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•  ACAAA Actions • 
ACAAA to Relocate
ACAAA Board of Directors to Meet
NYSCAA to Offer Microsoft Office Suite Webinars

•  Upcoming Actions 
NCAF Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.
CAP “Pathways to Excellence” Training Rescheduled

NASCSP 2017 Spring Training Conference

•  Educational Action  •  
ROMA Next Generation Receives Approval
CAPLAW Offers 2-Part Webinar on Retirement Plans
Webinar • Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact
Webinar • Introduction to Project Budgets
Webinar • How to Report Live from Nonprofit Events
Webinar • Grant Strategies: What You Need to Succeed
CAP Offers Webinars on Racial Bias, Institutional Racism
TechSoup Offers Webinar on Assessing Technology Needs
ACF Offers Webinar Series on Two-Generation Approach
Webinar • Crowdfunding 101
LIHEAP Performance Management Website Launched

•  Agency Actions  •  
Anthony Powell new PBJCEOC Interim Director
Agency Employees of the Month

•  Social Action  •  
Community Action Facebook Family

Next Monday is moving day for the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association!  February 6 is our move-in date at our new location at the corner of 6th & Ringo Streets in downtown Little Rock—just a few blocks from the State Capitol!

We are very excited—not only that we will be enjoying renovated and expanded office space—but also because this new building will accommodate a new ACAAA training center ... and will be the home for the state’s new Weatherization Training Center, to be operated by the association in conjunction with the Arkansas Energy Office.

Also joining us in these new environs will be Arkansas Access to Justice, an organization whose mission is to expand access and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters ... we think they’re going to make great neighbors! 

Please note that our telephone number will stay the same—(501) 372-0807—but that our new mailing address will be:
Arkansas Community Action Agencies Assn.
1111 West 6th Street, Suite C
Little Rock, AR  72201-3017
The ACAAA Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, February 15, in the board room at ACAAA’s new office, located at 1111 West 6th Street (Suite C) in Little Rock.  The meeting will commence at 11:00 a.m.
The New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) is making available, through the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA), a series of free webinars on Microsoft Office Suite: basic through advanced sessions on MS Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access being held the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central time.
To register, visit here.  Class dates & subjects are as follows:

Basics of Excel  •  April 12
Intermediate Excel  •  May 10
Basic Excel Formulas  •  June 14
Advanced Excel Formulas  •  July 12
MS Word Table of Contents/Quick Parts and Building Blocks  •  August 9
Word Templates/Merging with Microsoft Word  •  September 13
Basic Access  •  October 11
Pulling & Reporting on Data in Access  •  November 8
Learn to Love Your Outlook Inbox  •  December 13
Don't forget—the 2017 Legislative Conference being held by the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) in Washington, D.C., is happening March 14 - 17.  This year’s theme is “Thrive, Not Just Survive: How Community Action Will Succeed in the New Washington.”  •  To register, visit here.

Is your agency planning on attending?  Drop ACAAA a line and let us know!  •  Attending agencies who are planning to visit their national Senators and Representatives and who would be interested in coordinating their visits with other CAAs should contact ACAAA’s Communications Director John Moran at
The Community Action Partnership’s  (CAP’s)Pathways to Excellence” training session to be held in New Orleans, LA, has been rescheduled to March 21 & 22. • “The Pathways to Excellence Program begins with a two-day training session covering the Standards and how to apply the Organizational Self-Study as a rigorous diagnostic tool that identifies strengths to build on and critical areas to improve.” • For more information, visit the Partnership’s website here; to apply, email CAP’s Jarle Crocker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, at:
The 2017 Spring Training Conference of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is being held March 29 - 31 at the Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia.  •  “The 2017 Spring Training Conference offers valuable opportunities for professionals from around the country to ... discuss strategies for meeting new challenges in improved performance, innovation, and accountability in the fight to change the face of poverty across the nation.” • To view the agenda and additional details, visit the NASCSP website here.
The new CSBG Annual Report — which will replace the Information Systems (IS) Survey and is a key component of ROMA Next Generation — received approval from the Office of Management and Budget on January 12. • “The new CSBG Annual Report marks the largest overhaul of CSBG data collection and reporting since the first comprehensive CSBG Information Survey (CSBG-IS) was developed in 1983.” (Read the full CSBG Information Memorandum #152 here.) 
The new CSBG Annual Report — which is, along with the National Theory of Change and revised measures of Individual/Family and Community change, among the essential ingredients of ROMA Next Generation — will be implemented through a phased-in approach over two years.
CAPLAW—Community Action Programs Legal Services, Inc.—is offering a two-part webinar, “Keeping Your Organization’s Retirement Plan in Shape.” • “Join CAPLAW for this two-part webinar series to learn how to keep your organization’s retirement plan in shape and what to do if compliance errors come to light.”

