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February 2020 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OACAA Briefing – February 2020

Resources & Association Updates

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Network News & Successes

Forum aims to help businesses seeking to boost employee retention
(Source: Journal-News by Eric Schwartzberg) Local companies looking to tackle employee retention issues will soon have a way to do so.

“An ERN is a demand-driven partnership that pulls together business leaders to discuss workforce needs such as employee retention, skills-building, and advancement,” according to Jeffrey Diver, executive director for SELFread the full article.

Aces of Trades: Deidrua Getz's volunteer work at community action is work based on love
(Source Lancaster Eagle Gazette by Jeff Barron) Dierda Getz works at the Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency Choice Food Pantry five days a week and puts in almost a full day each day. But there's a major difference between her and most other people who go to work-- she doesn't get paid for her time.

"It started out being just a few hours," Getz said. "And I liked the customers, liked the people, and just really enjoyed doing it. It's like a job, but it doesn't feel like it. I really enjoy it – read the full article.

Fostoria YouthBuild to provide more than just a HS diploma to disenfranchised youth
(Source: The Advertiser-Tribune by Bret Nye) When people ask John Page, Career Coach at Fostoria YouthBuild, who he hopes to recruit for the YouthBuild program, he tells them he goes after the “tough kids.”

Page said the program, which operates through the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership and is located at the Fostoria Learning Center, 342 E. Perry St., is seeking young adults age 18-24 who need a second chance, who have dropped out or been kicked out of school, who have struggled to find and secure the resources they need to jumpstart their careers and lives – read the full article.

Ohio Loves Transit and so does Mayor Bricker
(Source: The Review) East Liverpool Mayor Greg Bricker decided that Friday was a good opportunity to give the local shuttle service a try, as the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County celebrated Ohio Loves Transit Week.

In Columbiana County, CAA offered all riders of public transit both Valentines and a sweet treat in addition to transporting them for free on the Make The Connection shuttle, which had been piloted in the East Liverpool-Calcutta area last year – read the full article.

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