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CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (9/16 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

Pathways to Employment: Living Wage Stipends & More for 500 Participants

Riverside County creates temporary job training, placement program
The Press-Enterprise - Riverside, CA – Riverside County supervisors have approved $4 million for a jobs program intended to help low-income residents financially impacted by government-ordered public health shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic, with funds available for training, temporary work assignments and assistance finding permanent placement…the Pathways to Employment program, which relies on the county’s Community Action Partnership for implementation.  It will target adults 18 and over “by providing job training designed to lift participants out of poverty toward self-sufficiency,”

Program flyer
CAP Riverside

… “Participants will be provided employment opportunities where they will receive a living wage stipend and be provided job training and mentoring opportunities, helping them acquire sought-after job skills and experience necessary to succeed in today’s changing work environment.”  …The program will offer 300 individuals an opportunity for eight weeks of training and temporary placement, working with nonprofit groups or government agencies, while another 200 individuals will be offered a 12-week rotation.  The eight-week commitment will pay $5,120 per individual, and the 12-week commitment will pay $7,680.  The base hourly rate in both instances will be $20.

Additional coverage plus items from CAP Riverside

Jump Start Your Future: $4K Grants to Help with College or Training Costs

NECAC and partners offer $4,000 for adults to finish their degree
WGEM - Quincy, IL – A new program is offering to pay Missouri residents to further their education or complete a degree.  “Jump Start Your Future” is a partnership of the Northeast Missouri Workforce Development Board, Connections to Success, and the North East Community Action Corporation

People who qualify will be able to get up to $4,000 towards their education…Those who receive food stamps, have gotten unemployment payments in the past or are currently displaced from a job automatically qualify…Maximum annual income to qualify is $19,140 for one person; $25,860 for a two-person household; $32,580 for three people; $39,300 for four; $46,020 for five; and $52,740 for six.

Video with WGEM news story

BeEnriched: Videos: Lessons & Field Trips for Grades K-12

Buffalo Learning Enrichment Television program announced
Niagara Frontier Publications - Grand Island, NY – A series of half-hour courses will premiere today, for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, which are designed to help them receive distance learning instruction because they are lacking internet or computer access.  The program, dubbed “BeEnriched,” is an effort that uses Buffalo school teachers conducting learning via a broadcast television outlet…Courses will be STEM-centered, but will also include reading, the arts, and music…

In addition to the televised classes, there will be a series of “field trips” that will run within the programming. These will include pre-taped segments shot at the Buffalo Museum of Science, The Buffalo Zoo, Darwin Martin House, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery-Northland Complex and the African American Heritage Corridor.  Funding for the program was obtained from Harmac Medical Products Co., The Community Action Organization of Western New York, and KeyBank in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation.

Additional information

Field Trip #7
Colored Musicians Club, African American Heritage Corridor & Ujima Theater Company

Financial Support for Kinship Caregivers

Community Action of Laramie County provides aid to older relative caregivers
Wyoming Tribune Cheyenne, WY – The past few months have not been easy for Rita Negrette.  As the COVID-19 pandemic raged on through the summer, the Cheyenne resident has been managing the responsibility of caring for her young grandson, Dean, while keeping them both safe…

The cost of child care left Negrette with few alternatives for her grandson, but through a program run by Community Action of Laramie County and the Wyoming Department of Health, Negrette will now have a few more resources to get through these uncertain times.  She was one of a few older caregivers who received a $575 check at a ceremony Wednesday outside the Community Action of Laramie County building in Cheyenne...

Patrick Brady, who chairs the Community Action of Laramie County board, said the checks aim to help elder caregivers handle some of their day-to-day expenses, such as rent, utilities and other needs, as the pandemic has strained many people’s checkbooks.  “COVID-19 has really hit these families hard,” Brady said. “They’re all within vulnerable populations, or at least the grandparents are.”

Learn more about CALC’s program
Older Relative Caregiver Program – Designed to assist older caregivers (55+) who are raising relatives either under the age of 18 or under the age of 59 and living with a disability.

Kinship Older Caregiver Event
CALC

COVID-19 Impact Stories

Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency
Kingsport, TN – Through specific programs, UETHDA assists individuals in overcoming poverty and grows them to become self-sufficient. We measure success in the positive changes that occur in people’s lives because of what Community Action helped accomplish.   Our services are proudly provided to Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties.  Our three most popular programs include LIHEAP, Neighborhood Services (which includes rent assistance) and Head Start.

UETHDA’s COVID-19 Impact Stories
August 2020July 2020

Previous Blogs

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

  • Community Action Head Start Video Learning Libraries
  • Text Line as Great Way to Keep Up with CAA Info & Resources
  • Different Forms of Support to Help Local Schools
  • Safe Parking Program: Safe Harbor & Access to Services for the Homeless
  • Working with Restaurants to Provide Nutritious Meals & Help Local Economy

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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