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Spring 2017 Newsletter – Tennessee Association of Community Action

Tennessee Association of Community Action


TACA Newsletter – Spring 2017

See newsletter for the full article on each of these stories

Knoxville-Knox CAC VITA Reaches Out To the Underserved

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) began as a Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) program in Tax Filing Year 2000.  In this first year CAC prepared 80 tax returns with three volunteers and some staff support who were scheduled for two 4-hour days per week.  In filing year 2015, CAC VITA prepared 2,696 tax returns, with $1.5 million in EITC credits and, based on national averages for tax preparation, saved agency clients over $674,000 in tax preparation fees.

Currently CAC VITA has 28 volunteers, along with six South College School of Business Interns, all IRS trained and certified, preparing tax returns....

TACA Joins DHS In Welcoming New Commissioner

The Tennessee Association of Community Action welcomes to the to the Community Action Network Commissioner Danielle Whitworth Barnes. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced Barnes as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services effective February 6th...

New CASA Volunteers Sworn In To Advocate For Children

On February 3, 2017, the Hon. L. Thomas Austin swore in volunteers as SETHRA-CASA Volunteers-court appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children.  Family and friends gathered in the Sequatchie County Courthouse to watch the volunteers take an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of the child...

TACA Visits Capitol Hill

Soon after the Tennessee General Assembly reconvened, TACA agency executive directors and senior staff visited key legislators to thank them for past support, discuss the impact of Community Action and share successes – see photos in newsletter.

Local Agency Plays Host for Training

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee recently hosted agencies from across Tennessee for the "Accountable Case Manager" training led by Frederick Richmond, of The Center for Applied Management Practices, Inc.  The two day training focused on the principles and practices of effective case management and service delivery as conducted in Community Action Agencies with an emphasis on performance and accountability...

Marvin Cox Named To National Task Force

Marvin Cox, Community Services Director, Metro Action Commission, has been named to the NASCSP (National Association of Community Services Programs) DATA Task Force. NASCSP is convening the CSBG DATA (Data, Analysis, and Technical Assistance) Task force to assist the Office of Community Services (OCS) and NASCSP in understanding and addressing the CSBG Network's data needs and the use of data for analysis and continual improvement of results...

ROMA Next Generation

TACA is coordinating the Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer Program for Tennessee Agencies. NCRIs are charged with providing information at his/her own agency to further develop understanding of what needs to be done to fully implement ROMA.  Training for the NCRI assures the individual has a deep understanding of the full ROMA Cycle.  NCRIs will complete Tennessee's ROMA Team, which is comprised of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers throughout the state.  Tennessee's cohort is part of the nation's NCRI pilot; helping to shape the future of the NCRI Program.  After completing all four phases of the certification process, the candidates will be awarded NCRI Certification at the TACA Annual Training Conference in May.

Preliminary 2017 TACA Annual Conference Agenda

Performance, Engagement, Practices: Strategies for Reaching the Top
May 1–3 in Chattanooga, TN – Preliminary agenda

Upcoming Events

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