OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

May 2021
Celebrating Community Action Month
Community Action Month is a time for our network to reflect on our successes and the triumphs of the people we serve. Throughout the past year, the pandemic created new hurdles we did not forsee. However, because of Community Action's experience and capacity, the network quickly responded to the community's needs, created new ways to operate safely and effectively, and served a record number of customers who needed help—many who needed it for the first time. 

Upcoming Events
Triumph Over Tragedy: The Story of An Addict

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Social Worker Safety: Professional Ethics and the Elephant in the Room

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MYCAP's Shelia Triplett honored with humanitarian award
MAHONING COUNTY- In honor of her long-time community service, the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing our Neighborhoods (A.C.T.I.O.N) of Youngstown recognized Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership’s executive director Sheila Triplett’s at their annual banquet Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Humanitarian Award is one of four awards given in memory of early A.C.T.I.O.N Kerpsack whose significant work for the alliance continues to inspire its members. In addition to the humanitarian award, the education, community service, and institutional service awards also pay homage to Kerpsack’s memory.

Belmont County CAC set to disperse funds for those affected by pandemic
(Source: WTOV 9 Fox, Brittany Grego)

The Community Action Commission of Belmont County has received hundreds of thousands of dollars to help families in need impacted by COVID-19 and especially those who are still unemployed. The CAC recently received two grants totaling more than $700,000.

"They are to assist with mortgage, rent and they've expanded utility assistance, as well,” Executive Director Alaire Mancz said. Mancz said the grant money could go toward water, sewer, bulk fuel, electric, gas, internet and trash bills.

Meet David Brightbill, he works for Washington Morgan CA, but his job is caring.
(Source: Patch, By: Christopher Schmitt)

Washington-Morgan CAP has programs to weatherize homes, helping families reduce heating and cooling costs. Brightbill said they have a number of partners who help them. "To do energy-saving retrofits, light bulbs, old refrigerators that need to be replaced." They work with homeowners and help with repairs ranging from minor to major.

Community Action celebrates opening of Greenfield facility
(Photo Courtesy of James Matticks)

On Saturday, May 8, the Highland County Community Action Organization celebrated the grand opening of their new building located at 1300 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.

According to Executive Director Julia Wise, “The organization had been looking at different facilities to either renovate or build a new site for over 15 years.”


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