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March 2021 Newsletter – CAAP

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CAAP Update – March 2021
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Blueprints Wins A Top Washington County Award

Awarded $25,000 Charity of Excellence from WCCF
The Washington County Community Foundation recently finalized its Charity of Excellence initiative, naming Blueprints the winner of the top award, which included the unrestricted grant...

“Blueprints, a multi-faceted charity that annually serves more than 20,000 people through its 35 programs, has achieved a level of maturity and sophistication that warrants special recognition," says Betsie Trew, WCCF President & CEO.

Read the full Observer-Reporter article about the creative, professional, and comprehensive public relations campaign, which along with four other criteria, set Blueprints apart from the other finalists.

A Recently Published Report

High Quality Early Childhood Education and Homeless Children
PA Poverty Coalition – U.S. Congressperson Dwight Evans and People's Emergency Center (PEC) convened a panel of 16 experts to offer commentary and recommendations to address the issue of connecting young children experiencing homelessness to high-quality early learning and how systems can collaborate.  The discussion was attended by more than 1,300 people!  More than 50 recommendations were offered by the panel.

PA Vaccination Plan Revised for Covid-19

PA Unites Against COVID
PA Dept. of Health – Eligibility has recently expanded to approximately 3.5 million Pennsylvanians.  Explore the site to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, your family, business, neighbors, and community from COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2.  The site will help you stay up to date on the changes to the ongoing plan, find testing and vaccination sites in the state.

Community Action Secures $3.9 Million

A Workforce Development Plan Focused On Children
Allentown Neighborhood Leaders Announce New Partnership (full story, partners and development plan)
CACLV – Leaders of the CADCA and its allies announced last month that it has received approval of its plan to develop a wide range of outreach, programs and services to give inner-city children a better shot at thriving in a world that is leaving far too many behind...The core of the six-year plan, temporarily named “Allentown’s Future,” is commitments of $3.9 million from companies that do business in the Lehigh Valley, supported by 80% tax credits by the PA DCED as part of its Neighborhood Partnership Program. At $650,000 per year, it is the largest program of its kind in Pennsylvania...

The Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown: A Subsidiary of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

Opioid Crisis: Lucky Number 13

Report to serve as "roadmap' to fight racism.  Learn what it found...
Governor Wolf renewed his opioid disaster declaration for the thirteenth time yesterday (yes, you read that right).  The original declaration was signed in January 2018, and allows the state to circumvent regulations that could have prevented expeditious treatments and initiatives that address opioid addiction.

In a press release about the renewal, Governor Wolf explained, "The opioid and heroin epidemic is an ongoing public health crisis, one that requires immense coordination of staff and resources to save lives and promote healing. "

A Few Other Noteworthy Items
  • Guest speakers on CDBG-CV with emphasis on mortgage assistance to CAAs, March 8
  • 2020 ACSI Surveys
  • 2021 HHS Poverty Guidelines
  • The Community Action Partnership's 2021 (Virtual) Management & Leadership Training Conference end was a success!
CAAP Education Tracks Have Begun
  • Mission & Vision Development-Management, March 4
  • Managing Change Through Crisis- Governance, March 11
  • Uniform Guidance Updates-Fiscal, March 18
  • Common Wage & Hour Questions- HR, March 23
  • Talking About Racism, Part II- Div./Equity/Inclus, March 26
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