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July 2015 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NY-July-2015NYSCAA Newsletter - July 2015

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CEO Corner

Message from Karla Digirolamo, NYSCAA CEO – In response to our testimony at the hearing on the CSBG Management Plan, we have been invited to participate in a number of expert panels and roundtables being convened by state Legislators to address both poverty and the state's public assistance system. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, who chaired the hearing, has been particularly pro-active in reaching out to NYSCAA and in fact is going to participate in a Poverty Simulation we are conducting for the Albany Community Action Partnership at the end of August. We are hoping to build on this relationship including hosting a Simulation for Legislators and their staff and highlighting our state advocacy agenda…


Upcoming NYSCAA Opportunities

IT Training: August 25 Webinar - Tech Tools for Senior Staff
Aimed at management staff, this training looks at what applications and online services you can use to make your life easier. There are countless free to inexpensive tools for nonprofits that can organize, promote and streamline your work life. Join us for a tour of some of the best.

RPIC Region II Finance, Human Resources and Leadership Conference
September 17 & 18 in Binghamton, NY – Pulitzer Prize winning American investigative journalist and economist David Cay Johnston will deliver a keynote.

NYSCAA 2015 Regional Meetings
See newsletter for schedule

NYSCAA Executive Directors' Seminar
The ED Seminar will take place on November 5 & 6, 2015 – more info.

In June, the twelve new Certified Community Action Professionals were added to the list of CCAPs in the NYS Community Action Network – see newsletter for list of new CCAPs in the NYS Community Action Network.

NYSCAA will begin supporting 2016 CCAP candidates with weekly phone calls beginning on Thursday, October 1 and running every Thursday at 10 AM through early June 2016 when the exam is held…

Save the Date
The 2016 Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 & 9, 2016 in Albany, NY.   We will be including our advocacy day and legislative visits as part of the Symposium…

Member News

Carlos Ruiz is a member of CEO's YouthBuild program, located in Troy, NY. Growing up in the Bronx, Carlos was involved in some dangerous activities and became a target for violence. Out of fear for his safety, Carlos' mother sent him to live with his aunt in Troy. When Carlos approached the local high school about finishing his degree, they told him he would have to complete three more years in order to graduate. At 17 years old, this presented a difficult situation, so the school referred Carlos to CEO's YouthBuild program…

Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc.
CAO of Erie County's mission is to promote opportunities for low-income individuals, families and communities to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency through advocacy, partnerships, access to services and low-to-moderate income housing development… Coming soon, CAO will operate a charter school in Buffalo with enrollment preference for Head Start graduates. Also in Buffalo, CAO operates an urban farm that is a proven social enterprise model that has been highlighted in nation publications…

Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County
The Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County has partnered with Men's Wearhouse to collect gently used professional attire for unemployed people… Men's Wearhouse is also donating money to the local nonprofits, based on a social media challenge - those with Facebook pages are encouraged to share the #giveasuit post found at their page.

Other Events

Dads Take Your Child to School Day is scheduled for September 22, 2015learn more about this statewide campaign. Families are encouraged to share their fathering moments on social media using the hashtag #DadBeThere.

Fast, Affordable Home Internet Service is available to families with children eligible for the National School Lunch Program through Internet Essentials from Comcast – learn more.

Center for American Progress Action Fund Policy Recommendations

See newsletter for recommendations under each of these topics;

  • Modernize Voter Registration
  • Eliminate Barriers to Participation & Representation
  • Expose and Limit Influence in the Political System


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