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May/June 2016

CAPO Newsletter

 In This Issue: 

  • CAPO Has a New Executive Director
  • 2016 Region 8 &10 Symposium
  • 2016 State of Homelessness in America Report
  • Kaboom Play Challenge
  • Mobile Consulate to Visit Coos Bay
  • 2016 County Health Rankings
  • CinA Has Positive Affect on People's Lives
  • The De Muniz Resource Center Receives Grant
  • Community Spirit Gala
  • CAPECO looking for new Executive Director
  • Empowering With Power Raffle
  • Upcoming Webinars for Oregon CAA's
  • **NEW** Need to Know: Financial Information for Board Members & CEO's
  • Save The Dates
  • FHCO Housing Matters

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016 

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Our Mission
Community Action Partnership of Oregon increases resources and opportunities to ensure that all Oregonians thrive.

The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Janet Merrell Appointed CAPO's New Executive Director

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At the April planning meeting, the CAPO Board of Directors asked Janet Merrell to move from her interim position as Executive Director to become the Executive Director of CAPO. Janet looks forward to addressing the opportunities and challenges facing Oregon’s Community Action Network.

Janet was the Deputy Director of Community Services at NeighborImpact in Central Oregon from 2011-2015. Prior to joining the community action world, Janet served as the Executive Director of the Insights Teen Parent Program, Juvenile Rights Project (now Youth Rights and Justice), and the Youth Services Consortium  - all in Portland/Multnomah County.  She also did a 2-year stint as Executive Director at the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, and 11 years at Morrison Center in Portland. 

Janet lives in SW Portland, has two grown sons and one granddaughter.  Jean Luc the Standard Poodle is her very reliable companion.


Submitted by Claudette Vincent

Administrative Projects Coordinator 

Community Action Partnership of Oregon

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From Easing to Ending Poverty: Provocative Questions
2016 Region 8 & 10 Community Action Network Symposium 

Approximately 200 community action professionals attended the 2016 Region 8 & 10 Symposium, held at the Doubletree Portland by Hilton on April 27-28.  A survey was sent out to everyone who participated via email. The results will be in and analyzed by the end of May.  Based on comments filtering around the symposium venue, it would seem that the format was well received. However, as our speakers stated…we need good data!!

Participants spent two full days together listening to speakers pose provocative questions, and keynote speakers address policy and service delivery issues and challenges.  We do know that we could have used more time in between speakers to consider and discuss.  However, we are hopeful (and have heard from folks who attended) that participants returned to their communities with new ideas about how to support individuals and families with programs that will move them out of poverty.

Very soon, CAPO will have all of the speeches and provocative questions on our website in the YouTube video format.  For those of you who didn’t attend, this will be a great way to listen and learn. 

For those of you who did, the videos can be used to educate board members, community members and staff. 

Articles recommended by the speakers, plus power point, are available on CAPO’s website. 


Submitted by Janet Merrell

Executive Director  

Community Action Partnership of Oregon

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The 2016 State of Homelessness in America Report is Now Available. 

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To download the report click the link below:

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Science and common sense agree: Kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. But across the U.S.— especially in cities—too many children miss out on the chance to play because of where they live, where they come from or how much their families earn. Play is just too important to a healthy childhood for any kid to be left out.

That's why we're collaborating with Kaboom! to help cities create the spaces and opportunities for kids to play as they grow. The Play
Everywhere Challenge is a $1 million, national competition that will award innovative, replicable ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families.

Submit your creative solution to make play a way of life in everyday and unexpected places—sidewalks, vacant lots, bus stops, open streets and beyond.

To learn more and submit your idea, visit:  

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Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs are excited to kick off the 2016 Summer Meals Season! In just a few weeks, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites all across Oregon will pop up and begin serving meals and enrichment activities to kids. 

The summer meals program is a federally funded child nutrition program that allows schools and all types of community organizations to serve meals to kids free of charge. In qualifying areas, it is open to all kids 1-18, with most programs available on a drop-in basis. 

