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October 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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OACAA Briefing - October 2018

Network News

Grants to pay ex-offenders, at-risk youths to renovate houses, learn skills
(Source: Mark Ferenchik, Columbus Dispatch)
Five nonprofit groups have received $120,000 in grants from the city of Columbus to restore houses while teaching construction skills to at-risk youths and former offenders.

Robert "Bo" Chilton of Impact Community Action said his program helps address a housing-affordability crisis and teaches skills to help people become self-sufficient – read more.

Success Stories Begin At The CEOGC Job Fair
(Source: CEOGC.com)
The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) held its annual community job & career fair featuring a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland. The fair was hosted at the BGCGC site in Slavic Village, a new venue for the community event.

"The need in this community is great, so we targeted it purposefully," said job development specialist, Matthew Anderson. "We connected with the city councilman of this ward, Tony Bracatelli, and we were informed of the income level so it made sense to get out in this community and help people get jobs" – read more.

Association Updates

Exemplary Program Nominations 2018
Nominations for the 2018 Exemplary Programs Awards are now being accepted through November 26, 2018.  Nominations are reviewed and scored by OSU John Glenn School of Business and awardees will be recognized during the upcoming Winter Legislative Conference – more info.

2018 Post Election Summit with David Bradley
November 9, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio – more info

OACAA Winter Legislative Conference
January 30 – February 1 in Columbus Ohio – more info

Staff Spotlight

Jasmine Alexander, The Persevering Smile
(Source: Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland)
The definition of perseverance is to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.  The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland's very own Jasmine Alexander personifies every ounce of what it means to persevere.  Alexander is one of the many faces here at CEOGC that constantly features a bright and uplifting smile. To all of her co-workers she's known simply as Jasmine – read more.

Community Action in Ohio Blog – Latest Posting

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

Self-Sufficient Wages and Health

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