MISS THESE EXCELLENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES!
CA USES CDBG $$$ TO REHAB HOMES FOR SENIORS,
BUILD A NEW HEAD START CENTER
Pre-Conference Field Visit organized by
Miami Dade Community Action
Edwards, Executive Director of the Miami Dade County Community Action
invites you on a bus tour & visit to two of her agency’s
exemplary programs and sites.
contact Sranda Watkins if you wish to join us: SWatkins@communityactionpartnership.com,
or call Sranda at (202) 449-9773.
Ophelia E. Brown-Lawson Head Start Center
The Ophelia E. Brown-Lawson Head Start
Center was built from the ground up using Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) dollars. This state of the art center represents a major
commitment on the part of County Government to maximize available
dollars to provide a quality setting for 120 Head Start children and
their families. The facility includes a training room that is available
for community meetings and conferences, as well as classrooms that
encourage exploration and creativity for the children.
Two senior homeowners have agreed to showcase
their homes and share the results of the outstanding programs with
members of the Community Action network from across the country.
The first home was completed through services she
received from the Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP)
and Beautification program.
The first senior homeowner received assistance to rehabilitate her
home through the CDBG Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program, which
assists low to moderate income homeowners over the age of 62 by repairing
the homes which may have been damaged by weather or natural aging.
Through this initiative the homeowner received a new roof, upgrades
to her electrical service, hurricane impact windows, kitchen cabinets
and handrails (front and rear door) and central air conditioning.
Also, program dollars were leveraged with the Beautification Program
to paint the exterior of the client’s home.
The second home was also completed through the CDBG
Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program.
Through this initiative the homeowner received a new roof, upgrades
to her electrical service, hurricane shutters and the master bathroom
was renovated and equipped with grab bars. Program dollars were leveraged
with the Beautification program (surtax dollars) to paint the exterior
of the client’s home and landscape the front lawn.
All three sites are important to share with the CAA network as examples
of leveraging program resources with CDBG funds to improve the physical
environment of low-income residents as well as to obtain quality service
There is no additional charge for this special site visit.
Space is limited and open to fully registered Management and Leadership
Conference attendees. We urge you to sign up for the Tuesday afternoon,
January 4th site visits. A bus will pick up participants in front
of the hotel at 1:30 pm and return to the Eden Roc by 4:30 pm. Please
contact Sranda Watkins if you wish to join us: SWatkins@communityactionpartnership.com,
or call Sranda at (202) 449-9773.
JONES IS OPENING SPEAKER AT THE MANAGEMENT AND
LEADERSHIP AND TRAINING CONFERENCE IN MIAMI
Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer
in human rights and the clean-energy economy. Van is a co-founder
of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center
for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. He is the
best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs: The
Green-Collar Economy. He served
as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009.
Van is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress.
Additionally, he is a senior policy advisor at Green For All.
Van also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University, as
a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African
American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and
Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
Jones, I believe, is America's foremost champion for responsible
energy policy and action, social justice, and empowering communities.
From Yale Law School to the streets of Oakland to the White House
to the Center for American Progress, Van blends his visionary
analysis with real-world solutions. The Partnership is honored
to have Van as our opening plenary session speaker at our national
—Don Mathis, President & CEO, Community Action Partnership
Green Collar Economy will be available for sale following
the Opening Session
Excerpted from Publisher’s Weekly—
As the "ecological crisis nears the boiling point,"
human rights activist and environmental leader Jones lays
out a visionary, meticulous and practical explanation of
the two major challenges the U.S. currently faces-massive
socioeconomic inequality and imminent ecological catastrophe—and
how the current third wave of environmentalism, the "investment"
wave, can solve both.
examines success stories, defines government priorities
at national and local levels and offers concrete solutions;
one major positive step for any "significant U.S. metropolis"
is to "invest massively in constructing buses, light
rail cars, and mass-transit projects," creating good
jobs while cutting greenhouse gases. With both caution and
hope, Jones concludes that "tens of thousands of heroes
at every level of human society" will be needed to
carry off this ultimate, green initiative.
