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ACAAA is hosting a series of CAP60 Trainings to be held in Batesville (March), Hot Springs National Park (April), Little Rock (May), and Pine Bluff (June). For times, dates, and locations, see below. Please note: Other technology trainings and opportunities will be announced soon!

To download a registration form, click here.

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 22 & 23
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
University of Arkansas Community College 
Independence Hall - Lecture Hall 103 
2005 White Drive
Batesville, AR 72501

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 12 & 13
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
National Park Medical Center
Fordyce Room  •  1910 Malvern Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

Wednesday & Thursday, May 11 & 12 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Arkansas Foodbank - Little Rock, AR
Upstairs Conference Room 
4301 W 65th St  •  Little Rock, AR 72209

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 7 & 8 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC 
Training Room 
1201 W. Pullen St.  •  Pine Bluff, AR 71611
The Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, March 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Public Transit Safety & Resource Center, 620 West Broadway, North Little Rock. This will be followed in the same location by a meeting of the Legislative Committee at 1:00 p.m. and the LIHEAP Committee at 2:00 p.m.  •  (See item below for other upcoming committee meetings.)
The ACAAA Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for training on “FY 2017 Community Action Plan for CAAs.” The training—to be held at the Arkansas Public Training Safety & Resource Center, 620 West Broadway, North Little Rock—is being presented by the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association in collaboration with the State Lead CSBG Office.


The purpose of a Community Action Plan is to describe community needs, capacity building priorities, and services delivery strategies of a Community Action Agency (CAA). In other words, it is a road map for initiating organizational changes. 

Activities funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) often dictate CAA strategic directions due to the existence of many federal and state mandates. Equally important are local level needs. Those needs must also play a role in guiding a CAA’s strategic directions and ultimately its priorities. A healthy balance between these two overarching but often contending areas can result in an effective Community Action Plan. 

Priorities presented in a Community Action Plan should stimulate discussions around strengthening a CAA’s accountability and transparency within the community for which it is designated to serve. Planning is essential in developing a comprehensive and effective continuum of programs and services. A well thought-out planning effort can produce results-oriented programs.
  • There will be a conference-call meeting of the ACAAA Weatherization Committee on Wednesday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m.
  • There will be a conference-call meeting of the ACAAA Conference Committee on Thursday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m.
  • There will be a conference-call meeting of the ACAAA Personnel Committee on Tuesday, March 29, at 10:00 a.m.
The Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) will be holding its 2016 Annual Conference at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock May 25-27, with a special pre-conference gathering on Tuesday, May 24.

This year’s theme takes its cue from a famous Dr. Seuss quote—“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the whole world.” The conference program will feature special guest speakers; a variety of instructional workshops; awards ceremonies recognizing the year’s best staff, programs, clients, and volunteers; and a dinner & dance with live musical entertainment.

Make sure to save the dates and stay tuned for future announcements to find out more about the agenda and how you can register!
Also, be on the lookout at your agency for the chance to order ACAAA’s soon-to-be-available T-shirts, being sold in the run-up to the Annual Conference as part of the association’s big state-wide NCAF fundraiser!  Let the world know that you are part of the “unified voice for Arkansas’s Community Action Agencies to reduce poverty and promote thriving communities.” Thursday at the Annual Conference will be T-shirt day!  Order forms will soon be made available at individual agencies and at the ACAAA website; shirts will also be available for purchase at the conference.
The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF)—will be holding its 2016 Legislative Conference on March 15 - 18 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  More information, including a tentative agenda, registration, and hotel details, can be found at the NCAF website here.
The Philander Smith College Health & Wellness Department is hosting their 2nd annual Mind, Body & Soul Health Fair on Friday, April 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the campus of Philander Smith College in the Mims Gymnasium.  This will serve as the kickoff for “National Minority Health Month.” • “The health fair is a community health strategy used to meet faculty, staff, students, and community members’ needs for health promotion, education, and prevention.” For more information, contact Philander Smith Health & Wellness Coordinator Martie L. Savage, RN.
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—reminds all that their National Training Conference is being held June 22-24 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  “The conference workshops focus on fiscal, governance, and human resources issues, as well as workshops on a variety of other topics.”  For more information, visit the CAPLAW website here.
The initial comment period for ROMA Next Generation will be held from March 3, 2016 - April 1, 2016. NASCSP will host a webinar series throughout the initial comment period to support your review. The webinar series will include recorded webinars available throughout the comment period, live kick-off webinars, and additional live subject specific webinars. Webinars will be presented by staff from NASCSP, OCS, and the CAP. All live webinars are on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available on the NASCSP website as recorded webinars after completion.
It is important that CAA staff, State CSBG office staff and CAA State Association staff all engage in the review process and provide robust and thoughtful comments.  We are counting on all members of the Network to help enhance and improve the proposed ROMA Next Generation material.  •  Please save the dates for the following webinars or register below!

