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December 2017 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

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OACAA Briefing - December 2017

Network News

Middletown joins nonprofit in house flipping venture
(Source: Ed Richter, Journal News)
Butler County non-profit could result in a win-win for the city of Middletown in returning a property back to the tax rolls with a higher property value.

Middletown City Council is expected to approve the land transfer of 912 Lafayette Ave. to the non-profit Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families for a new program called "Neighbors Who Care: Renovations" that provides job training for people looking to get into a construction trade by rehabbing or flipping property – read more.

Foodbank program distribution
(Source: Marietta Times)
With onions, potatoes, chocolate milk and frozen pizzas in hand volunteers handed out food to Washington County residents at the fairgrounds Wednesday.

"One family gets a third of a box of sweet potatoes, three bags of onions, three bags of apples, two gallons of milk, 10 pounds of potatoes, a box of frozen pizzas, some cottage cheese and a package of Hawaiian sweet buns," explained Travis Gee, an employee of Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action, parent of the the Southeast Ohio Foodbank program. "This is the most necessary time of the year for aid for a lot of people" – read more.

CAC of Pike County received $2500 donation from Rock for Tots, Inc.
(Source: News Watchman)
The 32nd Annual Rock for Tots event was held on Friday, Dec. 1 in Chillicothe. Rock for Tots, Inc. is a non-profit organization based out of Chillicothe, OH, with a mission to positively impact the communities of southern Ohio by providing assistance to 30+ area children's organizations.  100 percent of all proceeds from this event go directly to these organizations – read more.

Association Updates

Announcement regarding VirtualCAP: A national resource for Community Action Agencies
For those of you unfamiliar with VirtualCAP, the project was launched in 2002 by the Virginia Community Action Partnership, and managed by Ken Ackerman since its inception.  VirtualCAP was developed as a way to support excellence in Community Action by providing online resources such as program models, best practices, Standards information, and other resources relevant and specific to our network.  In 2015, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) began administering the project in our effort to maintain this valuable resource for our peers across the country – read more.

The Community Action Story

Hancock County's rural public transportation system
HHWP Community Action Commission is the designated grantee responsible for general oversight of the Hancock Area Transportation Service, also known as HATS.  As a Section 5311 rural public transportation system, HATS provides low-cost, demand response, public transportation to anyone within Hancock County for any purpose.  There are no service eligibility requirements for passengers.  The HATS program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration, Ohio Department of Transportation, United Way of Hancock County, contracts, local contributions, fares, and community donations – read more.

Community Action in Ohio Blog – Latest Postings

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

Learning Communities: A collaborative experience

Other Items

OACAA Board of Trustees Meeting
January 19 – Location TBA

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a crime, you are not alone.
The Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Section serves victims of crime throughout Ohio. If you are a victim of crime and need assistance, we make every effort to assist you in the compensation process and to connect you with resources available in your community – learn more.

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