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March 2017 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA Newsletter - March 2017
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From the CEO

I spent last week in Washington at the National Community Action Foundation’s (NCAF) Annual Legislative Conference.  While we were there, the President released his budget proposal, a proposal that calls for dramatic reduction or elimination of many social services programs......


11th Annual Poverty Symposium
March 28-29 in Troy, NY

CA Awards
NYSCAA's Community Action Awards are now open for nominations...more info.

Advocating in DC
Last week, NYSCAA's CEO Karla Digirolamo, headed down to Washington, D.C. with others from the Community Action Network to attend the National Community Action Foundation's 2017 Legislative Conference.  NYSCAA scheduled meetings with Senator Gillibrand's and Senator Schumer's office to talk about our network and issues affecting low-income individuals...

After providing a half-day workshop for the executive management team of the Niskayuna School District last summer, NYSCAA was hired to provide poverty awareness training to all staff at Niskayuna's five elementary schools...

Visit from PR & NJ
In addition to NYSCAA's CSBG grant, we also receive direct funding from the Department of Health and Human Services as the lead agency in Region II for the federal Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC) grant. In addition to New York, Region II consists of New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands...

NYSCAA Staffing Updates
NYSCAA will soon be saying good-bye to Kimberly Brisk (Communications & Event Coordinator) and Judy Harris (Director of Finance) and welcomes Suzette Washock as the new Director of Finance...

Updates at our Agencies!

Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.'s Children's Center was thrilled to receive an awesome donation of children's books, toys, school supplies, and more from the Marketing Club at SUNY Oneonta...

Last month, CAO of Erie County, Inc. hosted their first job fair in 2017.  The event was a huge success with over 45 companies that filled the JFK center with many opportunities for all who attended...

Children of families enrolled in Albany Community Action Partnership's programs were invited to spend the day at a Pro Camp event held at UAlbany...

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. received an award of $551,838 through the NYS Non-Profit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program to offset building renovation costs related to the expansion of their headquarters at 89 York Street in Auburn...

In the News

  • Hunger Solutions School Breakfast Report
  • Save the Dates - LIFE Regional Meetings (Low-Income Forum on Energy)
  • March is National Nutrition Month
  • NY CAA's Pilot New Housing Opportunity for Formerly Incarcerated – Schenectady Community Action, Inc., PEACE, Inc., and Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. were selected to participate in a pilot project announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to help formerly incarcerated New Yorkers safely reunite with their families...

Webinars & Conferences

See newsletter for listing of upcoming events including NYSCAA conferences, NYSCAA webinars, and national conferences

Fact of the Month

11.3% of the white population, 23.4% of the African American popular, and 25.9% of the Hispanic/Latino population live in poverty in New York State – find out more in your county.

Tech Tip

Mapping Data on Community Commons and More


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