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2019 Annual Report – VACAP

The Virginia Community Action Partnership has published its 2019 annual report to highlight the work of Virginia’s Community Action Agencies.

2020 Legislative Conference – VACAP

The Virginia Community Action Partnership’s 2020 Legislative Conference is being held from January 14–16. Several peer group meetings and roundtables are included along with two CAPLAW workshops and more!

June 2019 Workshop Conference – VACAP

The Virginia Community Action Partnership’s 2019 Workshop Conference is being held from June 10–13. Workshops, Peer Group Discussions and Roundtables are included. VA DHCD will be conducting Weatherization meetings and workshops.

2018 Annual Report – VACAP

The Virginia Community Action Partnership has published its 2018 annual report to highlight the work of Virginia’s Community Action Agencies.

2018 Legislative Conference – VACAP

The Virginia Community Action Partnership’s January 2018 Legislative Conference is being held from January 17–19 in Richmond, Virginia. Workshops topics include “Doing Good With More: A Model for Social Enterprise” and VHDA grant opportunities for “Strategic Housing Programs and Initiatives.”

Access to Higher Education

Project Discovery assists low-income and potential first generation youth in accessing and preparing for post-secondary education opportunities.

Board of Directors Training

The Office of Community Services/Virginia Department of Social Services has developed a training presentation to help Community Action Agency board members learn about and effectively fulfill their roles and responsibilities.

Center for Employment Training

Total Action for Progress (TAP) established a Center for Employment Training to provide education and skill training needed to enhance an individual’s marketability to enter today’s workforce.

VACAP 2013 Annual Report

The Virginia Community Action Partnership has published its 2013 annual report to highlight the work of Virginia’s Community Action Agencies.

Community Health Program

Pittsylvania County Community Action coordinates the Community Health Program to increase awareness about the symptoms and risks of unsafe behaviors.

Comprehensive Health Investment Project

The mission of CHIP of Virginia is to improve young children’s heath and promote wellness and self-sufficiency in low-income families, through partnerships with local communities.

Coronado Infant Center

The Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project developed the Coronado Infant Center to enable teen mothers to learn parenting skills and to stay enrolled in school.

Dumas Center for Artistic & Cultural Development

Total Action for Progress (TAP) has developed the Dumas Center for Artistic & Cultural Development as a collaborative of non-profit organizations dedicated to providing area citizens of all races and socio-economic backgrounds – especially youth – with opportunities to gain life enriching appreciation and to develop talent in the visual, cultural, performing and historic arts.

Financial Oversight by Governing Boards

The Office of Community Services/Virginia Department of Social Services has developed a training presentation to help Community Action Agency board members learn about and effectively fulfill their financial oversight roles and responsibilities.

Men Who Cook! Fundraising Event

Initial Posting: Mar 01, 2005 Purpose The Monticello Area Community Action Agency has developed Men Who Cook! to promote community support and awareness of the agency’s efforts and to raise funds for program support. Description The Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) hosts Men Who Cook! (MWC!) as the agency’s signature annual fundraising event.  The concept of MWC! attracts support from a broad cross-section of the community.  The uniqueness of MWC!, the event, is through the involvement of men from all sectors of the community who serve as volunteer chefs.  The event quickly developed a significant following and has raised as much as $35,000 in a single year to support MACAA’s programs.  The net amount of proceeds varies according to each year’s costs and proceeds.  Building strong sponsor support is critical for success.  Women Who Golf! is MACAA’s other chief fundraising special event. A similar event is sponsored by one other CAA: Men Who Cook – TEAM, Inc. (CT) – Developed to serve as the annual TEAM-signature fundraising event.  The first year in 2008 was a fabulous success.  It featured dining, dancing, open bar, silent auction, and raffle, raised over $28,000 and brought TEAM 54 new volunteers. Endorsement by the agency’s Board is the first step to develop the event.  This leads to establishing a Men Who Cook! Steering Committee involving Board, staff and community volunteers.  A Board member might be designated as the initial chairperson of the Steering Committee unless an impassioned community volunteer is available.  A high-profile Honorary Chairperson could also be designated. Times are flexible, but MACAA has scheduled MWC! for a Saturday evening beginning at 6:00 PM.  Chefs are asked…

Peninsula Community Development Corporation

The Office of Human Affairs established the Peninsula Community Development Corporation to help low and moderate income families become first-time homebuyers by building and rehabilitating quality affordable and energy efficient houses in their neighborhood.

People Incorporated Financial Services

People, Inc. developed People Incorporated Financial Services to provide training, technical assistance and business loans to new and existing small businesses. A tourism development loan fund is managed for the Ninth District Development Financing Incorporated.

Professional Standards for Fiscal Staff

The Virginia Community Action Partnership has developed recognized standards of competence for Community Action Agency fiscal staff through a program of professional registration and continuing education.

Project Recovery

Total Action for Progress established Project Recovery as a dropout retrieval program to foster completion of high school or participation in remedial alternative education, job-related learning and/or employment.

Reading for Jobs

People Incorporated developed the Reading for Jobs Program to provide at-risk youth with individualized instruction to improve academic performance and to promote job readiness through pre-employment skills training.

Virginia CASH Campaign – EITC Outreach Initiative

The Virginia CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) was created to help low- and moderate-income workers move toward greater self-sufficiency (a) by receiving the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can supplement earnings and (b) through financial literacy and other asset-building activities.

Youth Reality Store

The Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project used the Youth Reality Store simulation for a number of years to help low-income youth recognize the different paths their lives might take and the importance of making responsible decisions and setting goals in order to reach their full potential.

Youth Workforce Development

People, Inc. has developed a range of youth workforce development initiatives to promote completion of high school, post-secondary training and employment readiness.

Harvest Home Soup Kitchen

The Appalachian Branch of the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank supports the operation of the Harvest Home Soup Kitchen that provides meals to needy individuals three days per week.

Last Saturdays

ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically (ALIVE!) is a nonprofit organization of nearly 40 Christian, Jewish and B’ahi congregations working with the community to help those in need in Alexandria through the Last Saturday Food Distribution Program and other services.

Poverty Diet Experience

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy created the Poverty Diet Experience to promote understanding of the difficulties related to poverty and hunger.

Summer Nutrition Program

Pittsylvania County Community Action sponsors the Summer Nutrition Program to help children obtain adequate nutrition during the summer months.