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The Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) Board of Directors is having a two-day board meeting/training session on July 20-21 at the offices of Wright Lindsey Jennings, 200 West Capitol Avenue — Bank of America building — in Little Rock.

A full Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; the same day will also see an HR Affiliate meeting beginning at 11:00 a.m.  On Thursday, July 21, there will be a special training session, “HR Focus: Wage, Overtime Rule & HR Hot Topic Training,” from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To register for the board meeting/training, visit the ACAAA website here.
ACAAA—in conjunction with the New York State Community Action Association—is presenting a series of free instructional webinars about the Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.  The webinars will be held the second Wednesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Central time (with a bonus session in December).  A list of topics and dates appears below: Click a session name to be taken to its description on the ACAAA website calendar; to register for any of the sessions, visit here.
July 13   •   Basic Excel Formulas
August 10   •   Advanced Excel Formulas
September 14   •   MS Word Table of Contents/Quick Parts and Building Blocks
October 12   •   Word Templates/Merging with Microsoft Word
November 9   •   Learn to Love Your Outlook Inbox
December 7   •   Basic Access
December 14   •   Pulling & Reporting on Data in Access
Those unable to attend ACAAA’s recent 2016 Annual Conference should check out the video clip below, which had its debut at the conference awards banquet: It’s a celebration of the efforts and achievements of Community Action in Arkansas — watch it by clicking below!
The 2016 Annual Convention of the national Community Action Partnership — “Building Resilience: The Promise and Practice of Community Action”—will be held in Austin, Texas, from August 30 to September 2. • For more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here. • Discounted registration ends July 8!
The National Association for State Community Service Programs (NASCSP) will be holding its 2016 Annual Training Conference at the Hilton Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, from September 27-30. For more information, visit the conference website here; forany questions on the event, please contact NASCSP’s Program Manager Raymond Thomas.  
NCAF — the National Community Action Foundation — has issued a “Request for Action” to all Community Action Agencies:

The Situation: A senior senator asked us to speak with the network and gather more information regarding the low-income banking opportunities we offer. This senator is particularly concerned with predatory lending, but wants to know more about the general financial opportunities available in low-income communities.

Call to Action: Please respond to this email ( if you believe your agency provides a financial service that you want to show off! In a few brief paragraphs, please explain the program, who it serves and the results/success stories it yields.”
TechSoup is offering a free webinar on its upcoming offerings — “New Fiscal Year, New Deals on Tech Soup” — scheduled for Thursday, July 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central time. • “Are you new to TechSoup or need an overview of our website to access product donations? [J]oin this tour ... where we’ll navigate our website and focus on showing you some of the new products and services available to your nonprofit.” • For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is hosting a free webinar on “Shared Housing as a Solution for Single Adults Experiencing Homelessness” on Tuesday, July 12, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “Hear from experts and local communities about how they are using shared housing as a tool to prevent and end homelessness, particularly for single adults.” • For more information, visit the Alliance’s website here; to register, visit here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is hosting an “Early Head Start/Child Care Initiate Webinar” on Tuesday, July 12, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “Is your agency applying for the newly announced second round of funding for the Early Head Start/Child Care initiative? Join the Partnership ... to hear more about the initiative, the application process, and program implementation from a panel of national experts and peer agencies.” • To register, visit the CAP website here.
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar on “Introduction to Project Budgets on Wednesday, July 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central time. • “Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for?  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 the GrantSpace website here.
NASCSP—the National Association for State Community Services Programs—is holding a webinar on Thursday, July 14, at 1:00 p.m. Central time that is part of a series designed to coordinate with the 60-day comment section currently underway for ROMA Next Generation. • This segment is “Module 1 & 2 –State Administration & Agency Expenditures, Capacity, and Resources” — to register, visit NASCSP’s website here.
Recordings of the previous entries in this series can be found at YouTube:
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar on An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium-Sized Nonprofits” on Tuesday, July 19, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Central time. • “Online fundraising is the fasting growing segment of giving. During this free nonprofit webinar, you'll learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization.” • For more information, or to register, visit the CharityHowTo website here.
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar on “Introduction to Fundraising Planning” on Wednesday, July 20, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central time. • “Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on making your case for support, diversifying your organization’s fundraising base, and creating a plan of action.” • For more information, or to register, visit the GrantSpace website here. is offering a free webinar titled “It’s a RAP! Creating a Relationship Action Plan for YOUR Major Donors” on Wednesday, July 20, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “In this entertaining session, you’ll learn how to move from reactive to proactive.” Questions addressed include “How often should you connect? Should you have partners? Who? How do you best respect and serve the donor while still engaging them towards a major gift?” • For more information, or to register, visit’s website here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is offering a free webinar on “Fatherhood Engagement in Community Action: Resources from the National Fatherhood Initiative” on Thursday, July 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Join Denise Harlow of CAP and Melissa Steward of NFI for an inspiring webinar to learn about free and for-purchase fatherhood resources to help you better engage fathers in their children's lives.”  •  To register, or for more information, visit the CAP website here. • For more information on the National Fatherhood Initiative, visit their website here.
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is conducting a webinar on “Assessing the Use of Debt (Loans) in Community Development: Upsides and Downsides” on Wednesday, July 27, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  The webinar is part of CAP’s 2016 webinar series “Community Economic Development and Community Action” and costs $20.00 plus a $2.09 service fee. For more information, visit the CAP website here (scroll to bottom of page for webinar description); to register, go here.
Volume 2 Issue 6 of VirtualCAP’s RoundUP is now available — click here. Focus Topic: Pathways to a Brighter Future for “At-Risk” Youth. (Past issues online and PDF available through the RoundUP Archives.) • ACAAA provides all of its member agencies with a subscription to RoundUP — those needing help with their username and/or password should contact VirtualCAP’s Project Manager Ken Ackerman. • Visit the VirtualCAP website here.
Thirty new resources on Trauma Informed Care have been added to the CSBG Training & Technical Assistance Resource Center. Also at the Resource Center: find Performance Management guides and webinars; submit TA requests; and add your state events to the Network Calendar. • The Resource Center can be found here.
Brittney Thomas was named the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas’s June “Employee of the Month”! Britney is the Purchasing Agent for CAPCA’s Administrative Office. “Professional, “hard-working,” “a team player,” “always willing to help” — these are just a few of the things that her nominators and the Selection Committee had to say about her; check out more at CAPCA’s Facebook page here.
Russell Humay is May’s “Employee of the Month” at Crowley’s Ridge Development Council (CRDC) — says his nominator, “He works at the North East Ark. Regional Recovery Center (NEARRC) and we are so proud to have passionate employees like Russell!” • He is pictured with CRDC Executive Director Tim Wooldridge (Russell to the right, Tim to the left). • For more, visit CRDC’s Facebook page here.
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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
CADC • Central Arkansas Development Council
CADC Benton Senior Wellness & 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
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
OHC • Madison County Senior Activity and Wellness Center
OOI • Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
Ozark Opportunities Head Start
PBJCEOC • Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission
SEACAC • Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corp.
SWADC • Southwest Arkansas Development Council
— and don't forget! —
ACAAA • Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association
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