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•  ACAAA Actions • 

Community Training Space Available for Rent
ACAAA Member Benefit: Bylaws & Personnel Policies Review
ACAAA Board of Directors to Meet in February
 

•  Agency Actions • 

ACAAA to Host CAA of Region VI Board of Directors Meeting
ACAAA 2018 Annual Conference Coming in April — Save the Date! 
 

•  Training Actions •

March ROMA Implementer Class Scheduled for March 20
 

•  Upcoming Actions  •

NASCSP Mid-Winter Conference to be Held February/March
NCAF 2018 Legislative Conference in D.C. March 20-23
VoluneerAR’s “EngageAR” Annual Conference in April
2018 CAP Annual Convention Planned for August
ACAAA to Host CAA of Region VI 2018 Annual Conference
 

•  Educational Action  •

CAP Learning Community Launches “Webinar Wednesdays”
CAP Webinar • CAP Risk Management Portal
Webinar • Mobile Solutions to Aid with Summer Meals
Webinar • Improve Relationships with Grantmakers
Webinar • What You Need to Know about the Trump Budget
Webinar • Donor Retention Secrets from For-profit Brands
Webinar • The #MeToo Movement: Anti-Harassment Strategies
Webinar • Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Webinar • Getting Started in Major Gifts
Webinar • Introduction to Finding Grants
Webinar • New Tech Trends to Attract More Volunteers
CAP Webinar • Overview of Customer Satisfaction Systems
Webinar • 10 Steps of Budgeting
Webinar • Introduction to Proposal Writing
CAP Webinar • Communications Webinars Kickoff
FHLB Dallas Offering Affordable Housing Program Workshop
NASCSP Offers CSBG Annual Report Module 2 Instruction Manual
CAP Issues 2018 CCAP Study Guide for Upcoming Exam
Check out the Latest EOAWC Newsletter!
 

•  Social Action  •

Newly Added: Office of Human Concern!
ACAAA is making its Training Center—located at 1111 West 6th Street in downtown Little Rock, just blocks from the State Capitol—available for rent at a nonprofit rate of $250/day and a for-profit rate of $400/day.  •  Features include:
  • 1200 square foot training space that can be configured into classroom or hollow-square style arrangement
  • 80-inch HD touchscreen interactive display
  • Sound system: gooseneck/lectern microphone, lavaliere mic, and handheld mic all available
  • Remote controlled-camera
  • Wifi access
  • Downtown location at the corner of 6th & Ringo, just blocks from the State Capitol; lot parking available
Limited lunch catering menu available:
$15.00 per person, includes ordering and food set-up.
Agencies are reminded that one of the benefits of membership in the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) is free review of their bylaws and/or personnel policies by law firm Wright Lindsey Jennings.

Those agencies interested in taking advantage of this benefit should email electronic versions of their bylaws and/or personnel policies to ACAAA Executive Director Rebecca Reynolds at rreynolds@acaaa.org to have a review completed.
The ACAAA Board of Directors will next meet on the morning of Wednesday, February 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the ACAAA office in Little Rock, 1111 West 6th Street, Suite C.
ACAAA will be hosting the upcoming Community Action of Region VI Board of Directors Meeting on March 14 & 15 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.  For more information on accommodations and room rates, please visit the ACAAA website here.
ACAAA’s 2018 Annual Conference is coming soon: April 25 - 27 (with a special Pre-Conference Day on Tuesday, April 24, for agency board members and frontline staff), being held this year in North Little Rock, at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel. 2018’s conference theme is a tropical luau—a reminder that, even though Community Action may be serious business, there can always be fun and enjoyment found in even the most demanding work — it’ll be a topical affair done with tropical flair!  •  More information will be shared as the date draws nearer: Keep an eye out for future issues of the “e-Action” newsletter and over at the ACAAA website. We look forward to seeing you all in April!

