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September 2015 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA Newsletter - September 2015

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CEO Corner

Message from Karla Digirolamo, NYSCAA CEO – This year, for the first time the US Census Bureauhas released updated data on the Official Poverty Measure (OPM) and the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) on the same day. The SPM is more comprehensive than the OPM, taking into account many of the safety net programs designed to raise people out of poverty, as well as expenses such as out of pocket medical costs. This is the fifth year that the Census Bureau has released SPM Data.   The Official Poverty Measure (national) for 2014 is 14.9% and the Official Supplemental Poverty Measure is 15.3%. However, for children under 18 years, the Official Measure is 21.5% and the SPM is significantly lower, at 16.7% - showing clearly that safety net programs are effective in reducing childhood poverty…

It is important that we understand these different measures and share this information with our elected officials, the media and our community partners – learn more about the Supplemental Poverty Measure.


Another important source of information to share with your partners and the media is Virtual CAP. Ken Ackerman, Virtual CAP Project Manager, will be joining us at the ED Seminar to talk about the valuable services and resources that Virtual CAP provides and recent changes in how to access it.

A Community Action Success Story

See newsletter to read this story in its entirety truly depicting Community Action: Changing Lives, Making a Difference!
David Spencer is a Navy combat veteran, who served during the periods of the Malta hijacking, Beirut/Lebanon campaign, Line of Death and Operation Iraqi Freedom exercises, Desert Storm, Desert Shield and more. He returned home from the military and worked full time for over a decade at a local factory making $20.00 an hour with health insurance, medical benefits, profit sharing and a 401K. He lived in a three bedroom house with a nice deck, pond, garage, and gazebo.

…Over the course of fourteen months David’s entire world collapsed…his journey took him to Cattaraugus Community Action…

Two Opportunities For New York’s Community Action Leaders:

Emerging Leaders Institute
The application process for Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is now open – more info.

Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)
NYSCAA cohort being formed for the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) program


CAP Webinar for New York State Eligible Entities on the New ACROS Tool
Webinar presented by Denise Harlow on the Annual Compliance Review of Organizational Standards Tool – September 29th

2015 Executive Directors Seminar
The Executive Seminar will be held on November 5 & 6, 2015 – more info.

The Basics of Excel
One hour free webinar:

  • October 27 from 10 – 11 AM – more info and registration
  • November 17 from 10 – 11 AM – more info and registration

Member News

Winston Ross
Former NYSCAA Board Member, Winston Ross, passed away on September 6, 2015. Winston was Executive Director of Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WestCOP) from 1984 until his retirement in August 2013. He served for several years on the Community Action Partnership Board of Directors, including in the position of First Vice-President and was on the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) Commission since the inception of the program in 1993. Winston contributed immeasurably to the content and caliber of the CCAP program for over 20 years…

Albany CAP Receives Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Albany Community Action Partnership has received a grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation as part of a nationwide initiative to “increase employment, workforce mobility and family economic security across the country.” The agency will participate in the foundation’s Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents (STEPS) Pilot Study. “Through the program, unemployed mothers will complete job training and earn the credentials needed for employment,” explained ACAP Executive Director, Neenah Bland. “In order to help both parents and children thrive together, we will use a two-generation approach to remove child care barriers while advancing employment outcomes.”

Opportunities for Otsego Meets with Congressman Gibson
Recently Congressman Chris Gibson met with executive management and board members of Opportunities for Otsego to discuss the issues impacting Otsego County and the families served by OFO.

Poverty: Barriers to School Readiness and Possibilities
Training by Dr. Donna Beegle co-sponsored by Pro Action of Steuben and Yates designed to deepen participants' understanding of poverty’s effects on early childhood development, school readiness, relationships with education systems, toxic stress, and adults’ (parents’) attitudes towards education.

Pictures from RPIC Region II 2015 Finance, HR & Leadership Conference
See newsletter for photos

Did You Know?

Four out of five Americans experience economic hardship by age 60! Read the article from the Nonprofit Quarterly.


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