OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
April 2016 - In This Issue:

Exemplary Practices Nominations due tomorrow! See Association Updates for more information.

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."
2015 State of Poverty in Ohio Report
Shortly after welcoming guests to a morning press conference to release the 2015 State of Poverty in Ohio Report, Phil Cole, executive director of OACAA, paused, looked at the crowd and said, "Poverty isn't easy."

There are nearly 1.8 million people in Ohio that fall below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) according to the latest report written in cooperation with Community Research Partners (CRP). And while the Community Action Network in Ohio continues to break down barriers for low-income households, as Cole stated, "It takes time to help."...  Read More
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Student wins countywide billboard design contest
FAIRFIELD COUNTY - Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency Recycling and Litter Prevention recently announced Sophie Capaldi of Toll Gate Elementary as the first place winner of the agency's 2016 recycling billboard contest.

This annual contest is open to all third-grade students in Fairfield County and is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of recycling..Read more
Fight Hunger Spark Change campaign launches in Hocking County
The Southeastern Ohio Foodbank and Kitchen, through Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) is part the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks, which stands to benefit from up to $3 million as a whole in Walmart donations based on public participation... Read more
IMPACT Community Action: Ripple of Hope Awards
The Ripple of Hope Award was established by IMPACT Community Action in 2012 to acknowledge the exemplary achievements of individuals and/or organizations in each of the following categories: public, private/non-profit and community. 

The 2016 Ripple of Hope Award winners are Ms. Lela Boykin, (Community), Mr. Philip E. Cole (Private/Non-Profit), and Ohio State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (Public)
...  Read more.


Exemplary Practices Award Nominations are due April 29th for program years 2014 and 2015. Visit our website for more details. 
May is Community Action Month
Community Action Partnership recently released the CAM Toolkit 2016 Edition! Be sure to check it out along with the Press Release and Proclamation templates. 

Is your agency planning something special for May? Join the conversation on OACAA's PR Forum and share your ideas with the network. 
Combatting poverty through CDL career training
In 2015 Mayor John Cranley introduced his Hand Up Initiative, a city program designed to lift families out of poverty through job training. As part of this initiative, CAA received a $100,000 grant to establish a new Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program where participants receive training, certification and assistance finding gainful employment in an industry that is continually growing... Read more.

Content originally published in the Cincinnati-Hamilton County CAA Winter 2016 Victories Everyday newsletter. 
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