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September 2015 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies


OACAA Newsletter - September 2015

Network News

Highland County CAO selected by White House as a Rural IMPACT Demonstration site
OACAA would like to congratulate Highland County CAO for being named as one of ten organizations across the U.S. selected to participate as a Rural IMPACT Demonstration site!

September is Hunger Action Month
September is Hunger Action Month, and the Southeastern Ohio Regional Foodbank is taking steps to raise awareness in the area – read article.

Community Action goes on the road with Info Roadshow
Ashtabula County Community Action Agency's newest project, dubbed the "Info Roadshow," provides a chance for residents to learn about valuable services that may be available without requiring a trip to various offices

The project is currently funded through an Edgewood High School Youth Philanthropy grant, awarded by the students to Community Action to implement this pilot. Funds will cover transportation costs, equipment/service for Wi-Fi access, signage, refreshments and promotional items to encourage attendance and awareness at mobile outreach events in underserved areas of Ashtabula County – read article.

Association Updates

Recovery matters little to Ohio's poor
Lower unemployment has not helped Ohio's poor escape poverty.  The state poverty rate of 15.8 percent last year was down slightly from 16 percent in 2013, according to new estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans lived in households with incomes at or below the federal poverty rate last year, which is about $20,000 for a family of three – read article.

OACAA Press ReleaseStatement from Phil Cole, OACAA Executive Director

Upcoming Events
History of the War on Poverty with David Bradley
October 13-15, 2015 in Newark, OH

RPIC Region V Innovations Conference
November 9-10, 2015 in Cleveland, OH

Success Story

Lancaster-Fairfield CAA hosts summer Farmers' Markets
Thanks to a partnership with Mid-Ohio Foodbank and local farmers, Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency (LFCAA) was able to provide a drive-through Farmers' Market on several spring and summer evenings this year.  Eligible customers met with volunteers who signed them in electronically before directing customers to a large barn on our campus.  Volunteers inside the barn maintained an assembly line of produce-packed boxes that were loaded into customer vehicles – read more.

Community Action in Ohio Blog – Latest Postings

The Community Action in Ohio blog shares some of the ways in which Ohio's CAAs have helped people in their community.

The importance of program evaluations

VirtualCAP RoundUP

A subscription to the VirtualCAP RoundUP is now a member benefit for all OACAA agencies.  We encourage you to share the subscriber information with your staff and board to provide the maximum benefit to your agency. Non-OACAA members: find out how to subscribe.

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