OACAA Briefing
In This Issue
OCATO Spotlight: Free Training
Legislative Update: HB 275
OACAA News: Capturing Successes
OACAA News: HEAP Press Release
Agency Happenings: Congressman Jordan Visits CAAs
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Third Annual Dr. Oscar B. Griffith Jr. Memorial Blood Drive
The Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo invites you to donate blood at your area Red Cross November 14-18 in honor of their former executive director Dr. Oscar B. Griffith Jr.

For more information visit www.eopa.org 
 November 2011
OCATO Spotlight
Free Training for Your Staff and Boards Through OCATO

OCATO, the training arm of OACAA, offers a wide variety of free training programs to member agencies to help increase the skills and abilities of staff and board members. The training can be tailored to meet your needs, brought on-site to your office and is conducted by people in community action.


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Legislative Update

Revising Consumer Protections Wrong for

Low-Income People 

Ohio House Bill 275 attempts to destroy the nearly 40-year-old Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA) that protects working Ohioans from fraudulent or deceptive business practices. Bill supporters claim that it would expedite remedies to consumer complaints and limit costly lawsuits, but in reality it would take away the safeguards that Ohio consumers already have, putting all of the risks on consumers.

An Easy Way to Capture Your Success Stories 

We all see success stories everyday of clients overcoming obstacles and gaining self-sufficiency. OACAA would like to share these stories with the public so that they can understand the good works that community action does. We have created a Success Story Questionnaire to help easily capture these accomplishments.

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Press Release on HEAP Funding Cuts 

As you probably know, federal budget cuts could slash the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) by as much as 50 percent in 2012. To help combat this and maintain funding levels as much as possible, we have created a press release template for agencies to use. The bold bracketed areas can be filled in to customize it for your area. We encourage you to tailor the press release to your needs and distribute it to your local media. The customization can include information about the upcoming application process for this season of HEAP, making it a timely piece.

Agency Happenings

Congressman Jordan Visits with Ohio's District 4 Community Action Agencies

On Tuesday, September 27 Congressman Jim Jordan visited tCongressman Jordan & District 4 CAAs 2011he Tri-County Community Action Commission's main office in Bellefontaine while touring other area businesses. The executive directors from four other community action agencies within District 4 joined Jordan on his visit. 


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