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Congratulations to our OACAA Photo Contest Winners!

1st Place Winner
Alfred Stabilito
Stymie the Clown provides information at at Community Action Awareness event

2nd Place Winner
Janie Phillips
Adams Brown Counties Economic Opportunities
Helping children and seniors have a wonderful holiday season

Thank you to everyone who participated!

SELF Wins National Photo Contest!
Congratulations to Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), the Community Action Agency in Butler County for winning ToolBank USA's Tool Up America Before & After Photo Contest for photos taken during their annual Group Workcamps project. The photo depicts work done for Jacki to install a wheelchair ramp. Her wheelchair ramp provided freedom after years of being confined in her home in a wheelchair. Jacki not only has gained independence, but a peace of mind that she can exit her home safely in an emergency.
 December 2013
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Ohio VETS Pilot Project Yields Successful Results


Ohio VETS Logo The Ohio Vocation, Education, Training and Services (VETS) pilot project administered by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency has concluded with successful results. The pilot project was instituted at six Community Action Agencies throughout the state and offered education and training to assist veterans in finding meaningful employment at a living wage, and provided them and their families with other supportive services to help them attain self-sufficiency.   


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Agency Happenings
Governor's Office Partners with Community Action to Distribute Coats to At-Risk Kids


On October 31, Gov. John R. Kasich signed an executive order authorizing the expenditure of $100,000 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives will use the funds to partner with Operation Warm and Community Action Agencies to provide 3,125 new winter coats to at-risk children in Montgomery, Jackson, Vinton and Pike Counties.

Attend the Winter Legislative Conference


The 2014 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for January 29-31 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square and registration is now open! The conference will be filled with opportunities to share ideas, attend educational workshops and meet with legislators.     


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Agency Happenings

Welcome New Executive Directors


Throughout the end of 2012 and 2013, several new executive directors have joined the Community Action network. Although some are not new to Community Action, OACAA would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to their new role. Following is a little bit about each of these new leaders. 

Agency Happenings

LEADS Community Action Hosts Grand Reopening for Remodeled Senior Living Property


LEADS Community Action Agency has been offering affordable housing solutions throughout Ohio since 1990. To date they have developed 38 affordable housing projects in 21 counties with a total of 1,309 apartments and single family homes. Recently they were able to provide extensive rehabilitation to Windsor Height Apartments, a 25 unit senior living property, thanks to funding through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency 2010 Housing Tax Credit Program.