OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
March 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."
Nancy Lewis of Ironton-Lawrence CAO
Nancy Lewis began her career with ILCAO in 1976 and has a long history of successes throughout Lawrence County. 
"Future generations who visit Community Action's Nancy Lewis Family Medical Center in Proctorville, Ohio, may wonder who Nancy Lewis was but, those who were blessed to work with her will never forget her," said Donald Gossett, executive director of ILCAO. "The continuous awards the Family Medical Centers have received for high quality care, and the integration of Behavioral Health and other empowering services through Community Action can be directly attributed to Nancy's efforts." ...  Read more
Click here to learn how to submit your staff for recognition in OACAA's Staff Spotlight. 
Breaking the cycle of poverty: Partnerships between agencies provides job readiness and training
(Source: Perry County Tribune)
Since 2016, Perry County's Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program (CCMEP) has been helping young adults find steady jobs and achieve their career goals. CCMEP is a partnership between the Perry County Department of Job and Family Services and Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP).

These agencies work closely together to help Perry County youth overcome barriers, land gainful employment, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. ..  Read more
Community Action delivers winter coats
(Source: Facebook, Project RISE)
(Source: Akron Public Schools)

Akron Summit Community Action Inc. (ASCA) delivered 1,500 new winter coats for homeless children in need to Akron Public Schools (APS) 

Project RISE is a federally funded program through the Ohio Department of Education, a collaborative effort of APS, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. .. Read more
2017 State of Poverty in Ohio Report
The 2017 State of Poverty in Ohio Report is slated to be released on April 12, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse Ladies Gallery. Watch you inbox for more information as it becomes available. #OHSOP17
Community Action Partnership CA Month Toolkit is now available
The national Community Action Partnership has released the 2018 Community Action Month Toolkit. The toolkit includes a social media calendar, sample posts, tips for video production, proclamation and press release templates, fundraising ideas, and much, much more! 

Planning a Community Action Month event? Let us know how we can help! 
Upcoming Events & Trainings
CPR Certification & First Aid Training, April 24, 2018
OACAA Annual Summer Conference, July 25-27, 2018
Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be held on April 20, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for location details and for a tentative list of 2018 meetings
Check out this video by Miami Valley Community Action Partner (formerly CAP of the Greater Dayton Area) about their new legal clinic!
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