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April 2017 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

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IN-CAA Newsletter – April 2017

News

An Update from IIWF: The Status of Paid Family & Medical Leave in Indiana
Late in 2016, Indiana Institute for Working Families released a report on paid family and medical leave.  The report included data and policy recommendations, such as advocating for state involvement in the provision of a paid family and medical leave insurance program that would be available to all Hoosier workers – read full article.

Rep. Todd Rokita Talks CAAs and the Community Services Block Grant at NCAF Legislative Conference
More than 600 Community Action Agency board members and employees were excited to hear Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana's 4th Congressional District speak at the March 30 National Community Action Foundation's (NCAF) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.  – read full article.

NWICA Honored by the Urban League of Northwest Indiana
Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA) was the proud recipient of the Workforce Diversity Award at the fifth annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon hosted by the Urban League of Northwest Indiana on March 23 – read full article.

CAPWI JAG Students Spend Evening with Indiana's Political Leaders at the White County Lincoln Day Dinner
Thanks to a generous table sponsorship by Sen. Brandt Hershman, Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) students from Twin Lakes High School were able to attend this year's annual White County Lincoln Day Dinner on March 22 in Monticello, Ind. – read full article.

SIEOC Head Start Receives Playground Awning Through Tyson Fund Grant
The children in the Head Start program of the Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation (SIEOC) in Versailles, Ind., are excited to have a new Sunsetter Awning for their playground, thanks to a generous gift made possible by a grant from the Tyson Fund.  The awning will protect the children and their teachers during Indiana's hot summers and give them a place to enjoy many activities – read full article.

Sen. Donnelly Visits CAPE Head Start Students
Originally published on 14news.com By Kenny Douglass (Digital Content Producer)
Sen. Joe Donnelly was away from Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 16, greeting Head Start students at the Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE) as part of his "Donnelly Days" events – read full article.

Miss Indiana Visits Pace Head Start
Students of the Pace Community Action Agency's Head Start program were delighted to get a visit from a special visitor, Miss Indiana Brianna DeCamp, on Feb. 27 – read full article.

Events

FREE Training Available on May 12: Learn How to Use INK Data in Your Research
Are you interested in using education and workforce data for research?  Join the Indiana Network of Knowledge (INK) at the Indiana Government Center on Friday, May 12 – read full article.

Community Impact

REAL Services Thanks its Outstanding AmeriCorps Volunteer
This year, the REAL Services team has had the honor of having its first AmeriCorps volunteer join its Community Action team. Jackie Lincoln (pictured at left) started at REAL Services in November 2016 and has since become an invaluable member of the team, providing full-time volunteer service every week – read full article.

Area IV Agency's Energy Assistance Program Helps Client Avert Crisis
Kim Widner, Energy Assistance Program Coordinator, shares her experience assisting a weary client with the dignity she deserved.
A recent Friday started out like every other day at Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs. Energy Assistance Program (EAP) staff members were working through disconnected electric company notices, trying to keep families from losing power in their homes, just as cold weather was expected over the weekend.  Everyone had been helped, and staff members were preparing to leave when one last person walked in, with tears flowing down her cheeks – read full article.

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