OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
August 2016 - In This Issue:
Portman visits Pearl House in Lancaster, Ohio. See more in Network News. (Photo Source: Facebook)

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."
From OACAA Executive Director Philip E. Cole
Lyndon B. Johnson coined the phrase "The War on Poverty" when he signed into law The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It was an instantly recognized phrase that was meant to represent a national effort to eliminate poverty. After successfully reducing the national poverty rate from 26% to 15% in the first two years, the resources to fight were drastically reduced, and the rapid victories ended. However, the nonprofit Community Action Network along with our allies, employers and partners have continued to win individual battles against poverty for families and individuals... Read more
Portman visits Pearl House and hosts roundtable with residents in recovery
(Source: Facebook)
WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited the Pearl House, a facility in Lancaster, Ohio that provides housing for families in recovery, and toured the adjacent treatment center. He then hosted a roundtable with resident families who are in recovery and members of the Fairfield County Drug Task Force. Pearl House serves the Fairfield community as a place where homeless families suffering from addiction can receive the treatment and care they need to build healthy and productive lives. Portman heard stories from those in recovery and those on the front lines in the fight against addiction and discussed how CARA can help. Read more
Pike CAC, YMCA partner to open early childhood classrooms
(Source: News Watchman)
PIKE COUNTY -  The Community Action Committee (CAC) of Pike County and the Pike County YMCA have partnered to open new early childhood classrooms at the YMCA, located at 400 Pride Drive, in Waverly. The public is invited to attend a grand opening/open house for the classrooms, to be held at the Pike County YMCA from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30. Light refreshments will be served during the event... Read more
Foundation Level Seminar Series
The Foundation Level Seminar Series (FLSS) was created for entry-level and new staff to focus on core skills sets and empower attendees in their work to help low-income people. 

Registration is now open to this FREE seminar! Register today. Space is limited. 

Fiscal & HR Conference 2016
The Fiscal and HR conference will review Human Resources and Department of Labor policies and affordable health care, as well as performance appraisals, disciplinary strategies and employee motivation techniques.

Register today. Registration is free for this two-day conference.

Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be on September 16, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Sheraton on Capital Square. Please RSVP your attendance to [email protected]
Encouragement now, JOBS NOW!
Mark entered the JOBS NOW! program at Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) in March of 2015, after being out of the workforce for some time. As a single dad raising a 5-year-old daughter, Mark needed to make a change and find employment that could help him better support his family.  When classes began, Mark was not immediately engaged in the classroom. His outlook on life was skewed by his personal...  Read more
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