Community Action 2015:  A New Year for Action

2015 Management and Leadership Training Conference
January 6-8, 2015
Marriott Laguna Cliffs
Dana Point, CA 
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2015 Annual Convention
August 25-28, 2015
San Francisco Marriott Marquis

San Francisco, CA

Community Action: 50 Years of Moving Forward
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Partnership CEO Search

The Partnership is pleased to open its search for its new Chief Executive Officer. This national leadership position can best support Community Action through the application of a range of skills and experience. The job announcement and description can be found here. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
Thanks to all who took part in our survey.

Community Action Partnership is seeking to hire a full-time Controller

Strategic Plan
The Community Action Partnership Board of Directors has been working over the past year on a strategic plan to set the future direction of the Partnership.  While it is still on draft form, we shared it at the Membership meeting held at the Annual Convention in August and are pleased to share it with the Network here.

Coverage to Care: Using Benefits, Improving Health 
The Partnership is continuing its efforts to support access to health care.  Please click here to go to access more information.

Deadline for Submissions to The Promise Fall 2014 issue is Friday, October 17
For 50 years, Community Action Agencies have been helping people and changing lives in unique and innovative ways and we highlight this in our magazine, The Promise.
What great things are going on at your CAA? Let us know by sending us submissions for the Fall issue.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 17, 2014. Email submissions to
General topics:

  • News on new staff appointments and board elections, awards/acknowledgements, best practices, success stories, positive news coverage.

Specific topics:

  • Tell us about how your CAA is involved in one or more of the programs/initiatives below (and include 1-2 related photos and photo IDs):
  • Commemorations for the 50th anniversary of Community Action and National Community Action Month (May)-provide a brief overview of how your CAA commemorated these special events—by receiving  “50th anniversary”  and/or “Community Action Month” proclamations, honoring success stories, hosting events, or generating positive media coverage. Please send 1-2 related photos and PDFs of any proclamations.
  • Head Start programs – In honor of the 50th anniversary of Head Start next year, tell us about your CAA’s Head Start programs- what new initiatives have you introduced to meet the challenges facing children and families in your local communities and have your programs received awards or recognition for outstanding accomplishments and outcomes

    For more information, click here.



 Honor 50 Years of Community Action!
Click here to download our toolkit with the special 50th anniversary of Community Action logo, sample news release and proclamation and more.


Proposed Organizational Standards and Implementation Framework
Delivered to OCS on July 10, 2013



orgstandards-coverThe Partnership is pleased to announce that the Proposed Organizational Standards and Implementation Framework was delivered to the Office of Community Services on July 10, 2013.  Thank you to the Community Action Network for your time and efforts that fed into this process. 
As we state in the final document, “The process of creating the Standards has been a national undertaking of the Community Action Network, on a scale not seen since the Monitoring and Assessment Task Force in the mid-1990s. Thanks to improved internet and video technology, the Standards project has reached more members of the Network and allowed them to participate more fully than in past national efforts. The Network’s investment of time and energy has been enormous, when seen in light of the still record levels of consumer and community needs, as well as funding cuts.” 
The work of the CSBG Working Group has been tremendous and we thank them for the numerous hours and tireless dedication to this work.   

Click here to download a copy of the document that was submitted to OCS

Click here to view a recording of the 7/11/13 Fourth National Update

Click here to download the PowerPoint for the 7/11/13 National Update Webinar



We are now able to accept new memberships and renewals online.
Please click here.


Peter Kilde, Chair
Partnership Strategic Initiatives Task Force



The Yergin, Take 2 or Ah Ha: That Explains it | October 10, 2014 


An interesting aspect of being a blogger commenting on events in more or less real time, is that sometimes unfolding events derail your planned writing.  This is one of those times, prompted by this headline from Reuters on October 1st:


  U.S. grants first medal on energy to oil historian Yergin

Oct 1 (Reuters) - As the U.S. drilling boom helps drive global crude prices to two-year lows, the Obama administration has awarded the country's first medal for energy security to oil historian and business founder Daniel Yergin.

Yergin, 67, received the Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a ceremony on Wednesday.

The annual award is named after James Schlesinger, who in 1977 became the first U.S. energy secretary. Yergin advised Schlesinger as the country went through an oil price shock resulting from the Iranian revolution. Since then he has given advice to every administration, including President Barack Obama's.


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The Promise of Community Action

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