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August 2016 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

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From the CEO

We are once again at that time of the year when we look at the calendar and take note of the fact that another summer is coming to an end...the end of summer reminds us how quickly time passes and how important it is to make the most of every moment we have.  We at NYSCAA are constantly reminded that the only thing that is constant is change…


NYSCAA's Region II RPIC Human Resource, Finance, and Leadership Conference
September 15 and 16, Binghamton, NY – Workshop DescriptionsAgenda at a Glance

Sargent Shriver!
Congratulations to Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc.'s Richard Beirman on winning the Community Action Partnership's Sargent Shriver Award...Richard was also the recipient of NYSCAA's Personal Achievement Award. Watch this clip put together by CAPCJC – see video created by CAPJC.

Strategic Planning
While Strategic Planning is the focus of Category Six of the Organizational Standards and therefore required of all CAAs, and also a key component of ROMA, these are not the only reasons for CAAs to invest in strategic planning activities...Having somebody come in from outside to facilitate strategic planning can help to keep the process focused and stay in the right direction.

NYSCAA provides strategic planning and facilitation.  Our trainers push participants to dig deeper and really challenge themselves to make connections and stay engaged.  We will be happy to work with you to create a strategic plan that aligns with your mission and the day to day operational reality of your agency, created and implemented by your agency’s leaders.

Certified Poverty Coaches
New York State’s Community Action Network welcomes fourteen new Communications Across Barriers (CAB) certified Poverty Coaches.  Certified Poverty Coaches are trained to conduct workshops for breaking poverty barriers and improving communication and relationships throughout their Community Action Agency.  They provide leadership in developing system wide approaches for improving outcomes for families and individuals living in poverty and are trained to conduct poverty competency assessments of their agency and programs.  NYSCAA has two certified Poverty Coaches on staff – Karla Digirolamo and Kim McMann both of whom completed certification last year.

Updates at our Agencies!

  • 80's Theme – Wayne County Action Program Inc.'s Head Start / Early Head Start program is having fun in the sun this summer during their extended hours with their rockin 80's theme day for the children in their program.
  • Golf Fundraiser – Opportunities for Broome, Inc. hosted their 7th Annual Charity Golf event at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.  The event was a huge success by raising over $25,000 plus a winner of the $10,000 putting contest.
  • Fill the Bus! – Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. worked with United Way this month to fill the bus! The bus accepts school supplies for donations to Seneca County Elementary Schools.
  • Entrepreneurial Workshops – ACCORD Corporation is hosting a 12 week Entrepreneurial Workshop Series, running from August 22 - November 7.
  • Food Pantry Reopens! – Schoharie County Community Action Program announces the reopening of their food pantry!  The food pantry will initially operate every Friday by appointment.  The new model allows participants to make their own selection from various food categories and is set up similar to a grocery store's layout.

In the News & Helpful Tips

  • Prepare for "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" – The "Shine the Light" Campaign connects communities by turning the state purple during the month of October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • ROMA Next Generation 60 day comment period – The Partnership and NYSCAA submitted formal comments on the CSBG Annual Report/ROMA Next Generation in response to the 60-day comment period that closed on August 15th.
  • Mini Meeting of the Minds – Community Action Angels will be hosting a Mini Meeting of the Minds to spread the word and share resources about Action Angels, an entity of Wyoming Community Action that provides training and technical assistance to help agencies expand their volunteer base and secure unrestricted resources to deliver more services.
  • Weatherization Celebrates 40 years – Forty years ago, President Gerald Ford signed the Energy Conservation and Production Act creating the Weatherization Assistance Program...  NASCSP has further information on their website about the history and impact of the legislation and two toolkits designed to promote the milestone – toolkit one and toolkit two.
  • Naturalize NY is a program that provides assistance for low-income immigrants to naturalize or gain U.S. citizenship.
  • Tech Tip: One Window at a Time! – Too many windows open on your computer?  Using Windows 7 or later?  To minimize all of your windows except the one you wish to see, shake the active one.  Simply drag the title bar of the window you want to work with quickly left and right.  You can also press the Windows key+ Home to for the same effect. Shake it again to make the minimize windows reappear!

Webinars & Conferences

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