityAction theme with the goal of encouraging Community Action Agencies to tell their stories and that of the families we serve. A number of Pennsylvania agencies have taken to social media, reached out to their local representatives, and leveraged their board and staff to join the national voice of helping people, changing lives, and #BeCommunityAction

CAAP Annual Conference

The 2015 CAAP Annual Conference was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended. From fabulous keynote speakers, to the Self-Sufficiency and Distinguished Service Awards Ceremonies and 20 topnotch workshops, attendance exceeded expectations, and another wonderful conference was pulled off by the CAAP Conference Committee…

CACLV Virtual Debate

To commemorate Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's 50th anniversary, CACLV is taking a unique approach. CACLV's new project, called Stand Up Speak Up, invites the public to submit a home-made video responding to any of the following questions:

  • From your own experience, what do people not understand about what it is like being poor?
  • What will you do to help our community fight poverty?
  • What should our society do collectively to fight poverty?

The goal is to spark a virtual conversation that attempts to engage us all in the issue of how to best fight poverty.

Child Care Benefit Cliff Removal Press Conference

On May 11th at 2pm in the Main Capitol Rotunda, House Majority Leader Dave Reed, Rep. Bloom, and Rep. Murt held a press conference to announce their Child Care Benefit Cliff Removal: HB1164. If passed, the Bill will amend the "all-or-nothing" Child Care Benefits subsidy

TalkPoverty Radio Returns

Starting April 30, TalkPoverty Radio returns to the airwaves. TalkPoverty Radio is one of the few programs entirely devoted to covering poverty in America. Hosted by Rebecca Vallas and Tracey Ross, this hour-long show lifts up some of the untold stories of the 45 million Americans living below the poverty line. Hear from journalists, policy experts, grassroots advocates, elected officials, and-most importantly-people struggling on the brink right now, as TalkPoverty Radio bust myths, offer solutions, and focus on the hottest issues and policy debates – subscribe for automatic updates on iTunes.

Geographies of Opportunity

In April 2015, Measure of America released their Geographies of Opportunity: Ranking Well-Being by Congressional District report. Geographies of Opportunity is an in-depth look at how residents of America's 436 congressional districts are faring in three fundamental areas of life: health, access to knowledge, and living standards. This report makes the case that geography- and population-based approaches offer a way to address the multiple and often interlocking disadvantages faced by families who are falling behind.

The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a supplement to Gross Domestic Product and other money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are faring…

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