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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.
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
ACAAA will be holding a two-day training and board meeting September 20 - 21 for the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association Board of Directors at the Arkansas Food Bank, 4301 W. 65th Street, in Little Rock.

Tuesday, September 20, will be a Fiscal Training session: “Aiming for Awesome Audits,” scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  •  Wednesday, September 21, will see a Full Board meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; beginning concurrently will be a meeting of the Fiscal Affiliate Group.  At 2:00 p.m., there will be a meeting of the ACAAA Board Legislative Committee.

For more information, or to register, visit the ACAAA website here.
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
VirtualCAP—an online resource for Community Action Agencies across the country—is seeking to assemble a full archive of all available CAA annual reports at its website.  •  We’d love to see Arkansas well-represented: If your annual report is not currently a part of the collection, contact VirtualCAP’s Project Manager Ken Ackerman to have it included!
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; for any questions on the event, please contact NASCSP’s Program Manager Raymond Thomas.  
The 2016 Region VI Annual Conference is being held October 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in New Mexico. A draft agenda is available here; for registration and conference information, visit the conference webpage being sponsored by New Mexico Association of Community Partners here.
October 30 will be Weatherization Day ... which is particularly of note this year, as Weatherization is celebrating its 40th anniversary! (On August 14, 1976, President Gerald Ford signed the Energy Conservation and Production Act, which established it.)  • For tools and resources on how to prepare for the celebration, visit the Weatherization Assistance Program’s Technical Assistance Center website here.
The Office of Head Start (OHS) has announced the first comprehensive revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) since their original release in 1975. The new standards are effective as of November 7, 2016 (with additional time allowed for compliance). An overview of the new standards can be found at the national Head Start webpage here; the standards themselves can be found at the Federal Register website here.
For an additional perspective, from Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW), check out the CAPLAW NewsFlash on the newly-issued standards—with summaries, effective dates for various provisions, and additional resources: Access the NewsFlash here.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, Arkansas Service Commission (ASC) and the Corporation for National and Community Service are pleased to release the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Application Instructions for 2017-18 AmeriCorps Arkansas applicants.  •  To access the Concept Paper and the Arkansas Application Package, visit the ASC webiste at      

•    Arkansas Service Commission will host a workshop on Thursday, September 15, for organizations interested in applying. Those interested should contact Kathy Gattinger at  
•    Concept papers are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Submission of a completed concept paper is required to be considered for 2017-2018 AmeriCorps Arkansas funding.

If you have questions, please send them to
The National Office of Community Services (OCS) has issued Information Memorandum (IM) #149 on “Strengthening Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Outcomes by Developing Two-Generation Approaches to Building Family Economic Security and Well-Being.” • It can be read at the Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families webpage here.

Also available is IM #150 on the “Use of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) to Improve Network Effectiveness — access here.
CAPLAWCommunity Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—has issued a new publication: “FAQ: Complying with the New Overtime Rule under the FLSA.” • “This FAQ answers some common questions about the new overtime rule ... and its implications for Community Action Agencies (CAAs). Topics addressed include: application of the new overtime rule, general FLSA principles, white-collar exemptions, Head Start teachers, and coverage under the FLSA.” • It can be downloaded from CAPLAW’s website here.  •  

CAPLAW has also made available a recording of an accompanying webinar: “Taking Care of Business ... and Working Overtime.”  It is available for viewing—along with a downloadable PowerPoint—at CAPLAW’s website here.
Other articles available from CAPLAW:
Also available from CAPLAW: its CAA Leader’s Legal Guide. • “The guide covers topics such as the federal grant life cycle; the legal authority underlying federal grants; the federal Community Service Block Grant Act; federal financial management requirements; and tax rules specific to nonprofit CAAs operating as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.” • It can be downloaded from CAPLAW’s website here.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released clarifying material on “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act”; it can be viewed at the EEOC website here.  •  An additional perspective is offered by the Society for Human Resource Management, whose article “EEOC: When Is Leave a Reasonable ADA Accommodation?” can be found at their website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar on “Paving the Way to a Successful Giving Tuesday” on Thursday, September 8, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “With #GivingTuesday 2016 a bit less than three months away ... learn the 10 most important components to creating an empathetic, engaged and responsive community that is ready to support you on the biggest giving day of the year.” • To register, or for more information, visit the Firespring website here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is presenting the third session in a series of free webinars on “Decreasing Family Homelessness” on Wednesday, September 14, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “[This] 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 required; visit the CAP website here,
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar on “Introduction to Fundraising Planning” on Wednesday, September 14, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.” • For more information, or to register, visit the GrantSpace website here.
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar on “Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Funding” on Thursday, September 15, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “There is no one right way to ask for a donation. You have your own Asking Style, and if you learn to ask in your Style, you will be more comfortable, confident and successful as an asker.” • For more information, or to register, visit the CharityHowTo website here. is offering a free webinar on “Five Steps to Tell Better Non-profit Stories” on Wednesday, September 21, at 12:00 Central time. • “Stories are an excellent way for non-profits to raise money and build relationships with donors. But not all stories are automatically great. There are a few key things that non-profits can do to tell better stories that get fundraising results.” • For more details, visit the website here.
The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance is hosting a members-only event, “Raise More on Give Days” with National Fundraising Expert Jamie McDonald, on Thursday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott Street, in Little Rock. •  “Jamie McDonald—founder of Generosity Inc.—has worked on some of the country’s most successful giving day campaigns, and you have the opportunity to learn from her expertise.”  •  Cost for attendance is $80.00; for more about the event, or to register, visit the Alliance’s website here.
Interested? Contact Amanda Atkinson at (479) 229-4861 or by email at  •  OR  •  Apply online at  •  A full position description is available at the ARVAC website here.
A salute to the June & August Employees of the Month at Arkansas River Valley Area Council!  Rachael Reed is the Administrative Assistant at ARVAC’s Corporate Office. Says ARVAC CEO Stephanie Ellis, “"Rachael wears many hats and is always here, there, and everywhere.  We thank you for your commitment and dedication to ARVAC and the clients that we serve.”

Joann Pinkney handles Accounts Payable and Receivable, also at the Corporate Office; says Ellis (who is pictured, right, with Ms. Pinkney), “She ALWAYS comes to work with a smile on her face and a willing spirit to do whatever is needed to support us and our mission.” • For more about ARVAC’s Employee of the Month, visit their Facebook page here and check out their latest newsletter!
Cora Goodson was named Crowley’s Ridge Development Council’s July Employee of the Month!  Said her nominator, “Cora has been a CRDC team member for over 10 years and is always looking to help others. She works in multiple programs and definitely deserves this honor since she is such a determined worker!” • For more about Ms. Goodson—pictured with CRDC Executive Director Tim Wooldridge—visit CRDC’s Facebook page here.

As for August, Steve Bowles—a driver with CRDC’s North East Arkansas Transit (NEAT)—is the man of the month! • “[Steve] knows how to put a smile on the face of anyone .... He is known to go out of his way for his fellow employees, clients and anyone who crosses his path!” • For more, visit CRDC’s Facebook page here.
(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
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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