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It’s Coming! Spring Fever, We All Get It!

It’s been a long, rough winter for Oregon, but spring is around the corner!
All of Oregon has been inundated with snow, ice, hail and rain all winter. But bulbs are pushing up from the ground and promise us that spring is coming and not just because the calendar tells us it officially arrives next week.  Once again, many thanks to all the folks who braved this winter weather and still went about delivering services!
Submitted by:
Community Action Partnership of Oregon

Community Action Directors at 2017 National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) Conference

CAPO directors made a strong showing at the NCAF conference held in Washington, D.C. during the week of March 12, 2017.  David Bradley, Executive Director of NCAF, put on a powerful program and I’m happy we were all there to participate.

Renee Bruce, Executive Director of our Washington County agency attended, along with Program Director Katherine Galian and Board Chair, Richard M. Odell. Jeff Sargent, Executive Director of Yamhill Community Action (YCAP); Donna Bowman, Executive Director of Klamath Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS);Steve Manela, Director of Lane County Community Action programs; and Kelly Wessels, Chief Operating Officer, United Community Action Network (UCAN) of Douglas and Josephine counties attended and were able to actively participate in an exceptional program.
Jeff Sargent, Executive Director of Yamhill Community Action (YCAP) and Donna Bowman, Executive Director of Klamath Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS) in front of the Supreme Court

Jeff Sargent, Executive Director of Yamhill Community Action (YCAP) and Donna Bowman, Executive Director of Klamath Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS) in front of the Supreme Court

We had productive meetings with Senator Wyden’s staff, Senator Merkley and his Chief of Staff, Matthew Traylor and Representative Suzanne Bonamici.  During our visit with Representative Bonamici, Susannah Morgan, Executive Director of the Oregon Food Bank, joined us.
Left to right: Renee Bruce, Susannah Morgan, OFB ED, Rep. Bonamici, Jeff Sargent (tall guy in the back), Richard O’Dell, Janet Merrell, Katherine Galian

Left to right: Renee Bruce, Susannah Morgan, OFB ED, Rep. Bonamici, Jeff Sargent (tall guy in the back), Richard O’Dell, Janet Merrell, Katherine Galian

We asked questions about the president’s proposed budget and the healthcare replacement legislation developed by some members of Congress.  We were encouraged to remain optimistic.  We were encouraged to communicate members of Congress to express concerns and recommendations.

Reauthorization of CSBG, along with funding for LiHEAP and Weatherization were included in our discussions about the budget.

 Representative John Lewis

Representative John Lewis

Special guest speakers at the conference included Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative John Lewis.  Senator Sanders reminded us of our responsibility to communicate with members of Congress about important issues (budget and healthcare) and to VOTE.  Representative Lewis emphasized that the president’s current budget proposal is not right, fair or just.  He encouraged us to “Speak up, speak out, get in trouble and enjoy the struggle!”

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders

On the last day, attendees heard from J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”  Mr. Vance has been a guest on NPR and most of the late-night talk shows discussing his experience growing up in rural Kentucky and Ohio.  His book provides those of us who do not have that experience a better understanding of why families in rural communities feel discounted and ignored.

There was much more and it was all good. 

Submitted By:  
Janet Merrell
Executive Director, CAPO

Congratulations to UCAN! 

Meyer Memorial Trust supporting low income folks!

Efforts by UCAN to remove barriers for those living in poverty just got a great boost from the Meyer Memorial Trust.  UCAN has received a considerable grant award ~ $50,000 per year for the next two years ~ to increase the capacity of rural Josephine County to utilize manufactured homes as affordable housing stock.  
“Meyer recognizes that a lot of manufactured homes in rural communities can fall into disrepair, and rehabbing these homes can keep people from homelessness,” said Kelly Wessels, Chief Operations Officer at United Community Action Network, representing Douglas and Josephine Counties in the Community Action network. 

“This grant allows us to focus weatherization efforts on manufactured homes occupied by people with additional barriers such as seniors on limited income, folks with disabilities, and households with very low income.“
“There are too many families living in environments that are sub-standard or barely habitable which are prevalent and contribute to growning health concerns across all ages.  The safety and security provided by improving the living conditions for these individuals contributes to community wellness and provides greater opportunity to remain living independently. We are grateful to Meyer Memorial Trust for their insight and support for this critical project,” expressed Ms. Wessels.
Submitted by:
United Community Action Network

Ten Nonprofit Resource “Roundups” Offered Across the State of Oregon 

In partnership with funders from across the state, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is kicking off ten Nonprofit Resource Roundups for 2017 in primarily rural communities across the state. These sessions will offer staff, board members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations the opportunity to: build connections with other nonprofit organizations in the region and grow their networks, learn about foundation resources and grant opportunities and meet funder representatives, connect with NAO resources to support their nonprofits’ success and explore and discuss current policy and proposals that impact Oregon nonprofit organizations.

