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• ACAAA Actions •
ACAAA Welcomes New Staff Member Dexta Jean Rodriguez
Partners Spotlight: National Association for State Community Services Programs
Winners Selected for Newsletter Subscriber Drive Prize
U of A System to Offer “eVersity” Tuition Discount to ACAAA Members 
 
• Upcoming Actions •
ACAAA Board of Directors to Meet April 28
National Community Action Partnership to Host Equity Summit, April 19-21
CAPLAW 2021 Virtual Training Conference Scheduled for June 29 - July 1
 
• Educational Action •
Webinar • How to Plan a Golf Fundraiser for the First Time
  Webinar • Nonprofit Target Audience Q&A Session
Webinar • Recurring Donations Rule!
Webinar • Using Webforms to Optimize Your Event Processes & Increase Fundraising
Webinar • When to Make the Ask: The Formula to Drive More Donations
Webinar • Cut Costs and Get Creative in Crisis Mode with Nonprofit Appeals
Webinar • Best Practice Solutions for Recurring Donor Acquisition Mysteries
Webinar • Avoid These All-Too-Common Thank You Mistakes
Webinar • 4-Step Plan to Acquiring More Donors & Improving Your Fundraising Results
Webinar • Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna!
Webinar • Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan
Webinar • Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause
 
Webinar • How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage)
Webinar • 6 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s WordPress Site Secure from Getting Hacked
Webinar • Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits
  Webinar • What’s My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member?
Webinar • The Power of Blogging and Thought Leadership for Nonprofits
Webinar • Putting Shared Leadership into Practice
  Check Out the Latest Issue of the “RoundUP” from VirtualCAP!
MoneyGeek: How to Find Food Security Support and Hunger Assistance Resources
  Webinar • Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
Webinar • The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit
Webinar • Social Media and Volunteer Engagement
  Webinar • How to Talk about our Program Participants with Dignity and Truth
Webinar • Gaslighting in the Nonprofit
Webinar • Building a Resilient Nonprofit Org. through Proactive Risk Management
 
Dexta Jean Rodriguez has joined the staff of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) as its Professional Development Director.  In her position, Rodriguez will be spearheading of all the association’s training efforts, including its Family Development Credential (FDC) program, as well as serving as administrator of ACAAA’s new Learning Management System (LMS), which will be instrumental in an exciting expansion of the online educational opportunities that the association will be able to offer its member agencies.

Rodriguez’s extensive background in the nonprofit sector includes stints as volunteer manager, program manager, and executive director, and she has also been an award-winning freelance writer for the state newspaper as well as regional magazines and is a poet and visual artist. For the last eight years, she has taught art history, English composition, and college success classes at Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College. She is currently in her dissertation for a PhD in Leadership from the University of Central Arkansas.
ACF, CAPLAW, NASCSP, NCAF, NCAP, OCS ... Working in community action can feel like swimming in a bowl of alphabet soup!  Over the next few months, ACAAA will be featuring one of our state, regional, or national partners in each e-newsletter to highlight who they are, how they help to sustain our network, and how our network can engage with them. We encourage all agency leaders to go to the featured partner’s website to learn more. 
 
This month’s focus is on the National Association for
State Community Services Programs!
The National Association for State Community Services Programs—more commonly known as NASCSP (pronounced “nass-cap”)—is the professional association for state administrators of the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). 
In Arkansas, their members would include the Department of Human Services Division of County Operations’ Office of Community Services (DHS DCO OCS), which oversees the state’s CSBG program; and the Department of Energy and Environment Division of Environmental Quality’s Office of Energy (also known as the Arkansas Energy Office [AEO]), which administers Weatherization in Arkansas.
The Natural State–NASCSP connection goes even deeper, as the association’s 2019 Annual Training Conference was held in Little Rock, AR, and the President of NASCSP’s Board of Directors is Arkansas’s own Beverly Buchanan, CSBG Manager for DHS DCO OCS!  (Ms. Buchanan is pictured, right, from NASCSP’s more recent, 2021 virtual annual conference.)

