OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
 
September 2015 - In This Issue:
Volunteers from Grace Fellowship Church in Pickerington, OH volunteer at LFCAA's Farmers' Market.
HELPING PEOPLE. CHANGING LIVES. 

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. 


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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."
LATEST BLOG
The importance of program evaluations 
How do you tell your story? Why is the work that you do relevant and worthy of funding? These are questions that all non-profits ask to be more sustainable and worthy of funding to provide programs and services to their community. By tracking and measuring data, each organization can have a better understanding of the populations they serve and how to serve them, as well as help to identify areas to improve their reach and the efficiency of their programs. We all do this through our mandated Community Needs Assessments to receive CSBG funding... Read More
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Now free to OACAA members

A subscription to the VirtualCAP RoundUP is now a member benefit for all OACAA agencies. We encourage you to share the subscriber information with your staff and board to provide the maximum benefit to your agency. 

Within the next month, executive directors will receive log-in information, via email. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us.

For non-OACAA members, click here to find out how to subscribe. 
NETWORK NEWS
Highland County CAO selected by White House as a Rural IMPACT Demonstration site
OACAA would like to congratulate Highland County CAO for being named as one of ten organizations across the U.S. selected to participate as a Rural IMPACT Demonstration site!

WASHINGTON D.C. - Over six million Americans in rural areas live in poverty, including about 1.5 million children. And in many of these communities, high rates of poverty have persisted for generations: over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20 percent in every Census since 1980. As President Obama has stated, "A child's course in life should be determined not by the ZIP code she's born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams." In many rural places, that ZIP code equates to decreased access to critical services, fewer educational opportunities, and limited job choices... Read more of the White House Press Release or the Community Action Partnership Press Release
September is Hunger Action Month
Source: Katharine Hibbard/The Logan Daily News
LOGAN - September is Hunger Action Month, and the Southeastern Ohio Regional Foodbank is taking steps to raise awareness in the area.

"One of the big things that Feeding America pushes and that we absolutely agree with is that hunger is a nationwide problem," said Asti Payne, development coordinator for Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Agency... Read more
Community Action goes on the road with Info Roadshow
ASHTABULA COUNTY -  Ashtabula County Community Action Agency's newest project, dubbed the "Info Roadshow," provides a chance for residents to learn about valuable services that may be available without requiring a trip to various offices.

The project is currently funded through an Edgewood High School Youth Philanthropy grant, awarded by the students to Community Action to implement this pilot. Funds will cover transportation costs, equipment/service for Wi-Fi access, signage, refreshments and promotional items to encourage attendance and awareness at mobile outreach events in underserved areas of Ashtabula County... Read more
ASSOCIATION UPDATES
Recover matters little to Ohio's poor
COLUMBUS - Lower unemployment has not helped Ohio's poor escape poverty. The state poverty rate of 15.8 percent last year was down slightly from 16 percent in 2013, according to new estimates released on Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans lived in households with incomes at or below the federal poverty rate last year, which is about $20,000 for a family of three... Read more of the Dispatch article

Read the press release and statements from Phil Cole executive director of OACAA.
Upcoming Events
Spaces still available for the History of the War on Poverty with David Bradley. Register today!
RPIC Region V Conference registration now open!
SUCCESS STORY
Lancaster-Fairfield CAA hosts summer Farmers' Markets
FAIRFIELD COUNTY - Thanks to a partnership with Mid-Ohio Foodbank and local farmers, Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency (LFCAA) was able to provide a drive-through Farmers' Market on several spring and summer evenings this year. Eligible customers met with volunteers who signed them in electronically before directing customers to a large barn on our campus. Volunteers inside the barn maintained an assembly line of produce-packed boxes that were loaded into customer vehicles... Read more
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