August 2020
Community Action Radio Talk Show
Our statewide campaign has launched! We are thrilled to have started recording our weekly radio talk show pieces. You can listen to our show live on 92.10 on Saturdays at 9 am. Or check out our show on our Facebook page.
Case Management and Head Start Family Engagement Certifications
Want to train your new staff members, or give your current staff a professional development opportunity? Our next certification cohorts are an excellent choice for professional development and training. They come highly rated by our past participants, are 100% online, last 8 weeks and come with a university-sealed certificate.

The Head Start Family Engagement certification starts September 21 and the Case Management certification starts October 12. Learn more and register below!
Agency News
Success Story: Provided by Experiment in Self-Reliance
We are so proud of all the success our agencies achieve! These stories have been collected, adapted, and edited for clarity.
Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR) met Maria at the lowest point in her life. As a native Spanish speaker, she had difficulty understanding English, and she was fighting to understand the best schooling for her son who has autism. When sharing her story, Maria said (translated to English):  It was a very difficult year for me, but [my Success Coach] gave me strength, made me have to believe in myself and always be persistent. The program has marked my life for the better and taught me to become a strong person with hope.” ESR’s Self-Sufficiency Program gave Maria a renewed sense of courage—a success she asserts is far more valuable to her than a career or a diploma. Maria is now enrolled in English as a second language (ESL) classes at Forsyth Technical Community College and her son attends a school better equipped to serve students diagnosed with autism. 

This story represents one of thousands of customers enrolled in a program at their local community action agency.  Community Action Works!
Want to share your success stories? Send them to [email protected]
Community Action News, Publications and Features
WAMY was featured in their local newspaper for their virtual summer camps made to help 3rd-5th graders have a productive summer. Great work, WAMY!
The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) created a video series entitled "Community Action Together". Each episode features David Bradley in conversation with a Community Action Agency from around the country to hear more about their agency's community and response to the current health and economic crises. Their latest episode featured our own, Bryan Duncan, Executive Director of I-CARE in Statesville, NC. Great work, Bryan!
The Main Perspective podcast series digs deep into what has been happening with race and culture - primarily with Women of Color and Men who enter into these conversations as “The Champions.”
Discussions explore how the pandemic plays a role in uncovering deeply rooted racism. Nicholas Wharton joined some other local leaders to discuss this issue in episode 6 "We are the 'Champions'"

Unite Us created a full web page on NCCARE360 showing how the program has spread across the state. They reached out to our Executive Director, Sharon Goodness, for a quote about the impact NCCARE360 has had on our network. You can find the quote towards the bottom of the page.
The Partnership wants to hear your success stories during COVID-19. These stories will be used to help secure additional funding for Community Action. If you have a story please submit them to this survey.

"  We are collecting brief summaries (~2 paragraphs) of innovative services that agencies are providing to individuals, children and families in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - anything that shows your agency rising to the challenges this situation has created."
Passage Home commissioned a beautiful mural from Ron Gamble to promote the 2020 Census. Love this unique way of reminding the community about the Census!

You can see more work by Ron at @kingtuttgraphics_inc on Instagram
Our friends in Missouri are coordinating a nationwide virtual run. You can sign up for a 1 mile, 5k or 10k run. Registration is $20 for Community Action employees and $25 for everyone else. Half of the funds for those who sign up from NC goes straight to our network. Join the run and get your friends to join too!

