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What a way to start the year… Oregon's "Snowmaggedon" 2017


Oregonians are starting off 2017 with a heavy dose of winter! 

While the entire state of Oregon has been battling some form of cold precipitation (even the coast and Willamette Valley), our rural and Eastern CAA's have been completely inundated with snow and ice. In spite of this, they get up, they shovel the snow, then drive or walk slowly into the office. Even record snowfall, while hampering travel by closing entire stretches of highway, hasn't kept these folks from delivering the services so badly needed.

These pictures are from Community In Action in Ontario where snow blocked the staff entrance to the office and almost completely covered stop signs!            


These are shared from NeighborImpact in Redmond:
 


Submitted by:
Community Action Partnership of Oregon

2017 Regions 8 & 10 Community Action Conference


Tuesday 05/16/2017 - Thursday 05/18/2017
Holiday Inn Fargo: Hotel and Convention Center
3803 13th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103
 

Register Today!

Calling All Young Artists


 
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon Opens Their 19th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest

In celebration of Fair Housing Month, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is thrilled to present their 19th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest theme: “It’s Fun Having All Kinds of Neighbors”. FHCO is currently accepting submissions from Oregon students in grades 1 through 8 for a poster that best represents the theme with an artistic flair.
 
Students are encouraged to design and submit their very own poster, exhibiting the importance of acceptance and diversity in our neighborhoods. Participation in this year’s poster contest can help educate our youth on how fair housing laws protect all Oregonians against illegal housing discrimination by promoting equitable access to housing and economic choices. According to the federal and state fair housing laws, all residents have equal access to housing regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, source of income, marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, and occupation. This is the perfect opportunity to engage the youngest members of our community in open discourse about civil rights in housing.
 
The top contest entries will receive cash awards and the winning design will be displayed at venues throughout Oregon. Posters must be horizontally-oriented on an 11”x17” sheet of white paper or poster board to qualify. Deadline for submission is 5:00 pm on Friday, March 17. Entries must be submitted before the deadline to the FHCO office, 1221 SW Yamhill St. #305, Portland, OR 97205.
 
For more information and details on how to enter FHCO’s 19th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest, please visit: www.fhco.org/index.php/news/poster-competition. Questions or interested in volunteering? Contact information@fhco.org.
And speaking of NeighborImpact, you can read about their success in a new book that came out in December!
 

NeighborImpact Featured in New Publication


Central Oregon nonprofit NeighborImpact is featured in a new book, “NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America’s Community Development Network.”   The book was released last week.  The book highlights innovative solutions to affordable housing and community development challenges. 

“Community-based nonprofits are creating economic opportunity for more Americans through cross-sector collaborations, complementary investments and collective problem-solving,” says Paul Weech, Chief Executive Officer of NeighborWorks America. “This book will allow us to share what works, as well as what doesn’t work – an important part of innovation.”

The NeighborImpact story, included in a chapter on nonprofit excellence, highlights a highly successful partnership between NeighborImpact and Central Oregon’s local television station, KTVZ.  “Our story highlights our longstanding relationship with KTVZ through the 21 Cares for Kids program,” says Scott Cooper, Executive Director for NeighborImpact.  “This partnership helps get the word to our community about critical services by providing more than 6,000 30-second commercial spots per year. That’s more than 50 hours of airtime annually, well beyond what a typical non-profit could afford without a generous community partner.”

NeighborImpact is a member of the NeighborWorks network—more than 240 nonprofit organizations based in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.  As a member of the NeighborWorks network, NeighborImpact has been rigorously assessed for high standards of performance and operation. Members are regularly audited and evaluated to ensure the excellence of the network. 

The book may be purchased on Amazon and general information about the book is available at http://NeighborWorksAmerica.com/book.

Download the official Press Release

The Smithsonian:  America’s Working Poor

 
Smithsonian’s Dale Maharidge takes a landmark journey from Maine to California to evaluate how far, or not, we have come in our 30 year fight against poverty.
 
He finds that while the look of poverty hasn’t changed, with income  gaps remaining vast or, worse, increasing, there is hope in the way we are dealing with poverty.
 