Webinar Recording: ROMA Next Generation Overview
This webinar will provide an introduction to ROMA Next Generation, the clearance process, and what to expect during the Informal Comment Period.  This pre-recorded webinar will be available on the NASCSP website on March 3, 2016 to orient you to ROMA Next Generation.

Kick-Off to the ROMA Next Generation Initial Comment Period 
Join us as we kick-off the ROMA Next Generation initial comment period! Two Kick-Off webinars will be held — one for State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and RPICs and a second for NCRTs & CCAPs. Please attend the webinar best suited for your role.
  
State CSBG Lead Agencies, State Associations, and RPICs
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 
11AM-12:30PM PDT / 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time
Register here
  
NCRTs & CCAPs
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 
12:30PM-2PM PDT / 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central time
Register here.

National Community Action Network Theory of Change and Goals
Monday, March 14, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time 
This webinar will focus on the National Community Action Network Theory of Change, National Goals, and how the components of the new CSBG Annual report connect. This information will provide a framework for reviewing the documents during the initial comment period. Register here.
 
Community Level Work
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central time 
This webinar will focus on Community Level work and cover Community Level Strategies, National Performance Indicators, and Efforts in Progress. Register here.
 
Individual and Family Level Work 
Thursday, March 17, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central time
This webinar will focus on the Characteristics of Individuals and Households, Individual and Family Services, and Individual and Family National Performance Indicators. Register here.
 
Tying It All Together
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time
This webinar will focus on CSBG Expenditures and Resources Administered by the CSBG Network and will discuss how each component of the new Annual Report connects. Register here.
 
