May News. It's Community Action Month!
May News.  It's Community Action Month!
CAAP Update Newsletter
News, Events & Resources

May 2021 Edition

Alan Jennings Retirement

Wishing Alan all the best after 40+ years at Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, including 31 years as the Executive Director.
For the past 40 years, Alan has been happiest when he's fighting mad. Whether it's extracting money from wealthy corporations to sprinkle into the inner cities, running the Lehigh Valley's busiest homeless shelters and food pantries, cracking down on predatory lenders or leading a rally in Washington to raise the minimum wage, Alan did it the only way he knows how: ferociously.  Read the full article on Alan, written on June 13, 2015, written by Matt Assad of the Morning Call, titled "After decades of fighting for the poor, Alan Jennings now in a fight for himself" to get to know Alan's dedicated career advocating for others.
You may also view Alan's official announcement from the CACLV November 2020 Newsletter, which features more articles about Alan, his video statement and his departure. 
Congratulations And Enjoy The Next Chapter, Alan!

Dan Leppo
CAAP's Acting CEO  

Dan Leppo is honored to step into the role of CAAP's Acting CEO. 
Daniel Leppo has worked for the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania for nearly 12 years. He began as the Grants Management Director, then Development Director, and was appointed Deputy Director in 2017. He earned Certified Community Action Professional status in 2017 and is also a Nationally Certified ROMA Master Trainer. Prior to joining CAAP, Dan worked in the planning/development field for local governments over 25 years, primarily for the City of Harrisburg, PA, where he rose to be Director of the Department of Building & Housing Development and was appointed Acting Mayor during 2008 for any period that the elected Mayor was out of town. During his Harrisburg career he worked with the Community Action Commission (now Tri County Community Action) as a partner, and between 2007 and his hiring at CAAP, he was a board member for the agency. He is an Eagle Scout and remains an active participant in Scouting.  Congratulations, Dan!
“I am honored to be selected by the CAAP board to guide the association and be the chief advocate for our member agencies during this time of organization transition and social change,” shares Dan on his appointment.

A Message From David Bradley

David Bradley Sends Susan A Video Farewell Message
Susan Moore, CAAP's CEO for the past 12 years until her retirement last month, received a special video message from David, Co-Founder and CEO of NCAF. David has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low-income programs for more than 30 years.

New CAAP DEI Insights Newsletter 

Last month, CAAP published it's first DEI newsletter, focused on building diversity, equity and inclusion.
The time is now to focus efforts on creating equitable communities for all. It’s not just the right thing to do. It’s the just thing to do.  Read about the DEI survey results, the upcoming online diversity tools and our partnership with the Alliance for a Just Society (AJS) in this first edition.  Look for a new edition every month and reach out to Winslow Mason to start a DEI conversation anytime.

CAPLAW Training Conference & Work Policy Guidelines 

Register for the June 29 - July 1 2021 virtual event.

With expert knowledge in their fields, their results-oriented faculty will help you navigate the challenges that Community Action Agencies (CAAs), other federally-funded organizations, and nonprofits encounter each day during the pandemic, and beyond. This is a national event. Choose from a full line-up of workshops addressing current governance, human resources, financial, sustainability, and program topics. Link to more information in the events section of the CAAP Member Agency Resources web page.
Sample Remote Work Policy Guidelines 
Visit CAPLAW's website for additional resources, including an on-demand set of free weekly webinars addressing key HR and tax issues faced by CAA's during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Reality Reset series is on employer operations in a Pandemic and beyond.  Visit the CAAP Member Agency Resrouces web page for more details.

Contact Congress on Urgent Need to Allow Indirect Cost Rembursement

NCAF, National and CAPLAW have been working with Congress and the DOT - and ask for your help.
As you are aware, the Department of Treasury issued guidance to states prohibiting the reimbursement of indirect costs in the emergency rental assistance funds passed into law late December 2020. We've heard from many of you that this is prohibitive to administering the funds.
Please reach out to your Member of the House of Representatives and your Senators and ask them to contact the Department of Treasury to resolve this issue. Get more information here.

Resources for Community Action Agencies

Community Action Gets Vaccinated Images & Resources

NCAP has created a "Community Action Gets Vaccinated" design kit for Community Action Agencies and State Associations to use in promoting the importance of getting vaccinated.  NCAP has also put together this list of resources from the CDC and FEMA. CAAs and state associations can use these materials in your efforts to support and promote the vaccination movement. Find links to both on the CAAP Member Agency Resources page.
May Is Community Action Month Toolkit And Webinar Recording
The Partnership recently hosted a webinar release of the Community Action Month Toolkit on April 16, 2021.  View a recording of it and download the CAM toolkit that includes a variety of social media and communications templates to use in May, and throughout the year for current issues regarding topics for social justice.  Link to those resources from the CAAP Member Agency Resources website page.

2021 NASCSP Annual Training Conference

Date Change:  Save the date for September 20-24, 2021
Save the dates to join this virtual training event.  More details will be provided in the coming weeks.  Find a link to the NASCSP site via the events section of the Member Agency Resources page on the CAAP Website.

NCAF Conference 2021 & The Community Corps

NCAF is proud to announce the next conference has been scheduled.
  • Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 from 3:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 from 3:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 from 3:00pm-5:00pm ET

    And, back by popular demand, NCAF will be hosting our second official Fly-In Day on Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 2021.  A link to more information can be found via the events sections of the Member Agency Resources page on the CAAP website.
QuickFacts: The COVID-19 Community Corps
If you haven't already, The White House announced last month the COVID-19 Community Corps as part of their “We Can Do This” initiative. The Corps calls on local leaders to aid in vaccine education and participation efforts within their communities. As you’re aware, we’ve been keeping Congress informed on the significant efforts already taking place by our agencies on responding to all aspects of the pandemic. NCAF CEO, David Bradley, encourages you to have your agency sign up to be members of the Community Corps - you can do so through the link on the Member Agency Resources page of the CAAP website.

PA DHS 2021 Racial Equity Report

Published by DHS to help lead the fight for justice, equity and opportunity for all people.
Read the full report online that includes a message from the Secretary and a Black Lives Matter statement, through a link on the Member Agency Resources page of the CAAP website.

Older Adults Home Modification

Grant Update And Information
  • The application date for local and state governments, PHAs, and experienced nonprofits has been extended to May18th.
  • The NOFO has been updated to a third version. (available through Homepage link below)
  • The recording of the webinar and frequently asked questions (FAQs), with responses, are also available.  Learn more on the Member Agency Resources page of the CAAP website. Questions may be sent to Yolanda Brown.

2021 Annual NCAP "Hybrid" Convention

Save the date for September 1-3 with Pre-Convention Training on August 30-31
Save the dates to join NCAP in Boston, MA or virtually for valuable training, legislative information, timely program updates, and unparalleled networking! Learn more.

Sign Up For

CAAP Education Webinars

All staff from our member agencies are welcome to reserve spots today!  Here are the May webinars.
  • 5/6/21 at 2 PM: Coaching Your Team From Good to Great- Management track
  • 5/13/21 at 2 PM: Strategic CAA Board Financial Oversight- Governance track
  • 5/20/21 at 2 PM: Cost Allocation, Part II: Indirect Method-Fiscal track
  • 5/25/21 at 2 PM: Economic Equity and Eviction- DEI track
  • 5/27/21 at 2 PM: Hiring and Retention- HR track

    Click here for year-round webinar information and registration. Questions? Contact Leslie McRobbie, CAAP Education Director.

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