ACTION "AT THE TABLE" FOR JANUARY 4 WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT
from WSOS Community Action Commission in Fremont, Ohio and the Welfare
Reform Liaison Project (WRLP) in Greensboro, North Carolina participated
in the day-long White House Summer Jobs Plus Summit on January 4th.
WRLP President and CEO Rev. Odell Cleveland, WRLP former program participant
Ish Hinson, WSOS Development Specialist Kerrie Carte, WSOS former summer
youth participant Kasey Peterson, and Oak Harbor Village Administrator
Robert Pauley were invited to this special summit and proudly represented
our national Community Action Movement.
In addition to meeting President Obama, Ms. Carte and Rev. Cleveland
had the opportunity to speak with President Obama during their small
group discussion session. Our Community Action colleagues also got to
speak with DOL Secretary Hilda Solis. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, CEO of the Corporation for National
and Community Service Robert Velasco, and Senior Advisor to the President
Valerie Jarrett also participated in the summit. Discussion focused
on creating pathways to employment for youth, exemplary corporate partners
that provide summer jobs and opportunities, and career opportunities
for young people.
left: Reverend Odell Cleveland, President/CEO, Welfare Reform Liaison
Secretary of Labor Hilda L.Solis; and Ishmael Hinson, Visual Media Consultant,
Welfare Reform Liaison Project, Inc.
left: Sherry Peterson; her daughter, summer youth participant
Kasey Peterson; and Kerrie Carte, Development Specialist, WSOS
Community Action Commission
Bon Jovi posed with the Petersons and Kerrie Carte
TO OUR GREAT COLLEAGUES AT SPOTLIGHT AND
THE W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION
The Politics of Economic Opportunity:
Will Growing Poverty Affect Election 2012?
Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
you are unable to attend Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity’s
upcoming forum in person, you can now join the forum by live audio conference.
The event, sponsored by Spotlight with support from the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation, will examine how the struggles facing growing numbers of
low-income families will affect the 2012 elections. The forum will also
include the release of new polling data from Spotlight that looks at
how voter concerns about growing poverty are influencing perceptions
Maureen Bunyan of ABC 7 News and a founder of the National
Association of Black Journalists will serve as emcee. The forum will
present two panel discussions featuring major national pollsters, political
analysts and members of the media. Sterling Speirn,
president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Patrick
McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
will provide remarks.
CLICK HERE to register for the live audio conference.
am. - Welcome and release of polling data
10:00 am - How will the problems
facing low-income Americans influence 2012 election strategy?
Lake Research Partners
President & Partner
McLaughlin & Associates
Center for American Progress
The Winston Group
11:00 am - How have the country's continuing
economic struggles affected media coverage of poverty?
The Washington Post
Correspondent, Poverty & Philanthropy
The Washington Post
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Former Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times
The forum also will be recorded and posted on the Spotlight website
following the event. For more information, please contact Tamanna Mansury
REQUEST: SEND US YOUR WEALTH GAP STORIES
FOR THE PROMISE BY JANUARY 23
Community Action addresses the wealth and
Send your stories to be included in The Promise magazine
the unemployment rate grows and jobs remain scarce—factors that
are keeping people out of work for months and even years—and movements
like Occupy Wall Street have sprung up in communities across the country,
the national media and pundits have started taking notice of the wealth
and mobility gap between the so-called “99%,” many of whom
are struggling to make ends meet, and the “1%” that are
the country’s wealthiest.
For the Winter issue of The Promise magazine, Don Mathis will
provide an overview of the wealth and mobility gap, and he is looking
for examples of how it is affecting your community and how your CAA
is addressing it.
For example, you might be seeing more formerly middle class/economically
secure families and individuals asking for assistance and utilizing
your services—such as food banks— after a job loss. Maybe
these people used to be donors or volunteers at your CAA and never thought
they’d need assistance themselves. And, as a result, perhaps your
CAA has started specific initiatives to address their unique needs that
may differ from your regular program participants.
Send us your stories:
Submit a compelling tidbit based on the description above. Feel free
to also include a quote from your Executive Director, Board Chair,
or program manager.
• Please include 1-2 related photos and captions. The photos
should portray “Community Action in Action”—people,
projects, works-in-progress (no ribbon-cuttings, political “photo
ops,” or meeting shots please). Photos with program participants
• Email your responses and photos (cc photos to email@example.com)
to Don, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line
“wealth and mobility gap.”
• Deadline for entries is Monday, January 23 by 5:00
pm Eastern Standard Time
FOLKS NEED TO GO OUTSIDE WHEN THE
TEMPERATURE IS BELOW FREEZING?
our colleagues at the U.S. Department of the Treasury*, Financial Management
Service, here is an important reminder about the mandatory switch from
paper checks to electronic payments for federal benefits and why it
is more convenient for the recipients. Please share with your program
participants if applicable.