Your review of these components of ROMA Next Generation is essential as we move forward. NASCSP will make changes to ROMA Next Generation documents, tools and reports based on the Network's feedback and to prepare for submission to OCS for the OMB Clearance Process. Detailed and specific comments are especially critical at the early stages of the process to ensure that the documents are as strong as possible and allow us to showcase the work of community action at all levels of the network. We look forward to hearing your feedback throughout this process.  •  The NASCSP Team
4Good.org is offering a free webinar—“Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development”—on Wednesday, March 16, at 12:00 noon Central time. The webinar will touch on such topics as “what benefits to expect from an effective strategic planning process; how to approach and structure a strategic planning process that will work for your organization; and tools to use for assessing your situation, engaging your constituencies, developing an effective plan, and implementing it.” • For more information, or to register, visit here.
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar—“Introduction to Finding Grants”—on Wednesday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. “Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this newly revised class.” • For more information, or to register, visit the GrantSpace website here.
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is conducting a series of free “Learning Communities” webinars in the months ahead.  Two are being held in March: a “Bundling Services Resource Webinar” with ICF, International – Tuesday, March 29, at 1:00 p.m. Central time; and “Poverty Trends Session 1” with Center for Community Futures – Wednesday, March 30, 12:00 noon Central time.
Other webinar topics in the months ahead include “Nuts and Bolts of a Two Generation Approach,” “Decreasing Family Homelessness National Series,” “Two Generation Resource Webinar,” “Financial Integration Opportunities for CAAs,” and “Trauma Informed Approaches: A Guide to the Resources.”  •  For more information, or to register for any of these free webinars, visit the national CAP website here.
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is offering Part 3 of its webinar series, “CCAP, Is It for Me?,” for those considering becoming a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP). The webinar—which focuses on the stage of the process concerning “[Demonstration of] your practical knowledge about Community Action in the national examination”—will be held Wednesday, March 30, at 12:00 noon Central time. • For more information, visit here (scroll down); to register for the webinar, visit here.
TechSoup is offering a free webinar—“Excel for Beginners”—on Thursday, March 31, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central time.  “Don’t know a filter from a formula? This 90-minute webinar will orient you to Excel’s features and familiarize you with some basic tasks. This webinar is for those who have little to no experience with Excel, or need a refresher on the basics.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
CAPLAW, in collaboration with the national Community Action Partnership, is conducting a five-part free webinar series beginning in April: the CAA Leaders’ Legal Guide, which “aims to provide new and seasoned CAA Leaders with an overview of the many legal requirements that they will work with on a regular basis.” • For more information, visit the CAPLAW website.  Session dates and topics include:
April 5: Uncle Sam’s Money: Fundamentals of Federal Grant Law
April 7: The Nuts and Bolts of the Federal CSBG Act
April 12: Dollars & Sense: Federal Grant Financial Management Rules
April 14: In a Nutshell: Tax-Exempt Law for Nonprofit CAAs
April 19: Public CAA Essentials
NASCSP—the National Association for State Community Services Programs—has released its 2015 “CSBG Highlights” FactSheet for Arkansas, “featuring data from the FY2014 CSBG IS Survey.”  The factsheet is a great visual representation of key figures and demographics served in the state and a powerful reminder of the number of Arkansans who have benefited from these efforts: During the period surveyed, for example, Community Action Agencies provided services to 215,838 low-income individuals.  The factsheet can be downloaded from the NASCSP website here.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides “an update of the [DHHS] poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index”—the effective date was January 25, 2016.  To view the pertinent material from the Federal Register, go here.
Black River Area Development Corporation (BRAD) recently held a groundbreaking to kick off the construction of a new 32-unit housing facility for low-income families. The ceremony was the culmination of an eighteen-month planning process to initiate the project; BRAD Executive Director Jim Jansen—pictured above, the shovel-holder to the far right—says that he is hopeful the completion date will be by March of next year. • To read an article from the Pocahontas Star Herald on the groundbreaking, visit here.
Central Arkansas Development Council recently held a ribbon-cutting (CADC Executive Director Larry Cogburn is pictured above, middle, co-wielding the honorary oversized scissors) to celebrate their newly renovated CADC Lonoke office! The office, located at 616 North Center in Lonoke, provides public transportation, family development, community participation, low income home energy assistance, commodities, individual development accounts, and financial literacy. • For more pictures from the ceremony, visit CADC’s Facebook page.
River Valley Regional Food Bank—the food bank for Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council (C-SCDC)—recently christened this newly-received 24' Hino 268A refrigerated Bob truck that was made possible by a generous Walmart Foundation State Giving Grant. • For more photos, and credits for the truck’s design and construction, visit the C-SCDC Facebook page.
At Arkansas River Valley Area Council, Kelley Reames, Logan County Family Support Advocate, was named ARVAC’s “February Employee of the Month”! Said Reames’ nominator, “Your hard work and commitment to your fellow colleagues does not go unnoticed—thanks for all you do!”  •  For more, visit ARVAC’s Facebook page.
At Community Action Program for Central ArkansasDawn Bommarito—Family Advocate II for the Heber Springs Head Start Center—was named CAPCA’s “February Employee of the Month”! Her multiple nominators used words such as “a blessing,” “above and beyond,” and “an all-around great asset.”  •  For more, visit CAPCA’s Facebook page. • (Bommarito is pictured, right, in gray, with RHS Supervisor Jessica Borling.)
Meanwhile, at Crowley’s Ridge Development CouncilAmie Davis-Zetlmaier, a staffer in the agency’s LIHEAP department, was named CRDC’s January “Employee of the Month,” and Matthew Hall, North East Arkansas Transit (NEAT) Program Director, was March’s deserving award recipient!
Davis-Zetlmaier, above, and Hall, right, are pictured receiving their certificates and trophies from CRDC Executive Director Tim Wooldridge. For more about Amie, check out CRDC’s Facebook page, and for more about Matt, the latest issue of CRDC’s newsletter!
(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
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
 
Have we left out anyone from the Arkansas community action network?
Drop us a line at jmoran@acaaa.org and we’ll make sure they’re included in the next issue!
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