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• ACAAA Actions •
ACAAA Human Resources Affiliates Group to Meet in October
“ACAAA-Demix” to Offer Variety of Courses to Member Agency Staff
Class Close-Up: Well-Being 4-Minute Workouts
U of A System to Offer “eVersity” Tuition Discount to ACAAA Members 
 
• Agency Actions •
Staci Albert Named Executive Director of NADC
National Community Action Showcase Spotlights ARVAC
 
• Upcoming Actions •
ACAAA Board of Directors to Meet November 17
 
• Educational Action •
Webinar • End-of-Year Fundraising Made Easy
Webinar • How to Use Facebook & Instagram Ads to Inspire YE Giving
Webinar • Cut Costs & Get Creative in Crisis Mode with Nonprofit Appeals
Webinar • Start with Listening: Transform Your Fundraising with Donor Feedback
Webinar • Six Weeks to a Successful #GivingTuesday Campaign
Webinar • How to Used LinkedIn & Marketing Collateral to Expand Your Network
Webinar • How to Get Donor Visits and Knock Them out of the Park
   
NCAP Webinar • Introducing the Community Action Showcase
NCAP Virtual Training • New Executive Director Institute
NCAP Virtual Training • Executive Director & Board Chair Institute
 
Check Out the Latest Issue of the “RoundUP” from VirtualCAP!
  Webinar • How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers
Webinar • Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Program
  Webinar • Shaping the Nonprofit Employee Experience in a Digital Age
Webinar • Nonprofit Wellness and Team Self-Care
Webinar • Advancing Your Agency through Diversity & Equity
 
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Human resources professionals in the Arkansas Community Action network are invited to attend the first meeting of the new iteration of the ACAAA Human Resources Affiliates Group, which will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  (Future meetings will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month.)  Those interested are asked to send their email address to ACAAA Professional Development Director Dexta Jean Rodriguez at drodriguez@acaaa.org in order to receive the meeting Zoom link.
 
For more details on the group, its new coaches, and potential future topics, read a message from Ms. Rodriguez

Welcome to the rebirth of ACAAA Human Resource Affiliates. As before, ACAAA’s goal in facilitating the group, the space, and the technical capacity will not limit the direction of the ACAAAHRA body of members. Our goal is simply to meet your professional needs by providing safe space and organization.

As we reconvene, ACAAA is pleased to announce that Dana Bates (CADC) and Dr. Gloria Boyd (MCAEOC) have agreed to act as co-facilitators for the monthly educational support group.

Ms. Bates and Dr. Boyd, long-time human resources professionals, will lead monthly discussions relatable to the area of human resources or unique to the work of Community Action agencies. Suggestions for topics are wholly appreciated, as are members who wish to volunteer as speakers and share specific expertise and/or research that would enhance the group’s collective knowledge.

Says Ms. Bates, “There is much that we can all learn from each other, and I welcome the opportunity to both grow and share.” If you would like to make program suggestions or be put on the agenda to share your expertise, please contact Dana at (501) 315-1121 or by email: dbates@cadc.com or Gloria at (870) 776-1054 ext. 35 or by email: gloria.boyd@sbcglobal.net. The plan for now is that all the meetings will be virtual, considering how busy we all are and how much time it would take to travel.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 27th, 10:00 a.m., and every fourth Wednesday of the month. The Zoom link will be included in a reminder email you will receive beforehand.  • 
Dexta Jean Rodriguez  •  drodriguez@acaaa.org
ACAAA-Demix” is the name of the new learning management system (LMS) that the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association will now be using to offer a variety of online courses to staff members of the association’s member agencies.

The ACAAA-Demix platform had its “debut” as the host of ACAAA’s recent 2021 Virtual Summer Conference, but going forward, it will be a “one-stop shop” for a wide range of educational offerings that will offer instruction in both “soft skills” (e.g., communications, collaboration, leadership development) and “hard skills” (e.g., Microsoft Office, presentation creation, project management).

Staff members of ACAAA’s member agencies who have not done so already, are encouraged to visit ACAAA-Demix here and set up an account and a username.  Once there, we invite you to please look around at the options already available: Eventually, ACAAA will be offering certifications through this new platform, as well.
This month, we’ll take a closer look at one of ACAAA-Demix֦’s many great offerings, 4 Minute Workouts. This course can be found in the “Well-Being” category section of the ACAAA-Demix website.  “You may be surprised that our online management learning system has a category of ‘Well-Being,’” says ACAAA Professional Development Director Dexta Jean Rodriguez, “but I can assure you that prevailing management wisdom considers the organizational culture we maintain in our workplaces as hugely significant in our ability to function at our best.” Dexta Jean offers a full description of this course

 
It is impossible to put our physical and mental needs in the backseat while we are at the office. In fact, research has long showed us that tending to our health and well-being makes us not only more productive, but happier. Try these brief and easy workouts to stay alert and get moving. They are all simple to do right at your desk. Consider an accountability partner for motivation.
 
