Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter

MARCH 2021

SCCAP partners with Anthem Foundation to help low-income families access sustainable employment

A program that promotes supportive friendships across class lines, with the ultimate goal of helping people overcome poverty, has received a $43,000 boost from Anthem Foundation.

South Central Community Action Program's (SCCAP’s) Thriving Connections program uses the power of relationships to bring people together for change by matching families living without enough resources with volunteer allies in the community.

“Members of this diverse community work together to address barriers to getting out of poverty, and to advocate for systemic change,” says Linda Patton, SCCAP’s Thriving Connections coordinator.

“With support from the Anthem Foundation, Thriving Connections will provide participating families with the holistic supports needed to seek and sustain employment, overcome common barriers to employment — such as childcare and transportation — and, ultimately, achieve greater emotional and financial stability.”

The funding will increase staff capacity and expand sustainable employment initiatives needed for low-income individuals and families participating in the program.

SCCAP and Anthem are focused on working together to further their joint commitment to improving lives and communities and Monroe and surrounding counties.


Governor Holcomb appoints RCAP's Debbie Hackman to statewide board

Debbie Hackman, Solid Waste Specialist with the Indiana Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), a program of the Indiana Community Action Association, was appointed to the Recycling Market Development Board by Governor Holcomb late last year, and will serve a four-year term. She is one of nine members of the board, which is composed of professionals in the recycling industry.

The Indiana Recycling Market Development Board Is administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. It encourages the development and implementation of waste-reduction, reuse and recycling programs in Indiana. It also funds and promotes these programs.

Projects funded through the program increase community and corporate use and collection of recyclable materials. They reduce the amount of solid waste our municipalities ship to other locations. And they improve partnerships with communities, helping them see economic impacts and increased awareness of recycling opportunities.

The program is funded by half of the 50-cents-per-ton fee charged for final disposal or incineration of solid waste.

Congratulations to Debbie Hackman for this honor!



Above: A preview of the goodies included in the adults' and children's swag bags distributed this month.

Pace holds successful swag bag event

After a successful inaugural event last fall in Sullivan, Pace Community Action Agency held another swag bag event on March 9, this time in Vincennes.

The drive-through-style event is a socially distanced opportunity to bring community members to the Pace facility and introduce them to the services they can receive there. The ultimate goal is to help people identify services that promote better health for children and adults of all ages.

Laura Grove, health insurance navigator coordinator at Pace, said the event “gives us a great opportunity to get information out and let people know we are still working hard to serve the community in so many ways.”

Swag bags provided information about health insurance, reproductive health services, nutrition, Head Start, energy assistance and other services available at Pace, as well as additional information from and about relevant community organizations.

The event is also a chance to treat adults and children to some fun swag.

In addition to information, the 120 bags distributed for adults included free lightbulbs, stress balls, notepads, cups and other goodies. The 30 children’s bags included books, crayons, balls, toothbrushes and more.

Pace thanks all of its donors for participation in the event: 4C’s of Southern Indiana, CareSource, CASA, First Steps of Southern Indiana, Generations, Ireland Home Based Services, Knox County Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Coalition, MDwise, MHS, Southern Indiana Bridges of Indiana, and William Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy.



IHCDA Magazine features CAPE President and CEO Alice Weathers in cover story

For nearly four decades, Alice Weathers has led Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE). The article in the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority's quarterly magazine highlights CAPE’s six-fold growth since her start and includes comments on the staff and their work developing affordable housing and serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the article in the winter issue here.

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