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CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (8/19 edition)

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Community Action Agencies Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19, April 10
Brighten Your Days! Helpful Medicine for a Difficult Time, March 26

Today's featured items

Community Action Head Start Video Learning Libraries

New Jersey
Head Start Virtual Library
Burlington Community Action Partnership - Burlington, NJ – Forty videos of books being read by BCAP Head Start teachers.

Community Action HS Video Learning Library
Community Action - Hillsboro, OR – Nearly 60 videos featuring Read Alouds, Science Projects, Songs, Music/Movement, Puppet Shows, and much more.

Welcome to the Community Action HS Learning Library!

Text Line as Great Way to Keep Up with CAA Info & Resources

CAOWNY Text Line
Facebook post

CAO of WNY launches CAO text line to service clients during COVID-19 crisis
Niagara Frontier Publications - Grand Island, NY – The Community Action Organization of WNY has launched a new text messaging service for clients in need called the “CAO text line”. The tool was implemented to better serve the community and prepare for the reopening of its sites and services.  Text alerts will include important announcements, program and event flyers, contact information, and links to CAO’s website pages.

President and CEO of CAO L. Nathan Hare is looking forward to better serving clients in need.  “The CAO text line gives us the ability to respond to questions and inquiries about our services, office hours, eligibility requirements and more – plus it is in real-time,” Hare said.  “Expanding our services to include texting is a great tool to aid our clients more efficiently.”

Different Forms of Support to Help Local Schools

Alabama CAA Provides Thermometers to Title I Schools
Community Action agency providing thermometers to Title One schools
Times Daily – Community Action Northwest Alabama is helping schools stay safe by providing thermometers for their required daily temperature checks.  Next week, every Title One school in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties will receive several no-contact, infrared thermometers.

Community Action secured 370 thermometers through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money.  Each school will receive an average of one thermometer for every 35 students....

Iowa CAA Provides Masks to Area Schools and Nonprofits
2,500 masks distributed to schools, North Iowa non-profits
Globe Gazette - Mason City, IA – North Iowa Community Action Organization's Hawki Coordinator Erin Krull, along with I-Smile Coordinator Lezah Hanson helped local organizations and schools prepare for the school year ahead by donating two-layer cloth masks to schools and organizations within the North Iowa Community Action Organization's nine-county area that have one-on-one contact with children.

Together they were able to distribute 2,500 masks to schools for their staff including 679 masks donated to the Mason City School District for each staff member and 18 other schools within the NICAO service area.  Masks were also donated to the YMCAs (Algona, Mason City & Forest City), Caring Pregnancy Center, NICAO Outreach Office, and La Luz Hispana...

Pennsylvania CAA Arranges Free Internet Access for 1,500 Low-Income Families
Harrisburg School District announces plan to close connectivity gap, offers free internet access, The Burg News - Harrisburg, PA – The Harrisburg School District is bringing free Internet access to students and their families through a new partnership with Tri County Community Action.  About 1,500 families will be given free access through next August, according to the district. For many families, this is necessary as the district announced recently that all students will begin the school year virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic…

“One of the best ways to disrupt and permanently break the cycle of poverty is through education and investing in our youth,” Tri County Executive Director Jennifer Wintermyer said.  “Tri County Community Action is thankful to be part of the solution, and we are committed to working in partnership with the Harrisburg School District to meet the educational needs of children.”  According to [Acting Superintendent] Celmer, 84% of district students in the city come from families that are considered low-income or economically disadvantaged.  This program will help close the digital divide, he said…

Harrisburg School District Acting Superintendent
makes clarifications on connectivity plan

CBS 21 news

Safe Parking Program: Safe Harbor & Access to Services for the Homeless

Safe parking program to begin Monday in San Luis Obispo County
KEYT - Santa Barbara, CA – This program is possible thanks to a partnership between the County of SLO, the City of SLO and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis County (CAPSLO).  The program provides homeless individuals seeking services leading to permanent housing with a safe place to park their vehicle and access to case management and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This program offers an added opportunity to work towards economic self-sufficiency, while having a safe location to park,” said Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer. “We have a great relationship with CAPSLO and the city and are glad that together we could find a solution to help keep these individuals safe as we deal with the effects of COVID-19.”

In addition to housing case management, participants will have access to all 40 Prado services including meals, showers, laundry, kennels, access to on-site Community Health Centers medical services, and on-site mental health therapy which is provided by County Behavioral Health.  CAPSLO staff will monitor the site and will be available for emergencies.