Among the national association’s offerings, NASCSP’s CSBG Services “provides research, analysis, training and technical assistance to state CSBG offices, community action agencies and state associations,” while its Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center offers program guidance, DOE trainings and tools, WAP network resources, and information on Weatherization training providers and regulations. To learn more about NASCSP, visit their website here.
ACAAA would like to once more offer its thanks to everyone who participated in our recent Newsletter Subscriber Drive: We greatly appreciate the interest and hope that all of our new readers are enjoying having the “e-Action” arrive in their inboxes!
We would also like to extend our congratulations anew to our two prizewinners—one drawn from among the newly-joined subscribers, the other from our existing subscribers (who are equally deserving of our appreciation!).  Each was the recipient of a $100 gift card!

Our “new subscribers” winner was Leneil Taylor, an employee of Northcentral Arkansas Development Council (NADC), Arkansas’s Community Action Agency that provides services to the residents of Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, and Stone Counties.  As for our “current subscriber” winner, we received a flattering reminder that our newsletter’s readership extends outside the state boundaries: The lucky recipient was Kia Holder, an employee of our sister state employee association, the Maryland Community Action Partnership!

Our congratulations and thanks again to Kia and Leneil—as well as to all who participated in the drive and to our loyal ongoing readership: We greatly appreciate you!
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.
The Board of Directors of the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA) will meet via online conference call for its April 2021 board of directors meeting on Wednesday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m. • Call-in information will be distributed in advance of the meeting.
The National Community Action Partnership (CAP) has announced that it will be hosting will be hosting its first ever Equity Summit, April 19-21, 2021.  The theme for this virtual event will be "Centering in Truth, Activating Community Healing & Resiliency."  •  “We deeply believe that ‘othering,’ particularly racism rests at the nucleus of poverty in America and that equitable opportunities can only be built and sustained by centering ourselves in this truth. To that end, the Equity Summit will showcase voices and expressions that activate healing and resiliency in local communities.”  •  Speakers will include Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association; and Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity.  • For more information, or to register, visit here.
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—will be holding its 2021 Training Conference virtually this year: Scheduled for Tuesday, June 29 - Thursday, July 1, 2021, next year’s location will be “in the cloud”!  •  “In light of so many unknowns, we decided to move our conference entirely online. We hope this will allow more members in the Community Action network to participate safely and remotely in our in-depth, expert-led sessions.”  Session track topics will include governance, financial, HR, and program/sustainability.  •  Registration opens in April 2021; for more information, visit here.
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—available, behind a members-only wall, at the ACAAA website—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.”

Those interested are asked to contact ACAAA Executive Director Terry Bearden at tbearden@acaaa.org to request a username and password to access these sessions.
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!
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is making available a variety of “COVID communications tools” to assist agencies looking to tell their stories about their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.  Offerings include templates for social media posts (in various formats, to accommodate Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) as well as for longer-form documents (to be included on an agency’s website, for example, or distributed as printed materials).

