OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
June 2018 - In This Issue:
Learn more in Network News (Photo Source: Lisa Scalfaro, Record Courier)

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."
School's out for the summer
By: Jeannette Jarret, Operations and Support Specialist

During my years as a parent advocate, one of the tasks I enjoyed most was putting together information about spring and summer events. It was called the Summer Activities Catalog. The catalog listed fun (and free) things that were taking place in the city and county. The minimal cost, if any, were included in the listing along with the date of the function giving families plenty of time to prepare for events if they wished to attend. The families I worked with really looked forward to the catalog each year, so I thought I would share some How To tips to create your own local summer activities listing. ..  Read more
Community Legal Aid pilot program provides virtual legal assistance in Wayne County
(Source Crain's Cleveland Business, Written By: Jeremy Nobile)

A new collaboration between Akron's Community Legal Aid and Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties will aid both groups in serving the needs of residents without an attorney being physically present. 

Community Action has set up a virtual office at its Wooster location to connect low-income Wooster citizens seeking legal help with legal aid attorneys, allowing typical consultations and assistance with legal documents to be addressed...  Read more
Summer food programs aim to fill gap in Portage
(Photo Source: Lisa Scalfaro, Record Courier)
(Source: Record Courier; Written by Briana Barker)

The Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. has 10 locations throughout the county that provide lunch - and in some cases breakfast - to children. More than half of the locations are in Ravenna and Kent, where poverty is highest, leaving areas like Atwater, Garrettsville, Randolph, and areas served by the Southeast School District without options. Aurora and Streetsboro don't have any assistance in place either, according to school officials. While families are able to take advantage of any of the 10 sites, sometimes transportation can be an issue.

David Shea, CAC executive director, said the program is an extension of the federal food program, to provide nutritious meals to low-income children. It serves a "tremendous need," he said...  Read more
Startup lab forms to jumpstart entrepreneurship
(Photo Source: Lisa Scalfaro, Record Courier)
(Source: LimaOhio.com, Written by Josh Ellerbrock)

LIMA - Instead of attracting new business and new jobs from outside of Lima, Jermaine Harper is interested in developing what Lima already has - its people.

Harper, executive director of Urban Impact Ohio, has developed a new startup lab with the aim to jumpstart the small business community. Currently slated to receive $66,000 from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Harper is working with West Ohio Community Action Partnership to create a 10-week course that will teach low- to middle-income residents marketing basics and the legal necessities of starting a business while introducing them to capital resources such as microloans. ..  Read more
Still time to register for #OHASC!8
Though the Early Bird discount has ended, there's still time to register for the 2018 Annual Summer Conference is now open! Visit our new conference webpage for more details including a tentative agenda, tracks, hotel information. We'll see you next month!
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