•  N C R I   C L A S S R O O M   S E S S I O N  •

NASCSP — the National Association for State Community Services Programs — will be holding its Mid-Winter Conference early in 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, with CSBG/WAP Orientation from February 26 - 27; CSBG/WAP State Manager’s Training, February 27; and the Core Conference from February 28 to March 2.  •  For more information, or to download an agenda and/or a registration form, visit the NASCSP website here.
NCAF—the National Community Action Foundation—will be holding its 2018 Legislative Conference from March 20 - 23 in Washington D.C. •  As says NCAF, “2018 can be remembered as one of success for the Community Action network and our communities throughout the nation. This conference will share the battle plan, explain the opportunities and discuss how we are going to achieve our goals.” •  For more information, or to register, visit the NCAF website here.
VolunteerAR—a joint effort of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism and the Department of Human Services’ Office of Communications and Community Engagement—will be holding its “EngageAR” Annual Conference on April 20 & 21 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. • Topics will include “capacity building, volunteer engagement, emerging trends and ideas, corporate responsibility, partnership development, and disaster response.” • A full schedule of conference workshops and presentations will be released on March 1; to register, visit the VolunteerAR website here.

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION

The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) Annual Convention will take place August 28 - 31 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado.  Keep an eye on the CAP website and future issues of this newsletter for more information as the date draws nearer!

CAA OF REGION VI 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

ACAAA will be hosting the upcoming CAA of Region VI 2018 Annual Conference from October 10 - 12 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.  For more information as the event time approaches, keep your eye on the ACAAA website and the Region VI website.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is presenting a series of training webinars starting in February. Each will begin at 1:00 p.m. Central time.

February 7  •  Thinking about Community Level Work
Presenter: Dr. Barbara Mooney
“The new CSBG Annual Report and revised Community NPIs now allow for better tracking of community level work.” This webinar will address what your agency needs to know to consider or enhance such work. • For more information, or to register, go here.
February 14  •  Setting the Stage for a Data-Centered Organization
Presenter: Dr. Barbara Mooney
This webinar will “explore the elements of a data-centered organization and the various roles of data in the agency.” Participants will learn how to understand their agency’s current data collection processes and compare those processes with agencies that have begun to establish a data-centered organization.  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.

February 21  •  Screening for Social Determinants of Health:
A Practical Conversation
  •  
Presenter: Dr. Dayna Long
“Join the Health Intersections Learning Community for a practical conversation on screening for the social determinants of health during assessment.” Issues examined will include “who should conduct the assessment or screening, where it takes place, what questions to ask, how to ask the questions, and ways to collect the data.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.

February 28  •  Gathering Community Data on the
Social Determinants of Health & Poverty

