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May 2020 Newsletter – IACAA

CAPLAW Guidance on Re-opening – Exploring Equity Together: An Urgent Conversation (May 29 IACAA webinar) – DCEO/IACAA Collaboration Webinar Series available on YouTube – New eCourse for Community Action Fiscal Staff

May 2020 Newsletter – OACAA

Community Action Partnership releases two PSAs – Community Action: In This Together (OACAA video) – OACAA’s online submission form for developing CAA stories – 2020 OACAA Annual Summer Conference is going virtual (July 20-24) – OACAA’s efforts related to COVID-19 – Ohio Community Action Network News & Successes

May 2020 Newsletter – IN-CAA

CFPB’s Complaint Database to help consumers – IIWF on how addiction affects mothers and children – Brightpoint receives nearly $200K to increase health insurance coverage for families – and more!

May 19th Weekly Update – MCA

Announcements – Webinars/Trainings – COVID-19 information inc. Coronavirus employer Compliance Forms & CDC decision tree for business reopening – Remote work resources

May 11th Weekly Update – MCA

Announcements – Webinars/Trainings – COVID-19 information inc. Back to Business Considerations in Wake of COVID – Remote work resources

May 4th Weekly Update – MCA

Announcements – MI OSHA Workplace Improvement to Safety and Health Grant Program – Webinars/Trainings – COVID-19 information – Remote work resources

April 2020 Newsletter – OACAA

Don’t miss OACAA’s new video: Community Action: In This Together – OACAA’s efforts related to COVID-19 include two reports with recommendations – Census 2020 update including Ohio challenged to have greater response rate than Michigan in friendly competition – Ohio Community Action Network News & Successes

April 2020 Newsletter – IACAA

IACAA awarded $400K from the Illinois COVID-19 Relief Fund – Upcoming IACAA remote learning events – DCEO/IACAA Collaboration Webinar Series available on YouTube – IACAA staff recommendations for webinars/podcast and interesting reads

April 2020 Newsletter – IN-CAA

COVID-19’s impact on legal aid and access to justice – COVID-19 efforts through Indiana CAAs including Express Loan fund for businesses – Managing to Change the World (virtual training event) – and more!

April 20th Weekly Update – MCA

MCA’s Greatest Need Fund surpasses $100K with 100% match from DTE Foundation – Other announcements – Webinars/trainings – COVID-19 information – Remote work resources

April 13th Weekly Update – MCA

MCA’s Greatest Need Fund surpasses $50K and continues through April 16th with 100% match from DTE Foundation – Other announcements – Webinars/trainings – COVID-19 information – Remote work resources

April 6th Weekly Update – MCA

MCA’s Greatest Need Fundraiser in partnership with DTE Foundation continues through 4/16: $16,700 raised as of 4/6 – Mutual of America Community Partnership Award Competition – Webinars/Trainings – COVID-19 information – Remote Work Resources – and more!

March 2020 Newsletter – IN-CAA

COVID-19 resources – INCAA’s IIWF current priorities include keeping up-to-date on state and federal policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic – IN-CAA receives $286,000 from Vectren’s Share the Warmth program – and more!

March 30th Weekly Update – MCA

Highlights from Michigan Community Action’s Weekly Update: MCA’s Greatest Need Fund: Donations matched by DTE Foundation – COVID-19: FFCRA requirements –10 ways to stay social at a distance – What to do right now: Social Media – Remote Work Resources

March 2020 Newsletter – IACAA

2020 IACAA Conference postponed to October – Upcoming IACAA remote learning opportunities – Recordings of DCEO/IACAA Collaboration webinars on IACAA YouTube Channel – IACAA staff recommendations for continued learning while working at home – VirtualCAP RoundUP: Brighten Your Days! Helpful Medicine for a Difficult Time

March 2020 Newsletter – OACAA

OACAA Operations COVID-19 Statement & Resources for Community Action COVID-19 Response – New executive directors for five Ohio CAAs – and more!

February 2020 Newsletter – IN-CAA

Indiana reps urge support for federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act – Area IV & Brightpoint set to open new affordable living options – SIEOC chosen to operate United Way Emergent Needs Fund – Pace empowers girls through STEM camp scholarships – Pace’s Boys & Beyond Summer Camp for grades 4 and 5 – Pace CAA Associate Director retiring after 40 years of service – and more!

February 2020 Newsletter – OACAA

OACAA’s 2020 Community Action Leadership Training – Census 2020 resources – SELF’s Employer Resource Network – Great Lake CAP’s YouthBuild Program – CAA of Columbiana County’s shuttle bus service – and more!

