January 2021
The Big Pop Up Event!
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Join us at The Big Pop Up event on January 26th, from 10 am-2 pm at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. This drive-thru event will provide families in need with essential household supplies and food. Spread the word!
Help People in Need Just by Drinking Coffee!
Drink that cup-o-joe each morning knowing you just helped another family in need. All you need to do is what you normally do: drink coffee! Buy our coffee blend - NEW Grounds Coffee - today and get it delivered to your door! The proceeds go to supporting the NEW Reentry Council, which supports returning citizens in Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe county to ensure they have a successful reentry.

Our coffee is fair trade, shade grown and grown by independent farmers in Ethiopia. It comes in whole beans, drip, french press, espresso, turkish, and percolator.
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.

Our next Head Start certification starts December 7 and the Case Management certification starts January 4. Learn more and register below!
Agency News
Success Story: Provided by Mountain Projects
We are so proud of all the success our agencies achieve! These stories have been collected, adapted, and edited for clarity.
Mountain Projects provides health insurance application counseling. One of the clients they helped with insurance coverage was a Haywood County farmer who suffered catastrophic injuries in an ATV accident a few years ago. After helicopter rides, brain surgeries and rehabilitation, she was presented with a bill that exceeded one million dollars. Her family was distraught. “We’ll have to sell our farm to pay for this!” her husband said. Fortunately, Cynthia a Mountain Projects Certified Application Counselor for health care insurance, had convinced her to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and had guided her through the process. As a result, the total payout for the family was less than $1,000.

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
Action Pathways oversees the Second Harvest Food Bank. One of their large partners, Walmart, recently donated toys to the food bank to be distributed to families in need alone with a box of food. Thanks to their generous donation - amounting to several pallets of toys - many children in need will be receiving free toys.
Congratulations to Emily Nuff and WAMY for this great honor! Only 18 people across the country are chosen for this position. It's a great honor and we are so proud to have you as part of our network!
"'We’re really trying to ramp up our fundraising so we can continue to fill those gaps,” Patsy Davis said. “Sometimes we see bills so large we see many nonprofits have to pitch in.'" Patsy Davis is also quoted in this article talking about senior citizens. "'If you go in a store, you see so many more seniors working,” she said. “I’m starting to see more and more needs in our elderly population. Being retired 10 years ago doesn’t cover costs for today. More and more seniors have fallen into that gap.'"
There are several pallets filled with food items, hygiene products, clothes and so much more for returning citizens and other community members in need. Thanks for looking after the needs of your clients and volunteers with your partners!
"W.A.M.Y. Community Action received $25,000 [from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina] to continue the provision of childcare services, enrichment activities, homework assistance, tutoring, a meal and outdoor exploration to elementary students in Avery County at no cost to the family. Currently, 150 children are enrolled; however, each school has a waiting list and could potentially serve more families when COVID restrictions are relaxed." Congratulations on the new grant money, WAMY! We are proud of the work you do to support children.
Thanks to a generous donation by Electrolux Corporation, Greene Lamp will be able to distribute kitchenware items like pots, pans, utensils and bakeware to families across nine counties. What a great gift for family in needs who can't afford these items on their own!
Patsy Davis, the Executive Director of Mountain Projects, covers the severity of the housing and homelessness problem facing her counties, especially as the eviction moratorium is set to expire in January. Their staff is working tirelessly to try to prevent thousands from becoming homeless. Thanks for all your hard work!
The Association is pleased to announce the newest member of its Advisory Council - Ms. Valonda Calloway to its Advisory Council. The author of Tips From The TV Lady, A Guide For Making A Great Impression On Camera And In Person is now sharing her tips and expertise with the NCCAA. You have probably seen her on recent commercials for Harris Teeter and Ford auto dealers. This energetic and camera-ready TV Spokesperson, TV host and actor has quickly demonstrated that she will be a tremendous asset to increase awareness of the work being done throughout the state. Welcome, Valonda!
The NCCAA has partnered with the NC Head Start Association and I Love Choice FM radio to do a weekly radio talk show covering the issues Community Action agencies address and face. You can listen to the Listen Up NC radio shows on our Facebook page or on our YouTube! Feel free to share these on your platforms.
Food insecurity rates, which had been declining across the United States since the Great Recession of 2008, are now at levels unseen since the Great Depression (1929). Prior to the pandemic, Feeding America reported 15.4% of all NC residents face food insecurity regularly and 20.9% of all NC children face hunger. Additional survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in late October indicated that more than 10% of all NC households with children reported that their kids regularly lacked sufficient food – that’s roughly 405,000 households here in NC. America’s Health Rankings’ 2020 Annual Report ranks NC as the 9th worst state nationally in food insecurity. NC’s rich agricultural history makes this reality even more tragic. Read more about food insecurity here.