“What I found in my travels this year is a stark contrast to the top-down approach of the 1930s and the go-it-alone 1980s. This time the energy is coming not from the federal government but from city governments, local philanthropies and a new generation of nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses with social missions.”

Read the rest of what Mr. Maharidge found here.  

Submitted by:
Community Action Partnership of Oregon

Two articles stand out in the latest newsletter: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

 

Community is Key in Expanding Housing Opportunity

 
In the first Spotlight commentary of 2017, contributor Kevin Corinth, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, argues that affordable housing must be combined with strong communities to ensure low-income people find the housing they need. He says that simply offering lower rents for certain properties "is only half the battle" -- research shows that having active property managers who help tenants stay employed and provide a sense of community makes a big difference in keeping people in affordable housing. Earning a reputation for building strong communities in low-income housing can also help local governments and developers overcome pushback from residents who are concerned about the effect of the affordable housing on their neighborhoods, Corinth argues.
 
You can read the entire article here.
 

Latino Families and Childcare Support

 
Few families who are eligible for child care subsidies actually receive them, but Latino families have especially low access, according to a report from the Center for Law and Social Policy. A Closer Look at Latino Access to Child Care Subsidies finds that just 8 percent of eligible Latino children receive child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), compared to 21 percent of eligible black children and 13 percent of children overall. The authors recommend that states, child care referral agencies, and early childhood providers partner with Latino organizations to ensure outreach to underserved populations, and that the federal government invests more resources in CCDBG.
 
You can read the entire article here.

Why CAAs are so important…the 27th Largest Employer in Oregon?

 
Major employers are an important part of any state’s economic fabric for both obvious and subtle reasons. First the obvious: They employ hundreds of people and buy supplies and services from other local companies. The less obvious: They indirectly help other companies by attracting and training talented employees, some of whom move on to start their own companies. Whether it’s by supporting a local charity, voluntarily teaching skills to others or sponsoring an event, participating in acts of “giving back” has extensive benefits of helping the local community. They bring up the standard of living in their communities as well as ensure the health and welfare of their own employees.
 
In 2016, based on the US Dept. of Labor statistics, if Oregon’s Community Action Network were a single employer, it would be the 27th largest employer in Oregon.
 
Submitted by:
Community Action Partnership of Oregon and Oregon Housing and Community Services

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

 
 
The Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion is asking for your help in planning for the implementation of the Oregon House Bill 2134 for the collection of race, ethnicity, language and disability (REAL D) demographic data.
 
At this meeting participants will be asked to provide information on their data collection and analysis needs and also provide feedback/insight on the new data standards and categories.
 
Portland, January 24: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-d-community-engagement-meeting-portland-tickets-30092363068
 
Salem, January 31: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-d-community-engagement-meeting-salem-tickets-30095760229

News from Douglas and Josephine Counties


UCAN is just completing a campaign to raise the funding necessary to build an Early Childhood Service Center on the Non-Profit Campus.  This facility, right next to the Martha Young Family Service Center, will provide Head Start & Early Head Start, WIC, Healthy Families, Healthy Start and Nurse Home Visiting to meet the needs of the families we serve.

To date, we have raised $445,000 in a community capital campaign and have just gotten the good news that this project was selected to receive a $1.5M Community Development Block Grant in partnership with the City of Roseburg.  This funding is in addition to a Ford Family Foundation grant of $1.25M and grants from Meyer Memorial Trust and the Collins Foundation. 

Groundbreaking will likely take place late spring/early summer with completion planned for the summer of 2018. The facility will encompass 13,000 square feet, with 7 classrooms, a medical exam room, a kitchen for the preparation of two meals a day for the children, as well as administrative offices,  allowing us to ultimately bring all of our youth service programs together in one location.  Of course, Head Start will continue to operate in all of our current locations (with the exception of Roseburg) around the county.
 

Submitted by:
UCAN – serving Douglas and Josephine Counties

Need your finance or HR questions answered?

 
Do you have a quick question about your finances or human resources that gets more confused instead of clarified online?
 
