SARGENT SHRIVER, 1915-2011
Action Partnership is deeply saddened by the passing of R. Sargent
Shriver. Shriver was a distinguished public servant and a visionary
leader – he was the father of Community Action. Mr. Shriver
accomplished so much in his life of public service; he was the founding
director of the Peace Corps, the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO),
and the Special Olympics, along with his wife, the late Eunice Shriver.
He was the first director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, established
under President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964, under which he helped
to direct the creation of Community Action, Head Start, Job Corps,
and the many great programs that grew out of the War on Poverty.
will always be known to the members of the Community Action family
as the father of our great movement. He changed many millions
of lives over several decades; as director of the Peace Corps,
beginning in 1961, under President John Kennedy, and as the first
director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, created in 1964.
Community Action, Head Start, Job Corps, Legal Services, and the
other tremendous programs that were born out of President Lyndon
Johnson’s War on Poverty, will be forever linked to the
name of Sargent Shriver.
Community Action Partnership was honored to have Shriver speak
at several of our Conventions. A wonderful Community Action event
took place in September, 1999 at the Annual Conference in Chicago.
Sargent Shriver spoke at our Gala Dinner and personally presented
the inaugural Sargent Shriver Achievement Award and the Jayne
Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Award to two very excited recipients.
(See photo below.) Following the dinner presentation, “Sarge”
stayed at the head table for over an hour, signing dinner programs,
posing for pictures, and chatting with the grateful and happy
Sargent Shriver – your legacy will live on with Community
Action for many years, particularly as we approach the 50th anniversary
year of this great network. As a tribute to this extraordinary
man, Community Action Partnership encourages every CAA to submit
a nomination for the 2011 Sargent Shriver Achievement
Award, which will be presented to a very deserving
individual in San Francisco at the 2011 Community Action Partnership
Annual Convention. Watch this enews and The Promise
magazine for more information.
Thank you, Sargent Shriver! We will
never forget you.
Shriver presented the Sargent Shriver Annual Achievement Award,
at our 1999 Annual Convention in Chicago, to Eva Ozier, left.
He also presented the Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition
Award to Reverend Damron Bradshaw.
Shriver being sworn in as Director of OEO in 1964
UP-TO-DATE INFO & ANALYSIS—SIGNUP FOR
"SPOTLIGHT ON POVERTY"
great friends and colleagues at Spotlight on Poverty have compiled
a list of new resources from the US Census Bureau. Click
here to sign up for Spotlight’s updates.
Resources from the Census Bureau on Alternative Poverty Measures
The Census Bureau released two new resources this week:
A new research paper on the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM): Who
is Poor? A New Look With The Supplemental Poverty Measure,
presents poverty estimates using a methodology provided by the
interagency working group on the supplemental poverty measure.
• Alternative income and poverty estimates for 2009: the estimates
factor in various income supports such as subsidized housing or free
school lunches, and a range of poverty thresholds. The alternative
estimates include breakdowns by age, sex and race.
The SPM is based on recommendations made by the National Academy of
Sciences and is expected to be released in the fall of 2011 alongside
the current official poverty measure. Make sure to visit Povertymeasure.org,
a special project of Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, which provides
a comprehensive look at alternatives to the current poverty measure.
AWARENESS DAY IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 28!
has earned bi-partisan support at all levels of government
Help promote the EITC in your community & show how it helps
low-income workers & families—
Support EITC Awareness Day
Friday, January 28th
EITC Day was created by the Internal Revenue Service to promote awareness
of this refundable credit that annually puts more than $43 billion in
the hands of more than 22 million low wage workers—and ensure
that eligible individuals claim it this tax season. This is
especially critical now as many working individuals and families continue
to experience economic hardship amid an increased poverty rate, high
unemployment levels, foreclosures, and food insecurity.
EITC Central website
What can you do to promote EITC Day in your community? Issue a news
release, hold an event at your CAA, circulate information through your
Facebook and Twitter pages websites, blogs, and newsletters. The
IRS has posted sample resources and materials (including a news release,
letter to the editor, and tweets) on the
EITC Central website. You can also follow @IRSEITCDay on
Twitter for updates.
Tax Credit Outreach Kits from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
An excellent resource from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
is the Tax Credit Community Outreach Campaign Kit. The kit provide new
materials on the EITC and Child Tax Credit (CTC), including an English
and Spanish poster and flyer, a fact sheet booklet that includes information
on the new credits, and a booklet featuring new looks at strategies
for promoting these credits, including fresh examples of activities
that have been used effectively in campaigns across the country. To
request a copy of the kit, send an email to email@example.com.
