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ACAAA Actions • ACAAA Offers Microsoft Office Suite webinars
ACAAA HR Professional Affiliate Group to meet
ACAAA Board of Directors to meet
ACAAA Fall Training, November 2 - 3
ACAAA Professional Affiliate Groups

Upcoming ActionsAETN to air Arkansas Poverty Program
2016 Region VI Annual Conference
AR Access to Justice Commission’s “Just Jeans” event
Weatherization Day celebration planned

Educational ActionContract Out your IT Tech? webinar
Introduction to Proposal Writing webinar
Interview with a #GivingTuesday “All-Star” webinar
The Annual Appeal: Two webinar options
New Head Start Performance Standards webinar
CCAP Orientation webinar
Decreasing Family Homelessness webinar
Latest VirtualCAP RoundUp now available
OCS announces third LIHEAP round, funding reallotment
OCS announces Division restructuring

Agency Actions • News & Notes from around the State

Social Action • Community Action Facebook Family

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.
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
ACAAA’s Human Resources Professional Affiliate Group will be be holding a web meeting on Wednesday, October 12, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. For details on how to participate, contact ACAAA’s Programs and Development Director Terry Bearden at • For more on ACAAA’s other Professional Affiliate Groups, see “Join the Mailing List,” below.
There will be a meeting of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Asscoation (ACAAA) Board of Directors on Wednesday, October 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Administrative Offices of Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) in Conway.  The full board meeting will be followed at 2:00 p.m. by a meeting of the ACAAA Annual Conference Committee.
ACAAA is hosting a Fall Training for Direct Service Providers, Family Development Staff, and Case Managers on November 2-3 at the Arkansas Public Transit Safety and Resource Center in Little Rock.
The training for Wednesday, November 2, will focus on Strengths-Based Assessments and ROMA Next Generation. It will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be led by Brenda Fiser of CADC and ACAAA’s own Terry Bearden.

Thursday’s training will be on Motivational Interviewing and will be led by Joseph A. Banken, PhD, and Sandra R. Brown, DNP. This session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; lunch will be provided both Wednesday and Thursday.

Hotel accommodations are available at a special group rate through Hampton Inn & Suites in Little Rock. For more information about the hotel, more information about the training topics, or to register for the training, please visit the ACAAA website here.  To register with the hotel, visit here (group rate deadline is October 10).
ACAAA maintains seven Professional Affiliate Groups:
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Development / Case Management
  • Fiscal
  • Human Resources
  • Weatherization
These groups meet at ACAAA’s Annual Conference and also throughout the year, sometimes in person—in coordination with association board meetings—and sometimes via online web meetings. If you would like to be included on the association’s email list to receive notifications of upcoming meetings and other updates, please contact ACAAA Programs and Development Director Terry Bearden at
AETN will be broadcasting “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” on Friday, October 7, at 8:30 p.m.  This program—which will follow a repeat showing at 8:00 of an earlier “Deeper Look” installment (“The Poverty Divide in Arkansas”)—focuses on Blytheville and Pine Bluff and is described as “a half-hour examination of the state of the American dream in the Arkansas Delta.”  •  (The final program has net yet been seen, but Sam Scruggs, Executive Director of Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission [MCAEOC] was among those originally interviewed.)  •  For more information on the program, visit the AETN website here.
The 2016 Region VI Annual Conference is being held October 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in New Mexico. The agenda is available here; for registration and conference information, visit the conference webpage being sponsored by New Mexico Association of Community Partners here.
Arkansas Access to Justice Commission (AATJ) is conducting its annual “Just Jeans event” to celebrate National Pro Bono Week from October 23-29. • “[Participants] will make a minimum contribution of $5 to observe a Casual Friday on October 28. Contributions collected will support legal help for domestic violence victims, veterans struggling to readjust to civilian life, and children in need of stable homes or special education.” • For more information, visit the AATJ website; to register before the October 21 deadline, visit here.
The Arkansas Energy Office has announced plans for a special Weatherization Day celebration to be held Monday, October 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Pavilion at Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, in Little Rock.  The event’s Master of Ceremonies will be Mark Whitmer, Executive Director of Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council.  •  State legislative and Federal congressional elected officials will be invited as well as local mayors. The program will include speakers, recognition of Weatherization providers, a technical demonstration, and lunch. Come out and help celebrate Weatherization’s 40th anniversary!
TechSoup is offering a free webinar on “Should You Contract Out Your Nonprofit’s Tech? IT Assist and Managed Services” on Tuesday, October 11, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “If your nonprofit ... has a small (or non-existent) paid staff and managing your technology is a burden, have you been considering managed IT services or contracting out maintenance?” This webinar discusses  “what managed IT services are; when [you] may want to engage in them; and how to best evaluate offers that are out there.” • For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar on “Introduction to Proposal Writing” on Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00 p.m Central time. • “Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? [This webinar] will include the basic elements of a proposal, the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of writing and submitting a proposal, and how to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.” • For more information, or to register, visit the GrantSpace website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Learning from Lindsay: An Interview with a #GivingTuesday All-Star” on Thursday, October 13, at 12:00 noon Central Time. •  In this interview with Lindsay Smith, who has orchestrated two extremely successful #GivingTuesday campaigns, she will “share her experience firsthand: what worked, what didn’t and what they plan this year. If you’re looking for fast track R&D (rip off and duplicate), this session will provide a wealth of ideas and expert advice.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here
Network for Good is offering a free webinar titled “Nonprofit 911: How to Write a Winning Year-End Appeal” on Tuesday, October 18, at 12:00 noon Central time. • ”To create an effective year-end appeal, you have to get the right message to the right donors at the right time. [This webinar teaches how] you can discover the best way to tell your nonprofit’s story, set your campaign timeline, and write an appeal letter that inspires donors to give big.” • For more information, or to register, visit the Network for Good webiste here.