CENSUS DATA RELEASED TODAY
U.S. Census Bureau [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 6:27 PM
To: Donald Mathis
Subject: First Release of 2010 Census Data coming Dec 21
Census Bureau National Partners,
We're excited to announce the first round of 2010 Census data will be
released on December 21, 2010. These quality data are largely due to
your partnership activities helping boost response across the nation
this past Spring.
The Census Bureau is fulfilling its Constitutional mandate through the
release of resident population for the nation and states, as well as
congressional apportionment totals for each state. The presentation
of the new numbers will be available at 11 a.m. EST on the 21st via
We are taking advantage of America's focus on apportionment to educate
through digital outreach. Today, the Bureau launched an interactive
map widget that enables users to view the history of apportionment
and our country’s changing population through the past century.
The widget can be embedded on your website and will be updated when
the 2010 data is released.
We've also created a short animated video
that describes how the apportionment process works. This introduction
to the constitutional mandate for apportionment and the apportionment
formula is a useful tool for civics enthusiasts at all levels.
In addition to the 2010 Census data being released, we'd also like to
highlight a recent release of small area income and poverty data. The
Income and Poverty Estimates for All Counties and School Districts is
now available online as well.
Continue to keep an eye out for future updates and please call us (800-923-8282),
drop an email (firstname.lastname@example.org),
or visit our website (www.census.gov).
We look forward to a continued, sustained partnership with you throughout
the decade, providing all the data you need to help make informed decisions.
FOR ONE-ON-ONE CED SESSIONS AT MIAMI CONFERENCE
for individual or small group sessions to discuss your community economic
development project plans or ideas. Two teams of consultants will be
available: one from the California Community Economic Development Association;
and culinary/social enterprise consultants from FareStart Kitchens.
Participants will benefit by receiving one on one discussion with experts
from the community economic development community. Appointments
are available at the membership/information center.
Ralph Lippman and Glenn Sanada
California Community Economic Development Association
Escobar and David Carlton
Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development
PROMOTES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ADDRESSES OBESITY EPIDEMIC
Thanks to an alliance of our great colleagues at PolicyLink, The Food
Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund, the Partnership joined with 29 other
national and state organizations in asking House and Senate appropriators
for 2011 funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). Other
signers include American Public Health Association, American Heart Association,
Children’s Defense Fund, Economic and Community Development Institute,
Low Income Investment Fund, National WIC Association, Opportunity Finance
Network, Save the Children, and Trust for America’s Health.
At this crucial time in the appropriations process, we urge you to fund
the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) in the fiscal year (FY)
2011 Budget. We recognize that there are multiple options being considered
to fund the FY 2011 budget, but hope that however the final budget is
passed, it includes HFFI.
As a key component of the First Lady’s Let's Move! Campaign, HFFI
will help address the nation’s obesity epidemic by increasing
access to healthy food, and will also create jobs and spark much-needed
economic development across the country. For decades, low-income communities,
particularly communities of color, have suffered from lack of access
to healthy, fresh food. HFFI will provide one-time loan and grant financing
to attract grocery stores and other fresh food retail to underserved
urban, suburban, and rural areas, and renovate and expand existing stores
so they can provide the healthy foods that communities want and need.
Many studies show that when healthy food is available in these communities,
people make healthier choices about their diets, and studies also show
a connection between healthy food access and lower rates of obesity
and diet-related chronic disease. HFFI holds great promise for helping
combat childhood obesity by improving families’ access to fresh,
HFFI will bring much needed jobs and investment to low-income communities
by constructing and renovating grocery stores and markets in underserved
areas. A similar program in Pennsylvania has resulted in 88 projects
being built or renovated in underserved urban and rural communities
across the state, more than 5,000 jobs created or retained, and 400,000
people who now have increased access to healthy food. Thirty million
invested state dollars has resulted in projects totaling more than $190
million. This tested and highly successful model should be expanded
through a national HFFI so it can reach far more underserved Americans
throughout the country.
In recognition of the multiple benefits that this initiative brings
to underserved urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation,
we ask that you fund the HFFI as you finalize the appropriations process.
