Oct 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.
Let Us Know How We Did at the 2020 Virtual Conference!
Brief Survey on the 2020 Virtual Conference 

Give us the 411. What worked? What didn't work? How can we improve? 

IACAA truly values the feedback that we get from our members. We want to know how we can make our events the best experience possible for everyone involved. Please take a moment to fill out this BRIEF SURVEY on the 2020 IACAA Virtual Conference.
Stronger Together: Building an Energy Efficiency Workforce
A virtual summit sponsored by the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program and the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

 Nov 6th, 2020
 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Ameren is hosting a virtual summit to explore how we can work together to build a strong and diverse energy efficiency workforce in Illinois. Ameren is inviting energy efficiency employers, job seekers, job trainers, service providers, and workforce coordinators to attend.
You play an important role in growing the energy efficiency workforce, and we need your voice and input at this event.

                  to learn more about the summit and register!
It's Time to Gear Up for the IACAA Webinar Series!
There are TONS of new training opportunities coming up at IACAA! Below are the links to trainings coming up within the next two (2) weeks. CLICK HERE to find all of our upcoming trainings for the remainder of the year. 

For questions on upcoming webinars, please contact Christine Westerlund at cwesterlund@iacaanet.org
November 10-Customer Service Integration for Community Action Agencies 
1:00 pm CST
Community Action customers needs and perspectives are constantly changing, now more than ever. And, these customers inform our practices and our futures. Tune in for an interactive training that meets customers were they are at, in the office or remotely, build relationships, examine organizational culture, and ensure that customer satisfaction is always at the top of the list.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

9:00 am CST
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.
November 4-Community Engagement-The Backbone of Addressing Poverty
1:00 pm-3:30 pm CST

Not all myths require C4 to bust them! Within our work, how much time do we spend educating our community partners on what we do versus dispelling myths about what we don't do? The beauty of community is that there isn't much that can't be discussed from the community perspective - which is also why it is so hard to pin down. During this conversation, we will take on some of the common myths surrounding community engagement and equip you with the tools to dispel these misconceptions while engaging your community.
Click Here to view more upcoming trainings!
That's A Wrap!
Congratulations to Our 2020 Census Sub-recipients for Your Hard Work!

As we wrap up the 2020 Census Grant through the Illinois Department of Human Services, IACAA would like to say congrats to all of our sub-recipients for your hard work. This was a monumental effort and you all did a tremendous job getting your communities counted and should be very proud of your work. The final self-response rate for the State of Illinois is 71.4%.

  • Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Faith Coalition for the Common Good
  • Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Migrant Council
  • Quad City Community Development Center
  • Madison County Community Development
  • BCMW Community Services
  • Will County Center for Community Concerns
  • Grundy County
  • Kendall County
  • Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
  • Housing Action Illinois
Final Self-Response Rate in our County assignments:
  • Greene County - 61.3%
  • Morgan County - 70.9%
  • Peoria County - 71.4%
  • Madison County - 74.1%
  • Bond County - 70.1%
  • Marion County - 67.3%
  • Will County - 78.6%
  • Grundy County - 76.5%
  • Kendall County - 82.3%
  • Cook County - 67.4%
CLICK HERE for more images from our Sub-Recipients' Success!

Two-part MIP User Group Training with Sikich - Session 1 & 2

November 18 & 19

Registration is HALF-PRICE for IACAA members. Regular registration is $200 per agency, IACAA member registration is
$100 per agency

Come join other MIP users for a discussion of: 
  • What's New with Abila MIP
  • Abila's Road Map for MIP
  • Updates on the Classic and the Modern Interfaces
  • Upcoming Year-End with 1099-NECs and W-2
  • Doing more with Report Groups
  • Managing Prepaid Expenses
  • ACH Vendor Payments for the Remote World
  • Quick ideas for some less commonly used features in MIP
  • More Cool Tips with Excel and OneNote
  • Time for Open Discussion - bring your own questions for Sikich or the other attendees!
Family and Community Development Specialist Training 2020
December 14-18

Virtual FCD Specialist training is coming soon to you.  Join us the week of December 14-18 in the virtual classroom.  Session timing will vary during the week. 

FCD Specialist training will equip you with the skills and capacities needed to work effectively with individuals, families and communities that experience poverty.

Live sessions each day, with pre and post work.  All registrants will receive a video with introductory information and instructions on how to get started. The FCD Specialist training fee is $900.