Also check out CBPP’s EITC
Other EITC Websites: Here are a few additional websites
offering EITC information, resources, and reports
E. Casey Foundation
Women’s Law Center
Community Tax Coalition
MORE AT NATIONALFUELFUNDS.ORG
The National Fuel Funds Network
has exemplary board leadership with chairperson Tom Stovall, executive
director of Operation: New View Community Action Agency in Dubuque,
Iowa and vice chairperson Marsha Belcher from Community and Economic
Development Association of Cook County (CEDA, in Illinois). Since 1993,
LIHEAP Action Day has been a significant public education and information
gathering, involving briefings with community leaders, energy company
officials, state and local government leaders and many others
National Fuel Funds
Network is awash in reports that portend an ominous 2011
for people needing energy assistance.
Community Action agencies in Indiana are halting applications today,
due to lack of funds. Former NFFN Chairman Greg Sawyers of Citizens
Gas in Indianapolis notes that, if the present LIHEAP funding levels
prevail, about 11,000 Citizens Gas customers instead of last year’s
24,000 will be served. “Thirteen thousand families will be out
in the cold” said Sawyers.
•The Lane County Oregon Human Services Commission has already
closed its LIHEAP waiting list
• Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund sees “record breaking numbers
of families that come to us.”
These reports no doubt resonate with yours, across the country. And
they illustrate the critical need to take action to restore LIHEAP funding
to at $5.1 billion.
The National Fuel Funds Network is now calling you to take action by
participating in NFFN’s LIHEAP Action Day, February 9,
2011 in Washington. Registration for NFFN’s LIHEAP
Action Day is now open. Please join delegates from across the
country in the Nation’s Capital to kick-off advocacy for at least
$5.1 billion for LIHEAP in Fiscal Year 2011.
If you have not registered, please help NFFN plan for the event and
The crisis in energy assistance, persistent poverty and continued high
unemployment combine to make a strong case for additional LIHEAP funding.
But with a very large turnover in Congress and increasing pressure to
cut discretional federal program funding, we will be hard pressed to
make the case for LIHEAP at $5.1 billion. That’s why we need your
participation on LIHEAP Action Day in February more than ever.
Since 2003, NFFN’s LIHEAP Action Day has been integral to convincing
Congress to increase LIHEAP funding to the peak of $5.1 billion in FY
2010. We’ll start in again in February, and this year, the Network
and allies will also hold a Summer LIHEAP Action Day in late July.
NFFN’s LIHEAP Action Day, will begin with a breakfast briefing
at 8:15 am and end with a reception 4:30 on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
The American Gas Association will provide their Capitol Hill office
as central gathering place. NFFN will distribute talking points and
background information, expert advice and training in lobbying for LIHEAP
for a diverse group of participants.
Expected are representatives from fuel funds and other nonprofit organizations,
consumer advocacy programs, utility and fuel oil companies and associations,
and local, state and Tribal governments. Action Day advocates will fan
out over Capitol Hill with a uniform message for legislators –
provide needed LIHEAP funding.
NFFN will also have a briefing and reception for early arrivals on Tuesday,
February 8 at 4:30, PM, at the offices of Entergy, 101 Constitution
Ave., NW, Washington, DC .
There is a modest $20 charge for registration, with on-line, secure
payment through the above registration form. Registrants will be updated
on the legislative situation and other developments between now and
LIHEAP Action Day.
NFFN will provide bus transportation from the hotel to Capitol Hill
on the morning of February 9.
ADMINISTRATION, HOUSE LEADERS ASKED TO PROTECT
CHILDREN IN FED BUDGET
to Melissa Boteach, Half in Ten campaign Manager, and our other colleagues
at First Focus, the Partnership has joined with dozens of national,
state, and community groups in signing the letter below. The Partnership
is grateful to Congressman Pete Stark for his leadership in writing
and sending this letter which seeks to prevent federal budgetary decisions
that would increase child poverty in America.
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Honorable Jacob Lew
The Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Honorable Paul Ryan
House of Representatives Budget Committee
207 Cannon House Office
Washington, DC 20515
Honorable Chris Van Hollen
House of Representatives Budget Committee
Building 207 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Mr. President, Director Lew, Chairman Ryan, and Ranking Member Van Hollen:
According to the new Republican majority, the 112th Congress will be
focused on cutting the deficit. We know that difficult decisions will
have to be made. The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and
Reform indicated broad agreement that serious steps must be taken, but
lacked consensus on what those steps should be.
Although there are many opinions about how best to balance the budget,
we believe that there is one crucial concept about which all Americans
can agree: no matter what steps we take to get our nation’s finances
in order, our children must be protected from the dangers of poverty.
As we seek solutions to our long-term fiscal problems, we must protect
programs that lift children out of poverty and redouble our efforts
to invest in children. We cannot afford to make any decisions that push
more children into poverty.
Growing up in poverty is one of the most damaging circumstances a child
can face. Poor children are sicker, do worse in school, enter the foster
care system at a higher rate, and have more behavioral and emotional
problems. They are also much more likely to live in poverty as adults,
become incarcerated, or depend on public assistance.
