OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
September 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."
Cincinnati-Hamilton CAA announces new President/CEO
CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) Board of Directors is honored to announce that Mark B. Lawson will be Gwen L. Robinson's successor as the Agency's President/CEO.  Mark currently serves as Managing Attorney of Consumer Law at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where he has worked for almost 20 years.

Mark is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, Class 37, and is currently a member of Leadership Action, Class 4. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Xavier University and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
Mark has also been an integral part of the CAA team for many years.  He was a member of CAA's Board of Directors for 18 years, serving 12 of those as Board President.  And, he has given countless hours of volunteer service and provided much-needed support to CAA's children and families... Read more
Ashtabula County Community Action Agency Receives Workforce Innovation Award
OACAA would like to congratulate ACCAA on receiving the Workforce Innovation Award! 

ASHTABULA COUNTY -  Several years ago, at the urging of State Rep. John Patterson, community leaders came together to explore a Community Learning Center (CLC) approach in the Ashtabula Area City School (AACS) district as a means of enhancing student performance as well as create a platform for life-long learning and success. Typically, a CLC uses the school and its facilities as a hub to connect the community and the school.
Within this hub social, health, education, recreational and enrichment activities, support services, and programs can be offered. These are designed to be accessible not only by students and their families, but also by the community at large. In such models the school is seen as an anchor that provides stability ... Read more
Local agencies unite to fight against homelessness
(Source: Hometownstations.com)
Creating a united front to end homelessness in Lima Allen County. Local organizations say there's no excuse for homelessness as a new initiative to provide anyone needing a place to stay for a night, a week, or more is launched.

The West Ohio Community Action Partnership, the United Way of Greater Lima along with the Lima Rotary and other agencies presents "No Excuses; a 24/7 Commitment to Help Our Homeless". All someone has to do is dial 2-1-1 to talk to a trained operator who will find the assistance they need ...   Watch the report
New medical facility opens at One Stop
(Source: Ironton Tribune)
(Source: Ironton Tribune, By: Heath Harrison)

IRONTON - A grand opening took place on Thursday for the latest location of Family Medica Centers. 

The ribbon was cut on the facility at the One Stop center in Ironton, in conjunction with National Health Center Week on Thursday and Patient Appreciation Day on Friday, Diane Smith, the administrative assistant for the center said...  Read more
Getting Ahead program graduated participants
(Source: Ironton Tribune)
(Source: The Morning Journal, By: Jordana Joy)

LORAIN COUNTY -  Cake was sliced and certificates were received Sept. 20 during the Lorain County Community Action Agency's Getting Ahead program graduation at 936 Broadway in Lorain.  The program, in its second year, is designed to help people living in poverty discover the resources and tools they need to get back on their feet.

"When you're in poverty, you live in the tyranny of the moment and you become overwhelmed by your circumstances at times," said Jackie Boehnlein, CEO and president of the Community Action Agency. "But, you are never powerless. Never." . ..  Read more
Registration is now open for the 2018 National Community Action Foundation Post Election Summit, which will be held live in Columbus, Ohio! Join us to meet with David Bradley and discuss the detailed impact of the midterm elections and how they could impact Community Action and our country. Register now
Ohio Urban Resources System 3rd Annual Conference
Registration is now open for Ohio Urban Resources System's  3rd Annual Conference  held in Downtown Toledo and featuring speaker Mr. Joe Jones, CEO/Founder of the Center for Urban Families. 

Visit the  OURS website  for more details. 

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