Presenters: Community Commons and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
This webinar will “explore online tools and resources, such as Community Commons and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, to collect community data on the social determinants of health & poverty.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is offering a webinar titled “The New CAP Risk Management Portal: What You Need to Know,” to be held Thursday, February 8, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will concern “the new platform and new features of the Risk Management Portal created for Community Action”; attendees will “learn how to use this resource to address risk management gaps and demonstrate compliance with CSBG Organizational Standards for community action agencies.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
No Kid Hungry is offering a free webinar titled “Leverage Mobile Solutions to Increase Access to Summer Meals,” to be held Tuesday, February 13, at 1:00 Central time. • “Join us to hear from leaders in mobile service and delivery operations who can provide insights to help you assess the viability of this approach within your community, while also shedding light on factors contributing to their success.” • For more information, or to register, visit the No Kid Hungry Best Practices Center website here.
Nonprofit Hub is offering a free webinar titled “10 Ways to Improve Relationships with Your Grantmakers” to be held Wednesday, February 14, at 11:30 a.m. Central time.  •  Topics will include how to “enhance relationships via shared channels and networks; be creative in reporting and expressing gratitude to grantors; keep grantors abreast of programs and be their primary source for information; and maintain seamless communication with grantors.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Hub website here.
The Coalition on Human Needs is offering a free webinar titled “The Trump Budget:  What You Need to Know,” to be held Wednesday, February 14, at 11:30 a.m. Central time. • The webinar—which is co-sponsored by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Center for American Progress, and the Food Research & Action Center—will look at the newly-released (as of February 12) administration budget with specific focus on “how it affects low- and moderate-income people and communities.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Coalition’s website here.
Network for Good is offering a free webinar in their “Donor Retention” series titled “How to Rock Your Donor Love and Loyalty with Secrets from Your Favorite Consumer Brands” to be held Wednesday, February 14, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Consumer businesses hold on to a whopping 94% of customers, yet last year nonprofit donor retention was 45% and for the past ten years it’s hovered below 50%. What do for-profit brands do differently?” In this webinar, attendees will “discover what your favorite consumer brands can teach us about donor experience.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Network for Good website here.
Jackson Lewis P.C. and the National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers are offering a free webinar titled “The #MeToo Movement: Strategies to Prevent Harassment and Protect Your Non-profit Organization,” to be held Wednesday, February 14, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “All employers should take steps to ensure they have adequate practices in place to prevent harassment in the workplace, and to address it meaningfully and effectively when and if it does occur. All executive directors, in-house counsel, human resources professionals, board members, and other leaders of non-profit organizations are invited to attend.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Jackson Lewis website here.
Grantspace is offering a free webinar on “Introduction to Fundraising Planning,” to be held Wednesday, February 14, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “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.
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar titled “7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts (Even in Small Shops)” to be held Thursday, February 15, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  This webinar will offer “an overview of how even small nonprofits can begin doing major gift fundraising.” Attendees will learn “seven basic steps for connecting your organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CharityHowTo website here.
Grantspace is offering a free webinar on an “Introduction to Finding Grants,” to be held Wednesday, February 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders, [including] who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations, what do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding, and how do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Grantspace website here.
Wild Apricot is offering a free webinar titled “Need Volunteers? Four Tech Trends You Need to Know,” to be held Thursday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  Topics will include “how new technology is impacting the public’s expectations of causes and charities; four key tech trends that will help you recruit, grow, engage, and recognize volunteers; and low-cost, simple tips to address common volunteer challenges using technology.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Wild Apricot website here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAPis offering a webinar titled “Customer Satisfaction Systems: An Overview,” to be held on Monday, February 26, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “This webinar will give an overview and the components of a beneficial customer satisfaction system. Participants will also understand what it takes to develop an organizational culture dedicated to customer satisfaction.”  •  This will be the first part of a two-part webinar; for more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here.
Propel Nonprofits is offering a free webinar titled “10 Steps of Budgeting,” to be held Wednesday, February 28, at 12:00 noon Central time. • This webinar is “designed to build your confidence in the budgeting process,” instructing participants how “to create an effective budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Propel Nonprofits website here.
Grantspace is offering a free webinar on an “Introduction to Proposal Writing,” to be held Wednesday, February 28, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • This webinar “will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation, [including] the basic elements of a proposal, the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of writing and submitting a proposal.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Grantspace website here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is starting a series of communications webinars “to help communications professionals hone their skills [in] media relations, crisis management, social media management, marketing and branding, video production, tools and resources, [and]  communications strategy and messaging.” • Inaugurating this series will be a “Communication Kick-Off Webinar” to be held Wednesday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. Central time; topics will include a discussion of the Partnership’s goals for the webinar series and the most effective uses for social media. • For more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here.
The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Dallas is offering free “Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Workshop” on how to access its 2018 AHP grants. The workshop will be at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock on Thursday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. • “The FHLB Dallas Community Investment team will discuss eligibility requirements, the application process and other program details. You will also hear various testimonials from financial institutions and community partners that have engaged the Bank’s programs.” • To register, visit here.
NASCSP—the National Association for State Community Services Programs—has released the CSBG Annual Report Instruction Manual for Module 2. As says NASCSP, these manuals “were created with significant input from the CSBG national partners (NASCSP, CAP, NCAF, and CAPLAW), the DATA Taskforce, OCS, and feedback from NASCSP trainings in over 35 states across the country.”  •  The Module 2 manual may be found at the NASCSP website here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) has made newly available a 2018 Study Guide for the Certified Community Action Professional exam scheduled for June 20. • The Guide can be found at the CCAP page of the Partnership’s website, along with 17 additional documents that are referenced in the study materials. • To access the materials, visit the CAP website here—make sure to scroll toward the bottom of the CCAP webpage and you will see the guide and 17 attachments.
ACAAA would like to offer its appreciation to TACAA—the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies—whose own regular “e-update” newsletter is such a helpful and rich resource of information of interest to the Community Action Network!

(501) 372-0807 or via email at jmoran@acaaaa.org

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 Weatherization
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
DHS • Arkansas Department of Human Services
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 • Office of Human Concern
OOI • Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
Ozark Opportunities Head Start
PBJCEOC • Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission
SEACAC • Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation
— and don't forget! —
ACAAA • Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association
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