GROUPS ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF KIDS IN LETTER TO U.S. SENATE
to Shadi Houshyar and our great colleagues at First Focus for their
leadership with this letter to Senators Dodd and Casey in the closing
days of this session of Congress. The Partnership joined with dozens
of other national, state and community groups including American Academy
of Pediatrics, American Humane Association, Catholic Charities USA,
Forum for Youth Investment, National Association of Social Workers,
National Council of Jewish Women, Salt Lake Community Action Program,
Children’s Defense Fund, and YMCA of the USA.
The Honorable Chris Dodd, Chairman
Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Bob Casey
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Dodd and Senator Casey:
We are writing to thank you for your leadership on and continued attention
to the needs of America’s children, and to express our support
for the Children’s Act of 2010 (S. 3968). As representatives of
organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of our
nation’s children and families, we are pleased that the Children’s
Act would establish a National Council on Children - a critical first
step in reversing the downward trend for America’s children and
helping to establish the U.S. as a frontrunner in improving children’s
The Children’s Act establishes a National Council which will annually
assess the performance of the United States in ensuring the well-being
of children, and make recommendations to improve children’s well-being.
The Children’s Council will help bring the needs of children to
the policy forefront and generate momentum for improving the lives of
our nation’s youth.
The need is clear. Almost 15.5 million children in America live in poverty.
Nearly one-third of public high school students fail to graduate on
time, including nearly one-half of all African-Americans, Hispanics
and Native Americans. The U.S. ranks 20th out of 21 industrialized nations
in measures of child well being and relative child poverty.
As you know, in 1991, the National Commission on Children approved a
blueprint for national policy to benefit America’s children and
families. In response, Congress and the President expanded the Earned
Income Tax Credit, created the Child Tax Credit and established the
State Children’s Health Insurance Program. We believe that the
Children’s Council will catalyze the next generation of groundbreaking
policies for children and families.
The Act will focus the attention of federal policymakers and national
news media on children’s issues, generate new ideas for policy
reforms that meet the challenges children face today, and create momentum
for once-in-ageneration change.
We thank you for your continued efforts to improve the lives of America’s
children and for your leadership in introducing the Children’s
Act of 2010. We look forward to supporting your proposal.
letter was signed by about 90 regional and national organizations.)
THIS QUIZ TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT POVERTY
much do you really know about poverty?
Half in Ten's interactive quiz to find out!
How much does it cost to make ends meet in your community? How much
does child poverty cost our economy every year? How many people did
unemployment insurance keep out of poverty last year? Test your knowledge
of these and other questions with Half
in Ten’s interactive poverty quiz.
With 43.6 million Americans living in poverty and millions more struggling
to make ends meet, it is more important than ever to educate the public
on the problem of poverty, debunk stereotypes, and make the case for
proven policy solutions that can increase economic opportunity for
To that end, Half in Ten has developed this fun, interactive quiz
designed to raise awareness of the problem, fight false notions, and
illustrate policy solutions that work.We need to do everything we
can to educate the public and policymakers and to build the grassroots
movement to advance policies that create good jobs, promote economic
security, strengthen families, and ultimately, cut poverty in half
in ten years.
Test your knowledge and take
our quiz today. Please share our quiz with your networks—use
the sample tweets below to spread the word.
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ACTION HELPS LOW-INCOME WORKERS FILE THEIR TAXES
to the 22 Community Action Agencies that received 2011
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Grants from the Internal
Revenue Service. The IRS awarded matching grants to a total of 177 organizations
that will offer free tax preparation services during the 2011 tax filing
season as part of the VITA program.
The VITA grant program promotes and supports free tax preparation service
for underserved, low income populations. It also provides organizations
with direct funds to:
Enable VITA Programs to extend services to underserved populations
in hardest-to-reach areas, both urban and non-urban
• Increase the capacity to file returns electronically
• Heighten quality control
• Enhance volunteer training
• Significantly improve the accuracy rate of returns prepared
at volunteer sites
funds will enhance the VITA program and the work of volunteer tax preparers
who provide an invaluable service to millions of taxpayers each year,”
Richard Byrd, Jr., IRS Wage and Investment Operating Division Commissioner,
said in a news release.
