Aug 2020
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Welcome to IACAA News! This e-newsletter will come to you regularly to provide you with information you need to support your agency.
The Show Must Go On!
The agenda for the virtual conference is here! REGISTER TODAY!

IACAA is working around the clock to provide valuable and relevant content as we move into our new virtual conference. IACAA has established a timely TENTATIVE AGENDA to meet the needs of our attendees. We have some great keynote speakers lined up and six (6) exciting conference tracks that we hope will "Ignite. Inspire. Influence."

Register today to get the discounted price of $200!

For questions related to the conference, please contact Haley Wilson at
It's Time to Gear Up for the IACAA Webinar Series!
Join Melissa Creamer to learn about Ethnographic Interviewing - a valuable approach to gathering rich data for Community Needs Assessments and the Community Action Plan.
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Meeting ID: 876 8424 7725
Passcode: 234480

Charles McCann, CCAP Emeritus is offering CCAP via ZOOM beginning on Thursday, September 17, 2020, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and adjourning at 12:00 noon.  Attendees are not required to have officially enrolled as CCAP candidates with the national Partnership.  

In this year of COVID-19, and wanting to keep everyone safe, the Illinois 2021 CCAP Study Group will be virtual this fall: Four two-hour Zoom meetings as substitute for the usual two fall face-to-face meetings.  Attendees are not required to have officially enrolled as CCAP candidates with the National Partnership.  Closer to first of the year, a decision will be made on whether to resume the desired face-to-face format or extend virtual meetings. For additional information, please contact Charles McCann at The CCAP application and additional documentation can be found at .
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Please join Donna Rogers Skowronski, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, IMPA-CP for this required webinar. Donna is a familiar presence for the the Illinois CAA network and we welcome her expertise. This webinar will cover the mandated Illinois Department of Human Rights training. Your registration and participation with generate a certificate of attendance after the conclusion of the webinar in a follow-up email. This certificate can be submitted to your agency HR staff as proof of attendance.
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Cultural competency is the ability and willingness to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Holding cultural competence includes being aware of one's world view and gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views. Lorena Johnson, recently retired from the University of Illinois - Springfield, will lead this webinar and help us all to gain new insights and practices into ourselves, our customers, our peers, our world.
For questions on upcoming webinars, please contact Christine Westerlund at
In memory of Eloy Salazar, Executive Director of the Illinois Migrant Council since 1985, as an inductee into the AFOP Farmworker Advocacy Hall of Fame

In his memory, Eloy Salazar was recently inducted into the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP)  Advocacy Hall of Fame on behalf of his family. His passing on January 24th this year has been a heartfelt loss to his family and his many colleagues in Illinois and throughout the country.

His relationship with the Illinois Migrant Council and Community Action started in 1969 when he became a community organizer. In his early years working with IMC, Eloy also obtained his education at the College of Lake County and Northern Illinois University and continued his professional development at every opportunity. Very quickly he became the Director of Field Programs and then Associate Director of Program Operations for the entire state before being selected as the Executive Director by the Board.
Final Uniform Guidance Revisions Issued

On August 13, 2020, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final guidance (the Final Guidance) revising sections of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the Uniform Guidance), 2 C.F.R. Part 200. The Final Guidance is the first major revision of the Uniform Guidance since its publication in 2014, and contains numerous changes that will affect how federal grant recipients, including Community Action Agencies (CAAs), administer their federal funds. Many of the changes address the questions and concerns expressed in the comment letter that CAPLAW and the National Community Action Partnership submitted to OMB in response to the proposed version of the rule. While most provisions will not take effect until November 12, 2020, a few are effective immediately
IACAA Closed for Labor Day
September 7, 2020

IACAA will be closed on Monday, September 7th in honor of the Labor Day holiday. We will resume with normal business hours on September 8, 2020.