OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
October 2014 - In This Issue:

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The Community Action Agency Network is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit and public agencies, created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. 

Ohio is made up of 48 agencies serving all 88 counties in the state. 

The Community Action Promise

"Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."

January 28 - 30, 2015

Is your agency looking for new grant opportunities?
Did you know OACAA's website has a resource list of potential grant opportunities? MetLife Foundation and CFED recently released an RFP for the "Out of the Classroom" Contest to help improve asset-building programs for financial stability. 

Find out more about this and other grant opportunities on our website.
"UGG"! Are you ready?

Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) or "Super Circular" will become effective for non-federal agencies beginning December 26, 2014. Is your organization ready? Fifty five staff members at 21 of Ohio's Community Action agencies are more prepared now than they were.


OACAA/OCATO (Ohio Community Action Training Organization) hosted two regional trainings on September 23rd and 24th in Jeffersonville and Huron. Mary Pockl and Michael Zeno of Zeno, Pockl, Lilly & Copeland (ZPLC) presented information regarding the upcoming changes... 

Tim Donnellan wins national award

WASHINGTON D.C.-John "Tim" Donnellan, President and CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, was recognized by the National Community Action Partnership as the 2014 Lyndon Baines Johnson Award winner. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who demonstrate significant dedication and commitment to Community Action at the local, state and national levels... Read more

Building a workforce system that works

Existing job training and career exploration programs are often fragmented and uncoordinated. As a result, businesses struggle to find qualified candidates, even as many adults struggle to secure employment.


Over the last three years, the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation has built the foundation for a more unified workforce system to help address this issue. Read more

LEADS continues to provide help to people in need
NEWARK - There aren't many businesses who would say the way to see fewer customers coming to them every day. But that is exactly what local Community Action Agencies want, said Philip Cole, executive director of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies... Read more
Head Start students are moving and learning
LORAIN COUNTY - The partnership with J.K. Kang's Tae Kwon Do focuses on battling the childhood obesity rate by providing aerobic exercise, flexibility and muscle conditioning training. At the same time, there is an emphasis on character building including: confidence, discipline, focus, self-respect and positive self-image. 

"Our goal is to get kids moving and improve their health," said Head Start Director Shauna Matelski. "They will also build a stronger mental attitude and greater self-confidence." Master David visits all of LCCAA's Head Start students weekly.

Read more about LCCAA's programs on their website.
WSOS awarded $6.1M by Labor Dept. to assist long-term unemployed and veterans

FREMONT - The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) would like to congratulate WSOS Community Action Commission on their award of $6,122,500 from the U.S. Department of Labor. The award from the Department is part of the nearly $170 million Ready to Work Partnership initiative which will focus on training and job placement for Americans who have experienced long-term unemployment... Read more

IMPACT will hold "Super Saturday" HEAP Kickoff event
FRANKLIN COUNTY - With winter approaching and the beginning of HEAP season upon us, agencies across Ohio are preparing to help many of our neighbors in need heat their homes. On Saturday, November 1, 2014, IMPACT Community Action will be holding a Pre-Winter Crisis Program (WCP) Kickoff event beginning at 6:00 a.m.


The "Super Saturday" event, which will be held at IMPACT's office at 700 Bryden Road, will begin at 6:00 am. Residents of Columbus and Franklin County will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until the office reaches capacity.


Read more about IMPACT's programs on their website.


How is your agency preparing for HEAP season? Let us know by contacting Kathryn Clausen at kathryn@oacaa.org

Lifeline helps man transition from homelessness

John was living the American dream. He had a good job earning $80,000 per year as a truck driver and a beautiful home in a cul-de-sac. One morning everything changed when he was hit head-on by another driver and ended up in the hospital.


After the accident John found himself in a very challenging situation. His income was reduced to $16,000 and he could no longer maintain... Read more