Customer Confidence Toolkit

The Customer Confidence Toolkit was created for OACAA members to empower customers to seek help, share their stories, and for the community to build a positive association with Community Action. The OACAA board’s Public Relations Committee had a crucial role in developing the goals, objectives, and messaging for this toolkit, which was intended to be long-lasting and easily customizable. In addition to the …

Annual Report Social Media Toolkit, 2020

Since 1965, the Ohio Community Action Network has worked to support Ohioans through challenging times and move towards self-sufficiency. The unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 impacted every county statewide and left more Ohioans than ever before in need of assistance. Yet, local agencies responded as they were built to do and effectively helped thousands of …

State of Poverty Report Toolkit, 2021

The 2021 State of Poverty Report is here! This annually-updated report provides the Community Action network, local partners, and elected officials with a data-driven, comprehensive assessment of what households are struggling with across Ohio. This year’s report highlights the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, housing, employment, broadband access, and the expansion of Ohio’s Medicaid program. New this year is Ohio’s Well-Being Dashboard—a …

OACAA welcomes new staff member

OACAA would like to extend a warm welcome to Emily Nolan as a new member of Ohio’s Community Action Network! Emily joined the OACAA staff as the Communications and Development Specialist in May 2021. In this role, Emily will work closely with OACAA Communications Director Kathryn Clausen and Development Director Josh Summer to generate content and assist in grant writing …

Celebrating Community Action Month

Community Action Month is a time for our network to reflect on our successes and the triumphs of the people we serve. Throughout the past year, the pandemic created new hurdles we did not forsee. However, because of Community Action’s experience and capacity, the network quickly responded to the community’s needs, created new ways to operate safely and effectively, and …

COVID-19 Vaccine: It’s our turn

Covid-19 has impacted our activities, our communities, and nearly every aspect of our lives for just over one year. But today, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with a safe and effective tool now available: the vaccine. Because of the COVID-19 vaccines, I believe we will begin to gather together again very soon, …

You Respond, We Respond

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ mission is to support our members and keep Community Action in Ohio strong. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued that mission and developed new ways to support our 47 Community Action members across the state. As a training and technical assistance provider to agencies delivering essential services in all of Ohio’s 88 …

Community Action Responds: COVID-19

Community Action Agencies across Ohio are continuing to work hard to maintain current services and bring new resources to communities in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Though some agencies have closed offices to the public to maintain physical distancing requirements ordered by the Ohio Department of Health, Community Action continues to provide the essential services our communities need. We …

OACAA Operations Statement, COVID-19

Dear OACAA Members and Community Partners: As you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted Ohioans this year—especially over the past week. First and foremost, I want to be sure that you are all staying safe and taking the recommended precautions wherever possible. In my nearly 30 years in the Community Action Network, I have seen some amazing …

Community Action Agencies and a global pandemic

Issues related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly changing. Every day, new information is released, meetings and events are canceled, and many have had to change ways in which they operate to comply with school closings and much more. Though many uncertainties remain, this is what the Community Action network was built for—no, I don’t mean a …