Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
September 2016 issue

 

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Hoosier Uplands Brings Park to Mitchell Community

Area IV Agency Partners with Men's Wearhouse to Hold Suit Drive

NEWS

Glenda Ritz Attends Head Start Directors' Meeting

Eight Indiana CCAPs Recognized at National Community Action Partnership Convention

NCCAA Holds Community-Wide Picnic in Recognition of 50th Anniversary

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Hoosier Uplands Brings Park to Mitchell Community

The Hoosier Uplands Community Development and Improvement Program recently funded and constructed a family park on the east side of Mitchell, Ind. The Mitchell Unity Park opened on July 16 with an open house and picnic attended by 300 community members.

Hoosier Uplands acquired the property a couple of years ago, when it was a large, run-down trailer park. After the purchase, program members demolished the trailer park, and the land sat as a beautiful green space until the creation of this public park where families can now enjoy time together.

The property houses a community garden, basketball courts, a shelter house, a playground and a soccer field. The playground and the park are entirely handicap accessible.

In addition to this park, Hoosier Uplands also has plans to:
• Provide the Town of Orleans a $30,000 grant for a sidewalk project.
• Provide $30,000 to Spring Mill State Park for the restoration of the 1870 Red Cross Cabin into an event rental space for weddings, company outings and family events.

All of the Community Development and Improvement Program projects are funded completely by Hoosier Uplands.

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Area IV Agency Partners with Men's Wearhouse to Hold Suit Drive

The National Suit Drive, sponsored by Men’s Wearhouse®, started in 2007. In 2009, Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs became a partner.

Each summer, during the month of July, individuals donate gently used, professional clothing to their local Men’s Wearhouse stores and receive coupons for 50 percent off the price of new suits. Area IV associates gather the suits that were donated to the local store and hold a community event in August, where they offer the professional clothing for free to men who need them.

Clients often use the suits for school, job interviews and graduation ceremonies. Some have never owned a suit and would like to have one for an upcoming special event.

While clients are trying on suits, Area IV associates engage in conversation to make the clients feel more comfortable and learn about their lives and struggles. In doing so, associates are often able to provide referrals to other services offered at Area IV. This is just another way Area IV helps clients overcome barriers and reach self-sufficiency.

Our Partners
Area IV ’s suit drive is held in conjunction with Work Force Development and its Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) program. This job-readiness program helps young adults (18 to 24 years old) connect with career opportunities that match their skill sets. Students work their way through this training program, preparing them to move into the workforce, while eliminating barriers that might prevent finding a stable job. Young men in the RAMPS program come to Area IV and receive a suit for their job interviews at the end of the RAMPS program.

A NEW SUIT FOR THE GRADUATE
During this summer’s event, a gentleman named Evidence Matangi from Zimbabwe, Africa (pictured on left), came to the Area IV office seeking a suit for his upcoming graduation from Purdue University. A graduate student for the past few years in the Department of Statistics, Evidence is a part of Purdue Chi Alpha. He is married and has three children, a family he is supporting while earning his degree. He is involved in the First Assembly of God Church, where he met his wife, Nohemi. She works with domestic violence victims at the YWCA, and it was from her Facebook page that he learned of the suit-giveaway event. At the Suit Drive event, he was able to find a suit and all of the accessories – a shirt, tie and shoes. He is now prepared to graduate in December 2016 with a master’s degree. Evidence was grateful for this opportunity since he would not have been able to afford these items for his special occasion.

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Glenda Ritz Attends Head Start Directors' Meeting

Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana (pictured at right), visited the Head Start directors’ meeting held at IN-CAA headquarters on Aug. 16, 2016.  

Many Head Start directors and CAP executive directors attended the meeting, where Ritz stressed the importance of quality, early childhood education. She also took time to share her vision and the plans for pre-kindergarten services in Indiana.

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Eight Indiana CCAPs Recognized at National Community Action Partnership Convention

On September 1, 1,300 participants gathered in Austin, Texas, at the National Community Action Partnership Annual Convention to celebrate the certification of community action employees as Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP). 



At the conference, the following eight Indiana CCAPs were recognized (from left to right in photo above)
• Theresa Bradley, Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs
• Melanie Harrell, Ohio Valley Opportunities
• Kathleen Margis, Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation
• Gina Gomez, Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation
• Latonia Newhouse, Real Services
• Muff Rennick, Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana
• Andy Glentzer, Community and Family Services (not pictured)
• Mary Goedde, Community Action Program of Evansville (not pictured)

This was the culmination of months of reading, training and testing. Certification is designed for current and emerging managers or leaders in the community action profession. To achieve certification, participants must be employed by one of the following organizations:
• A community action agency (CAA)
• A delegate agency
• A sub-grantee of a CAA
• A CSBG-eligible entity
• A state or regional association office
• A state community services program office

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NCCAA Holds Community-Wide Picnic in Recognition of 50th Anniversary

Written By: Jessica O'Brien
Staff Writer, The News Dispatch, Michigan City, Ind.

In 1966, the North Central Community Action Agency (NCCAA) formed — evolving from the Michigan City Fair Housing Committee, which was established to address housing discrimination in the city.

Now, 50 years later, the NCCAA provides energy assistance, weatherization, a senior congregate feeding program, before- and after-school youth programs, rental assistance and more to La Porte, Starke, Pulaski, Newton, Porter and Jasper counties.

And on Saturday, a community-wide picnic and festival was held to celebrate these many decades of serving this population.

View the rest of the published article in The News Dispatch.

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