OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
June 2017 - In This Issue:
Learn more in Network News. (Photo Source: The Columbus Dispatch / Eric Albrecht)

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."
Effective grant writing
By: Josh Summer
Development Director

Grant writing is the process of requesting funds from various sources, typically through a competition that requires submission of an application or proposal. Nonprofit organizations rely on this form of fundraising to support programs, agency operations or other financial needs. Grants are especially popular because they are considered "free money" by many in the industry, which leads some to believe grants will solve problems. If an organization had a great grant writer who was successful in bringing in additional funds, wouldn't that increase the organization's viability?   Read more
Intensive vocational program gives grads hope of overcoming barriers
(Photo Source: The Columbus Dispatch/Eric Albrecht)
COLUMBUS - (Rita Price, The Columbus Dispatch)

Never mind the curled hair and long eyelashes, the makeup and painted fingernails. Amy Reynolds, her mentors say, has a heckuva future in the construction trades.

"I'm a hard worker," the 32-year-old said. "And I'm really grateful I got the chance to prove it."
Reynolds and nine others were celebrated Friday as the first graduates of a pilot vocational program at IMPACT Community Action that immerses job-hungry adults in eight weeks of intensive, hands-on training in carpentry and building trades...   Read more
Register today for OHASC17!
Registration is still open for the 2017 OACAA Annual Summer Conference in Dublin, Ohio! Register today to join the over 200 Community Action professionals, vendors, exhibitors, and presenters. Tracks include Leadership, Hot Topics, Seniors, and CSBG.
Additional events announced
OCATO recently announced three new events for 2017!

All at NO COST to OACAA members. Check out our events page to learn more. 

Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be held on September 15, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for location details.
Got stories? 
What's happening with your summer Head Start program? Has your agency recently completed a large community project? What about a small project? Has a customer reconnected with you to provide an update on their successes? Do you have a customer who would like to share their story (anonymously or not)?
A success in Community Action does not necessarily look the same at every agency; it can include a customer success, an agency program, or even a new partnership. Because each agency is different, collecting our network's unique stories is imperative to tell our unique story effectively. Help Community Action stand out from the crowd by submitting your stories, and help OACAA reach our goal of collecting at least one story from each of Ohio's 88 counties! 
There is no format or photo requirement to submit your story; we only ask that you provide a copy of a photo release when submitting a photo. Don't have time to write a story? Just call or email Kathryn and she can help!
Everyone's road to success is special, and each Community Action Agency's path to help customers reach self-sufficiency is different. Together, we can illustrate how our network helps people and changes lives.
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