March News & Information
March News & Information
CAAP Update Newsletter
News, Events & Resources

March 2021 Edition

Blueprints Wins A  Top Washington County Award

Awarded $25,000 Charity of Excellence From WCCF
The Washington County Community Foundation recently finalized its Charity of Excellence initiative, naming Blueprints the winner of the top award, which included the unrestricted grant.  The initiative was the cornerstone of the foundation’s celebration of its 25th anniversary.
“Blueprints, a multi-faceted charity that annually serves more than 20,000 people through its 35 programs, has achieved a level of maturity and sophistication that warrants special recognition," says Betsie Trew, WCCF President & CEO.

Blueprints Team

Read the full article about the creative, professional, and comprehensive public relations campaign, which along with four other criteria, set Blueprints apart from the other finalists.  

Pictured:  Brenda Fronzaglio, Early Learning Director; Trenna Passalacqua, VP of Human Resources; Joseph Perotti, VP of Finance; Ellie Hebb, HR Specialist; and Darlene Bigler, CEO

Congratulations, Blueprints!

A Recently Published Report

"High Quality Early Childhood  Education and Homeless Children By PA Poverty Coalition"
U.S. Congressperson Dwight Evans and People's Emergency Center (PEC) convened a panel of 16 experts to offer commentary and recommendations to address the issue of connecting young children experiencing homelessness to high-quality early learning and how systems can collaborate. Link to view the report and the video of the discussion that was attended by more than 1,300 people!  The panel offered more than 50 recommendations.

Pennsylvania's Department Of Health Plan

PA Vaccination Plan Is Revised for Covid-19
Eligibility has recently expanded to approximately 3.5 million Pennsylvanians.  Explore their site to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself, your family, business, neighbors, and community from COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2. The link will help you stay up to date on the changes to the ongoing plan, find testing and vaccination sites in the state.

Community Action Secures $3.9 Million 

Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown: Subsidiary of CACLV

A Workforce Development Plan Focused On Children
Leaders of the CADCA and its allies announced last month that it has received approval of its plan to develop a wide range of outreach, programs and services to give inner-city children a better shot at thriving in a world that is leaving far too many behind. 
The core of the six-year plan, temporarily named “Allentown’s Future,” is commitments of $3.9 million from companies that do business in the Lehigh Valley, supported by 80% tax credits by the PA DCED as part of its Neighborhood Partnership Program.  At $650,000 per year, it is the largest program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Read the full story, partners and development plan Click to learn more about CACLV and CADCA.

Opioid Crisis:  Lucky Number 13

Governor Wolf renewed his opioid disaster declaration for the thirteenth time yesterday (yes, you read that right). The original declaration was signed in January 2018, and allows the state to circumvent regulations that could have prevented expeditious treatments and initiatives that address opioid addiction.
In a press release about the renewal, Governor Wolf explained, "The opioid and heroin epidemic is an ongoing public health crisis, one that requires immense coordination of staff and resources to save lives and promote healing. "

A Few Other Noteworthy Items

"We're In This Together" Guest Speaker, March 8th 
Kathy Possinger and Donna Enrico will present on CDBG-CV with emphasis on mortgage assistance to the Community Action Agencies.  All agencies are welcome to join this zoom.

Submit Your 2020 ACSI Survey 
If you haven't already completed your survey, look for the annual ACSI survey in your email box – don’t forget to complete it!
HHS Poverty Guidelines Took Effect 1/13/21
On behalf of the U.S. Department (HHS), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has prepared new poverty guidelines.
Thank you CAP for a terrific February Conference!
We really enjoyed the educational and community experience at the virtual 2021 Management & Leadership Training Conference. If your agency missed it, definitely sign up for their newsletter so you can attend next year!

Don't Forget-

CAAP Education Tracks Have Begun

Reserve Your Spots Today!

3/4/21 at 2 PM: Mission & Vision Development-Management
3/11/21 at 2 PM: Managing Change Through Crisis- Governance
3/18/21 at 2 PM: Uniform Guidance Updates-Fiscal
3/23/21 at 2 PM: Common Wage & Hour Questions- HR
3/26/21 at 2 PM: Talking About Racism, Part II- Div./Equity/Inclus.

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

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