OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
March 2015 - In This Issue:
Devany honored for his service to Community Action.
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."
Family Development Certification Training

Family Development is an intense case-management program that establishes a framework to work holistically with those seeking comprehensive services at Community Action agencies. The program encourages work with the entire family with the result leading them to self-sufficiency... Read more

OCATO Needs Assessment Survey
As part of our ongoing efforts to build the capacity of the Ohio CAA network, we are asking for your input.The information will be used to identify training topics and resources to help us provide valuable training and technical assistance in 2015.  

Please take a moment to complete the brief survey below: 

Community Action in Action Photo Contest
You can still upload your images to the Community Action in Action Photo Contest! Two images from each agency are permitted per category can be submitted through midnight!

Click here for more information.
Devany honored for service to Community Action with commissioned portrait

Earlier this month, Andrew "Joe" Devany was honored with the presentation of a commissioned portrait for his years of dedicated service to Community Action and Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission (OHCAC). 


OACAA would also like to express our appreciate to Mr. Devany. His years of dedicated service to the board of trustees and his advocacy for low-income persons across not only Ohio but the United States has made a strong impact on our collective mission. Read more in OHCAC's March Newsletter.

Dotson named Top 25 under 35

During their Movers & Shakers Awards ceremony this month, The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club named Carrie Dotson, executive director of Lifeline, Inc. in Lake County, one of the Top 25 Under 35 in Northeast Ohio. According to their website, the award recognizes young leaders who have an excellent record in their work, civic engagement and philanthropic efforts. 


Congratulations, Carrie! Thank you for your commitment to Community Action's mission and your dedication to low-income residents of Lake County. Read more about the Movers & Shakers Award.

New nurse helps Kno-Ho-Co respond to health care needs
(Source: Chris Cook/Coshocton Tribune)

COSHOCTON - Sarah Miley has been involved with public health for nearly 10 years for a simple reason: She has a desire to help an underserved population.


In September, Miley took on the role as family planning nurse practitioner with Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland, a social services agency that serves Coshocton and surrounding counties... Read more


State of Poverty in Ohio Report Released

In cooperation with Community Research Partners (CRP), OACAA released the State of Poverty in Ohio Report on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The report, which is now available online, aims to illustrate the effects of poverty in an effort to understand economic hardships today and over the last fifty years.

Throughout the report, you will learn about many of the barriers... Read more
Cole recognized with national leadership award

During the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., Philip E. Cole, executive director of Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) was honored with the 2015 Charles Braithwait Leadership Award.


"This award is the highest honor our organization presents," said David Bradley, executive director of NCAF. "The award, named after Charles Braithwait, co-founder of the National Community Action Foundation, is presented annually to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills both at the state and local levels as well as nationally." ... Read more

LACCA helps client gain safe housing and independence

MERCER COUNTY - When Sven learned his roommates were engaging in drug activity at the home they shared, he knew he needed to find a safer place to live. Though he needed more independence than he previously had while living with family, he determined in order to be successful with the added challenges of his developmental disability he would need... Read more