Each spring, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon awards small grants to new or expanding summer meals programs, and is excited to announce the 2016 recipients! 
  • Coquille School District, Coos County
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Multnomah County 
  • Estacada School District, Clackamas County
  • Home Forward, Multnomah County
  • Human Solutions, Multnomah County
  • Lebanon Community School District County
  • Neighbors for Kids County, Lincoln County
  • Phoenix School of Roseburg County, Douglas County
  • Portland Parks and Recreation, Multnomah County
  • REACH Community Development, Multnomah County
  • Reynolds School District, Multnomah County
  • Roseburg School District, Douglas County
  • Salvation Army Moore Street County, Multnomah County
  • Stanfield Public Library County, Umatilla County
  • Winston Area Community Partnership, Douglas County
From hosting sites at skate parks and affordable housing communities, to partnering with libraries and senior centers, each grant program is using innovative strategies to reach more kids and meet the needs of families in their community. 

The program supports the 1 in 4 kids in Oregon at risk of experiencing hunger by offering nutritious meals during the summer months when they don’t have access to school meals. In addition to meals, many programs provide activities and enrichment opportunities, helping to combat the “summer slump” or learning loss that kids experience when they don’t have access to stimulating activities during out of school time. 

Summer meal programs are best when the community is involved. To find programs in your area, visit or contact Marcella Miller at For information about starting a summer meal program, contact Cathy Brock at Oregon Department of Education at  

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Submitted by Simone Crowe

Communications Manager

Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

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Mobile Consulate to Visit Coos Bay

Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, 2016

Oregon Coast Community Action

1855 Thomas Ave.

Coos Bay OR 97420

 Starting Friday, April 29 you will be able to schedule online appointments for passport and/or consular registration.

You will also be able to schedule by phone:

1.877.639.4835 (MEXITEL)

If you are having trouble making an appointment you can call the office at: 503-274-1442 ext.5

Monday thru Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The 2016 County Health Rankings

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An easy-to-use snapshot of the health of nearly every county in the nation. What does your county snapshot look like?

To view the Rankings go to:

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Community in Action Has Positive Affect on People's Lives

Last fall, the CinA weatherization crew went to perform an initial weatherization audit on Brian’s house.  CinA’s  crew was met with quite a few daunting challenges.

The first thing disclosed to the crew was that there was no running water. Brian had not had water for many months and had been hauling water from his neighbors.  CinA could not start weatherization procedures until this was remedied.  Fortunately, CinA was able to initiate resolution of the water issue using another grant source.  CinA assisted Brian in obtaining bids to repair his well.

After repair of the well was complete, it was then discovered that Brian’s house had many water leaks inside.  Bids were requested for the repair of the plumbing, drains and installation of handicap accessible bathroom fixtures.  

Upon completion of the plumbing repairs, CinA’s weatherization crew was able to complete energy efficiency weatherization measures making the house safer and more comfortable than ever. 

Brian is disabled and he and his son live on his social security disability.  Without CinA's weatherization assistance he would have continued living without running water because he did not have the resources to get it fixed.  Brian was so thankful and happy to receive the assistance from these funding sources.  Brian will now be able to live safer and healthier in his home.    

Leveraging multiple sources with each other allowed CinA to help Brian ease the physical burden and strain that he had been living under for years.  

The appreciation and thanks expressed by Brian proved an invaluable reminder of how Community Action can so positively affect a person’s life and future.

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Submitted by Barb Higinbotham

Executive Director 

Community in Action

The De Muniz Resource Center Receives Grant 

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The De Muniz Resource Center, a program of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, received a $3,300 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support transportation access for individuals coming out of incarceration. 