Partnership is a national partner with Treasury’s Go Direct campaign,
which is helping to raise awareness of the new electronic payments system
for federal benefits.
Winter Storms Can Be Hazardous to Federal Benefit Checks: Encourage
Your Program Participants to Switch to Electronic Payments
All federal benefit check recipients are required by the U.S.
Department of the Treasury to switch to electronic payments by March
1, 2013. It’s important that we urge the people we serve to switch
now instead of waiting for the deadline.
The winter months are the perfect time to highlight the reliability
and convenience of electronic payments. Ice, snow and subzero temperatures
can leave people trapped in their homes and temporarily halt mail delivery.
When this happens, people who rely on paper federal benefit checks can
be stuck without access to their money, making an already difficult
situation even worse.
By encouraging people to switch to electronic payments, we can
help ensure that they get their money on time no matter what winter
brings. With electronic payments, money is there on payment day and
there’s no need to make a trip to cash or deposit a check.
The Treasury Department recommends two electronic payment options: direct
deposit to a bank or credit union account or the Direct
Express® Debit MasterCard® card account. People can
make the switch by going to www.GoDirect.org
or by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at
For information and to download free materials to help you share this
important message, visit www.GoDirect.org
and the online Winter Weather Tool Kit, http://www.godirect.org/partners/toolkits/community/winter-weather-tool-kit/.
TO CAP OF TULSA'S STEVEN DOW AND HIS TEAM
Obama Administration Announces
2011 Promise Neighborhoods Grant Winners
20 Communities Secure Funding to Plan, Implement Cradle-to-Career
December 19, 2011
Senior officials from the Obama Administration announced today that
five organizations will receive the first round of Promise Neighborhoods
implementation grants, and another 15 organizations will receive a second
round of planning grants. Grantees, comprised of nonprofit organizations,
institutions of higher education and an Indian tribe, will put school
improvement at the center of local efforts to revitalize underserved
More than 200 organizations from 45 states, as well as American Samoa
and Puerto Rico, applied for 2011 Promise Neighborhoods planning and
“I commend all communities that are putting education at the center
of efforts to fight poverty in urban and rural areas,” said Melody
Barnes, domestic policy advisor to President Obama. “The goal
of Promise Neighborhoods is to provide the resources and support young
people need to succeed while transforming distressed neighborhoods into
communities of opportunity.”
The five new implementation grants will be awarded a first-year grant
of up to $6 million, totaling up to $30 million across the life of the
grant, which will support implementing plans to provide cradle-to-career
services that improve the educational achievement and healthy development
of children. The second round of $500,000 planning grants will fund
planning activities to transform 15 new communities into Promise Neighborhoods.
“Promise Neighborhoods recognizes that children need to be surrounded
by systems of support inside and outside of the classroom to help them
be successful in school and beyond,” said U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan. “The 20 grantees announced today are spread out across
the country, reflecting a broader nationwide movement to revitalize
struggling communities by providing better access to health care, social
and safety services partnered by great schools.”
The Promise Neighborhoods program aims to address significant challenges
faced by students and families living in high-poverty communities by
providing resources to plan and implement a continuum of services from
early learning to college and career. Plans include a range of services
from improving a neighborhood’s health, safety, and stability
to expanding access to learning technology and Internet connectivity,
and boosting family engagement in student learning.
President Obama recently highlighted Promise Neighborhoods in the Creating
Pathways to Opportunity report that describes steps the administration
has taken to reverse the growing income gap and create opportunity for
all Americans. The program is also at the center of the White House
Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), which seeks to align federal
housing, education, justice, and health programs with the overarching
goal of transforming neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into neighborhoods
In an effort to integrate public service programs, Promise Neighborhoods
applicants received competitive points for targeting neighborhoods participating
in Choice Neighborhoods or Hope VI, affordable housing transformation
programs supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the U.S. Department
of Education to align housing, neighborhood development, and education
resources to expand opportunity in some of our most distressed communities,”
said U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan.
Each of the five Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees will
also be eligible for funding from the Department of Justice to support
and expand their public safety strategy.
“Students, families, teachers and principals need support to create
safe environments in our nation's schools,” Attorney General Eric
Holder said. “The Department of Justice is committed to working
with these grantees and their public safety partners to coordinate investments
and initiatives that prevent and reduce crime throughout Promise Neighborhoods.”
Promise Neighborhoods, launched in 2010, made available a total of $10
million for one-year planning grants to 21 communities across the country.
The 2011 grants announced today will reach an additional 16 communities.
