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October 2021

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Community Action Study Examines Impact of COVID-19 on Low-Income Families and Communities in North Carolina

Financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are hitting low-income families in North Carolina especially hard, according to a new report released today by the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA). The study, which explored the impact of COVID-19 on low-income families and communities in North Carolina, was commissioned by NCCAA to gauge how the pandemic was affecting its efforts to combat poverty and facilitate self-sufficiency in low-income communities.

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Agency News

Success Story

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Action Pathways, Inc. honored with National Community Action Partnership Promise in Action award

Action Pathways, Inc. has received the prestigious Promise in Action award for its work to tackle hunger in its service community.

The award, presented by the National Community Action Partnership's (NCAP) during its annual convention, recognizes community action agencies that have been diligently caring for the entire community and remain dedicated to helping individuals help themselves and each other amidst a catastrophe. Action Pathways Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) of Southeast North Carolina was recognized for its efforts to combat hunger throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the initiative, Action Pathways have served 60,000 individuals each month.

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Patricia Beier, Executive Director, WAGES joins the Hunt-Lee Commission

Patricia Beier has been selected to serve on Hunt-Lee Commission. The Hunt Institute announced the creation of the commission identifying and applying high-impact strategies for strengthening systems across the education continuum in North Carolina.

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WAMY gives produce to Avery residents through community garden

WAMY has created a garden in Newland that consist of fruits and vegetables. Every week volunteers deliver the produce to feeding Avery Families. To date, 236 pounds of food have been distributed.

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Mountain Projects awarded funding for flood relief in Western, North Carolina

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has distributed $107,500 for flood relief. Mountain Projects was one of the five non-profits to receive money from the Emergency and Disaster Response Fund. Mountain Projects was allotted $10,000 to restore materials at Canton Head Start and Canton Senior Center damaged by the recent flooding.

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EIC captures highlights of CSBG work in video

Dr. Landon Mason, president, NCCAA board of directors and executive director of Economic Improvement Council, shares the impact to the local community on his team's CSBG work.

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SRCAA honors the Life and Legacy of Nancy Sifford

Nancy Sifford a dedicated staff member with SRCAA for 24 years recently passed away. Nancy served as a bus driver and nutrition assistant at two head start communities. She earned the Employee Bus Driver of the Year from the North Carolina Head Start Association. Nancy will be missed by all the SRCAA staff and the lives she touched. 

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Passage Home that stepped up when the community most needed them

In North Carolina, nearly 9,000 individuals are homeless, many the victim of catastrophes and rising housing costs. The pandemic has exacerbated housing concerns, with recent reports noting that 37.1 million U.S. households spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing alone. Increasing gentrification has modified once affordable neighborhoods. In North Carolina alone, more than 347,200 families lack affordable housing.

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Association News

NCCAA Fall Self-Care Challenge begins in October

The North Carolina Community Action Association is challenging everyone to make self-care a priority this fall by joining its 31-day Self-Care Challenge.

The Self-Care Challenge is a four-week educational and experimental challenge to help participants learn more about self-care and ways to practice it. Each day of the challenge will focus on one of the seven self-care categories: emotional, practical, mental, physical, social, spiritual, and professional. Daily activities will include resources related to that day's topic like a self-care activity and tips to help amp current self-care routines. Activities can be completed individually or in small groups.

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Census Releases Poverty Data for 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced its latest data on poverty, income inequality, and health coverage. The data covers 2020 and shows how relief provisions in the first two major pieces of federal COVID-19 legislation mitigated the negative economic effects of the pandemic. The official poverty rate increased slightly, but estimated rates decreased significantly when post-tax income, relief programs, and stimulus payments were included.

View the Census Bureau's 3 reports as resources for planning and advocacy efforts: Income and Offical Poverty Rate (OPR), Healthcare Coverage, and Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM).

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Enroll in Case Management Certification beginning late October

Our case management certification is great for case managers new and experienced. Join the program to get a professional, university-sealed certification! It is only eight weeks long, and 100% online with a live instructor. Classes start on October 21st.

Enroll today!

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Causes of Poverty and Homeless in the Female Population

Homelessness has an immense physical, mental, and emotional effect on those who experience it. The concept of feminization of poverty describes the trend of increasing inequality in living standards between men and women, including housing, food accessibility, and job opportunity. Available research examining possible causes for the feminization of poverty primarily focuses on changes in family structure, the economy and labor force participation rates, and the impact of the welfare state.

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CADA family mourned the loss of Board Member, Marcelle O. Smith

Mr. Marcelle O. Smtih, 43, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021. Marcelle was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of Choanoke Area Development Association of N.C. (CADA). He was also a Halifax County Commissioner, representing District 2.

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Funding Opportunites

Wade Scholarship Program

The Wade Scholarship Program is an opportunity to attain a Master's Degree in Engineering from Stanford University's School of Engineering. The program provides full funding for five quarters of your masters-level coursework. Priority is given to graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The deadline to apply for the program is December 1, 2021.

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Inspirational Words

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Mark your calendar!


14-15| NC Affordable Housing Conference, Raleigh, NC

21 | Case Management Certification Cohort Start, Virtual


1| The National Community Action Foundation Conference, Virtual

9| The Big Pop Up, Robeson Community College, Lumberton, NC

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