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March 2022, Issue 3

NCCAA to kick off 2022 conference with keynote speaker

Al Riddick

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Join NCCAA at this year's conference, From Pandemic to Progress, May 10-13 in Cherokee, NC with keynote speaker Al Riddick, founder and president of Game Time Budgeting, an award-winning financial fitness company.

Al educates adults, students, and organizations on how to move toward a debt-free lifestyle to help establish simple and easy systems for making their money behave. Al has been featured in Black Enterprise and Money magazines, radio, and ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliated television stations. His book, The Uncommon Millionaire: Financial Success Begins with Behavior, was published in 2016. A graduate of North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, Al earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. We are excited to hear from Mr. Riddick at this year's conference. REGISTER HERE to join us.

Success Story

Helping Ashely find success in dentistry

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“In high school, I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field, but didn’t want to go through years of school,” Ashely recalled. Ashley loved her career as a massage therapist. However, in her ninth year as a masseuse, she developed arthritis in her hands, which affected her productivity and the number of clients she could treat. She researched dental careers. She didn’t know anything about dentistry but felt that it was something she could learn, grow in, and satisfy her calling to help people. READ MORE

Agency News


WAMY is hiring individuals for their house building project

WAMY is searching for individuals interested in contractor work to improve low-income housing. Individuals are required to provide proof of liability insurance but don't need to have a valid contractor's license. LEARN MORE

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Passage Home awarded funds from a $4.7M grant for affordable housing

Passage Home, Inc. has been granted funds for affordable housing initiatives in Wake County. Their goal is to prioritize affordable housing for households earning less than 50 percent of the area's median income. READ MORE

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Current career opportunities with Action Pathways, Inc.

Action Pathways is seeking qualified candidates for several positions, including Agency Relations Manager, Early Childhood Instructional Coach, and Human Resource Generalist. To view the complete list of job openings, please CLICK HERE.

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ACCSA utilizes TDE funds to help keep families afloat

With The Duke Endowment (TDE) funding, Alamance County Community Services Agency, Inc. (ACCSA) has assisted more than 22 families since last October. They are providing financial assistance to clients for rental and utility expenses. READ MORE

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CAO's Life Works support program offers the potential for success

Community Action Opportunities (CAO) has successfully launched Life Works, a unique support system service designed to help residents obtain full-time, living-wage employment. READ MORE about the program through an interview with Ashanti Ternoir, a Life Works program coach.

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Client achieves success in CAF's workforce development program

Charlotte Area Fund (CAF) assisted a client who struggled to secure a full-time job after moving from Alabama to Charlotte. CLICK HERE to learn how the client benefited from CAF's help to obtain his CDL license.

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Join us for the April 12 The Big Pop Up in Greensboro


The Big Pop Up event—jointly hosted by Alamance County Community Service Agency, Inc. and Welfare Reform Liaison Project, Inc.—will be held in Greensboro on April 12 10 at the Four Seasons Town Centre. The agencies need volunteers to support the event. Contact Enedia Velazquez of WRLP for volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in hosting The Big Pop Up in your community, contact Yvette Ruffin.



Earned Income Tax Credit: Married Taxpayers 64+ Years Old with No Qualifying Children May Qualify

The Earned Income Tax Credit has no maximum age limit for 2021 tax returns, even for working taxpayers with no eligible children. Workers over 64 years old do not need qualifying children to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit in their 2021 returns. READ MORE

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Mental Health support by HOPE4NC

NCDHHS encourages North Carolinians to seek mental health support through the Hope4NC helpline (1-855-587-3463) available 24/7 via call, text, or chat. The Hope4NC helpline provides free and confidential emotional support and connects people with counseling referrals and community resources. The Hope4NC helpline offers emotional support and resources for all, including underserved populations as part of these overall efforts. READ MORE


For HBCUs cheated out of billions, bomb threats are the latest indignity

 Threats of violence against HBCUs are the latest indignity endured by the nation’s Black land-grant universities, which have been underfunded by at least $12.8 billion over the last three decades, compared to their predominantly white counterparts. READ MORE


OCS urges qualified individuals to claim Child Tax and Earned Income Tax Credits

The Office of Community Services (OCS) has joined the Biden-Harris Administration, other partners, and agencies across the country to encourage qualified individuals to claim the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (ETC). These credits help lift working families out of poverty and create opportunities for economic mobility. READ MORE

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2022 Housing NC Award Nominations

The NC Housing Finance Agency is now accepting nominations for its 33rd annual Housing NC Awards. Recognition is given in the following categories: Home Ownership Impact, Rental Development, and Supportive Housing. Nominations are accepted until April 4 by 5 p.m. LEARN MORE


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Remembering Oberlin village

Cameron Village is a destination shopping center located near NC State, designed as an alternative to downtown, reflecting a new national trend. However, before it was called Cameron Village, it was known as Oberlin Village—a thriving black community built from the ground up. READ MORE

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Make friends through volunteer work

Making friends as an adult can be challenging. One way to find friends is to meet people where they gather. There’s an abundance of volunteer opportunities through the various regions of North Carolina. Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people who share similar interests, including animal shelters, fine arts organizations you’re your local community garden center. READ MORE

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Considering Head Start’s Place in

Black History

Head Start’s history is inextricably linked to the history of black Americans over the last 50 years, both their struggles and their successes. By the time Black History Month was formally recognized, Head Start was a $400 million program, serving 350,000 kids. Since its earliest days, Head Start has served many black Americans with a critical educational and development opportunity – quality pre-school. READ MORE

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Meet our Executive Directors: Seth Freidman, CEO of Passage Home

Seth Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of Passage Home, self-describes his office desk as a mess. “I try to do everything digitally, so when I get a business card or anything similar, I enter the info on my phone and throw it in a drawer,” he said. “That same drawer holds a toothbrush, wires, thank you cards, and more. It looks like the junk drawer we all have in our house.Click HERE to learn more about Seth in Five Questions with an Executive Director feature.

Inspirational Words

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Mark Your Calendar!

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08| Road 2 Empowerment, session four, Webinar

16| Parent Engagement, Webinar

21| Case Management Certification, Virtual

22-23|NLIHC Housing Policy Forum: Achieving Housing Justice, Virtual

28| Head Start Family Management Engagement Certification, Virtual


11-15| SC Community Action Partnership Annual Spring Training Conference, Virtual


10-13| NCCAA Annual Conference, Cherokee, NC

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