eNewsletter for Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies (SEACAA) - Jan/Feb 2019
NEW! SEACAA Executive Leadership Certifications
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Building Opportunities for All
National CAP Releases First National Community Action Impact Report
Report examines how CAAs across the country impact the lives of 15 million people each year, creating pathways to prosperity.
The recently released Community Action Partnership 2019 National Impact Report highlights more inspirational stories that further illustrate the creativity, commitment, and reach of Community Action's across the nation - actions that "embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change people’s lives, and improve communities."

2019 SEACAA Annual Conference - Sept. 10-13
Surf's Up!
2019 SEACAA Conference Coming to Myrtle Beach, SC - Sept. 10-13
It's Time!...... Make plans now to attend the 2019 SEACAA Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, September 10-13

BOOK YOUR ROOM - Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, SC
PRESENT - Call for Proposals due June 10th

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Use YOUR VOICE to Advocate For a Better World
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King

These powerful words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 still ring true today when it comes to social reform and social movements. But you don’t have to be in the halls of the nation’s capital or be a social media guru to make a difference. In fact, it's the small actions we take from home that can fuel and ignite lasting change.

Your voice can create a world of change for those living in poverty
Turn your idle time into advocacy time.
3 people
represent you in Congress
30 seconds
is all it takes to make a congressional call

Congressional offices tally every issue that people in their district contact them about. It’s not uncommon for a leader to support a poverty-reduction bill after as few as 7-10 people call in support of it. With a 30-second call you can instantly get a bill/issue viewed by your leader.


1
FIND YOUR LEADERS
Everyone living in the United States is served by 2 U.S. Senators and 1 U.S. Representative. Enter your zip code Here to find your elected officials.

2
ADD THEM TO YOUR PHONE
Add the phone numbers of your 3 members of Congress to your cellphone.

3
CALL WEEKLY
A helpful receptionist, usually an intern, will answer the phone. All you have to say is, “I’m a Community Action Agency supporter. Please protect funding that protects programs that empower low-income families and create stronger communities.” Be sure to give them your name and zip code. Visit the  legislation section  to find key poverty-reduction bills to call in support of.

Effective advocacy is an important way of changing the world for a better tomorrow, and anyone can be an advocate – anyone passionate enough about a cause to do something about it.
HCHRA Receives $20K Innovative Community Project Award
(Jackson, Miss.) – Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) was awarded the 2018 Innovative Community Project Award by the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) and the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA) at its annual conference in December.

Candace McDermott, executive director for MACAA, says Hinds County Human Resource Agency was the clear frontrunner for the award.  The agency was chosen from among 18 other agencies in the state to receive the $20,000 award that will be used to support ongoing operations and expand services.

The Award was established by the Mississippi Department of Human Services to encourage Community Action Agencies throughout the state to accurately identify community needs, strategically develop solutions to identified needs, and deliver high-quality services that yield measurable outcomes.

For more i nformatio n on HCHRA programs and services, visit www.hchra.org

See  press release Here
Six Policies to Reduce Economic Inequality
" How we do race will be consequential to the kind of society we have in the future. Our racing will be impacted by our history, our experience, as well as our imagined future.

Our future will be impacted by the way the conscious and unconscious make meaning of our new social constructions.

We must intertwine race with the other urgent issues we must confront including extreme inequality, mass incarceration, full participation in our political and cultural structures, and—perhaps most critically—with our most fundamental questions about who we are. "

Researchers from the  Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley  point to six evidence-based policy solutions that can have a positive effect on reversing rising inequality, closing economic disparities among subgroups and enhancing economic mobility for all:


Each of these policies, if carefully implemented, has the potential to lift working families out of poverty, support greater economic mobility and/or reduce the growth of inequality. All of these policies could be enacted at the local, state and federal levels if there is political will. 

But getting policymakers to prioritize these policies will depend on the actions of advocates, voters and other supporters with a vision for a fair and inclusive society so strong that they overwhelm powerful forces that seek to maintain the status qu o. 
Talking Tech
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In the Know
Say Hello to New CAP 3rd Vice President - Ricky Baker
CONGRATULATIONS!!
Congratulations to our very own, SEACAA Board Member and Executive Director, LKLP Community Action Council, Rick Baker, the new 3rd Vice President to the National CAP!
Way to Go Ricky!
Blue Cross Blue Shield NC Invests in Healthy Home Initiative to Improve Health and Well-being of NC's Low-Income Families
North Carolina - This program is administered by the NC Community Action Association (NCCAA) and will provide North Carolina's most vulnerable with access to a healthy home-- the foundation of a strong community. Since the lau nch of the Healthy Home Initiative program, 45 homes have received services in 21 of the 56 counties in the identified rural service area. Of those, 53% of the homes served had chronic health conditions present in the home. 25% of the homes with children under the age of 18 suffered chronic conditions.

"For North Carolina's disadvantaged communities the cycle of poverty is intertwined with a cycle of poor health," said Sharon Goodson, NCCAA's Executive Director.

This is but one example of the interventions by CAAs to improve the living conditions of citizens across the country.

Scotland County: Leaking Water Heater Replaced and Floor was repaired and sealed. 
Coming Up!...... CALENDAR


FEBRUARY
5
SEACAA Board of Directors

MARCH
20-22

JUNE
18-21

AUGUST
27-30

SEPTEMBER
10-13
2019 SEACAA Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC

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