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August 2015 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

Indiana Community Action Association

IN-Aug-2015IN-CAA Newsletter – August 2015


Indiana Institute for Working Families' program manager appointed to State Workforce Innovation Council
Jessica Fraser was appointed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve a two-year term on the council. Workforce development and skills-training policy is an integral focus of Fraser's work with the Institute – read the article.

Indiana Institute for Working Families receives funding from The Indianapolis Foundation
The grant supports the Institute's ongoing research and analysis on public policies that support economic self-sufficiency for Indiana's working families – read the article.


World Breastfeeding Month was an opportunity to reach moms
Northwest Indiana Community Action's Women, Infants and Children Clinics conducted activities and giveaways to promote breastfeeding in August. Three baby shower-like events were held in Gary, Rensselaer and Crown Point – read the article.

State conference provides inspiration, humor and learning
More than 100 conference attendees and 20 presenters, including two state legislators, gathered at beautiful Pokagon State Park on Lake James for the 2015 Indiana Community Action State Conference. A quote from Theodore Roosevelt served as inspiration and as a reminder of the rewards experienced by dedicated Community Action staff and those they serve – read the article.

Hoosier Uplands: 50 years of people helping people
Hoosier Uplands' 50th anniversary celebration was held Aug. 1 at the Mitchell Opera House. The theme of the community event was the 1960s - the decade when Hoosier Uplands was founded - and featured a performance by a '60s tribute band – read the article.

Community Impact

Nice guys shouldn't finish last: An Organizational Payee Success Story
Charles Fairfield leaves a big impression when you meet him. His large build and beard give the expectation of a biker, brawler or thug. However, the second he begins to speak, you can tell Charles is not at all what you would expect – read about Charles.

Spotlight on Professionals

JOB OPENING: Indiana Institute for Working Families is seeking a research associate
A highly motivated associate with knowledge of poverty, income inequality, economic mobility and labor-force challenges is desired – read the article.

Worth Reading

Indiana Institute for Working Families blog
If you haven't already, bookmark the Indiana Institute for Working Families blog, and check it often. The IIWF staff blog about issues that are relevant to Community Action agencies across the state, including poverty, minimum wage, legislative progress, closing the skills gap and more.


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