The exercises focus on improving your strength, circulation, and mobility in your legs, back, and arms.  The videos also discuss the importance of proper breathing and posture.  There are 10 different four-minute sessions:
 
“Good Mornings,” “Sit to Stand,” “Give Yourself a Hug,” “Shoulder Rolls,” “Press and Spin,” “Dip and Drive,” “Row Your Boat,” “Touchdown,” “Stirring the Pot,” and “Atlas Lunge.” There is even a downloadable poster (download
here) that can be posted for easy and quick exercises and stretches. Each session has three exercises and lasts 10 minutes.
 
For first-time users, please open an account at ACAAA-Demix
here. Go to the dashboard to find “Well-Being.” When you open the category, you will see three different courses. Choose 4-Minute Workouts, then click “Enter Course.” As with all the classes, please complete the evaluation upon completion.

Here’s to your health!  •  Dexta Jean Rodriguez
The University of Arkansas System is now offering a 5% tuition discount to CAA employees and/or their family members who are currently attending or who plan to enroll in the U of A’s eVersity. This new “eVersity Alliance”—being made available to member agencies in the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA)—is part of an undertaking by association Chief Operations Officer Terry Bearden to develop new partnerships that will benefit ACAAA member agencies and their staff. 

The University of Arkansas’s eVersity is “a 100 percent-online institution created ... to serve students who are unable to access traditional higher education campuses.”  Among the eVersity staff are academic advisers able to provide assistance with applying for financial aid and determining whether previously earned college credits are transferable.
Those interested in participating in the “eVersity Alliance” should contact ACAAA Executive Director Terry Bearden at tbearden@acaaa.org or, by phone, at (501) 372-0807 to receive the tuition discount code.
Staci Albert has permanently assumed the role of Executive Director of Northcentral Arkansas Development Council (NADC). In a career with the agency that has spanned over three decades, Ms. Albert has worked in such positions as Computer Systems Technician, Human Resource Director, and Operations Director.  Most recently, she had been serving as the agency’s executive director in an interim capacity.

NADC, headquartered in Batesville, serves residents in Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, and Stone Counties. 

ACAAA would like to extend a hearty salute to Ms. Albert on the occasion of her new status: Well wishes for continued success to her and NADC!
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) has launched, through its Center of Excellence, a Community Action Showcase that “shines a light on Community Action success stories to inspire.”  The Showcase offers profiles of outstanding programs from around the country, as well as access to resources “to strengthen services, build community outcomes, and create family and community change in your local area.”

Among those agencies profiled in the Showcase’s initial round of success stories is the Arkansas River Valley Area Council (ARVAC) and their Lake Point Project. This ambitious undertaking “will create a unified campus, on the grounds of a former conference center that included on-site lodging, which will serve as a one-stop center for multiple programs and resources.”  Check out the entire project writeup here, and stop by the full Community Action Showcase at the NCAP website here.

Those curious should also check out the Partnership’s upcoming webinar introduction to the Showcase, being held on Wednesday, October 13.  For more details, see the “Educational Action” National Partners section below!
The Board of Directors of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) will meet for its November 2021 board of directors meeting on Wednesday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m.  •  This will be a hybrid meeting, allowing for both in-person and remote attendance: Call-in information will be distributed in advance of the meeting.
At its September 2021 meeting, the ACAAA Board of Directors voted to change its meeting schedule and henceforth begin convening every other month, rather than on a monthly basis. 
The Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA)—working in conjunction with the law firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.—is making available to ACAAA members a series of on-demand trainings on such topics as COVID-19, harassment prevention, equal employment opportunity issues, and employee management.

