OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
February 2015 - In This Issue:
OACAA Executive Director Philip E. Cole introduces Governor John Kasich as the keynote speaker during the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference in Columbus, Ohio. 
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."
State of Poverty 2014 Report: #OhioSOP14
The State of Poverty in Ohio 2014 Report will be released on March 10, 2015. Stay tuned for more information including a social media toolkit. For more information, please contact Kathryn Clausen
Organizational Standards: IM 138 Released

As many of you have seen, IM 138 was released by the U.S. Office of Community Services (OCS) which provides guidance and responsibilities for the establishment of Organizational Standards for the CSBG Network. These Standards reflect more than two years of work led by the Community Action Partnership. The goal of the Standards is to establish a set of good management practices that every Community Action Agency should meet to demonstrate adequate organizational... Read more

Governor Kasich Keynotes the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference

Last month, the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) hosted the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference with keynote speaker Governor John Kasich. Nearly 300 professionals, partners, and legislators attended the three-day conference in Columbus where they continued their focus on helping Ohioans out of poverty and into self-sufficiency... Read more

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#WLC2015 photos now available in our photo stream!

OCS Programs: Strengthening Accountability, Promoting Opportunity and Fostering Innovation
Jeannie L. Chaffin (Source: Administration for Children & Families)
Blog entry from Jeannie L. Chaffin, Director, Office of Community Services 

With the investments proposed in the fiscal year 2016 Budget, programs within ACF's Office of Community Services (OCS) are well positioned to support the President's commitment to help working families afford the cornerstones of economic security... Read more at Administration for Children & Families Blog

Now hear this: Audiology services return to Donahoe Center

ASHTABULA COUNTY - There are more than 30 million Americans with hearing difficulties serious enough to require a hearing aid. The affected range from babies to seniors, and for everyone of them, the hearing loss impairs their quality of life to some degree... Read more
Winter Crisis Program Aims To Keep The Heat On For Low-Income Residents (VIDEO)
FRANKLIN COUNTY - Tuesday night is a night to stay in and stay warm, but for some in our community, that isn't as easy as it sounds.

Many in Columbus are turning to the "Home Energy Assistance Program" or HEAP's, Winter Crisis Program at IMPACT Community Action... Read more

Lifeline helps people and saves lives

LAKE COUNTY - After ten years of employment with her company, Tracy's position was downsized causing a significant reduction in income, as well as her loss of healthcare coverage. Not only was she the sole income for her family, but Tracy is also a Type 1 Diabetic requiring daily medication and supplies which cost over... Read more