June 2019
1 Mission, 1 Brand, 1 Promise
The goal of this map is to highlight the areas of the country that are hardest to count, and to provide information to local, regional/statewide, & national organizations who are working to make sure these hard-to-count areas & populations are fully counted to help ensure a fair and accurate census.

Sowing Seeds of Hope
“It feels better to grow something and look at it. It helps fight off depression. Gardening is all I can do anymore.” - WAMY Gardener

WAMY Community Action, Inc. has always been focused on services to make people more self-sufficient, and what is more self-sustaining than growing your own produce? WAMY has operated a gardening program for decades. This program provides garden vouchers for low-income citizens to get seeds, fertilizer, tools, plants and canning and freezing supplies. For a senior living on a fixed income, this voucher means they can have a garden and food to put away for the winter.

On the surface, these vouchers provide short-term assistance to the families by enabling them to have a garden and provide for their families. In the long term, the vegetables they put away by canning or freezing can feed their families for up to two years. WAMY has calculated the return on investment for this program and it is an astonishing 25:1 ration. For every $1 that is invested into a voucher, over $8 of produce is received. So a $50 voucher can return as much as $400 in produce value.

Their gardens serve many purposes in helping them maintain a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Tending to their gardens keeps them active and gets them outside. Research has shown gardening to be therapeutic, stress relieving and helps seniors maintain cognitive functions.

Read more about WAMY's gardening program

 Fresh from the garden - try this favorite recipe for Pickled Corn provided by WAMY Executive Director, Melissa Soto.
Blanch corn on the cob in boiling water for three minutes. Plunge into cold water and cut from the cob. Pack into a small stone crock and add one cup of salt to every nine cups of corn. Mix thoroughly. Put plate on top of corn and hold down with a heavy weight. After a few days brine from the corn should form over the rim of the plate. If not, add brine made from one half cup of salt to one quart of cold water. Pour into the crock to cover the plate.
To Use:
Take out the amount of corn needed, putting the plate in place again. Rinse in cold water. Cover corn with plenty of water and bring to the boil. Then pour off the water. Repeat this process. Drain through a colander and put in the oven to dry out. It is now ready to serve. Add milk butter or butter substitute and seasoning.
NCCAA Salutes 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Joyce Grantham Felton, Economic Improvement Council, Inc. (pictured in bottom photo)

James Milton Smith, Choanoke Area Development Association of North Carolina, Inc.

Pat Bennett, Mountain Projects, Inc.
 Monica Gullatt, Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action, Inc.
Sandra N. Noble , Greene Lamp, Inc. Erma “Faye” Taylor, Greene Lamp, Inc.
Brenda Turner , Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc.

Community Champions, Dennis Gaddy (pictured in second photo) , Executive Director of Community Success Initiative (CSI) and Maggie Kane, Founder and Executive Director of A P lace at the Table were recognized in the May Newsletter.

photos by darius carr
Putting Community and Action back into the Community Action Agency
"If you look at Community Action, Cabagnot says, it's always been historically an incubator for innovation and social programming."
In a recent news article " Spirit: Tackling tough issues: Rocky Cabagnot thrives on community action", news writer, Deidre Parker of the - Salisbury Post , interviews Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency's (SRCAA) Executive Director.

SRCAA's executive director, Rocky Cabagnot, and Price Head Start Center director, Ginger Jenkins - photo by jon c. lakey

His motto is “I want to put the community and action back into the Community Action Agency.” Rocky Cabagnot, the executive director of Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency , came home to Salisbury to rediscover a mission that predates the Economic Opportunity Act of 1965. He thinks back to the people who …
Community Action Personified
Shawna Hanes, Energy Director, from Blue Ridge Community Action, Inc., Morganton, delivers heartfelt tribute to Dianne Lloyd, a dedicated employee of the agency for over 50 years, during the Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Conference.
Sesame Street Fosters New Character
 2019 Order of L ong Leaf Pine Recipients
David White, CEO of Western Carolina Community Action, Inc., for your many years of service and exceptional leadership – most recently as the Chairperson for the NCCAA Council Executive Directors. David and his agency will transition to the nonprofit status at the end of June.

Daphany Hill, former Executive Director of Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. for your years of dedicated service and outstanding leadership of your agency. Daphany retired earlier this year.

 Your contributions are greatly appreciated.
What do AmeriHealth Caritas NC & NCCAA Share?
AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina and the North Carolina Community Action Association share a common goal: helping low-income people to lead productive lives.

Their mission is to build strong and healthy communities which go beyond clinical care! They bring an understanding of the challenges facing Medicaid members and are partnering with the Association to offer a person-centered model of care that will help customers obtain the critical support and services they need, so they can make important lifestyle changes which lead to healthier, more productive lives.

How will they do this? Read more here.

We are excited about the partnerships with our new managed care providers and the opportunities for our customers and their families!
“What’s Cookin,’ Good Lookin' "....Raleigh, NC is"
Local Raleigh chef, Ashley Christensen, takes home the coveted James Beard Award for the most Outstanding Chef in the US! - and is the only NC chef to ever win the top award, considered the Oscars of the food industry. This is the second Jam es Beard chef award for Christensen, 42, who owns  Poole’s Diner  and several restaurants in downtown Raleigh.

Christensen, who has used her influence to raise money and awareness for social justice causes, was also nominated for the country’s top award last year.


27-30/ 2019 CAP Annual Convention , Chicago, IL

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