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October 2015 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NY-Oct-2015NYSCAA Newsletter - October 2015

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CEO Corner

Message from Karla Digirolamo, NYSCAA CEO – As the cold temperatures of the past week indicate, winter is just around the corner. LIHEAP season will begin in a couple of weeks and a whole new round of connecting people to the resources they need to keep their families safe and warm begins. Here at NYSCAA fall means a new fiscal year, new grant cycles, new legislative session and advocacy opportunities, a new class of CCAP candidates, a new round of workshops and training sessions at member agencies…

Low-Income Forum on Energy

HEAP Updates for the 2015-2016 Heating Season
Tuesday October 27, 2015 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Finding Transportation Solutions

Almost all of our members cite transportation, particularly with regard to employment, as an issue they often deal with. And in the true nature of Community Action, they have come up with some innovative ways to handle the issue…In their own words - LCOI describes their transportation program…

Our rural area lacks mass transit that is efficient for work commuting. Therefore, reliable personal vehicles become a critical asset for people. In 2014 the agency leveraged CSBG Discretionary funds and a United Way grant to help pay for 78 vehicle repairs and 164 gas cards…

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

Other NYSCAA Opportunities

2015 Executive Directors Seminar
The Executive Seminar will be held on November 5 & 6, 2015

The Basics of Excel
One hour free webinar:

  • October 28 from 10 – 11 AM – more info and registration
  • November 17 from 10 – 11 AM – more info and registration

Member News

Spelling Success in Oswego County
For the past 8 years Scrabble Fest has spelled success for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Literacy Volunteers. One of the areas most anticipated fundraisers, Scrabble Fest helps to raise awareness of OCO Literacy Volunteers and its efforts to combat illiteracy in Oswego County. This year the event raised more than $15,000 to be used to continue the mission of increasing literacy rates in Oswego County…


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