Nov/Dec 2020
Welcome to IACAA News!
This e-newsletter will come to you regularly to provide you with information you need to support your agency.
SURVEY: Call for Speakers & Presentations for the 2021 IACAA Virtual Conference
The 2020 IACAA Annual Conference was filled with great content and eager-to-learn attendees! One of our top priorities is ensuring our conferences represent the topics, issues, and speakers most relevant to our attendees. We therefore invite program ideas directly from our community. In 2021, we're looking for speakers to continue the momentum and help us build the best Community Action program yet.

We are seeking best practices and thought-provoking ideas based on the Promise of Community Action.  
Early 2021 Training Opportunities Have Been Released!
In 2020, IACAA worked tirelessly to provide quality virtual trainings in a time of uncertainty and change. We hope to continue to provide our network with valuable virtual trainings in 2021. Our 2021 training schedule will equip you with information on LIHEAP Customer Practices, Cultural Competency, Customer Service Approaches and MUCH MORE! CLICK HERE to view our 2021 January/February Training Calendar and REGISTER TODAY!

For more information on upcoming trainings, please contact Christine Westerlund or Carli Wiltsie at or
CAPLAW COVID-19 Web Resources
As winter approaches and we face new and increased COVID-19 challenges across the country, CAPLAW would like to remind the Community Action network about two online resources that we are continually updating to assist the network with its operations during this difficult time. These resources, originally released in spring 2020, contain in-depth information and analysis, and updates to them reflect evolving laws, regulations, guidance, and events related to the pandemic. They include:

Guidance presented as a series of FAQs to anticipate and address many of the questions on CAAs' minds related to operating during the pandemic. The five sections addressed are Planning for onsite services, Prevention and workplace safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Response to known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the workplace, Liability issues, actual or potential, with respect to COVID-19 related claims, and Resources for additional guidance.
Provides details on certain benefits made available to nonprofit CAAs through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP loans), Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Main Street Lending Program, Employee Retention Credit, and payroll tax deferrals.

CAPLAW encourages CAAs grappling with ongoing operational issues related to the pandemic to consult these and other resources available on CAPLAW’s website and reach out to our attorneys with further questions
2021 IHWAP Trainings!
Administered by the Indoor Climate Research and Training center
Important training administered by the Indoor Climate Research and Training Center is coming up in 2021! Additional course offerings may be added to the schedule based on network needs. To learn more about the courses or to register, email Kristopher Chapman at

·   Energy Auditor – January 19-22, 2021, Champaign Office

·   TCP Round 3 beginning with Weatherization Basics (10 week program) – February 22-26, 2021, Champaign Office

·  Contractor Crew Leader/Architecture – February 8-12, 2021, Champaign Office

·   WeatherWorks Workshop – March 8-9, 2021, Champaign Office

For more information, please contact Diana Fuller at
Happy Holidays from the Staff at IACAA!
During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have… like our dedicated network, Board of Directors and the communities we serve. We truly appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success.

We wish you a joyful and safe holiday and a happy new year.

-IACAA Staff