MAY, 2018
North Carolina Community Action Association e-News

NCCAA P OVERT Y 2 018 Annual Conference
May 8-11, 2018
Crown Plaza Resort Asheville, NC
NCCAA 2018 Officers Announced at 2018 Conference
Spring in western NC can be an awesome experience with its beautiful foliage, shrubs and stunning blossoms as it emerges from the harshness of the cold winter. Excitement is brewing not just with the change in the season, but also with the onset of the 2018 NCCAA annual conference that is about to “SPRING.”
This year’s conference features author and distinguished UNC professor Dr. James Johnson who will share his years of research on the changing demographics of poverty and growing inequality in America. More than a dozen other state and national experts will build upon the conversation and share best practices in fund development, community engagement, branding, social enterprise, case management, and health equity , as well as, a range of current weatherization hot topics. This conference has something for everyone with the Indispensable Assistant and Statewide Board Leadership Summit training events to enhance the work of all agency staff and board members.

Community Action Opportunities (CAO) Day of Service: Remember to bring a donation of toiletry items
Celebrate National Community Action Month
NC Governor Roy Cooper issues Community Action Month Proclamation. . .
.......for activities, events, social media posts and other creative ideas to celebrate Community Action this month! Find out about conducting site visits with your elected officials, press outreach to get your agency noticed in the news, and using Community Action Month as an opportunity for fundraising. There are memes and other social media sample posts here.
Please share all of the special activities and fun events your Agency has planned by emailing Let us remember the Promise of Community Action. .... 

Reentry ROCKS!
“North Carolina is better and safer when people who’ve paid their debt to society can find a path to success,” Gov. Cooper said. “Most people serving time in our prisons will eventually be released, and we want to help them return to their communities without returning to the ways that put them behind bars in the first place.”
NEW Reentry Celebrates Reentry Week

Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed April 23-27,  2018  as  Reentry Week  in North Carolina to draw attention to efforts to help formerly incarcerated people become productive members of their communities.

 In observance of “Reentry Week” the N.C. Community Action Association hosted several activities to celebrate reentry success in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. Hundreds of local citizens attended the events which included two Reentry Resource Fairs, a State of Reentry Luncheon and Rock the Block Party. NC Attorney General Josh Stein and Secretary Rueben Young provided comments during the Rock the Block event. Check out event photos here.
NCCAA Celebrates....
the conclusion of PNC Foundation’s Homes Energy and Neighborhood Beautification Program with the completion of 52 homes.
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The Association has just completed a two-year, $250,000 healthy homes beautification initiative funded by the PNC Foundation for income-qualified clients living in North Carolina. The Homes Energy and Neighborhood Beautification Improvement Program (BIP) , provided eligible low-income homeowners with external, home beautification upgrades, financial literacy and home maintenance education. The program began in 2015 and was completed this year. The North Carolina Community Action Association was selected to administer this grant from the PNC Foundation. Read More
Opioid Forum Live-Stream Broadcast - Public Media NC, May 8
"Caring & Connecting with All North Carolinians"
Public Media North Carolina (PMNC), North Carolina’s only statewide media network, connects North Carolinians with each other, the world and endless possibilities.

UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina (PMNC) proudly partners with the North Carolina Community Action Association for the 2018 Opioid Forum. This partnership extends the work that PMNC’s North Carolina Channel team is producing about the opioid crisis in North Carolina. The North Carolina Channel’s special coverage includes A Crisis: North Carolina’s Opioid Battle, featuring leading political, healthcare and law enforcement officials sharing information about the state’s response to opioid abuse and local stories exploring how communities are creating innovative solutions to the issue. The North Carolina Channel team also traveled to Columbus County for an up-close look at the ways in which one county is responding to the plight in A Crisis: NC’s Opioid Battle—A Columbus County View . Both programs are now streaming at

Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) , Brings Medical Expertise, Education to the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic
You may already be aware that the opioid epidemic has hit Western North Carolina harder than most areas of the country. Our region has higher than state and national averages of opioid and substance use disorders, overdoses, and opioid prescriptions written.  MAHEC is working collaboratively to address this public health epidemic across all 16 westernmost counties of our state. Since 2017, they have supported more than 5,000 individuals across our region with multi-pronged efforts that include:
Substance Use and Overdose Prevention  
Community and Provider Education
Substance Use Disorder Support Services
Help turn the tide of this epidemic in WNC. Call 828-257-4400 or email to learn how you can partner with MAHEC for education, training or to donate to our MAHEC SURE (Substance Use Resources and Education) Fund to make our resources more available to those who need them.

ECHSA, Inc.'s New Digs
Agency Spotlight
Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (ECHSA, Inc.) is proud to announce their agency relocation to 237 New River Drive, Suite 1, Jacksonville, N.C. 28540. The newly renovated facility is conveniently located in one of the most impoverished areas of Onslow County. The building is well designed to meet the agency’s needs, but more importantly, those of the low-income, Veteran, and military dependent populations that ECHSA, Inc. empowers to become economically and socially self-sufficient every day. You are cordially invited to attend the ECHSA, Inc. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 12 – 3 p.m. RSVP via email at by Monday, June 25, 2018. 
SEACAA 2018 Annual Conference coming to Orlando
Sept. 18-21
Join colleagues for the regional SEACAA conference, Fighting Poverty - In It to WIN It! at the Rosen Plaza Center Hotel in Orlando.
Reserve your room now.

ECHSA, Inc.'s 2nd Annual Agency, Family, Community (AFC) Involvement Week and Anti-Poverty
Join in on the Fun!.....All are Welcome.
JACKSONVILLE - As the finale to the close of another successful fiscal year of fighting the war on poverty, ECHSA, Inc. will host the agency’s Second Annual Anti-Poverty Festival at Jack Amyette Recreation Park in Jacksonville, N.C. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 910-347-2151.
Click here to learn more.
Coming in July: Case Management Certificate Program - Enroll now!
NCCAA will be enrolling members in the pilot cohort through June 10, 2018 , but will not begin the class until July 2018.

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

18- 21SEACAA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

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