eNewsletter for Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies (SEACAA) - August 2019
ANNUAL CONFERENCE
#CommunityActionWorks C onference Theme Sets Wheels in Motion for Action-Packed Week
Come to Myrtle Beach
Sept. 10-13





 REGISTER separately for free Preconference - Social Determinants of Health & Community Action
Need a Room? BOOK IT NOW! - Rooms available at the Kingston Plantation at the Embassy Suites/Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC through August 9th ..
$14 Resort Fee

FUNNY BUSINESS
Hilariously funny, culturally sensitive Keynote Speaker, Larry Weaver, will lighten things up at the General Opening with his clean sense of hu mor to illustrate the importance of creativity, attitude, and motivation.
ACT NOW! Join SEACAA or Renew Membership - Here
IN SERVICE
Jimmie Samuel Day of Service BRING Winter Gloves, Hats, Scarves, and Coats to Conference and Help Others "Rise Above the Storm"
Although the dog days of summer make it hard to think about the cold winter weather looming ahead, it will be here before you know it. Donations for the 2019 SEACAA Service Project, Rise Above the Storm" will benefit storm victims at SC's Pee Dee Community Action Agency. Bring woolen gloves, scarves, hats, coats (new or gently used) to the conference for storm victims.
Bring donations to conference or ship them!
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” Malcom Bane
AWARDS
Take Your Pick SEACAA Award Nominations Due: August 16
Due: August 16
  • Lonnie D. Burton Achievement Award
  • Carl D. Perkins Human Service Award
  • William "Sonny" Walker Self-Sufficiency Award

HEALTHY SOLUTIONS
What's the Buzz? Social Determinants of Health & Community Action Focus of Preconference
You’ve probably heard the phrase “Social Determinants of Health” a lot recently. This buzz-worthy phrase has become a popular topic of discussion for policy makers and health professionals alike. This year, SEACAA will be tackling the topic and arguing that community action is a natural place to have these discussions and lead the charge in tackling the social determinants of health.

Register to attend the SEACAA preconference event, Bridging the Gap Between Social Determinants of Health & Innovative Solutions. This informative training promises to offer insight on ways community action agencies can best position themselves to be leaders in this space.

The event is free but registration is required, visit the SEACAA conference webpage for more info or click the link below to register today!

Click Here to Register
INTERVENTION
HI-5 Achieve Healthy Outcomes in 5 Years
HI-5 (Health Impact in 5 years) has approaches to improve the places where we live, learn, work and play. HI-5 can help achieve health outcomes in your community in 5 years or less, providing good economic value for the investment.
SUCCESS STORY
KCEOC and Paths 2 Promise Make a Way Knox Countian Achieves Life Goals and Is Able to Support Her Family
Knox Countian, Melissa Hurst, was in a bind.

Kentucky - With three children and her husband newly laid off, she was faced with figuring out how to quickly help support her family—there was just one problem. As a long-time stay-at-home mom with no high school diploma or GED, her options were almost nonexistent in her small-town. With the assistance of the KCEOC and the Paths 2 Promise (P2P) program, Hurst was able to turn her life around.

Read more here to learn how Melissa achieved her goals
SAFE HAVEN
Support Community Healing Place for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is rarely discussed in public forums, even though healthy connection to others is an integral part of healing. This site is a support community for those who have undergone prolonged trauma and came out the other side alive and kicking, but with wounds that need tending. This is also a place for friends and family of the victims to come for support.
e-LEARNING PLATFORM
Bloom Where You Are Planted Grow Professionally at Your Own Pace
Enroll in Executive Leaders web-based Certification programs!

Web-based Tracks Offered
  • Human Resources
  • Executive/Deputy Director
  • Financial Officer

The e-learning platform can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
THROUGH THE LENS
IF POVERTY CANNOT BE REDUCED, WHAT ELSE CAN COMMUNITY ACTION DO? Part 2
Part 2 The Psychology of Being Poor: Single Parenthood
This 3-part series is focused on the belaboring question underlying CA's inability to change the statistical dynamics associated with moving people out of poverty in the last three decades.

Dr. Joyce J. Dorsey, MSW, DBS; President/CEO,
......provides an analysis and understanding of the problem and our remaining options.

SHIFT NEEDED
In this second article in the series, the writer addresses the phenomenon of traumatic experiences in the paradigm of service intervention and suggests that a constant study of service-oriented strategies become a practice in the professional development of community action employees and supervisors. This shift should focus, in part, to the seemed widespread phenomenon of traumatic experiences.

