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July 2018 Newsletter – Maryland Community Action Partnership

Maryland Community Action Partnership

MCAP News – July 2018
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Congratulations!  UPO Wins Award for Excellence

United Planning Organization of Washington, DC has achieved the Award for Excellence in Community Action.  The Award for Excellence showcases CAA's that demonstrate agency-wide excellence and the very best practices.  The Award is based on the Community Action Partnership's 35 Standards of Excellence, which are derived from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award...

SHORE UP featured in CSBG FFY 2016 National Performance Update

A new program at SHORE UP! Inc., "Education Lab" was highlighted in the report. The program provides creative training techniques to assist individuals prepare for exams necessary for obtaining employment by utilizing a computer lab and innovative software to work with customers in developing math, English, and occupational skills.   Shore UP!'s goal is to help participants move towards self-sufficiency by scoring well on exams that open up job opportunities otherwise not available.

"Rocking the Cause"

Human Services Programs of Carroll County hosted a benefit concert featuring Nashville music stars...The event was created through a collaboration with HSP and Rick Bibbee from Modern Woodmen of America. Woodmen of America is a fraternal organization that focuses community service efforts to end homelessness.  The event raised funds that will be used to update some of the beds and bedding materials in the shelters.

Mobility from Poverty Podcast

How can we dramatically increase mobility from poverty in the United States?  Nisha Patel, executive director of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty at the Urban Institute, has spent the past few years trying to answer this question.  In this podcast, host Justin Milner chats with Nisha about her research and what kinds of interventions are possible to make real, lasting progress against persistent poverty in America.

Where do you rank?

Would you like to see how your county scores overall on measures of health and well-being?  Healthiest Communities is an interactive destination for consumers and policymakers, developed by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation...

Advancing Racial Equity Within Nonprofit Organizations

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University spent the 2017-2018 academic year researching how nonprofit organizations are advancing racial equity within their boards and staff.  Through in-depth interviews, focus groups and a survey, more than 200 nonprofit and philanthropic leaders contributed to this research project.  This report highlights the findings from the survey and provides replicable models, recommended resources and practical advice from interviews and focus groups.

Does your agency have an Innovative Employment Program?

Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families (BEES) is a project to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative programs designed to boost employment and earnings.  MDRC is looking for innovative employment programs that serve low-income families to participate in the project - particularly programs that serve people whose employment prospects have been affected by mental health issues, substance use disorder, or justice involvement.

See newsletter to learn some of the benefits of participating in BEES.

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