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May 2017 Newsletter – North Carolina Community Action Association

North Carolina Community Action Associations

NC Empowered – May 2017

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Be A-MAY-zing – #Be Community Action

Community Action Month was created by the Community Action Partnership to reinforce Community Action Agencies’ role in helping low-income families achieve economic stability and self-sufficiency...

The Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award and the Sargent Shriver Achievement Award

Nominate your outstanding program participants and volunteers for the Community Action Partnership’s Sargent Shriver Achievement and Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Awards by June 5th.  Both will be recognized at the annual convention – more info.

Agency Highlight

NCCAA Welcomes Two New Executive Directors
Karen Harrington at Catawba County Social Services and Ginell Rogers and Nash Edgecombe Economic Development...

Enthusiasm Surrounds 2nd Social Media Contest

The theme of this year’s conference is Thrive: Facing the Future, Embracing Change and there’s no better indicator that our network is positioned to embrace the changing times as we look to the future than the enthusiasm we saw for our second annual social media contest.  This year six com- munity action agencies and one outside nonprofit agency took part in a fierce competition to in- crease followers and push their message out to the community through a medium that is far outpacing traditional outlets...

Thriving in Times of Change

Blog by Self Care Strategist, Monica Carota – Facing big life changes can be hard...If you are facing a big life change, here are four things you can do to make your transition a little easier:

  • Recognize that your fear of the unknown is a product of your imagination...
  • Go to bed before 11pm and get a good night’s sleep...
  • Take time to watch the sunrise (or the sunset, if you’re not a morning person)...
  • Plan at least one exciting thing to look forward to...

Calling All College Seniors & Grad Students!!

NEW Reentry Council is currently seeking a Reentry Program Assistant to serve as program support staff for the NEW Reentry Council, supporting the Council’s mission of providing comprehensive reentry support to returning citizens and citizens with justice-involved backgrounds in Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties...

Community Action Agency Highlights the Impact of Budget Proposal

Recently a local ABC affiliate station serving eastern North & South Carolina spoke with Mountain Project’s Executive Director, Patsy Dowling-Davis, about the impact proposed budget cuts would have on her agency’s work.  As everyone across the net- work faces the uncertainty of proposed cuts to vital programs that help us serve the most vulnerable among our population, this is an article worth sharing to let others in our communities know about the important work that we do.

A Flood of Community Support

Telamon Corporation provides Community Action and workforce services for low income families, farmworkers and youth from nine site offices covering 33 North Carolina counties, all designated as Hurricane Matthew FEMA disaster areas.  Despite many of these offices being closed for weeks, our staff--many of whom were personally affected by the storm--made extra efforts to reach out to our clients and their families, providing emergency food, blankets, boots, and other critical items...

New Excitement & A Fresh Start

The NEW Reentry Council serving Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties has been working hard to serve returning citizens and help support safe, thriving communities. However, serving three large counties with a small, but committed, support staff with limited funding requires a significant buy-in from members of the community being served. Therefore, our intrepid Executive Director, Sharon C. Goodson along with our Training Coordinator & Grant Manager, Krystina Dillard set about identifying key stakeholders in the Wilson community to reengage and reenergize their commitment to building a safe community that offers crucial sup- port to returning citizens to help ensure that they thrive – see news article featuring NCCAA’s work with this effort.

The MOOvement Continues

The Community Action Promise says …”we embody the spirit of Hope!”  And that’s exactly what the MOOvement represents as our campaign mascot, “Hope the Cow,” helps us tell our story and provides opportunities for community engagement and fund development.  Agencies from across the country have joined the MOOvement and used this campaign to tell their story and FUNdraise!  Why community action?  Why now?  Because we are America’s Anti-Poverty Fighting Network and right now, today -- over 43 million Americans live in poverty.  Holy Cow!  Let’s End Poverty by maximizing our expertise, collective power, innovation and fun!

See newsletter for MOOvement FAQs and COW-medy Section

Laughter Therapy: The Healing Power of Humor

A Laugh a Day Just Might Help Keep the Doctor Away – Laughter may not always be the best medicine, but scientific research suggests that it definitely has some therapeutic benefits linking it to everything from improved immune function to lower blood sugar levels among people with type II diabetes. A hearty chuckle may also trigger a release of endorphins responsible for upbeat moods and pain relief. The added bonus is all that air you breathe in while laughing provides much needed oxygen to your vital organs...


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