TRAUMA DEFINED
Trauma is often, but not always, associated with being present at the site of a trauma-inducing event. It is also possible to sustain trauma after witnessing something from a distance. Young children are especially vulnerable....
Source of information: www.PsychGuide.com

TRAUMA defined: Trauma can be caused by an overwhelmingly negative event that causes a lasting impact on the victim’s mental and emotional stability.

Dr. Donna Beegle's book, See Poverty, Be The Difference (2007), is cited as one demonstration of how relevant this topic must be. In her book she points out the realities one faces through the lens of direct experience, having grown up in dire poverty, herself. 
Read Part 1 - Look for Part 3 in the November Spotlight
“For generations, my family has subsisted on minimum-wage employment and migrant work,” writes Donna Beegle in the opening of her book.
TRENDING
NEW Executive Administrators Meet Up at Orientation During Conference
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New SEACAA Executive Directors and Administrators who have been in their position for 4 years or less and complete the SEACAA Orientation are eligible for reimbursement of their conference registration fee!
Tuesday, September 10, 4pm
The new SEACAA Executive Administrator Orientation helps new leaders get up to speed and facilitate their transition to the regional network of CAA’s. This session will address trending topics in community action, nationally, regionally and statewide to ensure they have a clear understanding of our Mission, Vision and Purpose. New leaders will also be welcomed and introduced to experienced SEACAA Executive Committee and Board members.

Orientation Agenda
  • Introduction to the SEACAA Executive Committee
  • Overview of Community Action 
  • Community Action Regional and National Partners
  • Overview of SEACAA - Mission, Vision & Purpose
  • Leadership Roles & Responsibilities
  • Certification Opportunities
  • Networking & Closing

 Email info@seacaa.org@gmail.com
AWARD
Martha O’Bryan Center and Metro Action Commission Recognized for Work Lifting Families Out of Poverty
 
Nashville, TN – The Kresge Foundation has selected Martha O’Bryan Center and Metro Action Commission for its national Next Generation Initiative . The two Nashville agencies will join eight other nonprofit and government human service agencies from across the country in this two-year learning program. The group of 5 nonprofits and 5 government agencies was selected among 500 invited applicants for their work advancing the social and economic mobility of children and families with low incomes. 
Both agencies provide connected programs for educational support (from toddlers to adults), employment coaching, and family stability services (such as food security and eviction prevention).
Each agency will receive $500,000 to advance person-centered, outcomes-based, data driven work that advances racial equity using two-generation, whole family approaches.
About The Kresge Foundation:
The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. For more information visit www.kresge.org .

REGIONAL
Partnership Opps SEACAA Sponsorships, Ads & Exhibitors for 2019
It's not too late to partner with the Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies (SEACAA) on the 2019 Annual Conference, a dynamic, regional event with representation from nearly 200 agencies in an 8-state region. 
Email info@seacaa.org@gmail.com
FOOT ACTION
Ryan’s Place Safe Haven Opens for Homeless Youth in KY Who Are Trying to Get on Their Feet
Barbourvile, KY - KCEOC has officially opened the KCEOC Youth Crisis Center named Ryan’s Place in Barbourville, KY. It is a place for homeless youth to live and receive services to help them obtain permanent housing.

The Center is named after Ryan White, a homeless KCEOC youth client tragically killed in a car accident shortly after his 18th birthday and before his mission to end youth homelessness became reality.
FUND DEVELOPMENT
NCCAA & New Grounds Our NEW Grounds© Brand Ambassador hosted a webinar in July discussing the coffee and ways in which you can gain unrestricted funding for your agency. If you missed it and would like to access the recording click the button below!
If you have any further questions email Padgett Harrington at padgett.harrington@nccaa.net
Did you Know?
Pamela S. Sims , CCAP
President/CEO

Certified Community Action Professional, Pamela S. Sims is the new President/CEO of SHARE , a community action agency. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Furman University majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Pamela has been employed with SHARE for forty-five years, since 1974 and began her role as President/CEO of SHARE in 2018.
Her passion has always been to alleviate poverty by equipping individuals with the proper tools. Pamela believes it is an honor to be able to serve and help others, and that’s exactly what she does, every day at SHARE.
Welcome aboard, Pamela!
Read More HERE
OBSERVANCES
August 25-31 is Be Kind to Humankind Week
“7 Effective Ways to Make Others Feel Important
1. Use their name.
2. Express sincere gratitude.
3. Do more listening than talking.
4. Talk more about them than about you.
5. Be authentically interested.
6. Be sincere in your praise.
7. Show you care.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
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Coming Up!...... CALENDAR
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SEPTEMBER
10-13
2019 SEACAA Annual Conference , Myrtle Beach, SC
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25-27
Pre-Conference Trainings (September 23 – 24)
Annual Core Training Conference (September 25 – 27)


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