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March 2018 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

Indiana Community Action Association

sIN-CAA Newsletter – March 2018


Community Food and Service Co-op founder earns 2018 Woman of Distinction award
Christine (Chris) Sheetz has been a lifelong Benton County resident. In addition to working at a food co-op she helped launch, Sheetz spends much of her spare time volunteering with The Salvation Army and organizing the annual Red Kettle Campaign and children's coat drive. So it was no surprise to her colleagues when it was announced that she had earned the YWCA Greater Lafayette's Woman of Distinction award, presented at its Salute to Women event earlier this month – read full article.

Pace Leadership Academy brings advancement opportunities to associates
Seven staff members recently completed the first-ever Pace Leadership Academy, a two-year internal training and continuing education program at Pace Community Action Agency – read full article.

VICTORY UPDATE FROM IIWF: Payday Expansion Bill defeated - again!
For the third year in a row, lawmakers listened to consumer advocates, faith leaders, veterans and concerned citizens and stopped a proposal to expand high-cost payday lending. HB 1319, which would have allowed payday lenders to offer installment loans at rates up to three times the current criminal loansharking rate, narrowly passed the House but was stopped in the Senate – read full article.

Community Impact

Lincoln Hills Development Corporation brings job opportunities to community with Job and Career Expo
In an effort to connect clients with hiring companies, Lincoln Hills Development Corporation (LHDC) co-hosted a Job and Career Expo on Feb. 1 in Tell City, Ind., along with Perry County Development Corporation and Lincoln Land Economic Development Corporation – read full article.

ICAP uses grant funds to provide handicap-accessible ramps to disabled homeowners
Disabled homeowners in four Indiana counties are now able to easily maneuver from their homes, thanks to the work of dedicated Interlocal Community Action Program, Inc. (ICAP) staff members, volunteers and Servants at Work (SAWs). ICAP utilized funds from Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Home Depot Foundation grants to complete 11 ramps for disabled homeowners in Henry, Hancock, Rush and Wayne counties – read full article.

NWICA and heart attack survivor spread important message through heart-health workshop
February was Heart Health month. To honor this, Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA) and its contracted Focal Point provider (Multicultural Wellness Network's Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program) partnered with heart attack survivor, Sue Celbek, to present a workshop promoting heart health. This is where Celbek told her own amazing story – read full article.


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