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April 2022, Issue 4

Celebrate Second Chance Month with us this April

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The NEW Reentry Council will support Second Chance Month with activities throughout April. Second Chance Month celebrates formerly incarcerated individuals as they rebuild their lives and their successful reentry. READ MORE to view information on upcoming events.

Meet our Executive Directors

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Five Questions with Twana Roebuck, Experiment in Self-Reliance

Executive Director Twana Roebuck, Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR), is fundamentally a teacher. “Through knowledge people can do better,” she said. “I will always be a teacher, both formal and informal.”CLICK HERE to learn more about Twana in this Five Questions with an Executive Director feature.

Success Story

Finding a job with a disability: Quincy's success story

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Quincy contacted Passage Home when his family became homeless. His wife was employed full-time, and he received disability income, but not enough to support his family of six and pay rent. Passage Home quickly located a house on their behalf and provided rental assistance while the family got back on their feet. With the family’s most immediate needs met, Quincy could focus on increasing his income. READ MORE to learn how Quincy benefited from the agency's workforce development program.

Agency News


WAMY is accepting applicants for the Urgent Home Repair program

WAMY is offering homeowner repairs to residents with special needs in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. The program can also pay for accessibility modifications that allow you to remain in your home after an injury or serious illness. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by April 11.


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ESR offers families reimbursements for fire-related expenses

Experiment in Self-Reliance has partnered with the city of Winston-Salem to provide fire reimbursements to families affected by the Winston Weaver Co. fertilizer plant fire. Residents can be reimbursed for hotel bills, meals, lost wages, and other related expenses. Only expenses incurred from 9 p.m. January 31 through noon February 4 will be reimbursed. READ MORE


WAGES will facilitate community listening sessions

WAGES in partnership with the Care and Learning (CandL) coalition will facilitate listening sessions for community residents to express how early childcare education is not meeting their families' needs. The coalition will use each session on their tour to launch a multi-year campaign around education reform.


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ECHSA gives families a sense of hope through unprecedented times

Over the past year, Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (ECHSA) has seen a significant increase in requests for immediate housing assistance. The agency administers services to enable self-sufficiency in residents of Duplin, New Hanover, and Onslow counties. READ MORE to learn how ECHSA leveraged The Duke Endowment funds to help reduce homelessness throughout its three-county area.

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CAF partners with MeckED to address causes of generational poverty

Charlotte Area Fund has partnered with MeckED, a local youth social services organization to provide resources to students in their Career Pathways program. Resources include rent payments, car repairs, and medical expenses to help students focus on their future and less on economic struggles. READ MORE

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Mountain Projects receives a $30k grant from Nantahala Health Foundation

Mountain Projects received a $30,000 grant from Nantahala Health Foundation. The funds will be used for housing rehabilitation in Jackson County. Patsy Davis said the funds will allow the organization to provide needed home repairs for low-income seniors.




NCCAA's annual conference returns to

in-person format

NCCAA’s annual conference is only one month away. REGISTER TODAY to engage with professionals on managing your personal finances, and the latest information on SDOH, risk mitigation, storytelling, employee retention, cybersecurity and so much more! From Pandemic to Progress, this conference will deliver!

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Redistricting Data Hub resource

Redistricting Data Hub is an organization that can help support navigating the data, tools, and knowledge needed to push for fair redistricting. The help desk is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with trained support specialists committed to respond within one business day to questions about redistricting data, mapping tools, or anything redistricting-related. READ MORE

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NC Longleaf Commitment grant provides free tuition and fees for graduating seniors

More than 2,022 North Carolina high school graduates may be eligible for free tuition and fees at one of the state’s 58 community colleges. The Longleaf Commitment Community College grants will provide up to $2,800 annually for two years for full-time students. Other enrolled students may be eligible for partial awards. Click HERE for eligibility requirements and other information.

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ROMA's Know News is Good News publication is now available

The Association of Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers (ANCRT) most recent newsletter features a new introduction video of ANCRT, information on the upcoming In-Service Continuing Education Program (ICEP) sessions, and updates from around the network. READ MORE

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Learn how the Community Action network responded to the COVID-19 pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit American communities in early 2020, the nation’s network of over 1,000 local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) sprang into action. CAAs adapted existing services, implemented new ones, and – almost overnight – shifted their entire organizational operations. CLICK HERE to view a report on how they did it. 


NCAP launches new partnership with Amazon Business

The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) has launched Amazon Business for its members. Amazon Business offers business-specific features and benefits suited for work such as a single membership for all users on a business account. CAA members can access hundreds of thousands of sellers who offer business-only selection, quantity discounts, and timesaving features to help businesses run better. Visit NCAP Associated Amazon Business Account to find the dedicated National Community Action Partnership member link, and sign up with verification code AAQNNK.


Don’t miss out on the next Wheel Deal webinars

The Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies has the following informative webinars coming up in its Wheel Deal series. All webinars are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., EST.

  • Celebrating Community Action Month with Advocacy, April 13—Community Action Month presents a great opportunity to promote the work of CAAs.
  • Understanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, May 18—The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program forgives qualifying federal direct loans to borrowers who have made 120 qualifying payments, while working for a qualifying public service employer.

For more information on SEACAA’s Wheel Deal webinar series, click HERE


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The decline of the American dream

There are many social ideals that have been passed from generation to generation, but arguably the strongest and most sought-after ideal is the American dream. In reality, the American dream has become a financial promise of the past, and the hope it once brought has started to vanish from those who once clung to it. READ MORE

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Filling the gaps: The Duke Endowment helps 1,230 families in need

The pandemic not only hit low-income families hard but also sent many middle-class families into poverty. Over the last two years, our agencies have seen a dramatic increase in the number of families needing a hand up and an increase of diversity in the need. Thanks to funding from The Duke Endowment our agencies met the needs of hundreds of North Carolina families, no matter their needs. READ MORE

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Poverty is a societal failing

We all benefit from the skills and talents of those around us. But how does poverty fit into that? Knowing that we all benefit from each other’s work, it would seem like poverty means the poor person is at fault due to their own laziness or lack of contribution. But when you know someone in poverty, you know that’s not true. READ MORE

Inspirational Words

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Mark Your Calendar!

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11-15| SC Community Action Partnership Annual Spring Training Conference, Virtual

12| NC Coalition to end Homelessness Racial Equity Dialogue, Virtual

12 | The Big Pop Up, Four Seasons Town Centre, Greensboro, NC


10-13| NCCAA Annual Conference, Cherokee, NC

30| Case Management Certification Training, Virtual

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