Part one will be “Ins and Outs of Retirement Plan Audits” and will be held Tuesday, February 7, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • Part two will be “Navigating Retirement Plan Fiduciary Rules and Correcting Plan Errors” and will be held Thursday, February 9, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • For more information, visit CAPLAW’s website here; to register, visit here.
4Good is offering a free webinar on “Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact” on Wednesday, February 8, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “This (relatively) new live broadcasting feature lets any person, brand, or nonprofit live-stream events, reveals, celebrations, and more. Learn how to get started with Facebook Live with your nonprofit.” • For more information, or to register, visit the 4Good website here. • See also “How to Report Live from Nonprofit Conferences & Events” on February 14 (below).
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar titled “Introduction to Project Budgets” being held Wednesday, February 8, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, this class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.” • For more information, or to register, visit here.
OnGood is offering a free webinar on “How to Report Live from Nonprofit Conferences and Events” on Tuesday, February 14, at 4:00 p.m. Central time. • “Real-time reporting from nonprofit conferences and events requires an advanced skill set, training, and a lot of practice. [T]his webinar will highlight which skills are necessary for live reporting, which online tools work the best, and outline a 6-week plan that includes pre-event planning and post-event follow-up.” • For more information, or to register, visit the OnGood website here. • See also “Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact” on February 8 (above).
4Good is offering a free webinar on “Grant Strategies for CEOs, Directors and Board Members: What You Need to Know to Succeed” on Wednesday, February 15, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “[P]erhaps ... you have been less than thrilled with the results of your organization’s grantseeking efforts. How can you boost your team’s efficiency and effectiveness? What can you do on a managerial level to empower your grantseekers to be more successful?” • For more information, or to register, visit the 4Good website here.
In February, the Community Action Partnership is offering a pair of webinars that will be looking at “Implicit Racial Bias—Understanding and Overcoming Our Unconscious Behavior” and “The Veiled and Cumulative Pipeline of Persistent and Interconnected Institutional Racism.” 

Implicit Racial Bias” will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 1:00 Central time; to register, visit here. • “Persistent & Interconnected Institutional Racism” will be held Wednesday, February 22, at 1:00 Central time; to register, visit here.
TechSoup is offering a free webinar titled “Go on a Hardware Safari with Idealware” on Thursday, February 16, at 1:00 Central time. • “Do you break into a tech sweat when you think about tech planning for your organization? Learn the first steps in assessing your organization’s technology needs so you can get started on your overall tactical technology plan.” This webinar will help you “to spot, identify, and document what hardware your organization uses and provide useful tips on next steps to complete a full assessment of your IT infrastructure.” • For more information, or to register, visit here.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF)  and the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is conducting a free webinar series “to promote two-generation approaches that meet the needs of children and parents together.” • The next installment, “Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency through TANF and WIOA 2gen Partnerships,” is being held Thursday, February 16, at 1:00 Central time.  • For more information, visit here; to register, visit here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar—brought to you by the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance—titled “Crowdfunding 101," being held Tuesday, February 21, at 12:00 Central time. • “Crowdfunding has quickly become a new tool in the fundraising toolbox to tap into your network to raise more money, faster, from a larger audience. Join us to learn how to incorporate crowdfunding to raise the bar on your fundraising initiatives.” • To learn more, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families has launched a LIHEAP Performance Management Website. • “This website provides resources, tools, and a dynamic Data Warehouse to help local program administrators, policymakers, and the public access performance management information and performance measurement data for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).” • Visit it here.
Anthony R. Powell has assumed the role of Interim Executive Director at Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission (PBJCEOC). Mr. Powell has over eight years of experience in Non-Profit Finance and Administration, which includes four years of Community Action.  He is a certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional and has both Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in Accountancy. • In his own time, he reports, he “enjoys bowling, reading, watching news, developing and administering church ministries, lecturing, and spending time with family and friends.” •  ACAAA would like to extend to Anthony Powell a hearty welcome in his new position!
Kelley Klein, MSHS / RHSII Education Coordinator, was chosen as January’s “Employee of the Month” for Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA). • Of Kelley, co-workers offer such descriptions as “dedicated,” “enthusiastic,” “a joy to work with,” “an integral part of our team,” and “a shining example for every employee at CAPCA”! • For more visit CAPCA’s Facebook page here. • Pictured, right, are Kelley Klein (on right) and Ms. Janiece Lasley, Education Specialist, left.
(501) 372-0807 or via email at
Does your family circle of friends need expanding?  Why not check out the Facebook pages of these various community action agencies and their affiliates?  We bet you’ll see plenty there to “like”! 
ARVAC • Arkansas River Valley Area Council
Black River Area Development Corp. (BRAD) Senior Centers
BRAD Child Development Programs
CADC • Central Arkansas Development Council
CADC Benton Senior Wellness & Activity Center
CADC Bryant Senior Adult Activity Center
CAPCA • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
CRDC • Crowley’s Ridge Development Council
C-SCDC Community Dental Clinic
C-SCDC • Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council
C-SCDC Home Ownership and Asset Development Center
C-SCDC River Valley Regional Food Bank
CSO • Community Services Office
EOAWC • Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County
EOA Children’s House
EOA of Washington County Head Start / Early Head Start
MCAEOC • Mississippi County AR EOC Head Start
MDCS • Mid-Delta’s Head Start
NADC • Northcentral Arkansas Development Council
NADC Head Start
OHC • Madison County Senior Activity and Wellness Center
OOI • Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
Ozark Opportunities Head Start
PBJCEOC • Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission
SWADC • Southwest Arkansas Development Council
— and don't forget! —
ACAAA • Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association
Have we left out anyone from the Arkansas community action network?
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