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April 2016 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OACAA Newsletter - April 2016

Network News

Student wins countywide billboard design contest
Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency Recycling and Litter Prevention recently announced Sophie Capaldi of Toll Gate Elementary as the first place winner of the agency's 2016 recycling billboard contest.  This annual contest is open to all third-grade students in Fairfield County and is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of recycling – read more.

Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign launches in Hocking County
The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank and Kitchen, through Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) is part the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks, which stands to benefit from up to $3 million as a whole in Walmart donations based on public participation.

IMPACT Community Action: Ripple of Hope Awards
The Ripple of Hope Award was established by IMPACT Community Action in 2012 to acknowledge the exemplary achievements of individuals and/or organizations in each of the following categories: public, private/non-profit and community.

The 2016 Ripple of Hope Award winners are Ms. Lela Boykin, (Community), Mr. Philip E. Cole (Private/Non-Profit), and Ohio State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (Public).

Association Updates

Exemplary Practices Nominations
Exemplary Practices Award Nominations are due April 29th for program years 2014 and 2015 – more details.

May is Community Action Month
Community Action Partnership recently released the CAM Toolkit 2016 Edition!  Be sure to check it out along with the Press Release and Proclamation templates.

Is your agency planning something special for May?  Join the conversation on OACAA's PR Forum and share your ideas with the network.

Success Stories

Combatting poverty through CDL career training
In 2015 Mayor John Cranley introduced his Hand Up Initiative, a city program designed to lift families out of poverty through job training.  As part of this initiative, CAA received a $100,000 grant to establish a new Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program where participants receive training, certification and assistance finding gainful employment in an industry that is continually growing – read more.

Content originally published in the Cincinnati-Hamilton County CAA Winter 2016 Victories Everyday newsletter.

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.

2015 State of Poverty in Ohio Report

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