January 2020 Newsletter – IN-CAA

IIWF Inside the Statehouse blog adding live broadcasts during 2020 IN General Assembly session – Pace offers scholarships for former Head Start students – Social media networking effort for IN CAAs – and more!

January 2020 Newsletter – IACAA

2020 IACAA Annual Conference Registration (April 26-28) – Info on IACAA’s 2020 Families of Distinction Award Criteria – New CAA Director Orientation (April 9-10) – Upcoming IACAA training events – and more!

2020 Winter Legislative Conference – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ 2020 Winter Legislative Conference is being held from January 29-31. The conference includes legislative visits, movie viewing of PBS Frontline’s Poor Kids documentary, several featured speakers, 2019 Exemplary Program Awards and nearly twenty workshops under four specialized tracks.

December 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

OACAA’s 2020 Winter Legislative Conference (Jan. 29-31) – Census 2020 resources – December OACAA press releases – GLCAP receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grant – MVCAP’s Thanksgiving dinner serves 751 – $95K USDA grant to PICCA – and more!

November/December 2019 Newsletter – IN-CAA

2020 IIWF legislative priorities – IN-CAA, IIWF thank Governor Holcomb for prioritizing protections for pregnant workers – Indiana receives a D in national debt-collection protection – Three IN CAAs announce grants – and more!

November 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

2020 IACAA Annual Conference (April 26-28): Call for Speakers and Content Survey – Info on IACAA’s 2020 Families of Distinction Application – Upcoming IACAA training events

November 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio’s Operation Warm: Coats for Kids Initiative – Nomination process for OACAA’s 2019 Exemplary Program Awards – Hard-to-Count Census Resources from the Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition – OACAA’s member Survey for its 2020 T&TA Plan – 2020 OACAA Winter Legislative Conference (Jan. 29-31) – OACAA Network News & Successes

October 2019 Newsletter – IN-CAA

IIWF policy briefs on promoting an inclusive, thriving workplace – Pace opens fourth Health Connection Clinic – Grants to Brightpoint to increase health enrollment outreach and health literacy activities – TRI-CAP offers mobile mammography event – Covering Kids and Families Indiana helps clients with healthcare Marketplace open enrollment

October 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Learn how OACAA is working to support the 2020 Census – Nomination process and criteria for OACAA’s 2019 Exemplary Program Awards – LCCAA creates student-fun bike shop – Impact Community Action providing services through eviction-prevention fund established by the City of Columbus – CAA of Columbiana County awarded $300K to expand oral health services – and more!

September 2019 Newsletter – IN-CAA

IIWF report on Indiana’s payday-lending crisis – All of Indiana now served by Covering Kids and Families – Success story from Area IV’s Business Expansion and Entrepreneurship Development Program – Hoosier Uplands awards scholarships to pursue higher ed in the social services, health or education field – and more!

September 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Homelessness, affordable housing goal of roundtable – Community Action to inform local agencies about 211 service – Tips by OACAA’s Fiscal Director on streamlining your board financial reporting process – OACAA issues an annual report toolkit for its members – and more!

2019 Poverty Matters! Conference – WISCAP

The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association’s 2019 Poverty Matters! Conference was held from September 11-12. See information on more than 30 workshops that were offered under six tracks.

August 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

MVCAP raises over $40K for shooting victim’s family (learn more and donate) – Cincinnati-Hamilton County CAA partners with Legal Aid to educate residents on renters’ rights – OACAA’s executive director appointed to Ohio’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission & interviewed on generational poverty in Ohio – OACAA issues special edition of its newsletter in response to the tragedies in Dayton and El Paso – and more!

August 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

Upcoming IACAA trainings inc. *Data Basics webinar (Sept. 18) – Region V New Executive Director Orientation – IACAA offering Data Consulting, Trauma-Informed Care Training – *Marketing and Branding Techniques for CAAs (Sept. 11 webinar) [*open to participation from other states]

July/August 2019 Newsletter – IN-CAA

Importance of making the Census count for Community Action – Action urged by IN-CAA conference speakers – NCCAA’s Summer Camp Program – Brightpoint’s Covering Kids and Families program – LHDC recruiting for Head Start Program Director – and more!

August 2019 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

2019 MCA Summer Conference Highlights – MCA Leadership Development Institute – MCA CCAP Study Group – Discounts to MCA affiliate staff and family members for Capella University FlexPath Programs – and more!

2018 Annual Report – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies has published its 2018 annual report that highlights the need, the reach, and the collective impact of Ohio’s Community Action Network.