The training session videos include:
  • COVID-19—Navigating a Pandemic
  • Harassment Prevention & EEO Training for Employees
  • Harassment Prevention & EEO Training for Supervisors, and
  • Managing Employees in the Legal World of Today
These trainings are now available through the association’s learning management system, ACAAA-Demix!  (For more about ACAAA-Demix, see article, above, under ACAAA Actions.)  Staff members of member agencies interested in accessing these trainings can visit ACAAA-Demix here and set up an account and a username to begin viewing them.
Was there a webinar in last month’s e-Action that you were interested in, but were unable to attend? Then check out ACAAA’s “Professional Development Archive” at the association website here.  This is where we provide links to available recordings of recently-offered webinars highlighted in the past six months of this newsletter.  (Please note that not all webinar providers make such recordings available.)  This is a great way—particularly for those who may still be working from home—to catch up on educational opportunities that they might have missed the first time around!
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Overcoming the Overhead Myth: Budgeting for an Effective Website, Marketing & Growth,” to be held Tuesday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “When it comes to running your organization, most nonprofits feel pressured to do as much as possible with as little as possible.”  However, “it’s crucial to invest in your organization so you can continue to operate and support your mission.”  This webinar asks, “What is the overhead myth and why does it matter?” and examines “the impact of underinvestment; how to address concerns with donors; what marketing efforts provide the best ROI to help you move the needle; and how to improve the budgeting process at your nonprofit.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Ask the Experts: A Golf Fundraising Q&A,” to be held Thursday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Golf tournament fundraisers are a great way to raise awareness for your cause, engage new and existing donors, and raise money!”  This webinar will “will provide a quick overview of planning a golf tournament, then open up the floor for YOUR QUESTIONS” to the resident event-planning experts.  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by date. 
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—recommends a free webinar being offered by Propel Nonprofits titled “Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin?,” to be held Wednesday, October 20, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners to achieve the mission of the organization. However, there are times when roles and responsibilities become blurred.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “where governance stops and management begins.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Propel Nonprofits website here.
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—recommends a free Executive Directors Chat being hosted by TechSoup titled “Fundraising and Visual Storytelling,” to be held Wednesday, October 20, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Visual storytelling is more than photos and video.”  This discussion will address how “your communication strategy should think about all the things that go into social media, newsletters, website design, and everything you do,” and the importance of having “a good story within your visual presentation.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—has added three new videos to its series “All-a-Board: The Purpose, People, and Process of CAA Boards.”  •  “These 5-11 minute animated shorts help boost the capacity of community action agency (CAA) boards to recruit, engage, and fulfill their responsibilities. Whether you’re a new CAA board member eager to orient yourself to the work of community action, an existing board member looking for clarity on your role and responsibilities, or a board chair planning to facilitate a training at the next board meeting, the All a-Board! series can serve as a starting point or a refresher.”  •  For more information, or to sign up to view the videos, visit the CAPLAW website here.
QGiv is offering a free webinar titled “End-of-Year Fundraising Made Easy,” to be held Thursday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Many organizations raise as much as 50% of their budget in December. Are you ready to be one of them?”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “the #1 way to warm up your donors now so they'll be excited to give later...; the biggest mistakes in fundraising appeals; a checklist to ensure you’ve written a winning appeal; tips to boost online gifts; and how much email to send (and how to overcome your fears about sending it).”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the QGiv website here.
Nonprofit Hub is offering a free webinar titled “How to Use Facebook and Instagram Ads to Inspire YE Giving,” to be held Wednesday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Stop throwing money into the proverbial wind of social media!”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “what your organization can (and should) do this year-end giving season to engage donors on social media and get results.”  Topics will include “four myths about Facebook & Instagram ads; boosting vs running ads; and what do iOS updates mean?”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Hub website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Cut Costs and Get Creative in Crisis Mode with Nonprofit Appeals,” to be held Thursday, October 14, at 3:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative.”   Attendees of this webinar will learn “ten secrets to cutting costs with printing and mailing; five surefire ways to invigorate your direct mail; and four strategies to maximize your impact.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Start with Listening: Transform Your Fundraising with Donor Feedback,” to be held Monday, October 18, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “One of the most important skills in nonprofit management is the ability to listen.  Despite powerful benefits, listening is often rare and difficult to translate into action.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn that “listening well to your donors can provide valuable organizational insights and help to generate significant resources for your nonprofit.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by date.
Nonprofit Tech for Good is offering a free webinar titled “Six Weeks to a Successful #GivingTuesday Campaign,” to be held Tuesday, October 19, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  This webinar, being offered in conjunction with Mobile Cause, offers “a simple, easy-to-implement plan to set up, maximize and run your #GivingTuesday campaign in only 6 weeks,” with “creative ideas and expert tips on everything from communications and enlisting peer-to-peer ambassadors to incorporating virtual strategies and following up with donors.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Tech for Good website here.