501 Commons offers two options for nonprofits that are both quick and affordable: Finance Quick Consult and HR Quick Consult. For only $25 per 15-minute increment you can have your question(s) answered by an experienced nonprofit professional.
 
Finance Quick Consult: Have a question about financial statements, accounting rules or your organization's tax return? All you need to do is email your query to financeconsults@501commons.org.
 
HR Quick Consult: Need guidance on a policy, tool, or form; strategies for dealing with performance issues; or a review of a job description? Just email hrconsults@501commons.org.
 
For both services, you can expect a prompt response within 1-3 business days.

Training and Technical Assistance

 
Upcoming Events Provided by The Nonprofit Association of Oregon:
 
January 24 January 24 January 25 January 26 January 30 - March 20 Get more information and register for NAO trainings.

Researching Grant Opportunities at the Library

 
D/T: Thursday, February 23, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
Fee:  No fee for this FVRL program.  Please register here to ensure your spot!
Location:  Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver WA 98660
 
FVRL SESSION:  Researching Grant Opportunities at the Library
Learn to use the Foundation Center database and other resources available to you at the Vancouver Community Library.   You are welcome to bring your own laptop to follow along with the librarians leading this session.

REGISTER
 
A Fort Vancouver Community Library Program in partnership with Nonprofit Network SWWA


STORY TELLING TRAINING – Make Your Voice Heard!

 
MAKING CHANGE THROUGH THE ART OF STORYTELLING
 
Time & Location
Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon - Conference Room
712 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon

We believe that stories have the power to change the world. When we share our personal experiences, we find out that we are not alone, and others learn the same. As we work to change Oregon’s policies to expand access to affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food, we want to highlight the stories that Oregon families are experiencing today.

Have you ever…
  • Skipped a meal so your kids could eat?
  • Worried how you’d find a way to buy groceries before your next paycheck?
  • Had to find creative ways to stretch your family’s food budget?
  • Wished you could do something to change how people have access to food?
At this training, we will share our stories with each other and listen compassionately to each other's experiences. We will gain powerful strategies for sharing your story with media, elected officials, and decision makers. And, we will discuss opportunities for sharing your story that could have the power to impact food policies in Oregon.

Participants will receive lunch, child care during the training, and a $20 gift card. Call regarding any particular needs.
 

Our Mission

Community Action Partnership of Oregon increases resources and opportunities to ensure that all Oregonians thrive.

The Promise of
Community Action

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
February 2, 2017
CAPO Board Meeting

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March 2, 2017
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee

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March 14-17, 2017
NCAF Conference

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March 27-31, 2017
NASCSP Mid-Winter Training Conference and Orientation

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April 12-13, 2017
Board Planning Retreat

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May 4, 2017
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee

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May 2017
Region 8 & 10 Conference

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June 1, 2017
Annual Board Meeting

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June 2017
CAPLAW National Conference

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August 29-Sept. 1, 2017
CAP National Conference
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Deadline: February 24, 2017   
Specifically for workforce development & education and basic needs of individuals and families
 
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Deadline for 2nd Quarter: March 7, 2017     
Specifically targets Lincoln, Tillamook, Linn, Lane, Benton, Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties
 
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Deadline: March 1, 2017
 
Harvest Foundation
Deadline: March 15, 2017
 
US Bank
Open Application Dates:
April 1 – May 31

Workforce Education & Economic Prosperity

Visit our website for a listing of current grant opportunities.

Head Start Area Manager
Close Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
ORCCA

Early Head Start Area Manager
Close Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
ORCCA

Early Childhood Specialist
Close Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Community Action of Washington County

OHDC Executive Director
Open Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Oregon Human Development Corporation

Early Head Start Home Visitor
Close Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
ORCCA

Human Resources Director
Close Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
ORCCA

Visit our website for current job opportunities at Community Action Agencies
CAPLAW

CAPO

Community Action Partnership National Training Center

Fair Housing Council

Learning Communities Resource Center

NASCSP

NCAF Weatherization & Training Program

Oregon Training Institute
(Weatherization and Energy)

Virtual CAP

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