July 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

LCCAA HS kids show gains, especially in math – WOCAP providing supportive services for mixed-income housing development – C-HC CAA HS teacher publishes “I Love School” book – 2018 OACAA Annual Report – and more!

July 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

Online survey being used to gain nominations for vacant IACAA board position – Planning has begun for 1st Annual IACAA Poverty Conference – Upcoming IACAA training events – IACAA offering Data Consulting, Trauma-Informed Care Training – ROMA training

2019 Annual Summer Conference – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ 2019 Annual Summer Conference is being held from July 24-26. More than twenty workshops are being offered through five educational tracks.

2019 Training Conference – MinnCAP

The Minnesota Community Action Partnership’s 2019 Training Conference will be held from July 22-25. More than 90 workshops are being offered focusing on eight tracks. Links to handout material are included for many sessions.

June 2019 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

$100K in water bill assistance awarded by CAPE since 2017 – Brightpoint receives grant for Our HEALing Kitchen classes – Area IV meets multiple needs fro man seeking help with in-home health care – Indiana’s Gateway to Work reporting requirements for Medicaid recipients – and more!

June 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio CAAs helping with recovery from Memorial Day tornadoes – Lifeline, Inc.’s annual awards dinner – Pike CAC’s Senior Companion recognition dinner – CAA of Columbiana County’s Preschool in the Park program – OACAA’s State of Poverty in Ohio 2019 report – Registration open for OACAA’s Annual Summer Conference

June 2019 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

MCA/BCAEO Joint Annual Summer Conference (July 22-25) – Boosting the EITC Can Help Fill Workforce Gap, Op-Ed by MCA Executive Director – CAAC’s Dual Affordable Housing/Job Training Project – Wayne Metro CAA receives Congressional shout out – Grant to MCA to promote Complete 2020 Census count – MCA working to broaden impact of its Community Action Awards – Discounted Capella University degree programs for MI CAA staff and family members – and more!

June 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

State specific techniques to help expand LIHEAP outreach – IACAA offering Data Consulting, Trauma-Informed Care Training – DCEO/IACAA Collaborative Webinar Series – FCD Specialist Recertification & ROMA Training – Meeting space available at IACAA

2019 State of Poverty in Ohio Report

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with the Strategic Research Group, has released its 2019 State of Poverty in Ohio Report. The report combines a clear narrative, easy-to-understand infographics, and data tables to illustrate the experience of poverty in our state. By first understanding why different factors create barriers, Ohio can then create solutions to overcome those barriers.

May 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

GLCAP’s Marine Trade Apprenticeship Program – Pike County Job Fair Expo – Congressional testimony by former Community Action Head Start grandparent – WOCAP’s Bike Rodeo – Community Action Partnership’s Census 2020 web page – OACAA’s Annual Summer Conference (July 24-26)

May 2019 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

LHDC names City of Cannelton the 2019 Community Partner Award winner – Area IV Agency celebrates the success of BEED Program participant – TRI-CAP announces the recipient of the Jane Chappell Spirit of Community Action Award – Pace announces 2019 Judith K. Bobe Scholarship recipients – and more!

May 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

IL Lt. Gov. salutes IACAA after receiving Legislator of the Year Award – IACAA offering data consulting, Trauma-Informed Care Training & Webinar Wednesdays – 2019 IACAA Families of Distinction video – FCD Specialist Recertification Training – and more!

2019 Annual Learning Conference – IACAA

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies is holding its 2017 Annual Learning Conference from May 6-8. Featuring 16 workshops grouped in six tracks. ICAA’s Families of Distinction Banquet and an Awards Luncheon are also part of the conference.

April 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

2019 IACAA Annual Conference – Income Qualified Southern EE Advisory Meeting – Dr. Dalitso Sulamoyo presented as a panelist at National Community Action Immigration Summit – and more!

April 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

CAA noting 54 years in service – WorkAdvance 2.0 builds on success of Goodwill Industries and MYCAP pilot program – CCAP’s CANstruction – OACAA’s onsite technical assistance training offerings through OCATO and more!

April 2019 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

CAA executive directors help defeat SB 613 that would have expanded payday and subprime lending in Indiana – How a CAP client began a career that brought him to the IN-CAA team – CAA events – IN Office of Community and Rural Affairs accepting 2019 CDBG applications

2019 Legislative Day – Michigan Community Action

MCA’s Day at the Capitol is being held on May 2nd. The agenda includes Client and Volunteer Award presentations, meetings with state legislators and a lunch buffet with state legislators and staff.

