Ted Edlich was an incredible trailblazer for 40 years as the president & CEO of TAP. Now he shares the ingredients of his success to help others elevate their work to higher levels. Edlich was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Community Action Partnership’s Robert M. Coard Innovation Award.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for February 2014 – Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert B. Reich and the documentary Inequality for All accompanied by a Reader’s Guide,which can be used to generate community engagement. The Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho, the Missiouri Association for Community Action, and North Dakota Community Action have co-hosted screenings of this film.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for December 2013 – Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath is accompanied by a Reader’s Guide and Switch for Organizations: The Workbook.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for November 2013 – A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit by Congressman Tim Ryan was suggested by Ted Edlich, President & CEO of Total Action for Progress, Inc. TAP is a Community Action Agency based in Roanoke, Virginia.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for April 2013 – Searching for Sugar Man – Something different this month – a film rather than a book! This Academy Award winning feature documentary can help with reflecting on how we much we really understand about those we serve and on our own lives as well.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for March 2013 – Poverty, Politics, and Race: The View from Down Here by Dorothy Inman-Johnson who served as Executive Director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency in Tallahassee, Florida from 1998-2012.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for February 2013 – Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – for her reporting from disadvantaged communities the author has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for January 2013 – So Rich, So Poor by Peter Edelman was the focus of the first event of the United Planning Organization’s Public Forum Series entitled Facing Poverty. UPO is the community action agency serving Washington, D.C.
The Power of Half – Redefining the American Dream: Family Sells Their House and Gives Half the Proceeds to Charity. During the holiday season, CAAs experience a frenzy of interest and support from people wanting to reach out and help others in their community. Strategies such as The Power of Half are needed to extend this commitment to a higher level throughout the year to help with basic needs and to promote addressing the underlying causes of poverty.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for November 2012 – “Breaking Night” is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman’s indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds (excerpt from GoodReads.com).
Community Action Book Club – Selection for October 2012 – Geoffrey Canada created the Harlem Children’s Zone where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America (excerpt from GoodReads.com). HCZ was used as the model for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative established by the Obama administration.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for September 2012 – In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life (from GoodReads.com).
Pracademics and Community Change: A True Story of Nonprofit Development and Social Entrepreneurship During Welfare Reform presents the single unified case history of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project (Greensboro, North Carolina), the first faith-based community action agency in the country.