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November 2016 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

ny-nov-2016NYSCAA Newsletter - November 2016

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From the CEO

This week, we will take time from our busy lives to break bread with family and friends and to give thanks for all that brings meaning and pleasure to our lives.  We hope each of you has an abundance of love and grace at your table this holiday and beyond.  For us at NYSCAA, in addition to our family and friends, we are grateful to all of you who labor every day to enrich the lives of people in need in communities across New York...


Be the Voice: Advocate Today!
Now is the time to make your voice heard! NYSCAA is hosting a two day advocacy event at the Empire State Plaza, January 24 & 25.  The event will include presentations on advocacy 101, a tour of the Capital and Legislative Office Buildings, a Legislative Reception, and pairing new advocates with experienced colleagues for legislative visits...

Professional Development
Our Communications & Event Coordinator Kimberly Brisk attended Revolve 2016 a marketing conference in South Carolina at the end of last month...Kimberly is available to help agencies who are in need of marketing and/or design work.

NYSCAA's Annual Report
Here are just a few facts from NYSCAA's 2015-2016 Annual Report:

  • NYSCAA hosted four statewide conferences with record attendance.
  • NYSCAA offered 49 additional training opportunities with over 2,000 participants.
  • NYSCAA developed the CNA work group to help design and evaluate three CNA survey templates. The new templates are currently being used by 13 CAAs.

Gold Star Speaker
Did you know NYSCAA has an official representative of Communications Across Barriers on staff? Kim McMann, our Program and Policy Director is a Donna Beegle certified Gold Star Speaker featured on the CAB website!

Community Commons
The NYSCAA Community Needs Assessment Tool provides New York's Community Action Agencies with assistance on the development of Community Needs Assessments (CNAs). The tool collects information from a variety of state and federal sources and complies it into a single downloaded and editable report...

Updates at our Agencies!

  • Meet the Doc @ The Shop – 700 Brothers ROC, a program at Action for a Better Community, Inc. that aims to bring health promotion and self-health awareness to African American men through barber shops, hosted a free family event Meet the Doc @ the Shop...
  • Donation! – Pathstone Corporation received a $5,000 donation from KeyBank for their Home-ownership Program...
  • Coats, Coats & More Coats! – Washington County, EOC held its annual Coat Boutique at the municipal center in Fort Edward this month. Their initial donation had just 75 coats, but with a huge surge for last minute donations they ended with a whopping 650 coats ranging in size from infant through adult...
  • Radio Talk – Elizabeth Magier, Field Supervisor of the Foster Grandparent program at WestCOP was featured on "Health Matters" with A&T Health Care and a segment on WTBQ radio in Orange County...

In the News & Helpful Tips

  • #GivingTuesday – On Tuesday November 29, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday and give back in a way that is meaningful to them...see newsletter for a few tips for nonprofits to join the movement.
  • HUD and VA Team Up to Help Homeless Veterans – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced grants of $18.5 million to 39 local public housing agencies across the country to provide permanent homes to an estimated 2,100 veterans experiencing homelessness – read full article.
  • Happy Thanksgiving! – Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest volunteer events of the year for hunger-prevention charities. There are many ways to donate during the holiday season by thinking beyond the soup kitchen – ideas from CreateTheGood.org.
  • Implementation of the Federal Rural IMPACT Demonstration – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) reported on the first year of the federal government's Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (Rural IMPACT) which aims to address and reduce rural poverty by the development of a two-generation approach. This report presents an overview of the demonstration sites' activities, accomplishments, and challenges as they planned and began implementation of Rural IMPACT – read full report.

Webinars & Conferences

See newsletter for listing of upcoming events


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