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May 2017 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

Indiana Community Action Association

IN-CAA Newsletter – May 2017


Legislative Updates From IIWF
At the beginning of the legislative session, the Indiana Institute for Working Families released its policy agenda detailing the missing pieces in Indiana's economy.  IIWF leaders gave testimony in 15 bill hearings and held more than 40 one-on-one meetings with lawmakers.  Read full article about the pieces that were filled in and those that are still missing - plus one extra bill!

CAPWI Client Selected as Outstanding Participant in Workforce Development System of Indiana
Dawn Achor, a Community Action Program Inc. of Western Indiana employee in its Employment and Training Division, knew she had a special client on her hands when she nominated Mandy Green for an achievement award.  On Tuesday, April 11, Mandy Green attended a special ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse where she was selected as an outstanding participant in the Workforce Development of Indiana program – read full article.

Congressman Larry Bucshon Visits TRI-CAP
It was a special treat for the TRI-CAP Boonville facility when U.S. Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon stopped by on April 13 to visit the Head Start children and meet with TRI-CAP leaders – read full article.

CFS Executive Director Meets with Congresswoman Susan Brooks
U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks was in Hartford City, Ind., on April 12 to meet with a small group of city officials. Community and Family Services, Inc. Executive Director Andy Glentzer was invited to meet her – read full article.

CAPE in the News

CAPE Partnership with City of Evansville Highlighted in Mayor's Speech
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke delivered his 6th State of the City address on April 11. During the speech, he touched on project plans for 2017, including the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Department's partnership with Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE). This partnership will help low-income residents avoid water disconnections due to increased water bills – read original article from the Courier & Press.

CAPE Head Start Celebrates End-of-Year Picnic
The CAPE Head Start program celebrated its "End-of-Year" picnic with 725 children and their families at Wesselman's Park on April 19 – read more from 44news.

Community Impact

Harry Hippie's Visit to Dubois County Brings Joy to TRI-CAP and Others
TRI-CAP leaders received an unexpected call on Monday, April 17 - a call from Timothy B. Watt, also known as "Harry Hippie." Watt, a Marine Corp veteran, is in the middle of a two-year trek across his home state of Indiana, raising awareness about homelessness and hunger.  During his weekend visit to Dubois County, he received donations from community members and distributed them to several local organizations, including $440 to TRI-CAP programs – read full article.

Area IV's Park Place Learning Center Prepares Kids for Kindergarten
The Park Place Learning Center is a licensed child care center that aims to prepare children for school, and it's provided by Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs.  This year-round program is available five days per week to children 18 months to 5 years old.

This August, several of the program's enrolled children will transition to kindergarten, a process that has Area IV leaders reflecting on the wonderful benefits the program offers – read full article.

NCCAA Becomes New Sponsor for Three Charitable Programs
On April 1, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned its sponsorship of three charity programs - the Wheelchair Ramp, Children's Vision Screenings and Blanketeer programs - to North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA). The transition comes after a decision by Catholic Charities to narrow its focus on intensive case management and counseling – read full article.


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