Community Action Leadership Training – OACAA

OACAA has partnered with OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs to bring our members this training series suitable for aspiring, emerging, and experienced leaders in the Community Action Network.  This series includes five full-day workshops spread out over five months. 

April 2019 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Allegan County CAA housing project – MCA’s training for front-line staff – CEDAM seeking Americorps hosts – Discounted Capella University degree programs for MI CAA staff and family members – and more!

2019 Annual Report – MinnCAP

The Minnesota Community Action Partnership has published its 2019 annual report, which reflects the efforts and annual results of Minnesota’s Community Action Network.

March 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

IMPACT’s Building Futures Program – Ashtabula County Community Action leads school readiness collaborative – Lorain County CAA earns “quality affirming” Head Start federal review – New opportunities for OACAA T&TA in 2019 – and more!

February/March 2019 Newsletter – IACAA

2019 IACAA Annual Conference: Form for conference book ads … Preliminary agenda … Entire track led by the Partnership – IACAA data collection survey for agency training – 2019 IACAA Awards Program nomination form – IACAA, ICADC & ECIAA honored at 2019 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing as champions of Affordable Housing development of Prairie Meadows I & II

February 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

LFCAA’s Pearl House helps families recover from drug addiction – MVCAP president & CEO appoint to Mayor’s task force on eviction – Clinton County CAP releases 2018 statistics – OACAA partnership with Ohio State University to offer Community Action Leadership Training starting in April – and more!

February 2019 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

NWICA’s reimagine conference: A conference to shed light on adverse childhood experiences – Upcoming IN-CAA training events – IN-CAA earns Interstate Renewal Energy Council recertification – TRI-CAP accredited for quality service by Healthy Families America – Hoosier Uplands CEO receives Rural Development Leadership Award

January 2019 Newsletter – OACAA

Youth participants earn certifications in welding through GLCAP’s Ready-to-Work Program – OHCAC opens food pantry to assist persons affected by government shutdown – OACAA backs AEP Ohio’s solar-power proposal – Upcoming OACAA events – CEOGC staff spotlight – OACAA blog: National Impact Report: Building Opportunities for All

December/January 2019 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

2019 IN-CAA Legislative Policy Agenda – Santa Grants to CAPWI programs from the Benton Community Foundation – CAPE’s lending libraries offers free books – Paces’s Innovative JUMP! program helps with job readiness and job placement – Area IV helps with accessibility through Ramp-Up Indiana Program

January 2019 Newsletter – Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

Message from IACAA’s New President & CEO – 2019 IACAA Annual Conference registration and five conference tracks announced plus “CAP Talk” General Session modeled on Ted Talks – 2019 IACAA Families of Distinction material – IACAA collecting info to create database of Illinois CAA programs – 2019 IACAA training update

January 2019 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

MCA hosting War on Poverty seminar with David Bradley – OLHSA makes Community Mini-Grant Awards – WCMU’s Warm Hearts, Warm Homes hits match target for heating assistance – MCA webinar recordings available for staff and board trainings – Discounted Capella University degree programs for MI CAA staff and family members

December 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Holiday project helps Head Start families – Subsidized Youth Employment Program for youth in juvenile court system – OACAA Winter Legislative Conference

November/December 2018 Newsletter – IACAA

2019 nomination process for IACAA’s Families of Distinction Program – ROMA Implementer Cohort #4 – Keystone Magazine: Providing resources for individuals and families experiencing homelessness featuring transportation in current issue

November 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

WSOS CAC is now Great Lakes Community Action Partnership – Grade K-6 students collect around 1,200 items for Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC – OACAA Exemplary Programs Awards – OACAA Winter Legislative Conference – HAPCAP staff spotlight

October 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Grant to pay ex-offenders, at-risk youths to renovate houses, learn skills – CEOGC job & career fair – OACAA Exemplary Programs Awards – Upcoming events – CEOGC staff spotlight

October 2018 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

Newly certified Indiana CCAPs – 2018-2019 IN-CAA training schedule – Warning to Indiana mobile home owners on risk of losing home if owe more than $25 in property taxes Pace CAA honors partnerships at annual Stakeholders’ Event – NWICA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

October 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

National Weatherization Day (Oct. 30) – MCA’s 2018-19 CCAP studay group – New CAA directors in Michigan – MCA discounted degree programs with Capella University for MI CAA staff and family members – MCA receives $6M MEAP grant from MI Public Service Commission.