CharityHowTo is offering a free webinar titled “How to Use LinkedIn, Marketing Collateral, and Messaging Templates to Expand Your Network,” to be held Wednesday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “When evaluating our networks, we often think about who we know, but do we ask ourselves who do they know?”  In this webinar, attendees will “develop a clear understanding of how to use LinkedIn as a lead generator/connector, identify the marketing collateral needed for new supporters, and master the art of the email template.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CharityHowTo website here.
Productive Fundraising is offering a free webinar titled “How to Get Donor Visits and Knock Them out of the Park,” to be held Thursday, October 28, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  This webinar will focus on “figuring out who you should talk to, getting the meeting, figuring out what to talk about, making the ask and following up afterward.”  Webinar attendees will be walked “step by step through the process,” and templates and resources will be provided to help attendees implement the recommendations.  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Productive Fundraising website here.
Bloomerang is offering a free webinar titled “Get More Grants with Donor Cultivation NOW and Post-Pandemic,” to be held Thursday, October 7, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Sometimes even the strongest grant applications get denied while others receive funding. The difference could be the extent to which donors/funders were engaged early in the process.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to excite funders so they WANT to fund you; the 5% Rule and why it matters right now; tips for engaging your board, social media, and current connections; and how to have the best meetings and site visits with funders now and post-pandemic!”  •  For more information, or tor register, visit the Bloomerang website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Grant Writing Bootcamp for Advanced Writers,” to be held Tuesday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to write a compelling grant proposal of $100,000 and up for submission to a private foundation.”  Topics will include “everything from the grant cover letter to reconciliation” but will focus primarily “on the statement of need, project/program narrative, outcome measurements, and reconciliation,” with a discussion on “how to make those sections compelling, accurate, and tailored to your organization.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by date.
Nonprofit Hub is offering a free webinar titled “Finding Funding and Building Relationships with Grantors,” to be held Wednesday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “Building relationships in the grant world can be very beneficial, sometimes, it is who you know.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn about “the different types of grantors and the steps involved in applying to small and large opportunities that fit your program.”  Topics will include the preparation and organizational development required before applying and “how to prepare a killer grant proposal that will relate your need to the most appropriate funding sources.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Hub website here.
Elevate is offering a free webinar titled “How to Write Your First Grant,” to be held Thursday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will “walk you through basic do’s and don’ts to help you write your first grant with confidence,” addressing such topics as “the different types of grants you can apply for, and the pros and cons of each; the anatomy of a grant proposal, and what information to include in each section; how to tell a compelling story in your proposal that gets funders’ attention; and the #1 thing most new grant writers forget to do before they submit a grant.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Elevate website here and select your preferred date from the drop-down menu.
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is offering a free webinar titled “Introducing the Community Action Showcase,” to be held on Wednesday, October 13, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will examine NCAP’s new platform that “shines a light on Community Action success stories to inspire.” The Center of Excellence will review the Showcase and show “how you can use it to learn about innovative and transformative work in the network, build community outcomes, and create family and community change in your local area.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the NCAP website here.
One of the Showcase’s initial profiles is of ARVAC’s Lake Point Project — check it out in the “Agency Actions” section above!
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is hosting a two-and-a-half day “New Executive Director Institute” from Monday, October 25, 10:00 a.m., to Wednesday, October 27, noon Central time.  •  This virtual training is “designed to help new executive directors ... to achieve a deeper understanding of their role, the work of Community Action, and current operating environment of the Community Action Network.”  Topics will include “Community Action from past to present; balancing governance and management; board development; financial management; human resources; strategic planning; resource development; performance management; and civic engagement.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit hereMember price is $400; non-member price, $600.
The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is hosting a two-and-a-half day “Executive Director and Board Chair Institute” from Wednesday, October 27, 11:00 a.m., to Friday, October 29, 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This virtual training is “designed to help ... executive directors and their chairs to achieve a deeper understanding of their role, the work of Community Action, and current operating environment of the Community Action Network.”  Topics will include “strengthening the board and executive director relationship; equipping board members to be ambassadors; and strategic board development.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit hereMember price is $600; non-member price, $800.
Currently available from VirtualCAP—the online resource for Community Action Agencies across the United States—is the most recent issue of its monthly publication, the RoundUP.  This issue’s focus topic is “The American Human Development Index,” while other subjects include successful CAA funding initiatives, innovative CAA programs, community action news, and CAA videos of the month.  •  To view this issue either online or as a PDF, log in here with your agency username and password.  (Those needing help with their username and/or password are encouraged to contact VirtualCAP Project Manager Ken Ackerman at ken@cafca.org.)
