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50 Years: Assisting Communities to "Breathe" 

As we end the celebrations across the nation to highlight 50 years of alleviating the pressures and symptoms of poverty, tensions in the nation are on the rise. Communities are crying, "We can't breathe!", and Community Action Agencies are continuing the war on poverty to assist communities. Although most are associating the chant with one aspect as it relates to police-community relations, community action agents are aware that the ills that are plaguing these communities are rooted in the symptoms associated with poverty. So, while the nation leaders are trying to figure out a solution, CAAs are still in the trenches doing the work many choose not to do, because they want an easy way out. Discourse is not new to community action. For another 50 years, CAAs will continue to be instrumental in assisting communities to "breathe".

Volunteer Risk Management
During the holidays, volunteers are running to shelters, food distributions, toy drives, coat and blanket drives, etc. Most organizations welcome them with open arms without considering the levels of risk which may expose the organization to negative ramifications. Throughout the year, organizations should evaluate their volunteer programs and continue to utilize best practices to efficiently and effectively execute a successful volunteer program. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center is a great resource to stay abreast of all your nonprofit risk management needs. For more details, click here

Denise Harlow Named New CEO of Community Action Partnership
RPIC IVA Consortium would like to congratulate Denise Harlow on her appointment as CEO of the Community Action Partnership.   Denise had been serving as the organization's Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) since June and has been with the organization since 2011. As CEO, Harlow will spearhead a number of strategic initiatives to help the national network of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) increase their capacity to improve the local conditions of poverty affecting low-income people, families, and communities.  


The Board announced the appointment on December 8, 2014.  Click here for the full press release.

Upcoming Webinars/Trainings 


"Management and Leadership Training Conference 2015"  

When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Thursday, January 8, 2015


Kick off the year for Community Action with at least 15 content-filled sessions that are designed to build organizational capacity; address communications, Community Economic Development, and board strategies; offer national Head Start updates; and provide solid financial training.                             


"NASCSP 2015 Mid-
Winter Training Opportunities"

When:  Monday, February 23, 2015 - Friday, February 27, 2015

valuable opportunity for professionals from around the country to come together to discuss strategies for meeting new challenges. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) track will focus on HHS CSBG initiatives. It will also highlight best practices related to anti-poverty efforts, performance management, and performance measurement. Sessions will include updates on ROMA Next Generation, Organizational Standards, State and Federal Accountability Measures, and a discussion with the Office of Community Services about their vision for the future of the Network. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) track will focus on DOE WAP initiatives and grantee management issues. Sessions include updates and discussion of recent DOE WAP policy, program notices, guidance, and future direction of the program. 

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 "2015 CAPLAW National Training Conference"

When: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Friday, June 12, 2015


Nonprofits today face an ever-increasing array of rules and regulations. How do you comply without losing sight of your organizations's mission and program goals? The conference workshops focus on fiscal, governance, and human resources issues, as well as workshops on a variety of other topics. Workshops are relevant to nonprofits generally, with a specific focus on issues faced by Community Action Agencies (CAAs), Head Start programs, and other federal grant recipients. 



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