September 2017
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Amy Martin Appointed as the New President & Chief Executive Officer of IACAA

IACAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Martin as the new President & CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies.

Amy joins the association with over 20 years of executive leadership experience with various programs at the State of Illinois. Her time at the State has  provided her with a well-rounded skill set in management, government administration, legislation, fundraising and marketing.
During her tenure with the State, Amy oversaw substantial budgets exceeding $25 million and a workforce of over 200 full-time employees. Working alongside dedicated professionals and volunteers to advance economic development in Illinois.
Passionate about community development and strategic planning, the transition to IACAA was a natural fit.

Please join us in congratulating Amy Martin on being selected as the new President & CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies!
2015 CSBG State Report

Click here to view the full report
To the right you will find the 2015 CSBG State Report. This detailed report includes:
  • The context of Poverty in Illinois and the importance of the Community Action Network and the Community Services Block Grant.
  • Analysis of 9 Community Action plans and the takeaways.
  • Statewide numbers for key ROMA Outcomes.
  • Impact of statewide organizations receiving CSBG discretionary funding.
  • Return on Investment Leverage Ratios for each Community Action Agency.
For questions on the 2015 CSBG State Report, please contact Michelle Pulce at
ROMA Implementer Training

Planning is underway for the next session of ROMA Implementer training. The ROMA Implementer is charged with developing an understanding on how to apply ROMA throughout the entire agency.

The training and certification process for NCRI will assure that the individual has a deep understanding of the full ROMA cycle.  The credential also fulfills 4.3 of IM 138. To successfully earn the credential, a 6 unit online course must be completed, attend a one day ROMA training, complete the NCRI portfolio (supported by webinars) for review by a Master ROMA Trainer and pass a final exam. 

Tentatively, the classroom session will be scheduled for November, priority enrollment will be given to those agencies that have not yet participated in the ROMA credentialing training. The cost of the training is $775 per candidate.  For more information, contact

2018 CCAP Cohort
Certified Community Action Professional  (CCAP)

Planning is underway for the next CCAP 2018 Cohort, mentored by Charles McCann, CCAP Emeritus.  Due to budgetary changes, IACAA will no longer be able to support Mr. McCann's travel.  However, following the lead of other states, cost sharing among participating agencies can support the CCAP study group - noting that this is an eligible T/TA activity. 

The cost per participant is contingent on the number of CCAP candidates that register for the sessions.  We are coming up on the 25 th  anniversary of the CCAP program, so it would be exciting to have a large group from Illinois receive this recognized credential in 2018.  The seven sessions will be held in Springfield, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Candidates are encouraged to bring their lunch, as lunch will not be provided.
The date for the first session is tentatively set for October 24 th.  In order to assess interest, please send an email to ASAP.   
IACAA's RCAP Program is Here to Help
Illinois RCAP helps small towns  move towards better water accountability and capture or reduce lost revenue

IACAA Employee, Bob Rick giving a presentation to Hopkins and Pembroke staff.
Hopkins Park and Pembroke Township employees recently gathered together with Illinois RCAP staff for an informative safety training. During this training, employees discussed:
  • Covering personal protective equipment needed while working near the roadway (safety vests)
  • Grass cutting and trimming (eye and ear protection, work boots, long pants and shirt)
  • Electric hazards and identified confined space issues as well as corrective measures if they ever encounter them

Employees also attended a hands-on classroom portion of the training that addressed water distribution service. 

Both Hopkins Park and Pembroke are going to be doing field surveys to identify water meter locations and needed repairs or replacements. 


To learn more about the services offered by Illinois RCAP, please contact James Meece at