TechSoup is offering a webinar titled “Using QuickBooks for Your Nonprofit: 2022 New Features and Best Set Up,” to be held Tuesday, October 12, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar, meant for both QuickBooks desktop as well as QuickBooks on-line users, will “demonstrate new features in QuickBooks that are already helping nonprofits across the country” and will investigate the question of “QuickBooks desktop vs. QuickBooks on-line – what’s best for you?”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Changes to Data Privacy and What It Means for Year-End Giving,” to be held Wednesday, October 13, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Year-end is a critical time for fundraisers ... but recent announcements from Apple and Google surrounding Apple mail, app pixel tracking, and third-party cookies are creating uncertainty and fear.”  This webinar will address “if and how these changes will impact ... year-end campaigns”; how “the changes will require shifts in basic business practices”; and “when, and how your nonprofit can prepare for year-end and beyond.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by date.
QGiv is offering a free webinar titled “Website 101: Improve Your Nonprofit Website for Fundraising Success,” to be held Wednesday, October 13, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “End-of-year fundraising is right around the corner, but there is still time to rescue your website for online fundraising success!”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “DIY tricks to improve your website design; tips to improve donation conversions; how to engage your audience (and turn them into supporters); ways to visually tell your nonprofit story; where to source FREE, high-quality stock photography; and tricks to make your website smoking fast.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the QGiv website here.
Candid Learning is offering a free webinar titled “Cybersecurity Readiness to Protect against Today’s Top Threats,” to be held Wednesday, October 20, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “Cybersecurity skills training is one of the easiest, most cost-effective, and urgently important things you can do to help ensure the safety of your nonprofit organization.” Attendees of this webinar will “learn how to recognize threats, stop social engineering, and understand the multiple layers of defense that are an ideal form of protection (and have fun in the process).”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Candid Learning website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage),” to be held Thursday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will address such topics as “what web analytics tell you and why they’re important; the insights you can glean from email marketing metrics; how to target audience segments from your web analytics; and how to analyze your data to know what’s working (and what’s not).”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website,” to be held Wednesday, October 27, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and mission statement?”  This webinar will explore “the 5 elements of an engaging website; the one thing every nonprofit should be thinking about, but isn’t; and real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “They’re Not a Frill if You’re Using Them Right: How to Save Money and Get More Done Using High-Skill Volunteers,” to be held on Monday, October 11, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.  •  Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to make the most of high-skill volunteers--those lawyers, public-relations specialists, accountants and other professionals who are increasingly interested in donating their expertise.”  Topics will include “how to identify major projects on which volunteers can be helpful, how to integrate them into those projects, how to smooth relations between staff and volunteers, and how to make paid personnel more effective in deploying and supervising their unpaid counterparts.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and select the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by date.
VolunteerMatch is offering a free webinar titled “Walking the Walk: Engage Volunteers in Your Volunteer Program,” to be held Thursday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  Attendees of this webinar will “learn how to effectively delegate volunteer engagement and management work to volunteers.”  Topics will include “determining how best to deploy volunteers, creating a communication plan, screening and training volunteers to be an important part of your volunteer recruiting [and] retention and recognition plans.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the VolunteerMatch website here.
Candid Learning is offering a free webinar titled “Shaping the Nonprofit Employee Experience in a Digital Age,” to be held Wednesday, October 13, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Nonprofits must reshape their hiring and onboarding strategies in order to thrive in an increasingly virtual world.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn “the latest innovative strategies for interviewing and hiring best-fit job candidates while showcasing your brand and culture ... whether your staff is in the office or working from home.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Candid Learning website here.
TechSoup is offering a free webinar titled “Nonprofit Wellness and Team Self-Care,” to be held Tuesday, October 26, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “How do we build a culture of well-being at work when everyone is (a) super-stressed, (b) remote or hybrid, (c) terrified of COVID, (d) dealing with 500 new tasks at work and at home, or (e) all of the above?”  This webinar will offer “a special wellness discussion with Susan Comfort, co-founder of Nonprofit Wellness and a veteran executive director. ”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Advancing Your Agency through Diversity and Equity,” to be held Thursday, November 4, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “While it is important to have a diverse representation of staff it is important to understand that diversity spans beyond just physical representation or identity groups.”  This webinar will discuss “how to create authentic engagement with staff and how to identify when we are merely seeking surface-level diversity,” based on the concept that “when agencies focus on creating diverse and equitable work environments agency advancement is bound to happen.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Nonprofit Learning Lab website here and selecting the desired webinar title from the list, which is ordered by date.

(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
BRAD • Black River Area Development Corporation
BRAD Child Development Programs
BRAD Senior Citizens Program
CADC • Central Arkansas Development Council
CADC Benton Senior Wellness & Activity Center
CADC Bryant Senior Adult Activity Center
CAPCA • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
CDCAA • Central Delta Community Action Agency
CRDC • Crowley’s Ridge Development Council
C-SCDC Community Dental Clinic
C-SCDC • Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council
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
OOI • Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
Ozark Opportunities Head Start
Ozark Opportunities, Inc. — Success Program
SEACAC • Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation
— 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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