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January 2016 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

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NYSCAA Newsletter - January 2016

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CEO Corner

Message from Karla Digirolamo, NYSCAA CEO – I begin the new year excited and energized after attending the National Community Action Partnership's Management and Leadership Training Conference…

Now Governor Andrew Cuomo has further inspired me with his proposed Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI). ESPRI will focus on using existing resources more effectively and purposely to end poverty, strengthen relationships between the business, public and nonprofit sectors in each community, and ensure greater coordination between state and local government to expand economic opportunity for all New Yorkers…

Tenth Annual Symposium on Poverty & Advocacy

March 8 & 9, 2016
The first 100 people who register for the Symposium will receive a complimentary copy of $2 a Day:  Living on Almost Nothing in America.

NCAF Donations

Dan Maskin, Executive Director of Opportunities for Otsego, Inc. has taken the lead to get the ball rolling on New York's annual NCAF donation. We sincerely appreciate his effort and thank all of you who have donated thus far. This year, our donation will be critical to the success of NCAF's efforts to pass HR 1655, the Community Economic Opportunity Act of 2015, reauthorizing and strengthening the Community Services Block Grant. Our donation also recognizes David Bradley's role in securing a six percent increase in CSBG funds this year; the most significant increase in CSBG funding for a long time…

Community Action Awards

It's official, our Professional Development Conference is booked for June 16 and 17… We are accepting nominations for the 2016 awards now… we always submit our Personal Achievement story to the National Community Action Partnership for the Annual Sargent Shriver Award – more info.

2016 Management & Leadership Training Conference!

Our Director of Operations, Jackie Orr presented at the Community Action Partnership's Winter conference… The workshop was presented with Kristi Miller, from CEO in Troy, New York; Edward Gerardot, from the Indiana Community Action Association; and Natalie Kramer from the Community Action Partnership and explored innovative approaches for helping Community Action Agencies streamline the community needs assessment process and collectively leverage its impact…view presentation.

Community Needs Assessment Survey

Are you preparing for your next Community Needs Assessment? NYSCAA has something to make the process easier! The NYSCAA-led Community Needs Assessment Survey work group has completed the Community Member Survey. This survey is designed for all community members - customers and others - and can be used to collect the qualitative data necessary for a comprehensive community assessment. We hope that all CAAs in New York will use the survey so we can then incorporate the data gathered from across the state into a state wide report…

Watch webinar on the survey development process and implementation procedures.

Updates at our Agencies!

Way to go Jefferson County! - Together with other local Community Organizations...Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County provided 291 warm winter coats to Head Start students and their siblings...

Success Story at Opportunities for Otsego, Inc. - In late December, a young man who was helped through the Emergency Housing Assistance Program's shelter came for a visit to let them know how well he is doing...

"A Book on Every Bed" is a part of ProAction of Steuben and Yate's newest initiative: Pathways to School Readiness – read full story.

In the News & Helpful Tips

  • January is National Blood Donor Month
  • 22 Low - Tech Tips to stay warm this winter without wasting energy
  • Last Thursday, the IRS announced that it is withdrawing proposed regulations released last September that would have allowed charities to file information returns with the IRS and donors instead of providing contemporaneous written acknowledgements of charitable donations.

Webinars & Conferences

Professional Development Conference
June 16 & 17 in Fairport, NY

Region II RPIC: Human Resource, Finance & Leadership Conference
September 15 & 16, 2016 in Binghamton, NY

LIFE Webinar
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) National Evaluations
Wednesday, February 24 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Save the Date: LIFE Statewide Conference 2016:
May 25 & 26 in Albany NY

NYSCAA Help Desk
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