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September 2016 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

ny-sept-2016NYSCAA Newsletter - September 2016

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From the CEO

Recently we were visiting a member agency to participate in their staff development day and had an opportunity to sit in on the session on opioid overdose, with a focus on how to use Narcan, the medication that can reverse an overdose.  After an hour long workshop, all present are qualified to administer Narcan in the event of an opioid overdose.  In just one hour, they have increased their capacity to save a life and become a valuable asset not only to the agency, but to the entire community.  Unfortunately, communities all across New York State are dealing with the devastating impacts of opioid abuse and addiction…

Hosting a Narcan workshop is free.  It builds the capacity of your community to deal with the epidemic of opioid overdose and saves lives.  Whether you hold a workshop just for staff or invite others to participate, you can increase the number of people in your community trained to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose....We hope you will consider hosting one of these lifesaving trainings in your community.


Welcome Francesca!
We are pleased to announce that Francesca Sommer joined NYSCAA in September 2016 as the Director of Performance Management Services...

2015 Census Data
The 2015 Census Data was released this month. NYSCAA put together some highlights from the release – see newsletter for poverty data highlights – view NYSCAA’s 2016 Poverty Report.

Emerging Leaders Institute 2017
NYSCAA is now accepting applications for our 2017 Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI). The ELI program provides high quality leadership training to build and expand the capacity of future leaders within our Community Action Network... The program consists of three seminars throughout the year...

NYSCAA Trains at Cattaraugus
On September 21 & 22, Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. presented Mind Shift: A Professional Development Conference for staff, board members and partners in the community. The first day featured domestic violence, narcotics intervention, energy conservation and financial literacy. The second day included several sessions with Dr. Bob Bitting on topics related to the brain, as well as trauma informed service delivery, poverty awareness and understanding the connections between needs assessment, strategic planning, theory of change, and the work plan...

Updates at our Agencies!

  • CEO Heads Troy's Anti-Poverty Initiative – The city of Troy will partner with the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) to develop and implement a plan to reduce poverty among households and families through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative...
  • Greg Howard – Congratulations to Greg Howard, the new Executive Director for Ulster County Community Action Program.
  • Donation! – CAPCO's Community Action Angels received a very special donation this month. Isabella Dallaire, 7 years old, donated 20% of her earrings from her lemonade stand this summer...
  • Helping the Environment – The folks from Pro Action of Steuben and Yates worked together with NY State Senator Tom O'Mara to host a free electronics recycling event this month! All proceeds from the event were given to Pro Action's CHAMP Program...

In the News & Helpful Tips

  • Learning Communities Launches its Blog. A project from The National Community Action Partnership's Learning Communities Resource Center - The Learning Communities - is comprised of topical Learning Community Groups (LCGs) which consist of a cadre of agencies that are currently working on a program or service delivery aimed to fight poverty more effectively and to improve outcomes for families and communities.
  • NYSWDA Named IREC 3i Accredited Training Provider of the Year! The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) honored national award winners for its Best of 2016 in renewable energy and energy efficiency...
  • NYSCAA Supports CCAP! Still on the fence about becoming a Certified Community Action Professional? Tune in to the CCAP Wednesday Webinar Series put on by the National Community Action Partnership. The series is comprised of four webinars discussing the various stages of the CCAP process...
  • Don't forget, next month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Webinars & Conferences

See newsletter for listing of upcoming events


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