Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
October 2018 issue



Two Indiana Community Action network associates earn prestigious CCAP certification

Fall registration now open for training classes!


Indiana Legal Services issues warning to mobile home owners who owe more than $25 in property taxes

Pace's annual Stakeholders' Event honors partnerships

NWICA connects seniors to healthy food options with farmers' market program

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Pictured above: Charles McCann, CCAP Emeritus, poses with Indiana Community Action network's two most recent Certified Community Action Professionals — Shannon Davis (on left) of Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs and Alyssa Prince of Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation.

Two Indiana Community Action network associates earn prestigious CCAP certification

This year, two individuals from the Indiana Community Action network completed the steps to become a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) — Shannon Davis from Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs and Alyssa Prince from Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation. These associates bring a new wealth of knowledge to their agencies and those they serve. In our quest to end poverty, understanding where we come from can be a beam of light directing us to where we are going.

“I thought I knew and understood what Community Action was, but I realized how much I didn't know once I began my CCAP journey,” Davis said. “Becoming a CCAP taught me the history and innovation of the certification program. I also learned how my role in human resources can support my agency and its staff in the fight to eliminate poverty. Being a CCAP reminds me to strive for excellence and to think outside the box.”

Earning the CCAP certification is no small task. After months of classes, applications and studying, each candidate takes a four-hour exam on the history and values of Community Action. If they’ve successfully filed their candidate data form, developed their executive skills portfolio and passed the exam, they are awarded their CCAP designation at the Community Action Partnership Annual Conference.

“Becoming a CCAP was a wonderful learning experience,” Prince said. “I am excited about using what I have learned to help fight poverty for years to come. I would highly recommend this certification to any leadership staff working in a Community Action Agency.”

Do you want to be a CCAP?

There will be eight classes over the next several months to help you prepare for the candidate data form, executive skills portfolio and exam. Though not mandatory, they are highly recommended. Please join us for the next two classes on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at IN-CAA headquarters (1845 W. 18th St., Indianapolis) to learn about the CCAP certification from one of its original founders, Charles McCann.

* More dates will be announced as they are scheduled. Register here to stay informed on all future communications.


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Fall registration now open for training classes!

Grab your pumpkin spice latte and head to class!

Registration is still open for 2018-2019 Community Action trainings! Keep checking back as more training dates and classes are added!

In-person training classes:

  • Motivational Interviewing – This is a great class for anyone who works with clients! Register for the spring class in Jasper, Ind.
  • Major Gifts – Learn the art of attracting donors.
  • Civics Training on State Government’s Legislative Process – Become a state lawmaker for the day in this interactive session. Please bring stories about your work and how you think policy can fix the issue.
  • Team Building – Bring a group of three to five people from your agency to participate in this team building class, now available in Tell City, Madison and Fort Wayne.

Virtual training classes:

View the full list of trainings. Bookmark the page so you can check back to see what’s been added.

Need help registering or have a question?

Contact Amy Carter at or (317) 638-4232.


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Indiana Legal Services issues warning to mobile home owners who owe more than $25 in property taxes

Due to a recent property law change, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., has issued a warning that mobile home owners — whether they own or rent — could be at risk for losing their homes if they are behind on property tax payments.

Under the new law, the county can sell a mobile home at auction if there is $25 or more in unpaid property taxes. While taxpayers should be notified if there’s a demand for payment and a notice of sale on their home, they may not receive a notice if:

  • The mobile home title is not in their name.
  • They don’t have a recorded contract that they’re buying it.
  • The county does not have their address.

How do I avoid losing my home?

  1. Call your county treasurer and make sure the property taxes are current. If not, let them know you have a legal interest in the property (renting or buying).
  2. Pay the taxes, as well as any penalties and collection expenses. You may be allowed to pay in installments.
  3. If you have a defense to the tax, you must file in court before the date listed in your notice.

[If you’re renting, make sure the owner, seller or landlord has paid. If you pay the taxes, the mobile home owner may have to reimburse you.]

To see if you qualify for free legal help, contact Indiana Legal Services at (844) 243-8570 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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Pace’s annual Stakeholders’ Event honors partnerships

Pace Community Action Agency hosted its annual Stakeholders’ Event on Sept. 20 at Highland Woods Community Center in Vincennes, Ind. The event included a humorous keynote presentation by motivational speaker Tim Gard, the presentation of the Self-Reliance Award and the honoring of several community partners.

This year’s Self-Reliance Award was presented to Taylor Miller (pictured on right), a nursing graduate now working for a local nursing home. She has utilized several of Pace’s services including Early Head Start, the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), Health Connection and Energy Assistance. Taylor is a true example of how Community Action helps to empower individuals and move them out of poverty.

Others recognized for their partnership included:

  • The Skinner family – They have donated thousands of dollars for more than a decade to ensure local children feel special on their birthday.
  • Chris Stitzle, superintendent with Southwest Schools – He has allowed Head Start to have a classroom in his school system for several years.
  • Mayor Joe Wellman from the City of Washington – He has provided Pace with countless hours of volunteers who have made improvements to the Pace facility. With his leadership, the City of Washington was awarded a $500,000 grant for Pace to add classrooms on its property.
  • The Turpin family – When Mr. Turpin heard Pace was looking for additional classroom space in Greene County, he offered to build a building that would include office space for Pace's Energy Assistance program and a Head Start classroom. The family members volunteered their time with artwork and exhibits, Boys & Beyond set-up and golf scramble support.
  • Old National Bank – This business continuously supports Pace’s efforts in the community by volunteering both time and finances to several Pace programs.

Pace leaders would like to thank their amazing community partners.


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NWICA connects seniors to healthy food options with farmers’ market program

According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report, about a third of Hoosiers are often at risk of going hungry. Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA) works diligently to fill in the service gaps for more vulnerable populations like low-income families, children and senior citizens.

One program that’s helping to pave the way is NWICA’s Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), which helps connect eligible Northwest Indiana community senior members to fresh, healthy food options. The program typically runs from June through October, providing $20 checks to eligible seniors to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

During the 2018 SFMNP season, we distributed more than 6,300 checks to more than 1,590 eligible seniors at 25 different locations throughout Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke Counties. This program opens opportunities for seniors to shop locally and connect with vendors they may not otherwise have had an opportunity to visit.

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