2017 Schedule

Each Resource Roundup is available at no-cost to participants. Registration is required.

The program runs for 2.5 hours, plus approximately 30 minutes at the beginning and end for networking and Q&A. Light food and refreshments provided.

10 sessions statewide – choose a date and location that works best for you!
March 20
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Roseburg: Douglas County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

March 22
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Coos Bay: Coos County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

March 23
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Newport: Lincoln County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

April 19
1:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Madras: Jefferson County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

April 20
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Fossil: Wheeler County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

May 04
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Silverton: Marion County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

May 05
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
McMinnville: Yamhill County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

May 16
1:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.
La Grande: Union County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

May 17
8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Hermiston: Umatilla County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

June 07
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Klamath Falls: Klamath County Nonprofit Resource Roundup

If you have any questions about an event contact training@nonprofitoregon or by calling 503-239-4001 ext.123.

Young, Homeless and Vulnerable In Lane County – How One Agency Is Addressing It

“The number of young people who are on their own and homeless in Lane County, but don’t show up in official statistics, is anybody’s guess — though Eugene-based Looking Glass Community Services, which offers a broad array of services to this group, says it sees a couple of thousand kids per year.”
Read full article here
Submitted by:
Community Action Partnership of Oregon

The Passing of an Anti-Poverty Warrior

Letter to the Editor of the Portland Tribune:
“It should be noted that former Rep. Bruce Hugo of Scappoose was an effective anti-poverty warrior.
In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan eliminated the federal war on poverty, cutting the funding of anti-poverty Community Actions Programs in half and transferring the remaining funds to a state block grant with no mandate to spend the funding on anti-poverty programs.

Community Action Team and other Community Action Organizations across the state faced bankruptcy and elimination. With Hugo's help, Oregon's Community Action agencies were able to pass a bill requiring Oregon to pass the remaining block grant funds through to Oregon's Community Action agencies, including Community Action Team.

Without Bruce Hugo's legislative leadership, this bill would not have passed and Community Action Team may not exist today. Since the 1980s, Community Action Team has helped thousands of families rise above poverty and prosper.

Bruce Hugo lives on in the lives of these people and future generations. Thanks Bruce!

Submitted by:
Rocky Johnson
Former Executive Director,
St. Helens Community Action Team

Some Oregon School Districts With Least Child Poverty Might Surprise You

We often work based upon our assumptions which in turn are often informed by historical data, extrapolation, and personal experience.  It is beneficial from time to time to examine the assumptions we are working with.  Take for instance the subject of school children living in poverty.  Read this article for examples of where our assumptions fall down on the job.

KATU Article Gets The Word Out About Dollars Available For Low-Income Families

Oregon ranks near the bottom in use of anti-poverty tax credit, the EITC.

“It’s tax season and records show Oregonians missing out on millions every year in a federal tax credit that is intended to help low-income families. Many low to median income families qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.”
But many have not utilized these funds. Read full article here.
Submitted by:
Community Action Partnership of Oregon

Multnomah County Weatherization Program Shares Their New Video For Residents

Low-income families disproportionately live in older homes with older furnaces, appliances and little insulation.  The Multnomah County Weatherization Program targets these homes to reduce energy bills and make them more comfortable and safe.

Just like other Community Action Agencies around the state, Multnomah County conducts a comprehensive energy audit to determine which measures are appropriate; and then has a contractor provide these services for the residents.  This can be a complicated and confusing process for many of our residents.  To address this, we have made a short, informative and entertaining video that is now on official Multnomah county website  
Starring one of our highly skilled and experienced Auditor-Inspectors, Jaycob Padron, it makes the weatherization process a little more "warm and cozy." More importantly, when potential applicants visit our website, it puts a real human context to the services we provide.  
Our video is being shared at the 2017 HPC National Home Performance Conference.  This will be a great opportunity for Home Performance professionals from all over the country to see a program from Oregon.   
See video here.
Submitted by:
Multnomah County Weatherization & Energy Services Youth & Family Services Division

CAPO to Host 3 Free Trainings for Community Action Agency Staff


These trainings are provided free* to CAA staff, you pay only for travel and lodging. 

