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

September 2020
2020 Exemplary Program Awards Nominations
Nominations for the 2020 Exemplary Program Awards open October 1, 2020!

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. ET December 1, 2020. To learn more about how your innovative Community Action program can be recognized by Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, >>> CLICK HERE

2019 Exemplary Program Award Winners:

Virtual Workshop Recordings
Recordings for virtual workshops held last week are now available! To access each workshop, use the passphrase received at registration or reach out to Jeannette Jarrett.

Recordings are available for a limited time to all OACAA members in good standing.

Upcoming Events
Stress Management
  • When: October 20, 2020
  • Time: 1pm - 3pm
  • Where: Virtual Training
  • Cost: FREE to members
UGG Update
  • When: October 29, 2020
  • Time: 10am - 12pm
  • Where: Virtual Training
  • Cost: FREE to members
Family Development Certification
  • When: November 16-19, 2020
  • Time: 9am - 4pm (w/ extended lunch break)
  • Where: Virtual
  • Cost: FREE to members in good standing

Available only to OACAA members in good standing. All other registrations will be canceled.
IMPACT CA makes national news with desks program
FRANKLIN COUNTY — IMPACT Community Action has made national news with their new desks for kids program. With the help of local artists and donations, this program provides kids with a place to focus on their school work while learning from home during the pandemic and beyond. >>> WATCH NOW

Also, from CNN, Neighborhoods at risk for Covid see disproportionately high eviction rates. IMPACT CA is an integral partner to helping prevent evictions in Franklin County.

And, IMPACT CA CEO Robert "Bo" Chilton was named one of the Most Admired Nonprofit CEOs in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First!
HCCAO Head Start returns after closing in March
(Source: The Highland County Press)

HIGHLAND COUNTY - The Highland County Community Action Organization’s Head Start program has returned to in-person classes after previously closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School started back on Monday, Sept. 14, and Program Director, Valerie Williams reported a smooth start to the 2020-21 school year.

Hunger in the Year 2020: A FB Live Discussion
Hocking Athens Perry County Community Action, along with Ohio Association of Foodbanks held a Facebook Live discussion for Hunger Action Month.

The conversation addressed food insecurity and focused on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Headline: Dayton has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation
(Source: Dayton Daily News, By: Cornelius Frolik)

Dayton saw its poverty rate increase in 2019 for the first time in years, which bucked the national trend and contributed to the Gem City having one of the highest poverty rates in the nation among mid- to large-sized cities...

A lack of jobs that pay a living wage is a valid and well-known factor in poverty, but other issues include poor infrastructure, limited transportation options, increasing daily living costs and changing family structures, said Philip Cole, executive director of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. >>> READ MORE

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