The templates—designed to be edited in PowerPoint—are on a variety of subjects, including food distribution, meal programs, small business support, and vaccination efforts, and each includes pre-written background on the subject in question, as well as space for agencies to insert their own specific stories and pictures.  Other topics are in the works—such as utilities, childcare, and rental assistance—and will be released by the Partnership in the weeks ahead.
Also available are newly-developed “huggy heart band-aid” graphics in a variety of colors and formats (as well as in Spanish), for those agencies interested in joining the effort to promote vaccinations in the community.  All of these materials, as well as instructions on how to use them, are available at the Partnership’s website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “How to Plan a Golf Fundraiser for the First Time,” to be held Wednesday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Charity golf events are a lucrative fundraising opportunity for nonprofits, but if you’re never planned one before, the process might be intimidating.”  This webinar will “walk you step-by-step through the planning process” and explain how to you can “let technology do the heavy lifting and streamline the planning process to save busy event organizers time and effort.”  •  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 presentation date.
Firespring is offering a free “Nonprofit Target Audience Q&A Session,” to be held Monday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. Central time.  •  This interactive session will examine such topics as How do we find our target audience?What should we do if our current audience isn’t the audience we want?; How do we go after a new target audience without a budget?; and What if we don’t know who our current audience is?  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
QGiv is offering a free webinar titled “Recurring Donations Rule!,” to be held Tuesday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Recurring donors tend to give more (and stay involved longer) than one-time donors!”  •  This webinar will examine such topics as “how to address your challenges that keep you from growing a recurring program; how to increase ongoing engagement with your recurring base in 2021; and how to draw one-time donors into a recurring donation program.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the QGiv website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Using Webforms to Optimize Your Event Processes and Increase Fundraising,” to be held Wednesday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will highlight “how nonprofit staff members can incorporate web forms into an organization’s framework in order to streamline processes and increase nonprofit funding.”  The presentation will “tackle, nonprofit pain points, introduce relevant and user-friendly form examples, and provide best practices that can help produce results, even for basic form users.”  •  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 Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “When to Make the Ask: The Formula to Drive More Donations,” to be held Monday, April 19, at 11:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “Making 'the ask' can be a tricky dance. You might be thinking...‘am I going to offend someone by asking?’  ‘Do they even care about our cause?’"  This webinar will address those concerns by examining such topics as “five questions to ask potential major donors; four common mistakes to avoid when asking for donations; and how to not feel like you are begging for money [by instead] giving invitations that people are eager to hear.”  •  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 presentation date.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Cut Costs and Get Creative in Crisis Mode with Nonprofit Appeals,” to be held Wednesday, April 21, at 3:00 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.
Bloomerang is offering a free webinar titled “Best Practice Solutions for Recurring Donor Acquisition Mysteries,” to be held Thursday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Recurring giving has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, but it has especially proven its value during COVID-19 fundraising.” Nevertheless, it “still seems to remain a mystery for so many.” This webinar will examine “the latest recurring giving statistics, including tremendous results during 2020; the best ways to bring in recurring donors; and stewardship and retention of monthly donors.”  Through examples and case studies, attendees will learn “how best to recognize and cultivate recurring donors to keep them for many years to come.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Avoid These All-Too-Common Thank You Mistakes,” to be held Thursday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “A donor is a terrible thing to waste!”  Rather than making thanking an afterthought, this webinar will “help you think through your donor acknowledgment process, put procedures in writing and get others on board to assure you nurture lasting donor bonds.”  Topics will include “why giving—a personal emotional experience—deserves a personal emotional response; how to enact the 4 fundamental ‘P’s’ of thanking donors; and twelve common thank you mistakes to avoid.”  •  For more information, or tor register, visit the Firespring website here.