To impact the determinants of health and health inequalities, community action agencies work at the local, state, national, and even global levels, to create positive, long-term change in the social, built and natural environment of our clients and our communities. Stay tuned to this space and our monthly updates for more information and progress of this new grant initiative for NC Community Action Association. We will be sharing success stories from around the state and opportunities to collaborate in the weeks and months to come. For more details, contact Elle Evans Peterson, Community Impact Manager, at the NCCAA state offices: [email protected] 
Shout out and Congratulations!...... Emily Neff, who works as WAMY Community Action's Director of Youth Development, for being selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance in 2020-21!

"Emily is one of just 18 leaders in the United States chosen for this prestigious honor this year. Afterschool Alliance stated that Neff is a highly-accomplished and caring individual with a passionate goal to assist and provide for the children and their families within the community."

“'I am excited to join the Afterschool Alliance in their goal to increase support for after school and summer learning programs,' Emily said. 'In my six years with WAMY, I have met many children and their families who have honestly told me that WAMY’s youth programs have saved their families...Being able to see these children grow up over the years and hear about their improvements each year at school due to their care and learning throughout the summer makes it all worthwhile.'”

Emily's accomplishment was highlighted in the news! Read the whole article here.

We are so thrilled to have your as part of our network, Emily! And we look forward to your continued contributions to the NC Community Action network!
NCCAA Events
Join the Fight Against Poverty
Have you ever wanted to be a poverty fighter? Now you can be! Donate to our cause and become a member. We help hundreds of North Carolinian's EACH DAY! We provide a wide variety of services from self-sufficiency classes to home repairs to education and job training to public transportation and housing. We believe in elevating people, not just giving them a handout. With 55+ years of success, we know your money will be put to good use. Donate using the button below! Every dollar goes to helping someone in need.
Become an NCCAA Member!
We are a strong network of 34 agencies and hundreds of members. Our members get all kinds of perks, like discounted tickets, advocacy, free webinar and webinar recordings, discount trainings and more! Membership for an individual is as little as $25 a year, and for an organization it's as little as $300!

If you are a staff member of a Community Action agency, you're already a member! Learn more about the benefits you get just by fighting the good fight with us!
Webinar Training Series
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.
Training on Demand
We provide training on demand based on your specific needs and goals. Whether you want training on 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!
Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: January 1
Average grant size: $5,000-$15,000

The Provident Benevolent Foundation’s mission is “to provide financial assistance to organizations that provide educational, medical, and fundamental human services to individuals.” They primarily support organizations located in central and western North Carolina and provide program, general operating, and capital campaign support.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 31, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2021
Grant Amount: $5,000-$20,000

The Memorial Trust strategically focuses funding within core geographic regions of the United States and within specific program areas while responding to the ever-changing needs of targeted populations, especially to the needs of youth and people who are disadvantaged economically, emotionally, or physically.

Application Deadline: February 1

These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Priority is given to applicants that address funding priorities from a holistic perspective that protect earth’s beauty and bounty, create a robust, healthy food system, increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, and/or build stronger communities.

Application Deadline: February 19

Application period will begin January 1, 2021. Funding areas include life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education for individuals pursuing a career in public safety, disaster relief, and support for members of the military family.

Application Deadline: March 1

Scaife Family Foundation grant awards will support and develop programs that strengthen families, address issues surrounding the health and welfare of women and children, promote animal welfare, and that demonstrate that beneficial interaction between humans and animals. The Foundation will consider grants directed toward early intervention and prevention efforts in the area of drug and alcohol addiction.

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