4Good is offering a free webinar titled “Anatomy of an Annual Appeal: Create Your Compelling Fundraising Offer” on Wednesday, October 26, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “Whether you’re an old pro and just want some new tips, or you’re writing your appeal letter for the first time, [this webinar offers] killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics to get your appeal to the next level.” • For more information, or to register, visit the 4Good website here.
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) and the Office of Head Start (OHS) will be presenting the second half of a two-part webinar series on the new Head Start Performance Standards. “OHS and Community Action Webinar 2” will be held Monday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  Ann Linehan, OHC Deputy Director, will host along with several of her staff to review the new standards and how they impact Community Action Agencies with Head Start programs. • The webinar is free, but attendees are asked to please register here.
The Community Action Partnership is offering a webinar, “CCAP Orientation,” for those interested in becoming a Certified Community Action Professional, on Wednesday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar—the first in a series—will explain the basics of the CCAP program and how it can “fit into your professional future as a leader in Community Action.” • To register for this webinar or future installments in this series, visit here.
The Community Action Partnership’s Learning Community is offering a new installment in an ongoing webinar series, “Decreasing Family Homelessness Session 4” on Wednesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “This next presentation will provide a deeper dive into the various processes and challenges of implementing innovative homelessness strategies within the Community Action network.” • The webinar is free, but registration is requested; for more information, visit the CAP website here (scroll down to “Events”).
Volume 2 Issue 9 of VirtualCAP’s RoundUP is now available—click here. Focus Topic: Strong Relationships, Strong Families.  (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.
The Office of Community Services has at its website an announcement detailing the scheduled September release of a third round of LIHEAP funds, as well as details on a funding reallotment. Also at the website is a September 27 “Dear Colleague” letter clarifying that the notifications have been delayed but were expected to be sent by the end of September.
Also at the Office of Community Services’ website is another “Dear Colleague” letter, this one detailing the planned restructuring of OCS that will see the Division of State Assistance (DSA) split into two divisions, the Division of Community Assistance, which will be responsible for CSBG and DDS, and the Division of Social Services, which will be responsible for SSBG. • For more information, see the full text of the letter here.
Rhonda Wade was named Arkansas River Valley Area Council’s “Employee of the Month” for September!  Said her nominator, “With almost 40 years of service, Rhonda continues to show tremendous dedication to ARVAC — with Rhonda on our team, we can and have achieved great things.” • For more, visit ARVAC’s Facebook page.
Debbie Gilmer was named Community Action Program for Central Arkansas’s September “Employee of the Month”!  Of Ms. Gilmer, who is Community Services Coordinator for the Cleburne County Support Office, one of her (many) nominators wrote, “all of CAPCA are blessed to have her on our team!” • She is pictured, right, with CAPCA Community Programs Director Melissa McWilliams (left). • For (much) more, check out CAPCA’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile at Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, their newest “Employee of the Month” is Linda Fletcher!  In the words of one co-worker: “Linda is one of our hardest workers — she goes out of her way to help every client, no matter what it takes. We are so proud to have employees like Linda!” • Ms. Fletcher is pictured, left, with CRDC Executive Director Tim Wooldridge. • For more, visit CRDC’s Facebook page.
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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
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
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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