Keela is offering a free webinar titled “The 4-Step Plan to Acquiring More Donors and Improving Your Fundraising Results,” to be held Tuesday, April 27, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  This webinar offers “a simple, 4-step plan for fundraising you can use over and over again, for every campaign and event, that’ll allow you to scale your impact by finally having all the funding you need.”  Topics will include “creative and easy ways to say ‘thank you’ that are more memorable and easier than a thank you card, and the ‘secret weapon’ appeal email strategy that results in higher open rates, more clicks, and more giving.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Keela website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “Get Your Board to Help You Fundraise—Even if They Don’t Wanna!,” to be held Tuesday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “Are you a nonprofit trying to fundraise? You have a board—and believe it or not, your board should function as a fundraising machine.”  Attendees of this webinar will learn how to “assess your board’s fundraising personality, motivate your board members to fundraise, set goals and kick off campaigns, create individual plans they’ll rock, track without nagging, and use goal attainment as board engagement.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Productive Fundraising is offering a free webinar titled “Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan,” to be held Wednesday, April 28, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  This webinar will offer instruction on “launching, marketing and growing a monthly giving program at your nonprofit organization.”  The discussion will “highlight the data behind why monthly giving is the key to nonprofit sustainability and then provide specific, actionable steps that you can take to launch or expand a monthly giving program.”  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 “Where to Find Potential Donors to Support Your Cause,” to be held Thursday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar will review “the best practices in fundraising prospect identification and provide practical tips for how small nonprofits can maximize their network”; attendees will leave with “a game plan for identifying their next 50 potential donors.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is offering a free webinar titled “Adapting to Remote Processes: Tips for Improving Digitized Workflows,” to be held Wednesday, April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many operations and services online, causing us to adapt our processes and workflows in the midst of high stakes situations.”  This webinar—offered in conjunction with U.S. Digital Response—will discuss “managing the shift to remote services and implementing processes to simplify your work,” with “insights to improve your workflow, including suggestions for affordable tools, tips for automation, and recommendations for simple next steps.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here.
The national Community Action Partnership (CAP) is offering a free webinar titled “Disaster Recovery and Agency Continuity Planning,” to be held Thursday, April 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “Disaster recovery (DR) and agency continuity planning are two risk management disciplines that help agencies prepare to face disruptions with skill and confidence.” Attendees of this webinar will learn “how to spot—and address—weaknesses in your recovery and continuity plans, who to engage in the process, and how to tap into the insights of diverse members of your team.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here.
This webinar is the first in a series that will be held on the third Thursday of each month and will focus on topics such as “Crisis Management and Crisis Communications; Creating Practical, Action-Oriented Readiness Plans; Ready to Serve: How to Build and Equip a Crisis-Ready Response Team; Accessing Resilience Resources from Public and Private Sources; and How to Become the Resilient Leader Your Mission Requires.”
CAPLAW—Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.—is offering a new interactive online series, “Community Action Conversations with Experts.” These 45-minute sessions on important issues for CAAs will allow participants to “engage with experts to explore answers to pressing questions, discuss shared experiences, and learn collaboratively.” The first subject will be “Privacy and Technology in a Post-Pandemic World” and will comprise four sessions; questions may be submitted in advance at the registration links given below.  (Learn more about the entire “Conversations” series here.)

