OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
December 2017 - In This Issue:

The Community Action Agency Network is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit and public agencies, created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. 


Ohio is made up of 48 agencies serving all 88 counties in the state. 


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The Community Action Promise
"Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."
Learning Communities: A collaborative experience
By: Josh Summer, Development Director 

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) around Ohio, as well as around the country, are always looking for ways to improve services and strategies that ultimately impact poverty in their communities. Peer-to-peer facilitated learning is an ideal way to identify effective practices that address the causes and conditions of poverty. The  Community Action Partnership  has taken the lead on developing new ways to facilitate learning across geographical boundaries ... Read more
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a crime, you are not alone.
The Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Section serves victims of crime throughout Ohio. If you are a victim of crime and need assistance, we make every effort to assist you in the compensation process and to connect you with resources available in your community. Learn More
Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be held on January 19, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for location details and for a tentative list of 2018 meetings
Click here to learn how to submit your staff for recognition in OACAA's Staff Spotlight. 
Middletown joins nonprofit in house flipping venture
(Source: Nick Graham, Journal News)
(Source: Ed Richter, Journal News)

MIDDLETOWN - A proposed land transfer to a Butler County non-profit could result in a win-win for the city of Middletown in returning a property back to the tax rolls with a higher property value.

Middletown City Council is expected to approve the land transfer of 912 Lafayette Ave. to the non-profit Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families for a new program called "Neighbors Who Care: Renovations" that provides job training for people looking to get into a construction trade by rehabbing or ...   Read more
Foodbank program distribution
(Source: Marietta Times)

WASHINGTON COUNTY - With onions, potatoes, chocolate milk and frozen pizzas in hand volunteers handed out food to Washington County residents at the fairgrounds Wednesday.

"One family gets a third of a box of sweet potatoes, three bags of onions, three bags of apples, two gallons of milk, 10 pounds of potatoes, a box of frozen pizzas, some cottage cheese and a package of Hawaiian sweet buns," explained Travis Gee, an employee of Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action, parent of the the Southeast Ohio Foodbank program. "This is the most necessary time of the year for aid for a lot of people." Read more
CAC of Pike County received $2500 donation from Rock for Tots, Inc.
(Source: News Watchman)
PIKE COUNTY - The 32nd Annual Rock for Tots event was held on Friday, Dec. 1 in Chillicothe. Rock for Tots, Inc. is a non-profit organization based out of Chillicothe, OH, with a mission to positively impact the communities of southern Ohio by providing assistance to 30+ area children's organizations. 100 percent of all proceeds from this event go directly to these organizations. ..   Read more
Announcement regarding VirtualCAP: A national resource for Community Action Agencies
COLUMBUS - For those of you unfamiliar with VirtualCAP, the project was launched in 2002 by the Virginia Community Action Partnership, and managed by Ken Ackerman since its inception. VirtualCAP was developed as a way to support excellence in Community Action by providing online resources such as program models, best practices, Standards information, and other resources relevant and specific to our network. In 2015, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) began administering the project in our effort to maintain this valuable resource for our peers across the country... Read more
EARLY BIRD Registration ends Jan. 8th! 
Hancock County's rural public transportation system
HHWP Community Action Commission  is the designated grantee responsible for general oversight of the  Hancock Area Transportation Service , also known as HATS. As a Section 5311 rural public transportation system, HATS provides low-cost, demand response, public transportation to anyone within Hancock County for any purpose. There are no service eligibility requirements for passengers. The HATS program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration, Ohio Department of Transportation, United Way of Hancock County, contracts, local contributions, fares, and community donations... Read more
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