The De Muniz Resource Center is a one-stop center for Marion County residents seeking successful transition from incarceration back to the community. The grant is a collaboration with the NW HUB bicycle reclamation program. De Muniz Resource Center clients often are in need of transportation in order to search for employment, attend health and mental health appointments or meet other obligations. This grant will provide 50 clients with bicycles through NW HUB. Clients will need to commit to some volunteer hours, where they will learn to build and maintain bikes before they earn a fully refurbished bicycle equipped with fenders, lights and lock.  The grant also provides funds for monthly bus passes for Center clients who are engaged in on-going program services and are in need of bus transportation. 


“We are so excited for the partnerships our staff at the De Muniz Center have forged to support client success," said Jon Reeves, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency’s Executive Director. 


“This grant provides more than a bike to those needing transportation, it provides a sense of independence and empowerment. They are able to effectively tackle other needs in their lives, such as looking for and securing employment as well as connecting with helpful community services. Furthermore, the contact with the NW HUB management and staff offers a positive connection to a pro-social environment providing the satisfaction of “giving back to their community," said Craig Bazzi, De Muniz Resource Center’s Transition Services Manager.  


Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is the eighth largest 501(c)(3) in Marion and Polk counties and operates seven departments; Child Care Resource and Referral, Community Resource Program (housing division which includes the De Muniz Resource Center), Energy Assistance, Head Start/Early Head Start, HOME Youth & Resource Center, Nutrition First, and Weatherization Services.  To learn more about the Mid-Willamette Community Action Agency visit


For more information contact Craig Bazzi @ (503) 990-7370 or


Submitted by Cyndi Leinassar

Deputy Director

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency

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Washington County's Community Spirit Gala

Together, We are Community Action!  Over 300 supporters gathered at the Community Spirit Gala and raised $201,000 to deliver hope, help and change to families in need across Washington County!  Former client and now a Community Action employee, Liz Ebert, courageously shared her personal story change, inspiring guests to give big.  (WATCH Liz’s story) Premier Community Bank was recognized with the Community Spirit Award for their years of support to the organization.  This event also marked Renée Bruce’s first major event as Executive Director, and we used this opportunity to debut our new organizational video linking our past with our present day work.  (WATCH We Are Community Action)  Photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page.

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Submitted by Kemp Shuey

Director of Advancement

Community Action Organization of Washington County

CAPECO Searches for New Executive Director

Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) a non-profit organization is currently seeking applications for our CEO position located in Pendleton, Oregon. 

 Incumbent will be responsible for overall management of the agency, securing, allocating, implementing, providing oversight, policy guidance, program planning and monitoring operations to bring about execution of contract awards.  

Provide strategic leadership by working with the Board of Directors, management team, and partners to establish long range goals, strategies, plans and policies.   

Position requires Bachelor’s degree with a major in social services, public administration, or business plus seven years of professional managerial experience within a non-profit or related community services organization.   

For full job description CLICK HERE

Salary range $5765.00 - $7992.00 per month DOE, must pass background, driver and drug testing checks. 

Position closes on June 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Contact CAPECO to request the CEO Packet: 
541-276-1926 (Kelly) or 

CAPECO is an equal opportunity employer.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. 


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You can donate Heat for a Week ($25) and be entered in the Hand Up with HEAT Spring Raffle! 

Win great prizes, such as tickets to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, a Zipcar membership, a day trip to Astoria with lunch and a museum visit, and more.  

Purchase tickets here  to give a hand up and help bring HEAT for a Week to Oregon households in crisis.

The online raffle will have six weekly Monday drawings (5 prizes and 1 grand prize) throughout the campaign. The first drawing will be on May 2nd, with the grand prize winner announced on June 6th. 

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For more information or to purchase tickets CLICK HERE

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Submitted by Rose Berger

Business, Marketing & 

Communications Coordinator 

Heat Oregon

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Collective Impact:  A Community Change Strategy
  Wednesday, June 8, 2016
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Collective impact, as described in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (Winter 2011), is an approach that can lead to powerful results in solving societal problems beyond what any “single organization, however innovative or powerful, could accomplish…alone.”  

