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May 2016 Newsletter – North Carolina Community Action Association

North Carolina Community Action Association

NC Empowered – May 2016

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New Weapons for an Old War: How Environment and Social Capital Are Keys to Equity

Bridges Out of Poverty initiatives aim to effect change on four levels—individual, institutional, community, and policy—and they have been successful on all four levels throughout the United States…The constructs from Bridges Out of Poverty (Payne, DeVol, & Dreussi-Smith, 2006) served as a foundation for building knowledge and increasing commitment to community-based projects that engage people from all economic classes in our work to end poverty…

Holy Cow! Join the MOOvement to End Poverty

Be sure to stop and take advantage of a photo op with this special cow celeb that will debut at Sea Trail. Join the the MOOvement and Cow-versations about Poverty.

@CAPartnership | #BeCommunityAction

The Community Action Partnership has released its annual Community Action Month Toolkit with a new look and feel with ideas and suggestions for every day in May when efforts are focused on sharing the great work that Community Action is doing across the country.  Local agencies are encouraged to host awards events to honor customers, volunteers, and staff.  As we look toward the NEXT 50 years of Community Action, this special toolkit is designed to help you showcase your CAA as an essential part of your local and regional communities…

2016 NCCAA Annual Conference Info

  • New NCCAA Membership Portal Goes Live
  • New Award: “The Essential Piece” recognizing staff members from our agencies who demonstrate the heart of community action…
  • Drop Off Your Donation of a pre-k children’s book for the Ready, Set, Read book drive and/or hygiene products to support Fresh Start, for returning citizens.

Financial Empowerment Training Series Concludes

NCCAA, in partnership with The Collaborative and The Office of Economic Opportunity, concluded its pilot Financial Empowerment Training series on April 20, 2016.  Ten agencies from across the state participated in this exciting new training.  The new series focused on finding ways to integrate financial capability services into existing programs to increase the long-term success of low-income people in North Carolina…

NCCAA Serving as Lead Independent Evaluator for Federal Abstinence Education Grant Program

The Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program is funded by the ACF Administration on Children, Youth, and Families.  The goal of this program is to promote abstinence education for adolescents, with a focus on groups most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.  The program will serve over 500 youth across 4 communities across NC.  As the program evaluator, NCCAA oversees all evaluation activities and will determine program effectiveness.

Government Officials Attend Open House for Edgecombe Youth Development Center

The new facility will increase the state’s youth development center bed capacity in a safer, more secure facility, and at a lower cost.

Other Items of Interest

  • Agency Updates
  • NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund Receives $224 Million – Fund helps individuals recover from financial crises that are out of their control…
  • Agency Highlight: Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc.
  • Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund Progress Report


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