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April 7th Newsletter – MASSCAP

MASSCAP video: #CommunityActionWorks – CAAs open and ready to serve in Massachusetts – Highlights of CAA efforts in MA during the COVID-19 pandemic – and more!

March 25th Newsletter – MASSCAP

MASSCAP’s message on CAAs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic – MASSCAP’s State Budget Priorities – WCAC fuel assistance success story

February 11th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Honoring our Champions – MASSCAP’s READYGO Initiative: Readying Educators And Developing Young Children for Great Outcomes – Public Programs Reduce Poverty (MASSCAP data) – MASSCAP’s State Funding Priorities

December 23rd Newsletter – MASSCAP

Updated MASSCAP report: Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward for the Children and Families of Massachusetts – Statewide kickoff of the VITA program and Earned Income Tax Assistance Awareness Day (Jan. 31) – Public Policy Briefing at the Massachusetts State House (Feb. 5)

December 3rd Newsletter – MASSCAP

Massachusetts Community Action Facts – MASSCAP’s four broad public policy goals – Summary of MASSCAP’s latest forum on poverty and opportunity held in conjunction with two CAAs – MASSCAP’s Comprehensive Job Readiness Curriculum Guide

2018 Annual Report – MASSCAP

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action has published its 2018 annual report: Finding the Way Forward Together.

August 21st Newsletter – MASSCAP

Massachusetts Community Action Facts – 2018 MASSCAP Annual Report – MASSCAP’s top priorities were included the FY20 state budget – Sampling of MA CAA community initiatives – MASSCAP’s Comprehensive Job Readiness Curriculum Guide

June 28th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Income Inequality in MA – MA state legislative items on Bridging the Wage Gap…Strengthening Families through Affordable & Accessible Early Education and Care…Creating a Foundation for Economic Opportunity – MASSCAP FY20 Public Policy Priorities – EHS success story – MASSCAP’s Comprehensive Job Readiness Curriculum Guide

June 3rd Newsletter – MASSCAP

MA Facts – MA state legislative items on Bridging the Wage Gap…Strengthening Families through Affordable & Accessible Early Education and Care…Creating a Foundation for Economic Opportunity – MASSCAP FY20 Public Policy Priorities – EHS success story

May 2nd Newsletter – MASSCAP

MA Poverty Facts – The EITC and CTC have kept 150,000 people out of poverty in MA by helping them to bridge the wage gap – MASSCAP advocating for an increase in state funding for VITA by $800,000 = $10,000 for each of the 80 VITA sites

April 18th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Massachusetts poverty facts and webinar recording – MASSCAP FY20 public policy priorities on Bridging the Wage Gap, Strengthening Families through Affordable & Accessible Early Education and Care and Creating a Foundation for Economic Opportunity – VITA & EITC success story – MA Supplemental Fuel Assistance allocation

February 26th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Heating Help Programs Reduce Poverty: MASSCAP seeking $30M state resources for fuel assistance Warmth is a Necessity: Story of elderly couple living on fixed income.

February 13th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Data on how public programs reduce poverty – MASSCAP promoting state funding in five priority areas – Collaboration Matters: MASSCAP’s 2019 VITA Kickoff – Continuing the Conversation

Massachusetts Community Action Trust Fund

Establishing a Community Action Trust Fund is part of Massachusetts HD.783 (proposed): An Act to address inequality, promote opportunity, and end poverty. Plus MA State House News Service coverage and MASSCAP’s 2018 Poverty Report reflecting the long-lasting impact of anti-poverty policies.

December 13th Newsletter – Massachusetts Association for Community Action

MASSCAP ACTION ALERT: Urgent Need for Fuel Assistance – MASSCAP asks Gov. Baker and the state of MA for $30M in supplemental budget – Heating Help Programs reduce poverty – Heating Help Programs are Health and Safety Programs – Videos featuring Heating Help assistance recipient and Statewide Heating Help Programs Kickoff

November 19th Newsletter – MASSCAP

Poverty Jeopardizes Health – Programs Remove Obstacles & Improve Health – Making a Difference: Focusing on the Social Determinants of Health – Continuing the Conversation

2017 Annual Report – MASSCAP

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action has published its 2017 annual report to highlight the work of Massachusett’s Community Action Agencies.

October 31st Newsletter – MASSCAP

Poverty is a story of low wage work – Ideas on addressing transportation challenges – Making Our Voices Heard: Ways to take action – Continuing the Conversation

September 18, 2018 Newsletter – MASSCAP

Nancy Wagman, author of MASSCAP’s report: Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward – Policy choices from the past still have an impact today – Two positive steps toward equal opportunity – Continuing the conversation

FY19 Public Policy Priorities – MASSCAP

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action has released a fact sheet outlining its FY19 public policy initiatives under four priority areas. A breakfast briefing is being held on February 6 at the Massachusetts State House.

Strategic Plan, FY18-FY20 – MASSCAP

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action’s FY18-FY20 Strategic Plan includes​ a summary of MASSCAP’s strategic planning process, three-year practical vision, and planned actions for each strategy.

Appreciative Inquiry Process for Strategic Planning

Springfield Partners for Community Action uses the Appreciative Inquiry Process for strategic planning that builds upon an organization’s underlying strengths and values to create a vision for the future building on what worked best in the past.

Educational Opportunity Center

The Valley Opportunity Council’s Educational Opportunity Center provides families and individuals the educational tools necessary to succeed.

Establishing Effective Workforce Development Programs

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action has published a Resource Guide on Establishing Effective Workforce Development Programs to help Community Action Agencies and others in their efforts to assist individuals in moving toward self-sufficiency.

Home Furnishings Program

Springfield Partners for Community Action established the Home Furnishings Program to help homeless families make the transition into permanent housing.

Joint Coalition on Health

The Joint Coalition on Health is a group of committed individuals and organizations working collaboratively as catalysts for change and advocates for the underserved to improve the health and well-being of everyone in North Central Massachusetts.

KIDS DAY and Champions of Character

Springfield Partners for Community Action sponsors KIDS DAY as a day of entertainment, educational information and fun experiences for preschool and school-aged children and their families. Proceeds from the event support the Champions of Character and Springfield Partners’ Scholarship Programs.

Telephone Reassurance Program

Springfield Partners for Community Action developed the Telephone Reassurance Program to help seniors and homebound/isolated adults maintain independent living.

Worcester Community Connections Coalition

The Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. developed the Worcester Community Connections Coalition to build neighborhood-based networks that support leadership development and parent advocacy in community planning activities and efforts to coordinate services.