Between both rounds, 18 states and D.C. will have plans in place to
help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods. Congress passed an omnibus
spending bill for fiscal year 2012 that includes another $60 million
for Promise Neighborhoods.
To learn more, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html.
A complete list of 2011 Promise Neighborhoods grantees follows.
five Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees are:
Westminster Foundation (Buffalo, N.Y.)
• Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis, Minn.)
• Berea College (Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties, Ky.)
• United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, Inc. (San
• California State University – East Bay (Hayward, Calif.)
15 Promise Neighborhoods planning grantees are:
Mission Economic Development Agency (San Francisco)
• Reading and Beyond (Fresno, Calif.)
• Mercer University (Macon, Ga.)
• Community Action Project of Tulsa (Tulsa, Okla.)
• Elmezzi Foundation (New York)
• South Bay Community Services (Chula Vista, Calif.)
• Black Family Development (Detroit, Mich.)
• Children Youth and Family Services (Charlottesville, Va.)
• CAMBA (New York)
• SGA Youth and Family Services (Chicago)
• Ohio University (Glouster, Ohio)
• Meriden Children’s First (Meriden, Conn.)
• Martha O’Bryan Center (Nashville, Tenn.)
• Catholic Charities of Albany (Hudson, N.Y.)
• Campo Band of Mission Indians (Campo, Calif.)
FITNESS & HEALTH PROGRAMS REDUCE CHILDHOOD OBESITY
to Kristy Anderson, MPP, and our great colleagues at the American Heart
Association for their leadership on this issue. Childhood, youth obesity
disproportionately hurts low-income students and young people.
The Honorable Tom Harkin, Chairman
The Honorable Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Enzi:
The undersigned organizations thank you for including provisions in
your committee mark for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
2011 that support quality physical education and nutrition education
in our nation’s schools. These programs help provide a sound foundation
for the development of healthy and productive adults.
Childhood obesity in the United States is at epidemic proportions. The
number of overweight pre-schoolers jumped 36 percent from 1999-2000
and nearly one in three children are obese or overweight.
Since children spend the majority of their time in school, it is critical
that our educational institutions support and encourage activities and
curricular instruction that allow students to be physically active and
obtain the knowledge and skills they will need to enjoy a lifetime of
good health. Furthermore, research has found a strong correlation between
school-based physical activity, including physical education, and higher
National guidelines recommend that children engage in at least 60 minutes
of physical activity on most, and preferably every day of the week,
with 30 minutes of it taking place during the school day. However, only
3.8 percent of elementary, 7.9 percent of middle, and 2.1 percent of
high schools currently provide daily physical education or its equivalent
for the entire school year. Twenty-two percent of schools do not require
students to take any physical education at all.
Physical education programs are essential to protecting the health of
the nation’s children, but they are only part of the equation.
Students also need to learn about good nutrition habits so they can
balance calories with physical activity. Research has shown that many
children do not achieve caloric balance, which can lead to excess weight
gain and obesity. We commend you for the including the following in
the committee mark that will help to provide both quality physical education
and nutrition activities.
• Under the newly consolidated Successful, Safe, and Healthy
Students State Grants, states that receive a grant shall be required
to establish a statewide physical education requirement consistent
with widely-recognized standards.
• States that accept grant funding will also be required to
collect and/or use existing available data that allow school personnel
to examine, measure, and improve school-level conditions for learning.
• Physical education indicators will inform school personnel
as well as parents about the quality of their school’s physical
education program and if necessary, take appropriate corrective actions.
• Grant recipients will be required to allocate not less than
20 percent of the funds to promote physical activity, education, fitness,
Thank you again for championing programs that incorporate physical activity
and nutrition into the school environment. We believe that incorporating
health in an education bill is a win/win for students– both physically
and academically. We look forward to working with you to preserve and
strengthen these measures as the bill moves forward in the legislative
World Fit For Kids!
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Action for Healthy Kids
Alliance of the American Dental Association
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
American Association on Health and Disability
American Council on Exercise
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Institute for Cancer Research
American Medical Athletic Association
American Public Health Association
American Running Association
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors
California Center for Public Health Advocacy
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Chicago Healthy Schools Campaign
Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Community Action Partnership
Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children
Consumer Federation of America
Defeat Diabetes Foundation
Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Earth Day Network
El Camino Children and Family Services
First Focus Campaign for Children
Rural Health Association
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
League of American Bicyclists
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of School Nurses
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
National Congress of Black Women, Inc.
National WIC Association
Obesity Action Coalition
Ohio Public Health Association
Papa Ola Lokahi (Native Hawaiian Health Board)
Partners for a Healthy Nevada
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Save the Children
School Nutrition Association
Shape Up America!
