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November 2018 Newsletter – CAAP

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

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CAAP News Update – November 2018
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Community Action Leader Retiring After More than 29 Years of Services

Tay Waltenbaugh, Chief Executive Office of Westmoreland Community Action (WCA), is retiring… Tay has led the growth of his agency from a few programs, a staff of 50, and a budget of $1M, to 26 programs, a staff of 200, and a budget of $14M. In 2006, and again in 2011 and 2014, Westmoreland Community Action received the Seal of Excellence from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). WCA now serves more than 6,000 individuals each yea – see newsletter for full story.

CAAP will host a standalone annual conference in 2019

For the past two years, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), and CAAP have hosted a collaborative conference… Due to a growing demand for Community Action specific content, the CAAP board of directors has decided to reinstate a standalone Community Action Conference. Although workshop topics will be useful to all nonprofit organizations, the majority of session content will be geared towards staff at every level of the Community Action Agency.

Next year’s conference highlights include 20 content-rich workshops, two nationally recognized keynote speakers, great food, an evening of fun, and of course the main event will be the 22nd Annual Self-Sufficiency Awards.  Save the Date – October 7-9 in Harrisburg, PA.

Winter Is Coming: What It Means for Low-Income Americans

In cold climates, the onset of winter can cause additional financial stress and have health implications for the wellbeing of residents. This is particularly true for low-income families who may not be able to afford heat or appropriate clothing to protect themselves from freezing temperatures. 44% of US households, or about 50 million Americans, are considered low-income and likely struggle to balance and prioritize basic needs such as adequate heating and cooling in extreme temperatures and food expenditures...

Bridging the Gap between SNAP & Medical Assistance Enrollment in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, there are almost 2 million citizens who receive medical assistance and qualify for SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program). Out of that 2 million, only 62% receive both SNAP and medical assistance. That missing 38% (740,000 people) is more commonly referred to as the SNAP gap…

Despite the SNAP gap, PA SNAP is one of the better administered programs in the country. Annually, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), gives performance bonuses to states in multiple categories for exemplary SNAP administration. Due to the state’s 2017 performance, Pennsylvania was awarded an $11 million performance bonus from the USDA…

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