Staff from Coastal Community Action volunteered with a local partner that was distributing food to seniors in need throughout July. This is what their partner had to say about their contributions, "Jones County Community Hope (JCCH) is sending out a special thank you to the crew from Coastal Community Action (CCA). They partnered with us for this week and instead of 80 plates, we were able to serve up to 130 daily. CCA not only supported financially but they came out to help us prep today. They covered every nook and cranny including peeling potatoes, cutting cabbage, fixing plates, and just filling in wherever they were needed. Thank you for supporting the residents of Jones County." Thank you for not only supporting your partners financially, but with your own time and effort. Great work team!
This month, the Welfare Reform Liaison Project was featured in a virtual town hall meeting hosted by YWCA High Point, which focused on highlighting partners in the community who were aiding people in need. Robert Sims gave a wonderful presentation about Community Action and the WRLP programs. The video was viewed by nearly 300 people and had many people asking about the programs. Great work!
*Social determinants of health is a new buzz word within social services. Social determinants represent factors of our physical, emotional and social environment that have key impacts on our health. In fact, 80% of our health outcomes are determined by where we live, work and play. For more than 50 years, community action agencies have provided a variety of programs and services which improve social determinants of health for low-income citizens. Each month, we will highlight a Community Action Agency and their work to improve the living conditions and environments of
low-income citizens.
Social Determinants of Health*: Making Every Home a Little Safer
This mont h's feature is Coastal Community Action . Coastal Community Action is one of our agencies that provides weatherization and home safety updates to North Carolinians. This work helps create safer homes, which can help reduce medical bills, accidents and safety risks. Recently, they helped a woman named "Mary". Mary is a senior citizen with arthritis living in Craven county. The Healthy Home Initiative program helped make her home safer by installing handrails on her front stairs and in her bathtub. Mary is extremely thankful. “I rubbed the color off my sleeve trying to get up and down those steps, but now I get up them so much easier.” 

Great work, Coastal Community Action! Thanks for helping your clients have a safe home! And thanks to BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina for investing in our communities!
Shout out and Congratulations!...... Miana, the new Intake Coordinator at Passage Home. Miana is joining us after being a client herself. She says "I was motivated to lend my talents, skills and abilities to this organization based on my experience as an actual client with them. The programs and services that they provide assisted my children and I with overcoming various challenges, helped us attain self-sufficiency and become once again, whole. I am excited to assist Passage Home with the furtherance of its mission, which I know first-hand has the potential to change lives." Her personal experience is going to make her a valuable member of the Passage Home team, and our network!

We are so thrilled to have you as part of our network, Miana! And we look forward to you contributions to the NC Community Action network!
NCCAA Events
Training and Technical Assistance Survey
If you are a staff member of any Community Action agency, please fill out this survey on the training topics you think apply to you. It should only take 10-15 minutes.

NCCAA Conference Will Be Virtual This Year
The pandemic has been changing how we do business, and the NCCAA is not immune. This year, for everyone's safety, we are planning to hold a virtual conference. Your registration automatically transfers and we hope the lack of traveling expenses will mean you'll be able to send more people to this professional virtual conference.

Stay tune for the full agenda!
Training on Demand
We provide training on demand based on your specific needs and goals. Whether you want ROMA, marketing, human resources, board training, strategic planning, or special topics like secondary trauma and motivational interviewing.

Request a training by emailing [email protected] and tell us what you're looking for!
Webinar Training Series
Our next webinar will be "Your CAA and Legal Aid: Partnering For Success" presented by Isaac Sturgill from Legal Aid. Join us on August 28 at 10 am!

Miss any of the webinars in our series? Email us at [email protected] to get the recording! Recordings are available at no cost to NCCAA members.
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: August 1, 2020

These funds are intended for start-up or pre-existing programs where all kids run regularly. The program must be more than a one-time event and to help with start-up programs there is a running curriculum available. Kids Run the Nation is offering an opportunity to create healthier kids in your community.

Deadline: August 1, 2020

Funding areas are provided for acquisition/rehabilitation/restoration, education, operating and program support, organizational development, publication, and research. MSCF is looking for your project to serve as a model for other communities.

Deadline: August 13, 2020

Have an innovative solution that addresses the impacts of COVID-19? If so, consider applying for the 2020 RD Ready Challenge. To be competitive your solution should address one of the four drivers of change: financial security, vibrant plant, connected communities, and better health.

Deadline: August 14, 2020, 5pm

Any agencies that are currently or looking to complete projects that benefit the community are encouraged to apply for the Highlands Community Fund. One of the few stipulations is for projects to be completed within a year of receiving funding. Funding is generally between $2,500 and $5,000 but if you make a strong enough case HCF is all ears.

Mark Your Calendar
24-28 | National CAP Conference , Virtual
28 | Legal Aid Webinar , Virtual


30-2 | NCCAA Conference , Virtual
30 | Board Summit , Virtual
30 | ROMA Pre-Conference, Virtual


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