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June 2020 Newsletter – MCAP

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MCAP News – June 2020
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Spotlight on Community Action Agencies

Community Action Response to the Pandemic
30-second video by the Community Action Partnership customized by MCAP

Featured Resource

The Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism
From the Racial Equity Institute, this resource helps nonprofit leaders “embrace the truths” and explore the racially structured society in which we live and what causes racial inequity.  This paper was developed to be used as a tool to deepen both individual understanding of the need for systemic change, as well as a tool for facilitated group learning and development.

News & Tools

12 Quick Tips for Helping People Vote
VotingwithYourMission.org – Helping people to vote is a powerful way nonprofits “stand up” — what we call Voting with Your Mission.  There is no perfect way to engage voters. The key is to find a few ways that fit your organization, and build onto your existing activities rather than adding new things to do.  Nonprofit staff are busy, and the tips below won’t take a lot time or expense, instead, they’re designed to be included in the work you’re already doing.

2020 Census Response Rates
2020Census.gov – Keep tabs on how many households in your community have responded with a map to review response rates from 2010 and 2020 in your state, city, town, or neighborhood.  You can even challenge the community to participate with the 2020 Census Response Rate Challenge Toolkit.

Answering Your Questions on Race in the Workplace
PBS NewsHour – How can employers and colleagues better support employees of color?  What is the most productive way to talk about race in the workplace?  Bridgespan's Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Raël Nelson James, spoke with PBS NewsHour's Stephanie Sy and answered viewer questions about navigating discussions of race at work.

Strategically invest your stimulus funding (Guide for CAAs)
Community Action Agencies are receiving $1 billion dollars in Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and the Head Start network is also receiving $750 million dollars for on-time activities to respond to COVID-19.  The funds are designed to address the increased demand for human services needs in response to COVID-19, which can be directed at a variety of actions or activities.  With the flexibility of how these stimulus dollars can be allocated, the WIPFLI team can help strategically evaluate your operations and prioritize your spending so you can address broader needs, improve quality of services and increase capacity to deliver. And as always, they bring decades of compliance knowledge to the conversation.

Upcoming Events

Maryland Community Action Partnership Presents a 3-part Racial Equity Series
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Part 1: Utilizing a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens in Strategic Engagement and Evaluation, June 26
Human services organizations are being challenged to evaluate programs, services, and initiatives in ways that move from the traditional role of evaluation, and its perceived role of objectivity, to a process that considers who is being evaluated and who is conducting the evaluation.  This webinar builds on work by Public Policy Associates and Michigan Public Health Institute to focus on the practical use of a racial equity lens when conducting evaluation in human services organizations and programs.

Other upcoming events

www.maryland-cap.org

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