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Central time
Expert: Forrest Kasler, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

REGISTER HERE

Privacy Rights of Clients

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Central time
Expert: Eleanor Evans, Esq., Hemenway & Barnes LLP

REGISTER HERE

Privacy Rights of Employees in the Hybrid Workplace

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Central time
Experts: Ed Leeds, Esq. & 
              Meredith Dante, Esq., Ballard Spahr LL
P

REGISTER HERE

Reviewing and Negotiating Cloud Services Agreements

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Central time
Expert: Alicia Gilleskie, Esq., DataTech Law

REGISTER HERE

Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “How to Decipher Your Web Analytics (and Use Them to Your Advantage),” to be held Tuesday, April 20, at 3:30 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.
Nonprofit Tech for Good, in conjunction with Illusio, is offering a free webinar titled “6 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s WordPress Site Secure from Getting Hacked,” to be held Tuesday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “If you’re part of a small nonprofit comms team, your WordPress website updates probably aren’t high on the priority list — but they should be.”  This webinar will examine “why strong security is important for WordPress; what can happen when your nonprofit’s website gets hacked; and six practical steps you can take to keep your site protected.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit here.
QGiv—in conjunction with ConstantContact—is offering a free webinar titled “Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits,” to be held Thursday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Kick-starting or building up your email marketing strategy can be a daunting task. It takes the main thing that nonprofits don't seem to have: time.”  This webinar will examine such topics as “how mobile readership is impacting best practices; the elements to successful email you should adopt today; subject line ideas that will get the email opened; and how to leverage data to realize your potential.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the QGiv website here.
Propel Nonprofits is offering a free webinar titled “What’s My Role as a Nonprofit Board Member?,” to be held Wednesday, April 12, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “You’re at the board table – now what?”  Attendees of this webinar will learn how to “participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and knowledge about your role as a board member.”  Topics will include “the five key board responsibilities and ... tips for how you can be a strong resource for a nonprofit organization.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Propel Nonprofits website here.
Firespring is offering a free webinar titled “The Power of Blogging and Thought Leadership for Nonprofits,” to be held Wednesday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “Most nonprofits that have tried to blog have failed miserably.”  This webinar will offer “wisdom ... gleaned from dozens of nonprofit organizations that have stumbled upon the magic formula for becoming thought leaders in their community,” looking at such questions as “Who should blog? It’s not who you’d expect” and examining “seven components of the best nonprofit blogs; tips to optimize your blog’s effectiveness; four ways to promote your blog; and tips for measuring your blog’s performance.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Firespring website here.
Candid Learning is offering a free webinar titled “Putting Shared Leadership into Practice,” to be held Wednesday, April 21, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central time.  •  “An increase in conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have resulted in great efforts by organizations to implement DEI values into their core operations. As one part of this effort, a growing number of nonprofits are exploring alternative leadership structures.”  In this webinar, the Co-CEOs of Fractured Atlas will discuss “anti-racist and anti-oppressive, shared leadership models” and “ways in which leaders can cooperatively enact change.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Candid Learning website here.
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 chief topics are “Seize the Moment to Lead” and “Conversations about Poverty,”  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.)
MoneyGeek is now featuring on its website a page dedicated to “How to Find Food Security Support and Hunger Assistance Resources.” The materials include an overview, along with statistics and demographics, on food security in America, with an analysis of its impact on society, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.  Included as well is information on how to seek assistance, with a review of available local, federal, and governmental resources; and insights on how food insecurity can potentially be addressed.  •  View the information at MoneyGeek’s website here.
VolunteerMatch is offering a free webinar titled “Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers,” to be held Thursday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “If you're thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your [volunteer] program, or if you've just started,” this webinar will help with “navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the VolunteerMatch website here.
VolunteerMatch is offering a free webinar titled “The New Volunteer Manager’s Toolkit,” to be held Thursday, April 15, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • This webinar will address “the three primary Rs — recruitment, retention and recognition,” focusing on such components as “interviews, orientations, and volunteer handbooks” and discussing “the importance of managing risk for your program and your organization.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the VolunteerMatch website here.
VolunteerMatch is offering a free webinar titled “Social Media and Volunteer Engagement,” to be held Thursday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers?”  This webinar will examine “including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans” and consider such topics as “what social media is and why it matters; the Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools; and where to go to get resources and help.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the VolunteerMatch website here.
Nonprofit Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “From Exploitation to Empathy: How to Talk about Our Program Participants with Dignity and Truth,” to be held Monday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “How do we portray our program participants as their own agents of change, while admitting that they also need our help?” This webinar will invite attendees “to move beyond shifts in lexicon and imagery and to embrace methods that both challenge assumptions and inspire empathy.”  •  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 Learning Lab is offering a free webinar titled “Gaslighting in the Nonprofit,” to be held Tuesday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. Central time.  •  “Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation meant to cause a person to doubt their perception of reality and understanding of a situation. Gaslighting happens frequently in the workplace and is ultimately about exerting power and control over a person.”  This webinar “brings awareness to workplace gaslighting and provides tools to help protect against this form of harassment that can result in demotivating employees or volunteers and disrupting the nonprofit mission.”  •  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.
Canadian nonprofit resource Charity Village is offering a free webinar titled “Building a Resilient Nonprofit Organization through Proactive Risk Management,” to be held Thursday, April 22, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Nonprofit organizations continue to face a growing list of risks that have the potential to create significant disruption to operations, harm to brand and reputation, and financial losses.”  This webinar will examine such topics as “managing your risk with proactive crisis management and business continuity planning; getting back to business post COVID-19; and the role of insurance as part of a comprehensive risk management strategy.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the Charity Village website here.

(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
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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