May 2021
Let's Meet Up! - at the Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC for the hybrid 2021 SEACAA Annual Conference
Community Action: From Response to Recovery, Sept. 14-17
Join us for the 2nd session in the NEW SEACAA Webinar Series!

Next up:
featuring Emory University Researcher & physician
Dr. Zanthia Wiley

at no cost to SEACAA members
Register Now and Save Your Seat for the next webinar!
NFL Player Matt Ryan Speaks with Dr. Zanthia Wiley on Vaccine Hesitation in Black and LatinX Communities

Dr. Wiley is an infectious diseases physician from Alabama who specializes in antimicrobial stewardship. She has given numerous talks on COVID-19 disparities on a local, regional, and national level and is dedicated to educating patients, their families, healthcare providers, and the community on the importance of COVID-19 vaccination.

2021 award information will soon be posted for the following annual awards.

Give some thought to who you will nominate this year and check the conference webpage for updated application information.

Lonnie D. Burton Achievement Award
Carl D. Perkins Human Service Award
William “Sonny” Walker Self-Sufficiency Award
Learn more about the new resources and toolkit available from the National Community Action Partnership as you prepare to celebrate the Community Action legacy and continued success in helping people, changing lives.
Regional & National News
Community Action Strong
Stories that Inform, Empower and Transform
Community Action Gets Vaccinated
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) has created this "Community Action Gets Vaccinated" design for Community Action Agencies and State Associations to use in promoting the importance of getting vaccinated. How about that band-aid with the Huggy Heart! The design can be used on stickers, buttons, t-shirts, poster, flyers, and many other possibilities. Click here to see the several options, including Spanish, for this vaccination design. 
The landing page for this and other resources provided by the Partnership related to CA and COVID-19 can be found here!
Check out vaccine successes in TN.....
TN - Over 1,600 individuals have been connected to COVID-19 vaccines between January—April 2021 through Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee's (CAC) collaborations with community partners. In an effort to be most effective with their response, CAC made an intentional effort to research and involve the voices of key community stakeholders. Focus groups were held to help guide education, outreach and messaging in partnership with the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) Minority Outreach Team among African American, Latino.......continue
CAC’s goal was to enhance the work of partners with boots on the ground.
April 2021 drive-thru clinic: CAC Transit gave free rides to vaccination and testing sites. Individuals could receive the vaccine on the van upon arrival.

Themes of hesitation and concerns from focus groups
FL - New Dawn, New Day for
FACA 41st Annual Training Conference, May 17-18
virtual training
FACA is accepting applications for Consultant for Board Strategic Planning Retreat through May 3rd.
North Carolina
The Big Pop Up Keeps Popping Up 
NC - The NCCAA Community Action Association successfully executed the second of four planned community-giving events on April 1 in Statesville, NC. The event is gaining popularity and "popping up" in other states like Georgia. NC's third drive-thru event will take place May 25th in Hertford at the Perquimans County Recreation Department. Distribution will start at 10 am until supplies run out.
Volunteers in Statesville, NC
NC - NC's State Association is preparing for its annual conference, May 14-17 in a virtual format. The theme this year is Equity Starts Here. Register Today!

Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NC DHHS, will be the Day One Keynote Speaker. Dr. Cohen leads the COVID-19 response for the State of North Carolina.

"Dinner is Served"
Sunflower County senior citizens receive a free meal on Sunday
MS - MS State Association Executive Director, Nicole W. Claiborne, extends a congratulatory salute to Ms. Monica Hope and the staff of Sunflower-Humphreys Progress, Inc. for their ‘Dinner is Served’ project. The staff teamed up with the Sunflower County Sheriff's Department to distribute more than 600 meals and some gift bags containing hand sanitizer and other items to the aged senior citizens of the county.The project has been recognized by the Office of Child Nutrition as one of the WINNERs of the CACFP Week Virtual Cooking Contest. Dinner is Served is funded by the CSBG CARES ACT. 
Kudos, Ms. Hope and SHCPI!

Tell your own story about food distribution using the NCAP's Social Media Ready templates.
KY - Rachel gets a new lease on life thanks to KEOC's life saving KCEOC KY Career Center Jobsight. Having survived the unthinkable, Rachel recalls her life during that turbulent time, "I was mentally and emotionally unstable, and a hurt little girl who was overwhelmed with life and my situation." Read more to find out how she was able to turn her life around and now looks forward to helping others like more
Enroll Today!

Take advantage of SEACAA's professional series of web-based e-learning platforms - Executive Leaders, Financial and HR professional certification programs in partnership with Southern University that are self-paced and accessible 24 hours/day, 7 days/week..
A Certified Community Action Management Program is also available that offers two professional development programs for all staff.

A Time for National Healing
The writer looks at and ponders over the current pandemic and possible outcomes that prompt an honest assessment of what poverty really is and whether it can be annihilated with the current approaches of current social service constructs - relative to historical successes....more 

"I think America is waking up to the solutions that can work, if we can agree and try to continuously share resources once the pandemic is no longer threatening."

Submitted by : Dr. Joyce J.Dorsey, President/CEO
THE FULTON ATLANTA COMMUNITY ACTION AUTHORITY has helped over 20,000 persons/households with emergency funding to prevent evictions, power shutoffs, seeking job opportunities, food and transportation to get through this pandemic.

A call to visionaries, change agents and community leaders from every sector and from across the globe.
Now in its 5th iteration, Healthy People 2030 continues to emphasize the importance of SDOH considerations in health promotion and disease prevention....more
COVID Response and Resources: What Next
News Alerts
The big picture: Here are the biggest trends to watch for in the workplace this year according to experts, as vaccinations send people back to work and the world comes out of pandemic hibernation......continue
Recovery may well be more challenging as companies look ahead beyond the pandemic to determine if the remote policies developed are viable for long-term planning and if ....continue
At Home
Wellness Resources for Living a Healthy Life during the Pandemic
How do you carve out time for yourself, your health, and your needs when you’re always on?
Do you feel so busy that you don’t have the bandwidth to think about your own needs, let alone do anything about them?
Did you know languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing — the absence of more.
Still to Come.... Mark Your Calendar
Hey there, remember to send your newsletter submissions to by August 20th for the September SEACAA Spotlight.