APRIL, 2018
North Carolina Community Action Association e-News
There's Still Time to Register!
NCCAA P OVERT Y 2 018 Annual Conference
May 8-11, 2018
Crown Plaza Resort Asheville, NC

Indispensable Assistant
Administrative Staff: You Hold the Keys to the Kingdom. Find out how to increase efficiency and productivity at this training event.

Mel Gravely of the Gravely Group , Ernie Wright, Esq. and Invited CAPLAW Presenter, Allyson Ma’luf will present a Statewide Board Leadership Summit on Friday, May 11th. Board and staff members will leave inspired and ready to use what they have learned to strengthen and improve their organization’s mission and processes.
Overflow Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton - Asheville Downtown hotel, 2.2 miles away for the same discounted room rate. Call 828-253-1851 or 1-800-325-3535. Shuttle service available.
Discover Asheville: Edgy, Artsy & Inviting
About Asheville
Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.

Opioid Crisis at all time High
Attend Forum and Resource Fair to learn more
May 8
NC Opioid Forum & Resource Fair - 9am-4pm
Join statewide community organizations responding to the opioid epidemic at the NC Opioid Forum and Resource Fair at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville on May 8th to learn more about it, as well as resources and services in North Carolina.
REGISTER NOW to attend this day-long workshop at no charge. Lunch and Community Resource Fair included. Limited seating.

Resource Providers who partner in reduction and treatment efforts can REGISTER for a FREE information table. Spread the word!

Opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, fentanyl, morphine)
What they are:
Opioids are a class of drugs either derived from, or chemically similar to, compounds found in opium poppies. Opioids include legal prescription painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), morphine, codeine, fentanyl, and others. Heroin, which is illegal, is also an opioid.
Some slang terms for prescription opioids are OCs, Oxy, perks, and vics. Slang terms for heroin include smack, junk, black tar, and horse.


Let’s Help CAO -
NCCAA 2018 Day of Service
Needed toiletry items will be collected at the Annual conference for our Asheville CAA - Community Action Opportunities (CAO). This agency covers an eight-county service area reaching more than 800 families annually. The items listed below will supplement essential on-site supplies for families in crisis. Drop-off donations at the conference registration desk.
Feminine Hygiene Products
Bars of Soap
Body Lotion
Shampoo and Conditioner
Coming in July: Case Management Certificate Program
You have been heard!
Based on your feedback and input, a web-based certification curriculum is currently being developed for Case Managers. Similar to the highly successful NC Head Start Family Engagement Certificate program in design, the Case Management Certificate program will be relevant to the needs of beginners and seasoned professionals.
We value your input, and based on your feedback, we will be working with content experts over the course of the next few months to create a web-based training for Case Management staff. NCCAA will be enrolling members in the pilot cohort through June 10, 2018 , but will not begin the class until July 2018.

Dr. Landon Mason, Sr., Executive Director, Economic Improvement Council, Inc., says the programs are a means of “Empowering yourself to empower others.”

A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America
This groundbreaking  report  focuses on human services community-based organizations, their economic and social impact, and the need to preserve and strengthen their critical role in building foundational supports that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.  
The Community Action Partnership recently conducted a national webinar in cooperation with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), to discuss their new report  A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America.
Among the key findings of the report is the critical role and value of human services community-based organizations in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs by recognizing and addressing the social determinants of health. These include ensuring children are safe and live in supporting neighborhoods, can succeed in school and have strong and economically secure families; helping older adults maintain a high quality of life and stay connected to their communities; equipping people with disabilities with tools and resources so they can live their lives fully; building quality affordable housing; and providing crucial mental health and substance abuse services, particularly in the face of the current opioid epidemic. In addition, according to the report’s data, the human services CBOs have significant impact on local and state economies and the national economy through spending on wages, rent, fuel, and all the other inputs necessary to run their organizations and deliver services.

View it Here .

 “Realizing the transformative potential of the human services sector is achievable when we have a full landscape view of the factors impacting the sector—both opportunities and challenges—and can work together to co-create solutions,” said Tracy Wareing Evans, CEO of APHSA.
Step-by-Step Guide for Sharing National Imperative with Key Audiences
15 Deadline for NC Empowered Newsletter articles
15-21 National Volunteer Week

8 NC Opioid Forum & Resource Fair
8-11 NCCAA 2018 Annual
Conference,Crown Plaza
Resort Asheville, Asheville, NC
11 Statewide Board Leadership Summit
16-17 Partnership's Pathways to Excellence, Dallas, TX

TBD SEACAA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

Share your stories for the May 5 th e-newsletter by the April 15 th deadline. Forward feedback, camera ready articles/pictures to endia.hall@nccaa.net .
Vote for 2018 NCCAA Officers
Electronic ballots will soon be distributed via email to current NCCAA members. Check your inbox and be sure to VOTE! You can only enter the portal to vote one time, so you must vote at the time when you do.
Greene Lamp Graduates 43 Foster Grandparents in New Program
Greene Lamp was awarded the 2017 Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program , under Treshawna Gwendo, Program Director and Ms. Sandra Noble, Program Assistant. The agency has graduated 43 grandparents, all over the age of 55, with the eldest grandmother at 87 years old. They have all chosen to give back to their community to ensure the success of children who need them the most. The program’s main goal is to allow a positive symbiotic relationship between elders and youngsters with special needs. Greene Lamp grandparents cover Lenoir and Greene Counties in Head Start/Early Head Start programs, Elementary schools and other nonprofit daycare's.
In the News! -
RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper named 38 North Carolinians in March to serve on boards and commissions on behalf of the state.
E. Marie Watson of Selma was appointed as a representative from non-profit agencies that provide services to people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Watson is the Executive Director of Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc.
Membership Benefit - Virtual CAP RoundUP
You can't beat Virtual CAP, the online resource for all things Community Action, for getting the latest and greatest ideas and best practices to strengthen and promote your agency and programs. Check out Virtual CAP RoundUP.
Take advantage of this incredible resource for FREE as an NCCAA member. Click here to watch a 12 minute introductory video.
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If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.~Maya Angelou