December 2021
Wheel Deal Webinar Series
Delivering Innovation to CAAs
Join us for a series of virtual training sessions and connect with experts across the country. Our strategic wheelhouse of training webinars has been developed to equip you to proactively turn risk into opportunity. The webinars are designed to keep you connected to expert insights and lively practical content to help your organization survive today, and more importantly, thrive tomorrow. LEARN MORE
Community Action Gets Vaccinated Graphics
NCAP has created this “Community Action Gets Vaccinated” design for Community Action Agencies and State Associations to use in promoting the importance of getting vaccinated. READ MORE
Speak Up SEACAA!
Regional stories that inform, empower, and inspire
UETHDA Provides a Hand Up to the Burris Family
Johnson City, TN--The Burris family originally came into the Washington Co. Neighborhood Service Center to request assistance with an electric disconnect notice. The household is comprised of two adults with minor children. The family was referred by their energy provider. Mrs. Burris was employed part-time up until late spring but was only working on an as-needed basis. Although Mr. Burris was working full-time, he was not earning a living wage. READ MORE
Knox County CAC Office on Aging Senior Care Calls Honored with Aging Innovation Award
Knoxville, TN--Knox County CAC’s Office on Aging Senior Care Calls was presented with the Aging Innovation Award during the Tennessee Federation for the Aging’s Annual Awards Luncheon. This award is given to an organization that demonstrates innovation by offering new services to improve the lives of older adults in the community. CAC has seen an increase in senior isolation, symptoms of depression, and health decline. Senior Care Calls was launched in April 2020 in response to COVID-19. This program utilizes volunteers to make check-in calls to seniors who are homebound, isolated, and lonely.  READ MORE
Photographed above, from left to right Knoxville County CAC's Office on Aging Senior Care Calls: Director Dottie Lyvers; Deisha Finley, Associate Director for Volunteer Management and Special Projects; Charles Hewgley, President of Tennessee Federation for Aging; and Sam Reddick, Lead Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator.
KCEOC Awarded $750,000 Grant through ALMER
Gray, KY--KCEOC Community Action Partnership Inc. awarded a $750,000 grant through the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) program funds for economic development projects in 10 Eastern Kentucky counties. The funds will be used to purchase a commercially-zoned building and property, located in western Knox County, near Corbin, Kentucky. READ MORE
NC, KY Join Program to Combat Opioid Crisis
As the U.S. reckons with record-breaking drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 epidemic, Bloomberg Philanthropies is making a five-year, $120 million investment to help combat the overdose crisis in North Carolina, Kentucky, and other hard-hit states. READ MORE
Community Care Clinic for Homeless Citizens
Owensboro, KY--Audubon Area Community Services, Inc., a collaborative partnership with Owensboro Health Regional Health System, designed an HRSA 330 Public funded Federally Funded Health Center for the Homeless Program.  Audubon Area Community Care Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, opened in April 2017, it is the area’s only Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) clinic to meet the vast, complex healthcare needs of the region’s most vulnerable citizens in Davies, Hancock, Henderson, Ohio, McLean, and Union Counties. READ MORE
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Other News You Can Use
American Rescue Plan Funds to Protect Americans from Rising Home Heating Costs
The Biden-Harris administration called on states, localities, and tribes to plan a program using the American Rescue Plan to address home energy costs this winter. They have asked utility companies that receive public dollars to prevent utility shut-offs this winter. READ MORE
Professional Certification Opportunities
Executive/Deputy Director Certification

Earn your Certification at your own pace, in your own time. The e-learning platform can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
Embedded in each of the eight web-based modules are mandatory quizzes designed to encourage critical reflection and skill application. At the completion of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate increased competence in each content area.

The Certified Community Action Management Program offers two certification programs that allow all organizations and their employees at every level to achieve high educational and professional standards in community engagement and management. SIGN UP HERE
"SEACAA Certification classes provide high-quality training at reasonable prices. Content is updated regularly to reflect current issues. Register today!" ~Ricky Baker, SEACAA Board Member/Executive Director, LKLP Community Action Council, Inc.
Find Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Check out the CDC's online "Plan Your Vaccine" tool that shows where vaccines are administered in each state. The tool also provides specific rules for each location.
Blogs and Other Thoughts
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
Five Myths about Returning Citizens and Reentry
Returning citizens are often stigmatized by negative perceptions and myths. The misconceptions and fears associated with reentering society can influence the success of a returning citizen. To enact change in our communities for returning citizens, more community members need to better understand incarceration, criminal records, and the common reasons why people become involved with the law. The goal is for returning citizens to live in inclusive environments regardless of their past indiscretions. READ MORE
Membership
Members are the lifeblood of associations. They help fulfill your organization’s mission and propel your organization forward.

SEACAA is still your #1 go-to resource for CA practitioners and professions in the southeast, especially during times of crisis and in this era of uncertainty. Support the Association with your regional agency dues if you have not done so. RENEW HERE
Mark Your Calendar
December 14, 2021
Introduction to Community Action

December 22, 2021
Stacking Weatherization Funds With Habitat for Humanity, Webinar

August 31- September 22, 2022
NCAP 2022 Annual Conference
Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY

October 18-21, 2022
SEACAA 2022 Annual Conference
Beau Rivage Hotel, Biloxi, MS
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