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This past week, ACAAA held its 2016 Annual Conference in North Little Rock. Among the wide variety of activities afoot—workshops, presentations, networking—came also the wonderful opportunity for the association to salute the finest Community Action staff and programs from the past year with our “CAPPY Awards,” which were presented at a ceremony the morning of Friday, May 27.  Our highest praise to the winners and all of the nominees, and to all of the selfless staffers across Arkansas who work so hard for the cause of Community Action.  •  (Pictured below, in each photo, are ARVAC Executive Director [and incoming ACAAA board president] Stephanie Ellis on the left, and ACAAA Executive Director Rebecca Reynolds on the right.)
Leon Massey—recently retired former Executive Director of the Community Services Office in Garland County—was named the recipient of this year’s “Charles F. Cunningham Leadership Award.” • Mr. Massey is pictured, left, with the award’s namesake, Charles Cunningham, who was on hand to make the presentation.  •  Photo courtesy of Community Action Development Council.
The Board of Directors for the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association held its monthly meeting on May 24 and, among other business, selected its latest roster of board officers.  Those chosen—each officer is the Executive Director of his or her respective agency—were:
The Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, June 15, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the CAPCA Administrative Office, 707 Robins Street, in Conway.
ACAAA is hosting a CAP60 Training in Pine Bluff on June 7 & 8 (times & location below). To download a registration form, click here.

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
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.
June 8   •   Intermediate Excel
July 13   •   Basic Excel Formulas
August 10   •   Advanced Excel Formulas
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
The 2016 ACAAA Annual Conference also saw the debut of the association’s exciting new video clip that celebrates the efforts and achievements of Community Action in Arkansas — check it out by clicking below!
The deadline for submitting nominations for the the Community Action Partnership’s Sargent Shriver Achievement Award and the Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award—which will be presented at the national Community Action Partnership Annual Conference in September (see below)—is June 6. Download the Sargent Shriver Recognition Award form here; download the Jayne Thomas Recognition Award form here.
The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) will be holding its Annuul Conference — “Building Bridges: The New Frontier” — from June 6-8 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.  •  For more information, or to register, visit the NEUAC website here.
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—will be holding its National Training Conference from 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.  View the conference workshop schedule here or, for more on accommodations, visit here.
The 2016 Annual Convention of the national Community Action Partnership—“Building Resilience: The Promise and Practice of Community Action”—will be held in Austin, Texas, from August 30 to September 2. • For more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here.
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 any questions on the event, please contact NASCSP’s Program Manager Raymond Thomas.  
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is conducting a “Bundling Services Resource Webinar” on Tuesday, June 7, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Presenters from ICF International will outline evidence-informed tools and resources for implementing integrated services in Community Action agencies.” • The webinar is free, but registration is required — for more information, visit the CAP website here; to register directly for the webinar, click here. is offering a free webinar on “Achieving Buy-in for Volunteers” on Wednesday, June 15, at 12:00 noon Central time • “In an ideal world, your nonprofit's staff would know how to supervise volunteers and create new and purposeful opportunities for them. Getting your co-workers to that point takes ‘buy-in.’” • For more information, or to register, visit the website here.
TechSoup is offering a pair of free webinars of interest this month: “Microsoft PowerPoint for Beginners” on Thursday, June 2; and “Microsoft OneNote for Beginners” on Thursday, June 9 — both at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  For more information, or to register, click on the respective title of the webinar above.
NetworkForGood is offering a pair of free fundraising-related webinars this month: “Nonprofit 911: Record-Breaking Campaigns — Five Easy Fundraising Ideas You Can Steal from Bernie, Hillary and Trump” on Tuesday, June 7, at 12:00 noon Central time; and “7 Simple Things You Can Do in the Next 30 Days to Turn Event Attendees into Loyal Donors” on Thursday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. Central time. • For more information, or to register, click on the title of the webinar of interest above.
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is conducting a “Community Economic Development and Community Action” 2016 webinar series.  For more information on webinar topics, visit the national CAP website here. Each session is $20.00 plus a $1.99 service fee—to register for any webinar, click its title below:
June 29  •  What is the Office of Community Services—Community Economic Development Grant Program: How Can I Use $800,000 to Create Jobs For My Community?
July 27  •  Assessing the Use of Debt (Loans) in Community Development: Upsides and Downsides
NASCSP (the National Association for State Community Services Programs)—in response to the feedback that it has received about ROMA Next Generation—has posted a series of “ROMA Next Gen Mythbusters” to address possible misinterpretations and help “demystify” the process.  •  “Myths” include “ROMA Next Generation is new,” “ROMA Next Generation is moving the network away from local determination,” and “ROMA Next Generation will require the Network to do case management.” • Check out the myths — and the facts! — here.
CAPLAW has released a summary on the Department of Labor’s recent issuance of its new Overtime Rule “that affects whether certain employees may be treated as exempt from the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.” • Read it here.
The national Office of Community Services has released updated CSBG contact information by region, including Region VI Program Specialist Isaac Davis — telephone number, (202) 401-5335; email at  •  For the full list, visit the OCS website here.
The staff at Southwest Arkansas Development Council (SWADC) recognized “International MPS Awareness Day” this May by wearing purple. Sadly, MPS—or mucopolysaccharidoses, a disease that inhibits the body’s ability to produce certain enzymes—is very familiar to the SWADC staff, as one of its members has three children affected by this condition (including their latest child born in March 2016).  Agency employees—as well as some of the clients of one of SWADC’s Senior Centers!—wanted to show their coworker & family its heartfelt support; for more information, visit the official MPS website at
Click on the screen below to check out a great new video put together by Arkansas River Valley Area Council (ARVAC) to recognize the efforts of their volunteers!
Tiffany Caldwell — Emergency Services Coordinator for the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas — was named CAPCA’s May “Employee of the Month”!  She is pictured, middle, with Jennifer Welter, CAPCA Executive Director, left; and Melissa McWilliams, Community Programs Director.  •  To check out more pictures, and quotes from Tiffany’s nominators, visit CAPCA’s Facebook page.
Congratulations to Rhonda Brown, April’s “Employee of the Month” at Crowley’s Ridge Development Council.  Said CRDC Executive Director Tim Wooldrige (pictured, left, presenting Rhonda’s trophy and certificate), “Rhonda has been a dedicated asset to CRDC for over 30 years now!”  •  For more, visit CRDC’s Facebook page.
(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
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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