OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
September 2017 - In This Issue:
Executive Directors Julia Wise and Trina Payne with Author J.D. Vance of Our Ohio Renewal. Read more in Take Note

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."
You can't solve Ontario's opioid crisis by throwing money at it
Jamil Jivani, a member of the Our Ohio Renewal Advisory Board (a J.D. Vance initiative), participated in a meeting in Ross County on September 6th to discuss poverty and the opioid crisis in our state. He was joined by others including J.D. Vance author of Hillbilly Elegy, Trina Payne of Ross County CAC, Julia Wise of Highland County CAO, Phil Cole of OACAA, and more.

Jivani is a visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Ontario, and author of Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity. In a recently published opinion piece, Jivani reflected on his time with Community Action.

" I was recently in Ross County, Ohio, to learn from Community Action Agencies fighting the opioid crisis in the state. Ross County, which is home to 77,000 people, lost 44 people to drug overdoses in 2016. It's believed by many that the number is trending higher for 2017. Very quickly I learned that it's hard for people in a small community not to feel each one of those deaths personally. Dozens of family and friends are attached to each person struggling with addiction."

Call CAP-- not the cops-- during these local life emergencies
(Source: Dayton Daily News, Photo by: Cornelius Frolik/Staff)
Source: Cornelius Frolik, Dayton Daily News

Dialing 911 can't help out in all crises, like when a single mother's car breaks down and suddenly she has no reliable way to get to work.

Nor can 911 dispatchers prevent a family's utilities from being shut off for unpaid bills.

But there is a group that specializes in aiding in just these sorts of emergencies - Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, which serves several area counties. ..  Read more
Huntington Bank donates to ASCA
Akron Summit Community Action Inc. (ASCA) officials have purchased the former Woodford Elementary School at 315 East State St. to serve its 233 Head Start children in that area. On Aug. 9, Nick Browning, president for Huntington Bank in Akron, presented Malcolm Costa, president and CEO of ASCA, with a $15,000 check to go toward that purchase. ..   Read more
Tom Reed honored as Distinguished Alumni
Congratulations to Tom Reed! Mr. Reed, Executive Director of Gallia-Meigs Community Action and President of the OACAA Board of Trustees, was honored as Distinguished Alumni of the Meigs Local Alumni Association...   Read more
2017 Exemplary Program Awards
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs are now accepting applications for the 2017 Exemplary Program Awards.

Nominations must be received no later than November 20, 2017. Visit our website for more information. 
REGISTER TODAY! 2018-2019 CSBG Application Training
OCA will be holding the 2018-2019 Results Oriented Management & Accountability (ROMA) Theory of Change and Community Services Block Grant Application Training on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Dublin, OH.

Registration is limited to four staff members per Community Action Agency. Additional staff may be placed on a wait list by contacting OACAA. Registration closes October 11th. 

Register today!
Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be held on November 17, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for location details.
2018 Winter Legislative Conference
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies | 50 W. Broad St. | Suite 1616 | Columbus | OH | 43215
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