As a result of the current recession, we have seen an unprecedented
decline in child well-being. One in five kids now lives in a food insecure
household, a disturbing statistic that jumped from 16% to 21% in the
past year. Public schools have seen a 50% increase in the number of
homeless students. Children are more likely to be abused or neglected
during difficult economic times. These adverse childhood events translate
into a long-term human capital deficit in the United States, robbing
our country of these children’s potential. Child poverty is also
expensive, costing the United States an estimated $500 billion due to
lost productivity and increased expenditures in health care and criminal
One in five American children now live in poverty. This should be unacceptable
in a country as prosperous as ours. Great Britain has faced similar
challenges, but in 1999 they declared a war on child poverty. Ten years
later, they have cut their child poverty rate in half by increasing
supports for poor families and investing in children. Their progress
has continued in spite of the recession and a change in the governing
party. Britain’s new conservative-led government has pledged to
ensure that deficit reduction measures do not result in any increase
in child poverty. In fact, they raised spending on tax credits for low-income
families to ensure this pledge is met. We should make a similar commitment
We ask you to pass and implement a budget that protects children and
focuses on cutting child poverty.
Member of Congress
NURSES & PATIENTS CALL FOR MAINTAINING NEW HEALTH CARE ACT
"We Support The Affordable Care Act"
to our incredibly hard-working colleagues at Families USA—Ron
Pollack and Jen Beeson—the Partnership participated in a press
conference, “We Support The Affordable Care Act” at the
new US Capitol Visitors Center. Featured speakers included: former House
member Barbara Kennelly of the Leadership Council on Aging Organizations;
Marla Weston of the American Nurses Association; Lisa Swirsky of Consumers
Union; Mike Rodgers from the Catholic Health Association; and a number
of compassionate speakers with pre-existing conditions, physical disabilities,
and uninsured people with significant health needs and issues.
The Partnership joined with more than 150 national organizations in
support of this event, including AFL-CIO, American Heart Association,
American Public Health Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,
Center for Community Change, Center for American Progress, Child Welfare
League of America, Coalition on Human Needs, Health Care for America
Now, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Association
of Social Workers, National Council of La Raza, National Council of
Jewish Women, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sargent Shriver National
enter on Poverty Law, SEIU, and Voices for America’s Children.
Later that evening, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the
Affordable health care Act 245-189. The bill now goes to the Senate
where no vote on it is scheduled.
TENORIO—A TIRELESS, COMMITTED CHAMPION FOR OUR MOVEMENT
are very pleased to announce that Thomas (Tom) Tenorio, CCAP,
Executive Director of the CAA of Butte County, California, is
the new Treasurer of Community Action Partnership. Mr. Tenorio
replaced Deborah Blanks, CCAP, who regretfully submitted her letter
of resignation from the Partnership Board of Directors to John
Edwards, CCAP, Board Chair on December 29, 2010. In her letter,
Ms. Blanks indicated that this was an extremely critical time
for her agency, Social Development Commission in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
with several key initiatives that she needed to turn her full
attention to for the foreseeable future. The Partnership board
and staff are grateful to Deborah for her leadership and work
on many key initiatives, especially with the Emerging Leaders
Mr. Tenorio served as Region IX representative on the Partnership
Board of Directors. Pursuant to the Partnership By-Laws concerning
a vacancy: Any vacancy on the Board with respect to an Officer,
which occurs for any reason whatsoever, shall be filled by the
Board of Directors for the unexpired term of such Officer,
the board elected Mr. Tenorio to fill the unexpired term, which
ends in August, 2012. This leaves the Region IX Representative
vacant until the Region elects a new representative to the Partnership
RIDDELL AND KELLY WILLIAMS
Program Support Specialist
Riddell recently relocated to Washington, DC from Atlanta, Georgia,
and will be working with the new National Risk Mitigation and Quality
Improvement T/TA Center at the Partnership. She will assist with Center-related
research, resource development, and data and outcome tracking. Cashin
earned her BA in in International Affairs from the University of Georgia,
and has worked with the Georgia Meth Project as well as the Million
Mile Greenway Project.
Williams has an accounting degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
She will be working part time for the Partnership with Linda Goff,
Director of Fiscal Management. Kelly performs accounting for several
other non-profits and has experience in grant accounting; she enjoys
the non-profit environment.
ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR SOUGHT TO WORK WITH STATES ON COMMUNITY SERVICES
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance
This position is part of a team providing services to State Administrators
of the CSBG. This position will serve a critical role in coordinating
support, and training and technical assistance to State CSBG Administrators
which includes providing high level customized services to States to
effectively address eligible entity performance issues. Additional responsibilities
will include coordinating activities for the NASCSP State Performance
Management Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) and NASCSP activities related
to the Community Action Partnership’s National Risk Mitigation
and Quality Improvement Training and Technical Assistance Center (Center).
click here for full details.
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