May 2017
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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.
Speaker Materials from The 2017 IACAA Annual Conference Are Now Available Online!

The 2017 IACAA Annual Conference, "Charting the Course"  has come and gone, but the ideas and knowledge conveyed by our speakers continue to inspire long after the last handshake of that week.

The good news is that if you missed the conference or if you'd just like to review the presentations, they are now available through the IACAA website. Simply visit and click on the "Members" option at the top of the page. From there you will be prompted to use the following login information:

Username: IACAAMember
Password: IACAA1!

For login assistance or questions on speaker materials, please contact Haley Wilson at 
Honoring The Malawi Project
2017 IACAA Annual Conference

IACAA Executive Vice President, Niccole Clements & President/CEO Dalitso Sulamoyo, Ph.D
Malawi Project Co-founder/Board Director, Richard Stephens & Dalitso Sulamoyo, Ph.D.

In Honor of our outgoing President/CEO, Dalitso Sulamoyo, Ph.D, IACAA presented a $4,000 donation to  The Malawi Project Inc. at our 2017 IACAA Annual Conference.  The Malawi Project Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their primary focus is to help Dalitso's native country of Malawi in the areas of: agriculture, education, medicine, food sustainability, famine relief, community development, and the development of community leaders.

Not only does T he Malawi Project cross all religious, civil, community, ethical, tribal and social lines in its effort to assist those in need, it embodies the mission of Community Action-"Helping People. Changing Lives."

to learn more about how you could get involved  with The Malawi Project Inc.!
Congratulations to the 2017 Families of Distinction!

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IACAA would like to extend a special thank to all of our agencies for sharing the compelling stories of each of your selected families. We were honored to recognize and celebrate the families whose lives have dramatically changed for the better.

This year, six specific families were awarded for achievement in the areas of Workforce, Education, Financial Success, Housing, and Community Engagement. IACAA would like to celebrate their stories and pay homage to their deep commitment and resiliency during times of adversity. 

Congratulations to all of our honored 
Families of Distinction !
IACAA's 2017 Summer Leadership Training
By Dr. Philip Anderson at Illinois Wesleyan University

When: June 1-2
Where: Illinois Wesleyan University-Memorial Center-104 E University Ave.  Bloomington, IL 61701

The Leadership Seminar is a 2-day experiential seminar designed to improve the organizational leadership and management competency of CAA management. 

Who should attend?
  • Management teams will be able to use the principles discussed to strategize on issues at the organization.
  • New emerging leaders will be exposed to management and organizational concepts that they will need to understand to grow in the agency.
  • New executive directors will be equipped with tools to use in their new role in the Community Action world and will be  provided with the space to share and learn from other directors.
  • Seasoned executive directors will sharpen their tools for engaging staff and other stakeholders; It is always good when there is a seasoned director that can provide wisdom to management staff that do not have to make the decisions that executives must make.
Family and Community Development Specialist Training

It's back! IACAA's Family and Community Development Specialist (FCD) announces its 2017 session beginning in June.  The FCD Specialist credential is a designed approach to assist Community Action staff to learn and apply effective, strength-based methods and approaches when working with low-income individuals and families.  Since 1995, over 2500 Community Action staff members have become certified FCD Specialists.  This training is presented in collaboration with the University of Illinois - Springfield and is a part of the Illinois Gateways to Opportunities Registry. 

2017 Session - $1675

-June 20, 21, 27 and 28

-July 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26


 Will County Center for Community Concerns
2455 Glenwood Ave
 Joliet, IL  60435

Training Hours:  9:00a - 4:00p
Includes: All materials, two supporting webinars
Stay Tuned!
Ground Breaking on Prairie Meadows Phase II in June

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony on the  Prairie Meadows housing development project in Hoopeston, IL. The development is a phase II project that will consist of 30 single-family homes and a community center.  Five of the homes will be fully accessible and eighteen will be adaptable.  Tenants will have the option to purchase their home at the end of the 15-year compliance period for the proportional amount of debt remaining in the project.
More Information to follow.