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February 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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sOACAA Briefing - February 2018

Network News

'Pizza4Prevention' in Fayette County
(Source: Record Herald, Martin Graham)
"We have started a partnership to do a presentation about Generation RX and talk about our coalition, and what our youth coalitions are doing to reduce youth substance abuse in their schools," Community Action Commission of Fayette County Planner Christina Blair said.  "We will be talking about drugs of progression, or what used to be called 'Gateway Drugs.'  We have gotten away from talking about that because not everyone who starts a substance will continue on to another.  Overall, we just want to help parents to be able to talk to their kids and we hope this education will help" – read more.

Area youngsters getting a jump start on their education
(Source: Perry County Tribune)
Corning and New Lexington Head Start programs, is operated by Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP).  They offer Early Head Start for children from birth to age three, and Head Start for children from ages three to five.  Both programs are free for children from low-income families – read more.

Association Updates

OACAA responds to federal budget proposal
The Trump Administration's proposed federal budget released yesterday suggests eliminating the flexible Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) removing $27.4 Million from Ohio and threatening $446 Million in leveraged funds.  The proposed budget also eliminates $148 Million in the Home Energy Assistance funds and $11.7 Million in Weatherization Assistance- programs that provide vital services which keep Ohioans safe and warm while also reducing energy costs – read more.

Upcoming Events & Trainings

  • OACAA Board Meeting, March 16
  • CPR Certification & First Aid Training, April 24
  • Ohio BWC Safety Congress & Expo, March 7-9
  • OACAA Annual Summer Conference, July 25-27

Staff Spotlight

Jeannette Jarrett of OACAA
Operations and Support Specialist, OACAA, 24 years with Community Action
Jeannette Jarrett joined the OACAA team in 2016 as Operations and Support Specialist, and previously served as OACAA Project Manager from 2005 to 2007. In her current role she provides expertise throughout the office by supporting OACAA projects and initiatives. She also serves as an expert and liaison with the Head Start program – read more.

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