40 Prado Safe Parking
Program Summary & FAQs

Working with Restaurants to Provide Nutritious Meals & Help Local Economy

Florida CAA Creates Senior Services Restaurant Initiative Program
Community Partnership Feeds Seniors
Hernando Sun - Brooksville, FL – This mission got a substantial boost when Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., received a $2 million meal funding grant from the Families First Act and the CARES Act, passed by Congress to allow "local service providers, such as Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. (MFCS), to serve more meals to hungry, low-income seniors over the age of 60 who are in need or are homebound because of COVID-19."  Armed with these funds, MFCS conceived the MFCS Senior Services Restaurant Initiative Program; partnering with restaurants in their service area to feed seniors in need…

This has not only been a big win for our seniors but also for the local economy as it has helped put people back to work," read a related MFCS news release…

Massachusetts CAA Co-Sponsors Hot Meals Delivery Program
Worcester coalition provides free restaurant meals for COVID-19 patients, families
The Telegram & Gazette - Worcester, MA – The Hot Meals Delivery Program provides free restaurant meals to individuals and households affected by COVID-19.  The program - sponsored by the Worcester Together Fund, the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Worcester Community Action Council - employs six local restaurants to provide culturally sensitive and delicious meals each day to individuals with COVID-19 or families with a family member infected with the virus. The meals are delivered by Woo Rides, a local transportation company.

The program started in April and has provided more than 3,100 free meals to 100 households and 364 individuals, Burns said. In addition, the restaurants are paid $10 for each meal, helping keep workers employed and cash flowing…

Vermont CAA Coordinates Statewide Everyone Eats Program
Vermont program looks to boost restaurants while getting meals to those in need
Valley News - West Lebanon, NH – Southeastern Vermont Community Action, which serves Windham and Windsor counties, is the fiscal administrator for the statewide Everyone Eats!  A task force has been meeting to lay out the process for restaurants to apply to participate, said Carolyn Sweet, SEVCA’s director of planning and development.

The project aims to deliver 15,000 meals per week from “hubs” based in each county starting in mid-August and running through the end of the year.  Restaurants will receive $10 per meal and be required to purchase a certain percentage of ingredients from local producers…

Additional information inc. material from SEVCA

Everyone Eats Program

Previous Blogs

CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (7/21 edition)

  • Community Leaders’ Action Plan for Regional Recovery from the Pandemic
  • $675K to WISCAP for COVID-19 Crisis Counseling through Five CAAs
  • Reaching Out to the Latino Community Hit Hard by COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Housing Assistance Programs: NH, UT, VA
  • Financial Support for Home-Based Child Care Providers

CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (6/9 edition)

  • CAAs: “Boot on the Ground” for $25M Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
  • COVID-19 Response to Ending Homelessness: “Time to Make this New Reality Permanent”
  • Mobile Internet Access to Help with Job Search
  • Life during the Pandemic: Newspaper Photo Essay on CAA Executive Director
  • CAO Supports PBS Learn at Home for Pre-K to 12th Grade

CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (5/19 edition)

  • CAA Leadership with COVID-19 Community Relief Funds
  • Support for Vets during the Pandemic: 3 SAs & 36 CAAs in 20 States
  • State HFA Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
  • Community Investment Partnership: Grants to Help Small Businesses Reopen
  • Creative Fundraising to Help with Food & Nutrition

CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (5/12 edition)

  • Web Page & Flyer: Wayne Metro CARES Relief & Recovery Services
  • $90K+ Raised through 55 Hour Fundraising Drive
  • 24 Hours of Gratitude = 24 Quotes from CAA Staff
  • NLIHC Funding to Vermont CAAs  plus Resources on COVID-19 & Housing/Homelessness
  • COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Fund
  • NPR Highlights Community Action’s Changing Terrain with COVID-19
  • Maine CAAs Chosen by Governor to Run $5M COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
  • KY State Association to Distribute $2M+ from Kentucky COVID-19 Fund
  • CAA Creates COVID-19 Express Business Loan Fund
  • Partnership with Delivery Service Using Volunteer Drivers
  • Masks for the Masses Using Volunteers & Donated Material
  • Service Delivery Using Drive-Through Access & Enclosed Office Suites
  • Telephone Appointments to Help Fill Out the 2020 Census
  • Financial Fitness Events using Facebook Live
  • Drop-In Center Continues Services to the Homeless
  • Three Types of Support for Food & Nutrition Assistance
  • Call Center created through community collaboration
  • Tech support to facilitate communication with staff
  • Child care for medical workers and first responders
  • Motels helping shelter the homeless
  • CAA produces "Stay at Home" video

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