August 2019 NCCAA Newsletter
Three Leaders Join the Ranks Congratulations, NC CCAP's!
Three prominent leaders from NC's community action agencies have joined the ranks of the nation's most respected Certified Community Action Professionals.

The CCAP program is one of two Excellence Initiatives of the Partnership devoted to personal and professional achievement.

A new cohort and pre p class is f orming this fall.
Email for more information.

Natasha J. Elliott MBA, CCAP, NCRI
NCCAA Treasurer and
Executive Director, Central Piedmont Community Action , Inc., Pittsboro
Dr. Landon B. Mason Sr., NCRT, CCAP
NCCAA President and Executive Director, Econ omic Imp rovement Council, Inc., Edenton
Dione Adkins-Tate, CCAP, ROMA Implementer
Director of Family Services, Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, Inc., Salisbury
A Hero Among Us Board Member to Receive Recognition
Every year the NC Justice Center comes together to celebrate the inspirational work of outstanding leaders in our community who are leading the fight for justice. This year, one of our very own, Patricia Beier, NCCAA Board Member and Executive Director of, Wages, Inc . in Goldsboro, will be one of five honorees who will be recognized for the incredible work in their communities at the upcoming 2019 Defenders of Justice Awards on September 20th in Durham.
Way to go, Patricia!
"These few exemplify our mission — they are working to eliminate poverty in North Carolina, ensure the creation of an economy that works for everyone, and advance progressive and inclusive policies proven to advance equity and opportunity."
Countdown to 2019 SEACAA Annual Conference
We are only about a month out from the regional Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies' (SEACAA) annual conference in Myrtle Beach. September 10-13.

Register Here to attend
Hilariously funny Keynote Speaker, Larry Weaver, will lighten things up at the General Opening with his sense of humor to illustrate the importance of creativity, attitude, and motivation.
The  Racial Equity Institute   wants to make one thing very clear: this is not your standard Starbucks diversity training.
"One of the challenges today is trying to understand race and racism, its origins and how it's operable in the world and in our systems,” said   Deena Hayes-Greene , the institute’s managing director. “It is not understood by people, even people experiencing that."
Hayes-Greene wants to help people of all races examine their interactions with racism and understand how ingrained it is in everyday life.
"We think it's really critical for people of color and for white people to have a shared language so that we can speak with each other without all the misunderstandings,” Hayes-Greene said........
NCCAA Reentry Model Featured in National Webinar
Passive Deserts to Active Apartheids
Minority communities are disproportionately poor and face dire health conditions as a result of food options and choices.
Citizens with low incomes find it especially difficult to make healthy selections if they rely on public transportation and must travel more than 1 mile to shop for groceries. [1] Low-income neighborhoods are inundated with cheap fast food options, while grocery stores with healthy choices are found in wealthier neighborhoods. Thus, food that is fast, cheap, and accessible becomes the meal of choice for millions of low-income Americans. In the past, these circumstances were referred to as ‘food deserts,’ however, activists are now using the term ‘food apartheid'..........
Learn more about Food Deserts and Food Apartheid Here
Communicating Impact
Share your Strategies for Communicating Impact. T ell us how you have used the Ripple Effects report to communicate and illustrate the impact on your community and the state's economy.

rip·ple ef·fect
[ˈripəl əˌfekt]

  1. the continuing and spreading results of an event or action.
  2. "while their marriage made an impact on their friends, the ripple effect on family members was even more profound"
And so it is with Community Action.......
  • CSBG Director Sheryl Andrews from Central Piedmont Community Action, Inc. shared the report while visiting legislatotors at the NCCAA 2019 Legislative Day and says, she was “So honored to be among dedicated colleagues across the state representing North Carolina’s community action network. We are meeting with legislators to discuss our work to help families thrive and transition out of poverty and the resulting statewide impacts on economic output, jobs, incomes and tax receipts. CommunityAction works for NC, and we greatly appreciate the support of our state representatives.”– CSBG Director Sheryl Andrews
A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. Researchers wanted to know why some people are more successful than others at work, and the answers were surprising; leaders chose “personality” as the leading reason. Notably, 78% of leaders said personality sets great employees apart, more than cultural fit (53%) and even an employee’s skills (39%).
1. They're willing to delay gratification.
2. They can tolerate conflict.
3. They focus.
4. They're judiciously courageous.
5. They're in control of their egos....

Read about all of the 10 skills here

“We should take care not to make the intellect our God; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” –Albert Einstein
Fresh Look VISIT NCCAA Website
Check-out our new website, if you haven't, at to learn more about our Statewide Impact , Statewide and Community-Based Initiatives , Specialized Training and Consultancy Opportunities , CAA Career Opportunities , and much more. Let us know what you think!
There's more to August than just the dog days. Celebrate all month long with a calendar full of offbeat holidays.
One bite of these camp treats and you'll be asking for "some mores," which is what they were originally called.
Let’s hear it for the middle children of the world.

Took root in the U.S. as a means of distracting people from unsavory entertainments.
Declared as a national day to give older U.S. citizens thanks and a heartfelt salute.
Learn how to tie one.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week - August 11-17, 2019 (Second Week in August)
27-30/ 2019 CAP Annual Convention , Chicago, IL

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