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March 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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OACAA Briefing - March 2019

Network News & Successes

IMPACT featured on WOSU's Columbus Neighborhoods
Be sure to check out WOSU's Columbus Neighborhoods featuring IMPACT's Building Futures program – read more.

Providing Vision for the Future: Dragon Empowerment Center Assisting Students, Families and the Community
The Ashtabula Area City School (AACS) District has a great new initiative with the goal of “providing services and programs to students, families and the community (stakeholders) so that they can be successful in school and in life.”  The Strong Foundations, Successful Futures Advisory Group (a collaborative led by Ashtabula County Community Action) is working to ensure that all children have the chance to come to school ready-to-learn.  This includes providing support services to remove barriers that prevent children/families from being successful – read more.

Lorain County Head Start earns 'quality affirming' federal review
Lorain County Community Action Agency is celebrating a "quality affirming" federal review of its Head Start program – read more in the Morning Journal.

Food pantry moves to new location
Ohio University’s food pantry, Cat’s Cupboard, changed locations in order to uphold certain standards that allow it to keep its nonprofit status with the food bank – read more in The Post.

Resources & Association Updates

Finance Fund 2019 Grant Cycle now open
On March 18th, Finance Fund announced the opening of the 2019 Grant Cycle.  The grant cycle is open for only 45 days so act now to apply for pre-development grants up to $30,000 and economic development grants up to $100,000 – more info.

Podcast: Building Opportunities for All
The National Community Action Partnership just wrapped up their introductory podcast series with an episode about advocacy in Community Action. Be sure to check it out to hear Phil Cole and other experts across the country talk about advocacy- listen to podcast.

New Opportunities for T&TA in 2019
Although here in the office we see the hustle and bustle of planning and coordinating events and trainings across the state, we realize those new to the network may not be familiar with all of the things we offer our members – learn more about OACAA's T&TA projects including the John Glenn Leadership Series, 21st Century CAA Project, State of Poverty in Ohio Report, Legacy Project, Foundation Level Seminar Series and OCA CSBG Application Training.

Upcoming OCATO Events

Foundation Level Seminar Series: Domestic Violence
April 16 in Columbus, OH

ROMA Implementers Training
April 12 deadline to apply

2019 OACAA Annual Conference
July 24-26 in Kalahari, OH

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