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June 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

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OACAA Briefing - June 2018

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Community Legal Aid pilot program provides virtual legal assistance in Wayne County
(Source Crain's Cleveland Business, Written By: Jeremy Nobile)
A new collaboration between Akron's Community Legal Aid and Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties will aid both groups in serving the needs of residents without an attorney being physically present.

Community Action has set up a virtual office at its Wooster location to connect low-income Wooster citizens seeking legal help with legal aid attorneys, allowing typical consultations and assistance with legal documents to be addressed – read more.

Summer food programs aim to fill gap in Portage
(Source: Record Courier; Written by Briana Barker)
The Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. has 10 locations throughout the county that provide lunch - and in some cases breakfast - to children. More than half of the locations are in Ravenna and Kent, where poverty is highest, leaving areas like Atwater, Garrettsville, Randolph, and areas served by the Southeast School District without options. Aurora and Streetsboro don't have any assistance in place either, according to school officials. While families are able to take advantage of any of the 10 sites, sometimes transportation can be an issue.

David Shea, CAC executive director, said the program is an extension of the federal food program, to provide nutritious meals to low-income children. It serves a "tremendous need," he said – read more.

Startup lab forms to jumpstart entrepreneurship
(Source: LimaOhio.com, Written by Josh Ellerbrock)
Instead of attracting new business and new jobs from outside of Lima, Jermaine Harper is interested in developing what Lima already has - its people.

Harper, executive director of Urban Impact Ohio, has developed a new startup lab with the aim to jumpstart the small business community. Currently slated to receive $66,000 from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Harper is working with West Ohio Community Action Partnership to create a 10-week course that will teach low- to middle-income residents marketing basics and the legal necessities of starting a business while introducing them to capital resources such as microloans – read more.

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Though the Early Bird discount has ended, there's still time to register for the 2018 Annual Summer Conference is now open!  Visit our new conference webpage for more details including a tentative agenda, tracks, hotel information.  We'll see you next month!

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