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December 2021

NCCAA Receives $25,000 2021 Duke Energy Foundation Social Justice and Racial Equity Grants

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NCCAA has received a $25,000 grant to reduce disparate outcomes from the Duke Energy Foundation for North Carolina nonprofits. "Low-wage earners of color have traditionally been left out of the technology explosion," said NCCAA Executive Director Sharon C. Goodson. "Those not immersed in technology get left behind and fast. Our goal is to ensure that families in communities of color are equipped with the high-tech training required to compete in the digital workplace and ultimately lifted out of poverty." READ MORE

Agency News

Success Story

Kathleen's Success Story: Her house feels like a home

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Ideally, your home should be more than a house.

We cultivate home as a place of refuge to keep belonging, seek security, and create memories. For those living in poverty, home may have a different connotation, with the worry of meeting basic needs like utility costs, food, and clothing limiting the joy of home. Home maintenance is an extra expense most low-income families are unable to afford. Unsafe living conditions can lead to poorer health and an increased financial burden. READ MORE

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Spotlight on I-CARE Inc. by United Way

Bryan Duncan, executive director of I-CARE, Inc., has a frank discussion with an I-CARE client and the United Way of Iredell County. CLICK HERE to learn how the client benefited from I-CARE's support in obtaining her CDL license.


WAGES hosts Ready, Set, Grow and Go

WAGES provided local families with food, bike helmets, oral health kits, books, PPE, and more during its recent Ready, Set, Grow and Go event. The event was part of NCCAA’s Social Determinants of Health Education Think Tank pilot. READ MORE


AI and Machine Learning trainings available through FVWO

FVWO has partnered with The Bridge Tech LLC to offer artificial intelligence and machine learning training. The training program is open to high school seniors and college students that started in mid-November. READ MORE


Ishamel Hinson awarded during WRLP's Esther Awards celebration

Ishamel Hinson, Sports and Media Rights agent for Creative Artists Agency received recognition for his support of WRLP's mission along with his various community involvement. READ MORE

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WAMY launches "The Hangout" after school program for local youth

WAMY's new after-school program—The Hangout—provides youth a safe place to go after school. It's part of the Afterschool Alliance for Lights on Afterschool, a nationwide series of events celebrating after-school programs.



YVEDDI receives Yadkin County Shore Community Grant

YVEDDI received a $4,000 Shore Community grant. The funds will be used to provide East Bend seniors with a monthly supper and fresh produce packs and activities to decrease social isolation and loneliness. READ MORE 


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Join the "Spread Joy Challenge"

The North Carolina Community Action Association is challenging all to spread holiday cheer this winter by joining its 12-day Spread Joy challenge. READ MORE

Tuition-free classes offered at NC community colleges

A program created to spur North Carolina’s economic recovery from COVID-19 has been expanded to give the state’s 2020 high school graduates a chance to attend community college tuition-free. READ MORE

Plan your vaccine with online tool

NBC has an online “Plan Your Vaccine” tool that shows where vaccines are administered in each state. Users select their state and age group. The tool also provides specific rules for each location.


NEW Reentry Council launches Holiday GivingFest

The NEW Reentry Council is seeking your help in providing holiday cheer for local returning citizens and their families. Through GivingFest the organizat deliver 150 Christmas meal boxes and children’s toys to NEW Reentry clients working to rebuild their lives. READ MORE


NC HOPE Program marks its first year with more than a half-billion in rent and utility awards

The NC Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program marked its one-year anniversary with more than half a billion dollars awarded in rent and utility assistance.“In its first year, the HOPE Program has helped more than 135,000 North Carolina families stay safe and warm in their homes during the pandemic,” said Gov. Cooper. READ MORE


Jail vs. Prison: know the difference

Many people often use the terms “jail” and “prison” interchangeably. It is a common misconception that the two words mean precisely the same thing. In reality, jails and prisons serve similar purposes but are different facilities. READ MORE

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Let's end child poverty

As of 2019, 14.4% of all children under the age of 18 in the United States were living below the poverty line. Most of America’s economic systems were not designed to support every family. The cost of raising a child is, on average, $200,000. For families living in poverty providing fundamental resources including food, shelter, and housing can be taxing. READ MORE

High cost of treating addiction in NC

For North Carolinians with addiction, finding a suitable treatment plan is only the beginning of an often lifelong process. After patients navigate the matrix of treatment services and regulations, they have to find a way to pay for care. A lack of funding can cause a life-or-death setback. READ MORE

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Mark your calendar!

December—Happy Holidays!

8| SERCAP Webinar, Virtual


10| Case Management Certification, Virtual

17| Head Start Family Certification Cohort, Virtual

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