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October 2017 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OACAA Newsletter - October 2017

Network News

20 years after welfare reform, are Ohio's poor any better off?
(Source: Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch)
"[Lancaster-Fairfield] Community Action helped her get into an apartment by paying the deposit and first month's rent.  She was able to complete her education degree, which led to a higher-paying job.  With federal mortgage assistance, she recently bought a house – read more.

Turning on the HEAP
(Source: Morgan McKinniss, My Daily Tribune)
OHIO VALLEY - Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency is gearing up for the winter Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) with a new automated phone system.  Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a phone system that is easier to use for customers and more efficient for scheduling, allowing employees at GMCAA to spend more time helping the public and less time sorting out logistical matters – read more.

Association Updates

Issue 1: Marsy's Law for Ohio
In June, the OACAA Board of Trustees voted to endorse Issue 1, Marsy's Law for Ohio. Issue 1 is a citizen initiated constitutional amendment creating equal rights for victims of crime; nothing more, nothing less. Often victims feel as though they've been re-victimized by the criminal justice process, leaving them even more broken then they were before. Issue 1 constitutionally guarantees the rights of victims so no victim endures the pain of being denied their rights – read more.

2017 Exemplary Program Awards
Deadline for Exemplary Program Awards are November 20, 2017! Be sure to submit your nominations to The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Visit our website for more information.

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

OACAA Board of Trustees Meeting
November 17 – Columbus, OH

Staff Spotlight

Recognizing Community Action
There are over 6,500 Community Action professionals across 48 agencies in Ohio, each working in a unique way to help alleviate poverty in their community with the same mission: to help people help themselves and each other.

In our effort to recognize some of the great professionals in this network, beginning next month, OACAA will accept submissions from member agencies to feature Community Action staff in our monthly newsletter and on social media – read more.

Take Note

Dear Commissioner Goodell
The following letter was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on October 17, 2017.

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

As you know, our Nation has witnessed a growing divide due to the frustration and injustices felt by some of our fellow citizens. NFL players across the league have taken a knee as part of their First Amendment right to protest in the effort to invoke change.  I am writing to you because I believe the National Football League is in a unique position to make a difference and effect change in this controversy – read the full letter.

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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