To view the entire list of VITA Grants recipients, go to http://www.irs.gov/pub/newsroom/vita_grant_recipients_2011-110510.pdf
The 22 CAAs Receiving 2011 VITA Grants are:
• Central Arkansas Development Council
• Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County, Inc (Arkansas)
• Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (California)
• Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho
• Massachusetts Association for Community Action
• Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (Maryland)
• Community Action Agency of Jackson-Lenawee-Hillsdale (Michigan)
• Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan
• Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
• Community Action Duluth (Minnesota)
• Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (Minnesota)
• Central Missouri Community Action
• Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
• HOPES Community Action Partnership (New Jersey)
• Community Action Project of Tulsa County (Oklahoma)
• Little Dixie Community Action Agency (Oklahoma)
• Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency
• Community Action Commission (Pennsylvania)
• Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program
• Utah Community Action Partnership Association
• Pittsylvania County Community Action (Virginia)
• Social Development Commission (Wisconsin)
WILL LEAD SESSION ON CAA
BOARD DEVELOPMENT IN MIAMI BEACH
Our thanks to Robert for getting his letter published and for sharing
homeless man at the interstate exit helped me look 'at' poverty, not
As we approach this upcoming holiday season, I encourage everyone to
think about the importance of sharing their time, talent and treasure
with the less fortunate among us in our country of plenty.
Often during this time of year, I reflect back to the summer of 2003
when my wife, Diane, and I were traveling back home from a conference
in Clearwater Beach.
The conference was informative but the life-changing event that took
place, reshaping my view about poverty forever, happened at one of the
interstate exits between Tampa and Ocala.
Diane and I exited the interstate to take a coffee break and encountered
a frail gentleman in tattered clothes standing at the exit. This disheveled
individual was probably in his late sixties.
He was holding a sign that read: "On the road and hungry. I need
help. God bless you."
Many of you are probably asking, what made this person's plight more
significant than other "street people" we had encountered
on Florida's highways on our trip?
The honest answer is I don't really know.
However, as Diane and I sat nervously waiting for the light to change
-- which seemed like an eternity -- we kept gazing into this man's piercing
yet sparkling eyes, which seemed filled with excruciating pain.
I still see a vivid picture of this man's darkly tanned and weather-beaten
skin indicating he had probably been on the streets for a long period
Diane quickly handed me a $20 bill and told me to give it to the man.
To my shame, instead of marveling at Diane's kind gesture, I immediately
started looking "through" and not "at" the cruelness
I wondered why this man let himself get into this situation and just
knew this street person would spend Diane's gift on alcohol, drugs,
cigarettes or on some other vice.
Yes, like many Americans, I initially focused on poverty in a negative
and judgmental way and not on my wife's kindness in making a difference
in this man's life even if only for a brief moment in time.
I got teary-eyed and felt tremendously ashamed in assuming the worst
about the manner in which this man would spend Diane's precious gift
of unconditional caring for her fellow man.
As we drove off, the man said in a clear but trembling voice: "God
bless you." It was as if he had mustered every ounce of strength
he had left to ask for God's blessing on the two strangers who had entered
his life for a brief moment of his obviously trying existence on this
I was humbled by the charity of his kind words.
Diane's act of kindness and the spiritual nature of this encounter changed
my life forever. I rededicated my life that very day to looking "at"
the causes of poverty and promised myself to make a difference whenever
I could in the lives of the disenfranchised people among us.
I pray that all of you will join me this Christmas season by sharing
your time, talent and treasure with those beautiful human beings who
live in the condition of poverty for whatever reason.
As you love and embrace your family and friends this Christmas season,
please do not forget the poor among us.
At the very least, keep them in your thoughts and prayers and join me
in remembering to look "at" and not "through" the
blight of poverty from this time forward.
Just maybe, by working together in fighting the causes of poverty, we
may be able to change America one individual, family, neighborhood,
and community at a time.
Robert W. Wilford
Alachua City Commissioner
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