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September 2017 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

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OACAA Newsletter - September 2017

Network News

Call CAP-- not the cops-- during these local life emergencies
(Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News) Dialing 911 can't help out in all crises, like when a single mother's car breaks down and suddenly she has no reliable way to get to work.  Nor can 911 dispatchers prevent a family's utilities from being shut off for unpaid bills.  But there is a group that specializes in aiding in just these sorts of emergencies - Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, which serves several area counties – read more.

Huntington Bank donates to ASCA
Akron Summit Community Action Inc. (ASCA) officials have purchased the former Woodford Elementary School at 315 East State St. to serve its 233 Head Start children in that area.  On Aug. 9, Nick Browning, president for Huntington Bank in Akron, presented Malcolm Costa, president and CEO of ASCA, with a $15,000 check to go toward that purchase – read more.

Tom Reed honored as Distinguished Alumni
Congratulations to Tom Reed!  Mr. Reed, Executive Director of Gallia-Meigs Community Action and President of the OACAA Board of Trustees, was honored as Distinguished Alumni of the Meigs Local Alumni Association – read more.

Association Updates

2017 Exemplary Program Awards
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs are now accepting applications for the 2017 Exemplary Program Awards...

REGISTER TODAY! 2018-2019 CSBG Application Training
OCA will be holding the 2018-2019 Results Oriented Management & Accountability (ROMA) Theory of Change and Community Services Block Grant Application Training on Wednesday, October 18, 2017...

OACAA Board of Trustees Meeting
November 17 – Location TBA

2018 Winter Legislative Conference
Save the Date: January 24-26, 2018

Take Note

You can't solve Ontario's opioid crisis by throwing money at it
Jamil Jivani, a member of the Our Ohio Renewal Advisory Board (a J.D. Vance initiative), participated in a meeting in Ross County on September 6th to discuss poverty and the opioid crisis in our state.  He was joined by others including J.D. Vance author of Hillbilly Elegy, Trina Payne of Ross County CAC, Julia Wise of Highland County CAO, Phil Cole of OACAA, and more

Jivani is a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Ontario, and author of Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity.  In a recently published opinion piece, Jivani reflected on his time with Community Action.

I was recently in Ross County, Ohio, to learn from Community Action Agencies fighting the opioid crisis in the state. Ross County, which is home to 77,000 people, lost 44 people to drug overdoses in 2016. It's believed by many that the number is trending higher for 2017.  Very quickly I learned that it's hard for people in a small community not to feel each one of those deaths personally. Dozens of family and friends are attached to each person struggling with addiction.

Community Action in Ohio Blog

The Community Action in Ohio blog shares some of the ways in which Ohio's CAAs have helped people in their community.

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