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March 2017 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OACAA Newsletter - March 2017

Network News

Lancaster-Fairfield CAA receives history grant for Rutherford House
On March 1, 2017, Kellie Ailes, executive director of Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency, along with Donna Fox-Moore, housing director, joined six other organizations at the Ohio Statehouse on Statehood Day to accept Ohio History Fund Grant awards.  LFCAA was awarded $15,000 to repair and rehabilitate the original windows of the former Fairfield County Children's Home, now known as Rutherford House – read more.

Trump budget cuts put struggling Americans on edge
Regina Feltner, a retired nurse, was recovering from side effects of radiation therapy when she got the notice that her heat would be cut off. It was a bone-cold January day. The snow was so high that her daughter had to come over to take the dog out.

"I have lung cancer and it's the dead of winter," she remembers thinking. "What am I going to do?"

Help came in the form of a heating subsidy: money from the federal government, delivered by the Highland County Community Action Organization, a small nonprofit in rural southern Ohio, where Ms. Feltner lives – read more.

Association Updates

2016 State of Poverty: A Portrait of Ohio Families
The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with Community Research Partners (CRP), released the 2016 State of Poverty: A Portrait of Ohio Families this afternoon during a press conference at The Ohio Statehouse.  The report highlights trends and factors contributing to poverty in an effort to better understand the circumstances that affect Ohioans – read more.

News Coverage Highlights

FY2018 CSBG Dear Colleague Letter: Support Funding for Community Services Block Grant
Deadline for collecting signatures is Friday, March 31 – more info.

National Webinar on the President's Proposed Budget
Join NCAF, CAPLAW, and the Community Action Partnership for a webinar overview of the President's proposed budget and how your Community Action Agency and/or State Association can best respond.  April 5, 2017 at 4:30 PM EDT...registration.

Upcoming Events

Foundation Level Seminar Series 2017
Resolving Conflict as an Emotionally Intelligent Communicator
Scott Warrick, Human Resource Consulting, Coaching and Training Services
May 19 in Columbus, OH

2017 OACAA Annual Summer Conference
Community Action: Breaking Through Barriers
July 19-21 in Dublin, OH

Family Development Specialist Certification
Bob Swanson – more info
May 9-11 in Columbus, OH

OACAA Board of Trustees Meeting
April 21 in Columbus, OH

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