OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
February 2018 - 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."
Goldilocks and the board financial dashboards

By: Greg Bollenbacher, 
OACAA Fiscal Director

Over the years, I have attended quite a few board meetings either as an auditor, a consultant, a Fiscal staff person, or a board member.  For me, one of the most interesting and fascinating agenda topics has always been the financial reports presented to the board. Yep! I am one of those weird "numbers guys," and dare I say it, I also like spreadsheets!  When I attend a new meeting, I can hardly wait to see whether the financial reports are too hot  containing way too much information, too cold  containing not near enough information, or if they are just right  and contain the recommended agency-wide revenue versus expenditures, budget comparison, balance sheet, and other highlights on individual programs.

So how does the financial reporting portion of your board meeting go? Is it long and painful, quick and painless? When you've reviewed the report, do you feel like the board understood the information presented? Did they learn something new about the organization? Asking yourself these questions can help you determine where your report falls on this Goldilocks matrix...  Read more
Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be held on March 16,2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for location details and for a tentative list of 2018 meetings
'Pizza4Prevention' in Fayette County
(Source: Record Herald)
(Source: Record Herald, Martin Graham)

"We have started a partnership to do a presentation about Generation RX and talk about our coalition, and what our youth coalitions are doing to reduce youth substance abuse in their schools," Community Action Commission of Fayette County Planner Christina Blair said. "We will be talking about drugs of progression, or what used to be called 'Gateway Drugs.' We have gotten away from talking about that because not everyone who starts a substance will continue on to another. Overall, we just want to help parents to be able to talk to their kids and we hope this education will help."... Read more
Area youngsters getting a jump start on their education
(Source: Perry County Tribune)

PERRY COUNTY - Corning and New Lexington Head Start programs, is operated by Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP). They offer Early Head Start for children from birth to age three, and Head Start for children from ages three to five. Both programs are free for children from low-income families...  Read more
OACAA responds to federal budget proposal
COLUMBUS - The Trump Administration's proposed federal budget released yesterday suggests eliminating the flexible Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) removing $27.4 Million from Ohio and threatening $446 Million in leveraged funds. The proposed budget also eliminates $148 Million in the Home Energy Assistance funds and $11.7 Million in Weatherization Assistance- programs that provide vital services which keep Ohioans safe and warm while also reducing energy costs... Read More
Upcoming Events & Trainings
CPR Certification & First Aid Training, April 24, 2018
Ohio BWC Safety Congress & Expo, March 7-9, 2018
OACAA Annual Summer Conference, July 25-27, 2018
Jeannette Jarrett of OACAA
We are proud to have Jeannette Jarrett as part of our team and thank her for her many contributions to the Community Action mission
Jeannette Jarrett joined the OACAA team in 2016 as Operations and Support Specialist, and previously served as OACAA Project Manager from 2005 to 2007. In her current role she provides expertise throughout the office by supporting OACAA projects and initiatives. She also serves as an expert and liaison with the Head Start program... Read more
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