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November 2016 Newsletter – North Carolina Community Action Association

North Carolina Community Action Association

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NCCAA Rapid Response to the Rescue

In a recent article posted to NC State’s Philanthropy Journal News, Susan Danish, Executive Director of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., makes a powerful argument for the ways in which community based non-profits are uniquely positioned to help after civic trauma.  In the wake of Hurricane Matthew here in North Carolina, we have seen that community action agencies are also uniquely positioned to serve after a natural disaster...

Please visit www.nccaa.net and click on "Hurricane Relief" to find out how you and your agency can help. Recovery after this level of devastation will require support from our entire network for many months to come.

WAGES – A Legacy of Excellence

Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, Inc. or WAGES pro- vides services primarily in Wayne County... Today, WAGES operates 10 diverse human services programs serving economically disadvantaged children, youth, families and seniors...

Recently, the service area served by WAGES was devastated by Hurricane Matthew and the after effects. Fifty four percent (54%) of the county lost power for an extended period of time. One third (1/3) of the county was underwater and millions of dollars in damages was sustained to homes and businesses...

With Snacks and a Smile

Disaster Relief Inspiration from A 7-Year Old – Meet Lily.  She is seven years old and lives in Weaverville, NC. Dur- ing the weekend of Hurricane Matthew, Lily’s cousins visited to escape the storm. Although her cousins escaped without much injury, she saw on the news just how many people were affected…..and wanted to help...

Scholarly Research on Children’s Savings

A growing body of evidence documents the potential of children’s savings, including those saved in special college savings accounts, known as Children’s Savings Accounts, or CSAs.  These savings expand educational and economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income youth.  Some of the studies featured here examine the impact of CSA programs specifically, while others examine the relationship between college savings and future educational and economic success...

NC – One of the States in The Coverage Gap for Uninsured Poor Adults

Nationally, more than two and a half million poor uninsured adults fall into the “coverage gap” that results from state decisions not to expand Medicaid, meaning their income is above current Medicaid eligibility but below the lower limit for Marketplace premium tax credits.  These individuals would have been newly-eligible for Medicaid had their state chosen to expand coverage – read the Issue Brief on The Coverage Gap: Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid.

Social Media & Community Action: Let’s all jump in!

There is no denying that the world connects through social media.  Over 2.3 billion (that’s Billion with a B!) people around the globe use social media... One of the most significant and visible uses of social media that proved to the world the significance of the medium was the Arab Spring uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East a few years ago...

This is the power of social media and presents a really important way that community action could and should take advantage of this new way to communicate with the world... With the power of a popular hashtag or a viral meme CAA’s across the country could show the progress we make and easily raise funds to continue doing even more for low income people... Rather than dismissing social media as too difficult and scary, let’s jump in now and establish com- munity action’s presence! Social media is here to stay and now is the time to jump into the fray and use this powerful new tool to broaden our work for low-income people – download The Definitive Guide to Social Media Marketing.

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