This webinar will begin with an overview of the five conditions of collective success. Then we'll explore some initiatives that promote coordinated approaches toward eliminating poverty. These will include some examples where CAAs are serving in leadership roles. We’ll wrap-up with the idea of using the concept of collective impact WITHIN your own agency to unify all of your programs toward accomplishing your overall mission!

Presenter: Ken Ackerman, Virtual CAP
Ken Ackerman is the creator and manager of launched in 2002 through federal OCS funding. Virtual CAP supports sharing of information among Community Action Agencies and promotes replication of successful CAA initiatives. He is involvement with Community Action began in 1971 and he served as Executive Director of the Monticello Area CAA from 1976-2000.  Ken is a certified peer reviewer for the Award for Excellence/Pathways to Excellence in Community Action and has provided interim management assistance and direct T&TA to CAAs across the U.S.

To register, go to:

To be included in CAPO's Training Distribution List, Contact


Submitted by Peggy Gleason

Administrative Projects Assistant  

Community Action Partnership of Oregon

2016 Webinar Series Hosted by Community Action Partnership of Oregon is Now Available on CAPO's Website

The following four webinars hosted by CAPO and presented by Ken Ackerman of Virtual CAP are now available on CAPO’s website:
  • Organizational Standards (Two-part series, each 90 minutes)
  • Self Sufficiency and Economic Security (60 minutes)
  • Getting on Board:  Evidence Based Programs and Practices (60 Minutes)
Each webinar presentation can be downloaded and contains a tremendous amount of resources and tools which can be accessed from live links embedded into the slides.  In case you missed these webinars, links to full recordings are also available.

To download or view these webinars, CLICK HERE  go to the “Trainings and Technical Assistance” page of our website under the Resources tap.:


Submitted by Peggy Gleason

Administrative Projects Assistant  

Community Action Partnership of Oregon

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This webinar was given by the Community Action Partnership .
Speaker: Kay Sohl
Originally aired: Novbember 12, 2014

 About: Your CAA’s Balance Sheet and Organization-wide Revenue and Expenses statement provide essential info your organization’s sustainability, compliance, and risks. But where is it? Learn how to find the info jewels on your financials and how to clear away the clutter than can make them hard to see and understand.
Webinar topics include:
  • Good News or Bad News – how to find it on your Balance Sheet
  • What organization-wide revenue and expense compared to budget reports can reveal
  • Why detailed grant by grant reports are essential tools for management  but may not serve Boards well
  • Who cares about your CAA’s overall financial health and what info do they need to evaluate it
  • How to make financial information make sense for non-accountants (most of the people in our CAA world)
Webinar Leader Kay Sohl has worked with over 5000 nonprofits across the country to identify the financial information leaders need most and design reporting formats to make it clear, especially for non-accountants. Kay is a frequent presenter for the Community Action Partnership and CAPLAW, and leads workshops for state CAA associations on financial management and strategy topics.
To view a recording of this webinar, please click here
To download the handouts, please click here


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2016 CAP Natl Conference

Housing Matters



AT 800/424-3247 EXT. 2 OR VISIT



PORTLAND, OR 97205-2110



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June 1-2, 2016 

CAPO Annual Business Meeting


June 6-8, 2016

Annual NEUAC Conference


June 22-24, 2016

CAPLAW National Conference


June 27-30, 2016

NHSA Manager & Director Academy


July 10-15, 2016

17th Annual WIPFLI National Training Conference


August 30-September 2, 2016

2016 CAP National Convention


December 5-8, 2016

NHSA 2016 Family Engagement Conference


 Grant Opportunities from CAPO


The CAPO Grant Opportunities web page has been updated with all new funding opportunities!

May 31, 2016

June 1, 2016

August 29, 2016

December 31, 2016






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Visit the CAPO Job Posting page 


 Oregon Opportunity 

Network is looking for an

Executive Director 

This position is open until filled. 

For more information: CLICK HERE




Community Action Program of East Central Oregon is looking for a new Executive Director. 

This position closes 

June 5, 2016

For more information 

see article below




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