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Community Action: Bridge to Opportunity

The Annual Convention is now virtual only. Given the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, the health, well-being and safety of our participants and staff is our top priority.

The Partnership’s Annual Convention is the largest gathering of regional, state, and local Community Action Agencies in the United States, drawing more than 1,500 attendees each year. We are at the table with more partners than ever before and our network continues to be at the forefront of program and community development. During this convention, we will come together online to showcase our strengths, strategies, and achievements. We’ll also share our best practices in management, program implementation, and capacity building. There is change ahead of us—for the better—as Community Action evolves, reinvents, and continues to achieve excellence.

Take advantage of this opportunity to engage with our attendees and expand your reach digitally! Learn about our sponsorship and advertising opportunities (please note: due to the convention moving virtual, there will be no exhibitors).

Preliminary agenda now available! Click here to download (updated July 1, 2020).

Call for Workshops now closed.

⇒ Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct. All conference attendees are required to abide by this document.

Sessions for You

These sessions have been organized according to Community Action involvement or position. This year we have added a new group: New Community Action Staff. Select your type of involvement from the list below to see the sessions that best apply to your position.

Sessions by Track
Effective Administration and Governance
Data integration and analysis, leadership development, fundraising, human resources, succession planning, sustainability planning, effective State Association administration, board orientation, strategic planning, and more.
Performance at the Front Line
Trauma-informed approaches, motivational interviewing principles in case management, and effective outreach strategies for rural communities.
Promising Anti-Poverty Practices
Innovative strategies to address crises, prisoner re-entry, implementing evidence-based programs, housing and economic development, food insecurity and related health problems, and more.
Research, Policy, and Action
Developing advocacy agenda and policy priorities, media relations, strategies for building a coalition of community advocates, and utilizing agency data and research to make the case for change.
Strategies to Increase Visibility
Converting social media engagement to real life participation, crafting attention-grabbing messages to promote the Community Action brand, diversifying funding streams to strengthen sustainability, and increasing fundraising efforts.