February Newsletter 2019



Our Vision 

We envision the Georgia CommunityAction Association as a strong, united network of effective community action agencies, guided by excellence and integrity in the promotion of social and economic justice in the State of Georgia

Our Mission

To serve as a professional organization for the Georgia Community Action Network by strengthening partnerships and providing tools and capacity building strategies to reduce poverty. 

Annual Training Conference
July 15-19, 2019
Savannah, GA

National Conferences:

Annual Conference
March 19-22, 2019
Washington, DC

National Training Conference
June 19-21, 2019
Charlotte, NC

 Community Action Partnership 
Annual Convention
August 28-30, 2019
Chicago, IL

2020 Census Jobs
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Earn extra income while helping your community.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

2020 Census jobs provide:
  • Great Pay
  • Flexible hours
  • Weekly pay
  • Paid training

2018 SEACAA Award "Winning" Champions
Congratulations to 
Lola Walton Johnson

 Central Savannah River Area EOA, Inc.  for winning the 


Carl D. Perkins 

Human Service Award 



Congratulations on your well deserved award!

Additional T/TA Tools & Resources!

Training and Orientation 
Tool for Tripartite Boards

State CSBG offices, associations and individual CAAs can use this Tool to help educate nonprofit tripartite boards on their responsibilities and the vital role they play in leading their organizations. Learn more .

Crosswalk of the CSBG Organizational Standards & Head Start Performance Standards:

CAAs that run Head Start programs are tasked with following two sets of different, yet overlapping requirements that apply to the funding they receive under the CSBG and Head Start Act. 

To help CAAs understand this overlap, CAPLAW developed a crosswalk showing the connections between the CSBG Organizational Standards. 

This crosswalk is intended to be a practical tool for CAAs, highlighting ways that board and staff members can leverage the intersection between the two sets of requirements to demonstrate compliance with the rules of both programs. 
Learn more : here!




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2019 State of Hope Application Now Open!

Deadline: March 29, 2019

Hope is a movement throughout Georgia to create communities where children are safe, thriving and full of hope. Our mission is to cultivate family-centered support systems by connecting, equipping and nurturing diverse community collaborators.

Why Hope for Georgia?
Families deserve to be safe and supported in their local communities, having resources that are designed with their input. Additionally, there are a record number of children in foster care, resources are limited, many individuals and families are in crisis and local communities often have the best answers to address their local needs. The importance of communities being able to support and take care of families cannot be understated. The work of the Division needs to be seen as the last resort for the most urgent cases, not the solution for all issues.

What is State of Hope?
State of Hope is an initiative that seeks to encourage nonprofits, philanthropies, government, businesses and communities to collaborate closely to build local safety nets that will prevent conditions that contribute to disparities in education, threaten a family's self-sufficiency and could lead to child abuse and neglect.

Our ultimate vision is having 14 Regions of Hope across Georgia. This could be one or multiple sites/projects in each region.

For more information or to apply, please visit:


National Community Action Partnership
National Impact Report
"Building Opportunity for All" 


Community Action Partnership recently released the National Impact Report. This unique and comprehensive report looks at how Community Action Agencies across the country impact the lives of 15 million people each year, creating pathways to prosperity. 

The Community Action Network is robust local force of 1,000 local Community Action Agencies, reaching children and families in 99 percent of all U.S. counties. Agencies connect families to approaches that help them succeed and promote community-wide solutions to seemingly stubborn challenges in cities, suburban, and rural communities.

This report outlines the needs families face in today's uneven economy, the reach of Community Action coast to coast, and the impact Community Action has in communities every day.

  Click here to download the report.

Community Change News

A Call for Proposals: Helping Atlanta Residents Gain 
Skills and Jobs

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is seeking proposals for community-led workforce efforts to help residents in Southwest Atlanta develop their skills and secure well-paying jobs that align with their interests.

The Foundation's  Atlanta Civic Site  will award grants of up to $150,000 each to partnerships that pair resident engagement and leadership with strengths-based talent development, wraparound services and quality job placements.

All proposals are due by 5 p.m. EDT on March 15, 2019!




The State office is proud to share some of the great work that SmartQuest has accomplished when they successfully met with each Community Action Agency across the state this fall to provide one-on-one EasyTrak trainings.  The overall feedback that SmartQuest received from the agencies was great and we have already noticed great improvement with the FY'19 PAPs.  As a result of these trainings, we are looking forward to seeing better data quality from agencies when submitting monthly reports.  KUDOS to all of the hard work that all Community Action Agencies have done across this great state of Georgia this year! 

Here are some of the 100% positive feedback & quotes
  • "I hope we can get this training every year.  It was very beneficial."
  • "Training was very enlightening.  I gather allot of information to help with my job duties."
  • "SmartQuest is knowledgeable of State regulations and Organizational Standards.  They shared information that will make us more efficient and accurate.  Great company to work with."
  • "Being provided very valuable information with one-on-one training makes it more receivable and understandable whether you are a veteran or a newbie."
  • "Our staff enjoyed the SmartQuest training session.  We appreciate you teaching us valuable tips and tricks.  Thanks SmartQuest!"
  • "...has been very accommodating in meeting our needs and adjusting to our busy schedules.  He has been extremely helpful and responds to questions promptly."
  • SmartQuest training was very helpful and the training did a great job!
  • The trainer was very knowledgeable, answered questions for a clearer understanding provided references for additional resources, etc."
  • "We enjoyed having a face to face contact with our consultant.  Our consultants were able to answer questions without judgement and provide support by logging into our system.  They made changes and suggestions that were able to improve our product."
  • "The SmartQuest team is wonderful to work with.  They always open my eyes to something else I can do to make the agency staff more effective and monitoring easier."
  • "Training was informative and allowed for open discussion, questions and feedback." 

 The State Office 


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Upcoming National Webinars

Health Impacts of the Physical & Social Environment
February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities, not solely access to health services or genetics. Where we live, the state of our environment, and our relationships with friends and family all have considerable impacts on health. This webinar will focus on a comprehensive approach to health and how considering and treating one's physical and social environment can ultimately improve health. 

Career Pathways as a Leadership Development Framework in Community Action
February 27 @ 2:00 pm  -  3:00 pm
This Organizational Standards Center of Excellence Peer-to-Peer webinar will focus on an example of a career pathways framework for CAA personnel in Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) conducted a Community Action Career Pathways Research Project, identifying and documenting career pathways in the comm on occupation areas of the 23 CAAs in MA.
NASCSP Released New CSBG Annual Report Tools

CSBG List of "Other Indicators" - NASCSP is releasing a list of Other NPIs that can be used when reporting in the CSBG Annual Report. This is a list of common indicators that the CSBG network said were missing from the Annual Report. NASCSP reviewed hundreds of indicators from the network and with the help of the CSBG DATA Task Force, narrowed them down to the most common indicators not already found in the Annual Report.

CSBG Annual Report Lexicon - This lexicon serves as a dictionary for  terms in relation to CSBG and the Annual Report. The DATA Task Force Guidance and Training Committee has worked extensively on this tool, and the general DATA Task Force has provided feedback to ensure the definitions are acceptable and useful for the Network. This document is meant to be a quick reference for terms as you work on your Annual Report submissions. For more detailed guidance and instructions around the Annual Report, please refer to the Instruction Manuals located here.

The Community Initiative Status Form (CIS) is the entry form for Community Action Agencies (CAAs) reporting community level in Module 3 of the CSBG Annual Report. This document was developed to assist CSBG State Offices in reviewing the CIS and thus all Module 3 reporting.