Assertive Engagement and Coaching for Family Success

May 10-11, 2017
Red Lion Inn, Salem
This interactive training will further your skills to more effectively use active listening techniques, employ motivational interviewing, identify opportunities to address judgment, to cultivate hope, and to maintain empathy.  These are not just niceties, they are the tools best adapted to get results you need and to ensure the success of your families!
Many of you are already experts in this field, but expertise in this day and age is short-lived without continued education in the newest approaches based on evidence based practices.  Assertive Engagement is a social services approach that draws directly from multiple fields of practice including Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Community Treatment, Strength-Based Practice, and Trauma Informed Care.
Tash Shatz and Seth Lyon will focus on approaches to working with people that honor them as the experts in their own lives. You will be given concrete tools to build engagement using practices from the Assertive Engagement Initiative at Multnomah County and the Family Engagement and Coaching program with DHS Self-Sufficiency.
The training is limited to 35 and is open only to Oregon Community Action Agency staff at this time.
Are you ready to start your new project? Hold on! Have you done a needs assessment? If not, you should, if for no other reason than to get more community support for your programs and projects. If people have stated a need for a particular course of action, they are more likely to support it as well as to actually get involved.  This is frequently called community buy-in and you want it, so do your funders, and your clients. It can be easy and inexpensive to do.  Come learn.

Community Needs Assessment Training

June 14, 2017

A 6 hour interactive training to develop a useful community assessment process and document to guide your work, with an emphasis on:
  • engaging partners
  • developing meaningful metrics
  • developing practical approaches given limited resources and time
Kathi Jaworski, an economist/community organizer/planner by training, will facilitate the event. Principal of Write to Know Nonprofit Consulting, she helps nonprofits throughout Oregon to assess critical trends, make clear strategic decisions, form beneficial partnerships, organize for action, and document progress.
Get in compliance, stay in compliance.  We would like to help. 

Financial Training

June 22, 2017
A full day of financial training covering multiple topics including:
  • Fraud – How to detect and prevent fraud in a non-profit
  • OMB Overview  – High level review of the most significant requirements of OMB guidance
  • Financial Statements Case Study – In-depth analysis of a financial audit
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities – What does it mean and what does it require
Initial registrations will be limited to 2 staff members per Community Action Agency, but we will start a waiting list which will be used to fill any open spots after the first registration deadline has ended.
Kevin Myren, CPA, CFO and Vice President of Administration at CommonBond Communities in St. Paul, Minnesota has done multiple trainings for CAPO and they are very popular.
Registration and further information on all of the above trainings will be sent out soon to the Community Action Agencies’ training distribution list.  If you are not already on this list and would like to receive announcements on all trainings hosted by CAPO, please contact Peggy Gleason:

 *Funds are graciously provided by Oregon Housing & Community Services/CSBG and OCS as part of the National T&TA Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices and Risk Mitigation for the CSBG program.

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


April 12-13, 2017
CAPO Board Planning Meeting


May 4, 2017
CAPO Legislative Committee
CAPO Executive Committee


May 2017
Region 8 & 10 Conference


June 1, 2017
Annual CAPO Board Meeting


June 2017
CAPLAW National Conference


August 29-Sept. 1, 2017
CAP National Conference
Opus Bank Foundation
Targeting Low-income persons and communities

Benton Community Foundation
Due Date: April 17, 2017
Supports programs that provide basic needs, goods and services for families
Baxter International Foundation
Due Date: May 1, 2017
Targeting a diverse population of underserved and underprivileged

US Bank
Open Application Dates:
April 1 – May 31

Workforce Education & Economic Prosperity

Visit our website for a listing of current grant opportunities.

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

Weatherization Technician
Open Date: February 13, 2017

Accounting Specialist II
Open Date: March 7, 2017

Bus Monitor
Close Date: March 28, 2017
Community Action of Washington County

Bus Driver
Close Date: March 28, 2017
Community Action of Washington County

Parent Engagement Specialist
Close Date: April 5, 2017
Community Action of Washington County  

Information Technology Coordinator
Close Date: April 5, 2017
Community Action of Washington County

Teacher 3/Advocate
Close Date: April 30, 2017
Community Services Consortium - 97391, Oregon

Teaching Assistant 2
Close Date: April 30, 2017
Community Services Consortium - 97391, Oregon

Teacher 3/Advocate
Close Date: April 30, 2017
Community Services Consortium - 97367, Oregon

Teaching Assistant 2
Close Date: April 30, 2017
Community Services Consortium - 97367, Oregon

Teacher 3/Advocate
Close Date: April 30, 2017
Community Services Consortium - 97365, Oregon

Teaching Assistant 2
Close Date: April 30, 2017
Community Services Consortium - 97365, Oregon

Visit our website for current job opportunities at Community Action Agencies


Community Action Partnership National Training Center

Fair Housing Council

Learning Communities Resource Center


NCAF Weatherization & Training Program

Oregon Training Institute
(Weatherization and Energy)

Virtual CAP

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