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

September 2021
Photo: IMPACT CEO Bo Chilton alongside other Columbus Foundation Award Winners and Representatives. See "Association Updates" for story.
Funding Opportunity
The Ohio Department of Health has issued a $5,000,000 funding opportunity for Community and Faith-Based Infant and Maternal Health Support Services.

The Letter of Intent to Apply is due Friday, September 24.

Follow the link to learn more and apply
2021 Exemplary Program Awards
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Exemplary Program Awards! 
The OACAA website contains details about the program, guidelines, scoring rubric, and information on how to develop and submit program nominations. The deadline to apply is 12/1/2021.
OACAA.org Website Transition
Last week, OACAA's website moved to a new hosting service. Some emails to the staff may have not be delivered between Friday evening and Tuesday afternoon. To ensure receipt, please re-send those messages. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Crystal F. from Lancaster-Fairfield CAA was one of two September winners!

The next drawing is on October 1st. CAA staff is only eligible for one drawing based on the last shot received. Follow the link to register.

Blog: IMPACT CA Honored with Local Award
Congratulations are in order for IMPACT Community Action, whose critical pandemic and eviction prevention efforts made them the deserving recipient of the 2021 Columbus Foundation Award and related $50,000 grant.

Upcoming Events
Early Bird registration ends SOON!
Join us for the 2021 Annual Conference--a hybrid event! Executive directors/CEOs are invited to attend the in-person event on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (contact Jeannette Jarrett for the registration code). Workshops will be held virtually on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Dynamic Duo: Improving the Board and Executive Director Relationship

Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Virtual
Impact of a Batterer in the Lives of Children and Teens

Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Virtual
Foundation Level Seminar Series

Dates: November (2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Virtual
Feeding America CEO visits Southeast Ohio Foodbank during Hunger Action Month
(Source: The Logan Daily News)

Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot visited the Southeast Ohio Foodbank on Friday, Sept. 3 to thank staff members for their heroic effort throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foodbank, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) is approaching 25 years of providing emergency food to thousands of southeast Ohioans, according to a news release.

Foodbanks, churches offer relief for families in rural counties
(Source: Katie Tercek, 19 News)

ASHTABULA CO., Ohio (WOIO) - What happens when you live in a rural county where grocery stores are few and far in between? It’s a struggle for people to get transportation to the store resulting in them relying on the resources they have in their neighborhood.

Ashtabula County Community Action Agency is building a program to combat hunger and transportation issues. It’s called The Pathways Community HUB. The program leader said it would serve Ashtabula, Lake, and Geauga Counties. The HUB will target those on Medicaid. This program will give people access to resources helping them get food, transportation, and the emotional and mental support they need. If someone is not on Medicaid, the program will work with you to get on Medicaid if you qualify.


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