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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

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 – 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!

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 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 – 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 – 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!

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!

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!

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.

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

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)

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!

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. 

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 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!

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 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

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

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

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

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.

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)

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.

March 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Breaking the cycle of poverty: Partnerships between agencies provides job readiness and training – Community Action delivers winter coats – 2017 State of Poverty in Ohio Report pending release – National Community Action Month Toolkit – Miami Valley CAP Legal Clinic video – Staff Spotlight – and more!

February 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Generation RX: Reducing youth substance abuse – HAPCAP touts benefits of Head Start – OACAA responds to federal budget proposal – Staff Spotlight – Financial dashboards for boards – Upcoming events & trainings!

January 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Comprehensive article about the role of housing in the fight against opioids in America – NOCAC opens new Head Start facility – OACAA summer conference dates – Staff Spotlight – and more!

2018 Winter Legislative Conference – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ 2018 Winter Legislative Conference is being held from January 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio. Six workshop tracks are being offered.

Diversity Training – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies is offering Diversity Training on September 14 in Columbus, Ohio.

August 2017 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Tim Donnellan retires after 39 years of service – ASCA receives $15K towards Head Start building purchase – New OACAA board members – Upcoming training events – CAC of Fayette County Mutual Self-Help Housing success story – OACAA Foundational Level Seminar Series – Poverty Institute with Dr. Donna Beegle.

2017 Annual Summer Conference – OACAA

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ 2017 Annual Summer Conference is being held from July 19-21 in Dublin, Ohio. Thirty workshops are being offered through four educational tracks: Leadership, Hot Topics, Seniors, and CSBG.

2016 State of Poverty in Ohio Report

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with Community Research Partners, has released its annual State of Poverty in Ohio Report. The report highlights trends and factors contributing to poverty in order to understand how circumstances affect Ohioans.

June 2016 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OACAA network news inc. Block party shows off community collaboration – Community Action Day celebration – 2015 OACAA Annual Report – OACAA commends Kasich veto of polling hour extension bill – Success Story: Successful tax filing program – OACAA Blog: Make a greater community impact with strategic planning.

2015 State of Poverty in Ohio Report

For the past several years, OACAA has worked with Community Research Partners to develop the annual State of Poverty Report to highlight trends and challenges, while dispelling myths about poverty. We aim to shed light on the real issues low-income Ohioans face on their path to self-sufficiency.

March 2016 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Three CAAs receive more than $1 million for substance abuse services – CAA and three other local organizations share $1.5 million to help curb infant mortality – CAC Early Childhood Program receives awards – OACAA Exemplary Programs Award Nominations now being accepted – Success Story: LACAA Steps to Success Program – Gov. Kasich helps Community Action keep children warm this winter.

Ohio Self-Sufficiency Standard Calculator and Report

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, in cooperation with University of Washington School of Social Work, Center for Women’s Welfare, has released The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Ohio 2015 Report, along with an updated and expanded online Self-Sufficiency Calculator for Ohio.

2015 RPIC Region V Innovations Conference (Nov. 9-10)

This 2-day event is intended to bring together State Associations and CAAs from Region V to discuss innovation. Specifically, the event is designed to help participants start to think differently about the causes and solutions to poverty.

2014 OACAA Poverty Report

In cooperation with Community Research Partners, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies has released the State of Poverty in Ohio Report, which aims to illustrate the effects of poverty in an effort to understand economic hardships today and over the last fifty years.

2014 OACAA Best Practices Awards

On January 29, 2014, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies along with The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and funding from the Ohio Development Services Agency, bestowed six Community Action Agencies with Best Practice Awards, with one agency receiving two awards.

2013 OACAA Best Practices Awards

On January 30, 2013, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies along with The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs bestowed five Community Action Agencies with Best Practice Awards, with one agency receiving two awards.

Study Shows CAAs Contribute to Economic Development

Ohio CAAs invested over $208 million in CED projects in 2010 and 94% of those funds was spent on services designed to improve Ohio’s employment outlook. This report includes 25 case studies, which describe programs that address at least one specified CED goal and meet one or more exemplary criteria.

Media Accepts OACAA Food Stamp Challenge

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies has initiated the Ohio Community Action Food Stamp Challenge to increase awareness and give participants a view of what life can be like for the 1.75 million low-income Ohioans receiving food stamps.

Ohio Community Action Food Stamp Challenge

In honor of Community Action Month, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies is initiating the Ohio Community Action Food Stamp Challenge April 30-May 4. The goal of the Challenge is to increase awareness and give participants a view of what life can be like for the 1.75 million low-income Ohioans receiving food stamps.

2010 OACAA Best Practice Award Winners

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University recognized seven programs at six different Community Action Agencies in January.

SUREHIRE Program

OIC of Clark County developed the SUREHIRE Employment Services Program to assist job seekers with employment search and to offer applicant pre-screening services for area employers.

Ohio Food Program

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks established the Ohio Food Purchase Program to make nutritious shelf stable products available to foodbanks to complement other products acquired through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), donations, and Ohio’s Second Harvest Foodbank network.

Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks established the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program to expand capacity to feed hungry individuals and to prevent waste of agricultural products.

Statewide Hunger Awareness and Advocacy

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks uses a variety of mechanisms to increase hunger awareness and to build support for hunger relief including strategies that address poverty as the root cause of hunger.