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December 2016 Newsletter – North Carolina Community Action Association

North Carolina Community Action Association

nc-dec-2016NC Empowered – December 2016

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2017 NCCAA Conference

May 9-12 in Concord, NC – Conference web page includes Social Media Contest – Request for workshop proposals and NCCAA Hall of Fame Awards.  Also, The Indispensable Assistant Summitt (pre-conference event).

Mountain Projects, Inc.

Congratulations to Mountain Projects, Inc. Executive Director, Patsy D. Davis, on her unanimous election to a two-year term on the NC Justice Center Board of Directors...

People don’t like to ask....

Many nonprofit board members, executive directors and volunteer fundraisers say they hate fundraising. They assume that it’s about hearing “no.”  They feel like they’re in unfamiliar, even hostile territory, and that asking for money feels like begging.  Luckily, if you’ve done your homework, people say “yes” more often than not – see Five Surprising Things About Philanthropy from NPR.

Rising Together

Experiment in Self Reliance, Inc., Executive Director, Twana Wellman Roebuck, participated in an impressive agenda with the delivery of her Agency Presentation during the Eleventh Annual Luncheon of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, “Rising Together.”  More than 700 people attended this event.  This passionate group of women seeks to improve the lives of women and girls by building a community of female philanthropists who provide grants to local programs and initiatives that address the root causes of social issues impacting women and girls in Forsyth County...

Prosperity and Poverty During the Holidays

During the holidays, the social divide between prosperity and poverty becomes much more pronounced. New reports about retails sales dominate the news, but what about the retail workers who can barely make ends meet?  In her article, about prosperity and poverty during the holidays, Caitlin Endyke, draws our attention to freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela and Pope Francis.  In their quest for a more just world, they teach us that holiday giving, shouldn’t be just a financial transaction, nor a one-time annual event – see Poverty and Prosperity During the Holidays from Building Movement Project.

Zumba Toy Drive Benefits Southeastern

When the word got out about the need in Robeson and surrounding counties through SCFS’s Social Media efforts... Instead of an entry fee, each Zumba participant was asked to donate a new toy. Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. was the recipient of the toys and will ensure they are delivered to children in time for Christmas...

NCCAA Membership Benefit: Access to Virtual CAP RoundUP

See newsletter for outline of what you’ll find in each issue, as well as the benefits of sharing RoundUP with your agency’s staff and board.

The Two Generation Approach: A Natural Fit for Community Action

The two-generation approach is the latest poverty fighting tool that has gained national recognition as an effective way to fight generational poverty.  However after analyzing this new approach it would seem there are many community action agencies that have been taking this very approach with great efficacy for many years...

Other items of interest

  • Giving Tuesday celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving
  • NC OEO Has Joined the Herd!! (video) – Holy Cow! Let’s End Poverty is making its way into more conversations about poverty and helping agencies to raise unrestricted funds to reach their reach their maximum potential of helping people to help themselves and each other.  Join the MOOvement!  Join The HERD!!!!
  • Hope Takes the #MannequinChallenge! (video)
  • Change is Coming – Retirement of two CAA executive directors: Sandra Morgan, Central Piedmont Community Action and Barry Richardson, Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development, Inc.  Also retiring is Verna Best, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, NC DHHs.


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