Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies
Spotlight on Community Action – September 2021
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Thank you to all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for a great 2021 annual conference. The conference focused on the unique challenges and problems that we confront as we face economic recovery and growth from COVID - see conference photo gallery and conference program book.
- New Executive Director Institute (virtual training), Oct. 25-27
- Executive Director and Board Chair Institute (virtual training), Oct. 27-29
Looking for outreach and program benefits resources? NCAP's Benefit Resource Guide provides the latest information on: Child Tax Credit – Emergency Broadband Benefit – American Rescue Plan.
Regional Stories that Inform, Empower, and Inspire
Going the Extra Mile (Upper Tennessee Human Development Agency) – The Unicoi NSC was contacted by a local homeless shelter on behalf of Troy Odom. He was in the shelter because he'd lost his job, was unable to pay his rent, and was evicted from his home. He stayed in the shelter for about 10 days before finding a new job and a place to live. He came to Upper East looking for assistance with his electric deposit. When Mr. Odom came to the office, he was surprised to learn that not only could we help with the electric deposit, but he was also eligible for our rent assistance program too. He was excited because he was going to borrow money from friends and family to pay his rent until he received his first paycheck...
- Head Start to the Rescue - see newsletter for story from Tennessee.
- SCACAP celebrates the end of the program year with parent and family engagement around the state
- NCCAA releases study on impact of Covid-19 and low-income families
Congratulations Action Pathways, Inc. (Fayetteville, NC) & KCEOC Community Action Partnership (Gray, Kentucky) on your well-earned successes. The agencies were recognized by the National Partnership during this year's annual conference. The prestigious Promise Action award celebrates community action agencies that have been diligently caring for the entire community and remain dedicated to helping individuals help themselves and each other amidst a catastrophe.
Weatherization Day is October 28, 2021. NCAP joined NASCSP and NCAF last week in a webinar to launch this year’s toolkit. NCAP’s Energy Partnerships Director, Aimee Gendusa-English, urged the Community Action Network to highlight COVID-19 struggles and harness the power of hyper-local relationships to tell the Community Action weatherization story.
Download this year's Weatherization Day Outreach Kit
45th Annual Weatherization Day Outreach Kit 2021
Much like before, this COVID wave is again highlighting all of the same health inequities. This time, however, the politicization of public safety measures is leaving under-served populations, particularly in areas with low vaccination rates in Southern states, even more, exposed. As such, we strongly encourage rural grassroots organizations to apply for a COVID Recovery Fund grant for up to $25,000, whether it's to keep the lights on or for longer-term community renewal efforts. Groups that have already received a COVID grant are welcome to apply for another – learn more from the Southern Partners Fund.
- How safety net programs improve children's performance in school
- Poverty Shaming: What does it really mean?
See newsletter for listing of events