September 2018 Newsletter – IACAA

Energy Efficiency 101 Teleconference/Webinar – IL ROMA “Train the Trainer” (Nov. 6-8, open to the entire national network) – IACAA providing members with gOEbase: Organizational development resource bank – Keystone Magazine: Providing resources for individuals and families experiencing homelessness – Fundamentals of Evaluation Practice: Assessment, Accountability, and Sustainability (Oct. 11)

September 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

ACCAA receives Workforce Innovation Award – Local agencies unite to fight against homelessness – New medical facility opens at One Stop – Getting Ahead program graduated participants – Cincinnati-Hamilton CAA announces new President/CEO – Upcoming events

2018 Poverty Matters! Conference – WISCAP

The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association’s 2018 Poverty Matters! Conference is being held from September 27–28 in partnership with SDC’s annual Poverty Summit. Twenty-nine workshops are being offered.

September 2018 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

2018 “The Status of Working Families in Indiana” report – TANF federal block program turns 22 years old – 2018-19 IN-CAA trainings – Report says human-service organizations contribute $722 million to Allen County economy – Ramp-Up Indiana Program brings independence to clients.

July 2018 Newsletter – IACAA

IACAA job openings: President and CEO (Aug. 6 deadline) & Training Specialist and Data Analyst (Aug. 15 deadline) – IL Home Energy and Weatherization Improvements Program – Keystone Magazine features IL CAAs – VirtualCAP RoundUP: Valuable Resource for CAAs – and more!

July 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Gwen Robinson retires as CAA C-HC CEO – CAC receives $75K to fight opioid epidemic – Ohio libraries offer free online career courses – Staff Spotlight – 2018 OACAA Annual Summer Conference Recap including live feed videos.

2018 Annual Summer Conference – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ 2018 Annual Summer Conference is being held from July 25-27 in Dayton, Ohio. Fourteen workshops are being offered through five educational tracks: Leadership – Data – Housing – Energy – Fiscal/HR Track.

2018 Training Conference – MinnCAP

The Minnesota Community Action Partnership’s 2017 Training Conference will be held from July 31 – August 3. More than 30 workshops are being offered focusing on these tracks: Diversity/Inclusion/Equity – Human Resources/Staff Development – Excellence in Action – Finance/Fiscal Management – Community Action Best Practices – Board Governance – Leadership Development/Team Building – Accountability/Operations/Standards.

June 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

CAWM’s Community Legal Aid pilot program – CAC Portage summer food programs – Urban Impact Ohio working with WOCAP to jump-start mall business community – 2018 OACAA Annual Summer Conference – School’s out for the summer (tips)

June 2018 Newsletter – IACAA

Former Director of the Illinois Office of Energy Assistance joins IACAA staff – IL utility programs – VirtualCAP RoundUP as allowable CSBG T/TA resource – IACAA Webinar Wednesdays– and more!

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Progress Against Poverty Stalls in 2016

From the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association and the Institute for Research on Poverty University of Wisconsin-Madison: Overall poverty increased and poverty rates rose for children and elders as well using a tool called the Wisconsin Poverty Measure.

June 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

Innovative GOCAA senior meals program – CCAP certification hones agencies’ competitive edge – New CAA directors in Michigan – MCA partnership with Capella University for MI CAA staff and family members – and more!

May 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

MCA Annual Awards presented at state capitol – MI Governor issues Community Action Month proclamation – “$2 a Day” author to speak at MCA Summer Conference – Public-private partnership for CAAM affordable senior housing project – MCA partners with Capella University for MI CAA staff/family member discounts

May 2018 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

Data on working poor families in the U.S. – Employment law training for Pace CAA management team – Payday lending film documentary – CAPWI hosts town hall on addiction – Brightpoint HS teacher named “Teacher Hero” – and more!

April 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

CAA ED retires after 38 years of service – CAC recognized with CAM proclamation – 2017 State of Poverty in Ohio Report – National Community Action Month Toolkit – OACAA summer conference registration – OHCAC success story – Leadership Training Series – and more!

2017 State of Poverty in Ohio Report

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with Thoughtwell (formerly Community Research Partners), has released its annual State of Poverty in Ohio Report. The report highlights factors and trends contributing to poverty in order to develop innovative solutions to helping people across our state break out of poverty.

April 2018 Newsletter – Michigan Community Action

NCAF conference highlights – NWCAA energy solar partnership reduces electric bills by as much as 70 percent – Michigan state legislation to increase WAP funding through LIHEAP – 2018 MCA Summer Conference – and more!

2018 Annual Learning Conference – IACAA

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies is holding its 2017 Annual Learning Conference from May 6-8. Four learning tracks are being offered. ICAA’s Families of Distinction Banquet and Awards Luncheon will be held and Addressing Community Action’s Role in Battling the Opioid Crisis featuring Denise Harlow.