South Carolina Eat Smart, Move More Coalition
Street Soccer USA
The Cooper Institute
TRI-PAC Health and Wellness Advocacy
Trust for America's Health
United Fresh Produce Association
United States Tennis Association
MUNOZ: A VERY STRONG CHOICE FOR THE DOMESTIC POLICY COUNCIL
by Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs:
The nation is fortunate that Cecilia Munoz is assuming the role of Director
of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Cecilia is a lifelong advocate
for justice and opportunity for immigrant families. While at Catholic
Charities in Chicago in the 1980s, she helped thousands of families
under the Reagan era legalization program. Later, as a senior vice president
at the National Council of La Raza, Cecilia was a tireless defender
of low-income children and families and a leader in the community of
human needs advocates. Her work was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation
in 2000, when she received one of their prestigious Fellowships (commonly
known as the MacArthur "genius" grants) for her human rights
achievements. She has continued her advocacy as the Obama Administration's
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and will have even more opportunities
in this new and important appointment.
I know I am joined by a great many human needs advocates in boundless
admiration for Cecilia Munoz, and confidence that her work at the Domestic
Policy Council will be marked by her deep concern for the millions of
American families struggling to climb into the middle class, or not
fall out of it. An essential part of that concern is Cecilia's commitment
to tear down barriers now preventing millions of immigrants from full
inclusion in the American community. We share these goals, and look
forward to working with Cecilia and the Obama Administration to bring
them closer to realization.
NAMED TO USA TODAY TOP 10 LIST
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA'S ARTISAN GATEWAY NAMED TO
USA TODAY TOP 10 LIST
American Style magazine and USA Today name the "10
great places to shop at crafts galleries"
by Spectrum Design in June 2011, Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan
Gateway has been named to USA Today's list of '10 great places to shop
at crafts galleries' by American Style magazine. The 30,000 sq. foot
facility in Abingdon, Va. is designed to celebrate the heritage of Appalachian
arts and crafts. developer and owner, People Incorporated is the developer
and owner of Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway.
Located in Abingdon, Virginia, the 30,000 square-foot building sits
on eight acres alongside Interstate 81. The LEED Certified building
will feature artisan galleries, a premium restaurant and food court
with locally supplied organic fare, video portraits of musicians, craftspeople,
and places to visit. Rob Goldsmith, Region III Representative on the
Partnership board of directors, is the President and CEO of People,
In the USA Today article, Wendy Rosen, editor of American Style magazine
explains why Heartwood was chosen:
"You can get something to eat and do some great shopping as well,"
Rosen says. She suggests checking out the walking sticks, fiber art
and furniture, which only large stores such as Heartwood have the space
In addition, Heartwood received a statewide First Lady's Opportunity
Hall of Fame award from Maureen McDonnell on Friday. The awards are
part of The First Lady's Initiatives Team Effort (FLITE), which Mrs.
McDonnell launched last year to recognize programs, activities, organizations
and individuals who embody the ideal of creating a Commonwealth of Opportunity
in their communities.
Earlier this year, Heartwood was also named a Top Summer Getaway by
The Washington Post.
For more information about Heartwood, visit www.heartwoodvirginia.org.
ON JANUARY 26: A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF A-133 AUDITS
AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR THEM
Date: January 26, 2012
Time: 2:00 P.M. EST
Length: One hour
Pricing: Free to attendees
HERE TO REGISTER
Terence Cook, MPA and Scott Goldberg, CPA
Terence Cook has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management
and local government, both in his native Great Britain and internationally.
Prior to joining FMA, Terence was Director of Finance and Operations
at the Stonewall Community Foundation where he managed all aspects of
the fiscal, I.T. and H.R. functions of a charitable foundation, granting
$1,000,000 per year to LGBTQ community-based organizations.
Scott Goldberg has an extensive background in advising his clients in
best business approaches to diversified accounting and management issues.
As a member of MBAF ERE’s Non-Profit Services Group, his expertise
encompasses serving non-profit organizations such as charter schools,
charitable, cultural and health and welfare organizations, including
audits of federal awards in accordance with OMB Circular A-133 and other
The training will cover tips, tools and tactics to prepare organizations
for successful completion of an A-133 audit. Cook and Goldberg will
present key concepts vital in navigating the audit mine field. The webinar
will also be interactive in nature and offer the opportunity to ask
• A better understanding of A-133 audits and how to prepare for
• Basic tools to assist in preparing and completing an A-133 audit.
Who Should Attend:
• Executive Leadership
• Board Members
WEBINAR RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 20
Join us for a Webinar on January 20
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
This webinar will provide attendees an overiew of the Executive Skills
Portfolio, the second of three steps in the CCAP process. Jim Lopresti
will provide an overview of the ESP and provide time for questions
Title: CCAP-Executive Skills Portfolio
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the Webinar.
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
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