Network Connection
December 2018
Advocacy - A voice for low-income Missourians
Standing Up for the Community Reinvestment Act

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is a United States federal law enacted in 1977 to prevent “redlining” and to encourage commercial banks and savings associations to help meet the needs of borrowers in all segments of their communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Regulations under the CRA are currently being considered for reform. To ensure the CRA remains a vital component of helping low- to moderate-income folks move toward self-sufficiency, members of our Network were encouraged to post comments about potential changes to the CRA.

With guidance from the  National Community Reinvestment Coalition , Missouri CAN also submitted a formal letter of comments on behalf of Missouri’s Community Action Agencies in November. Check out the letter here:
Federal Farm Bill Update

According to a few critical sources, the Farm Bill conference committee has reached an agreement on the provisions of the Farm Bill--and, they reportedly do not include the harmful work tracking requirements of the House version of the bill. Assuming the House and Senate agree to the conference committee version of the legislation, this is great news for our Network and for low-income Missourians!  Read more from The Washington Post.
Annual Legislative Relationship Survey

Later this month, Missouri CAN will release its annual legislative relationship survey, which helps our office determine what relationships exist with Missouri state legislators within our statewide Network. This information is critical for our cause and goes a long way toward building a strong Network of advocates committed to ending poverty. This year, the survey is particularly important given the number of incoming legislators as a result of the mid-term elections. Be on the lookout for a link to the survey later this month!
Network Capacity - Helping you help others
UPCOMING TRAINING - Design 101: Principles of Design

Missouri CAN is offering the first communications and marketing training of the new fiscal year, following the recent annual training and technical assistance survey. Design 101: Principles of Design, led by Strategic Communications Manager Sarah Hackman, will take place this Thursday, December 6. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to identify 8 basic principles of design, apply principles of design to upcoming communications projects, and critique personal work for effective design communication. Registration is required and seating is limited.
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Welcome, Andrea Davis!

Missouri Community Action Network is excited to welcome Andrea Davis to the Missouri CAN staff as the new Training Manager. Andrea worked most recently with Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri as the Outcomes and Quality Assurance Director. She has worked in Community Action since 2014. You'll begin receiving Training and Technical Assistance communication this month as she steps into her new role.
Upcoming Events for Missouri Community Action Network
We're grateful for the strong network of Community Action in our state! The Missouri CAN office will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here's what to expect during December:
Visit the Missouri CAN website for a full calendar of upcoming events.
MCAN On the Road: Agency Visits in November

Brian Valentine visited Missouri Ozarks Community Action, Inc. on November 18 for the agency's all-staff event and shared information about Missouri CAN's membership.

Dawn Fogarty visited Central Missouri Community Action on November 30 to attend the agency's quarterly managers meeting. She shared the focus of her first 90 days as Missouri CAN Executive Director, plans for the association's growth and discussed Missouri CAN membership.
Happy Holidays

Happy holidays to you and yours from Missouri CAN! May your holidays be merry and your New Year be bright. We are grateful for your work as part of the Missouri Community Action Network. We hope you feel warmth and love during this holiday season.
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