Community Action Partnership National Impact Report

The Community Action Partnership is a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to each other – and to leaders looking for solutions that connect Americans to greater opportunity.

Throughout this report, you’ll discover how Community Action works, from financial coaching services that help Michigan families become stable to whole family approaches that help kids and parents in Maryland thrive. You’ll read about employment and enrichment programs that support Georgia families and support services that give Californians a safe place to live. You’ll see how Community Action Agencies all across the country are responding to local needs. For instance:

  • CAAs helped tens of thousands of pre-school children build the skills they needed to succeed in school, and helped more than two million people, including seniors, make their homes more energy efficient and lower their energy bills
  • An Ohio agency partnered with its county to make sure community members struggling with addiction received fast, quality support
  • Volunteers for a Kansas agency spent 7,000 hours improving the community for their neighbors

The need has never been greater. Neither has our resolve. We’re challenged to create solutions that don’t just help people stay afloat but build lives of stability, dignity, and, whenever possible, prosperity. And we will rise to that challenge.

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Impact Report One-Pager

The Impact Report One-Pager gets straight to the point. This sleek, succint infographic is a handy way to promote our network’s impact and can be customized to feature your agency’s local data.

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Impact Report Toolkit

The purpose of the Release Toolkit is to provide resources to promote the outstanding work of the Community Action Network through the first National Impact Report. We believe by telling the story of our network’s collective impact, we will expand our reach and raise awareness of our mission. Within this toolkit, you will find sample social media posts, infographics and memes, sample press releases, partner letters, and more.

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To access memes and infographics, click here.

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
January 24, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Community Action Partnership released today the first National Community Action Impact Report: Building Opportunities for All. This unique and comprehensive report looks at how Community Action Agencies across the country impact the lives of 15 million people each year, creating pathways to prosperity.

The Community Action Network is robust local force of 1,000 local Community Action Agencies, reaching children and families in 99 percent of all U.S. counties. Agencies connect families to approaches that help them succeed and promote community-wide solutions to seemingly stubborn challenges in cities, suburban, and rural communities. This report outlines the needs families face in today’s uneven economy, the reach of Community Action coast to coast, and the impact Community Action has in communities every day…

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Training Webinar for Launch of National Community Action Impact Report

The National Community Action Partnership released the Community Action National Impact report on Thursday, January 24, 2019. This webinar discusses how you and your local agency, or state association can be engaged at the local or state level in its release. The webinar shares content, graphics, and data from the report highlighting how these elements can be used in your local launch efforts. Additionally, the webinar offers tip and tools to demonstrate how you can incorporate your local data, and success stories into your launch to increase local interest in the report.

Acknowledgements

The stories in these pages illustrate the creativity, commitment, and reach of Community Action. We are grateful for the contributions of agencies who shared the stories of their work: Community Action Akron Summit; Community Action, Inc.; Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.; Enrichment Services Program, Inc.; Garrett County Community Action Committee; People Incorporated; Mid Michigan Community Action Agency; and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.

Thank you to Mutual of America for their support in the development of this report.

Impact Report Citations

References
National Figures and Community Action Data
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
Jessica L. Semega, Kayla R. Fontenot, and Melissa A. Kollar, “Income and Poverty in the United
States: 2017,” U.S. Census Bureau, September 2018
“Hunger Devastates Children: Facts in Childhood Hunger in America,” No Kid Hungry, 2016
“A profile of the working poor, 2016,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2018

Asset Building
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
Jessica Dickler, “Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck,” CNBC, August 2017
Jennifer Brooks, Kasey Wiedrich, Lebaron Sims, Jr. and Jennifer Medina, “Treading Water in the
Deep End: Findings From the 2014 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard,” Prosperity Now, January
2014
“Data by Issue: Financial Assets & Income,” Prosperity Now Scorecard, 2013
“Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2016,” Federal Reserve Board, May
2017
“Census: Detroit Income Rises, Poverty Rate Doesn’t Improve,” U.S. News & World Report,
September 2018

Children and Families
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
Julia B. Isaacs, “Starting School at a Disadvantage: The School Readiness of Poor Children,”
Brookings Institute, March 2012
“2018 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report,” County Health Rankings & Roadmaps,
March 2018
“2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book,” The Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2018
“2018 Maryland Poverty Profiles,” Maryland Alliance for the Poor, January 2018
Community Building
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
“The 2017 Distressed Communities Index,” Economic Innovation Group, September 2017
“List of Persistent Poverty Counties,” Community Development Financial Institutions Fund,
October 2017

Health and Well-Being
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory and Anita Singh, “Household
Food Security in the United States in 2016,” U.S. Department of Agriculture, September 2017
“The Opioid Epidemic By the Numbers” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
September 2018
“Summit County Community Health Assessment,” Summit County Public Health, December 2016
“Data by Issue: Health Care,” Prosperity Now Scorecard, 2018

Housing
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
Liza Getsinger, Lily Posey, Graham MacDonald, and Josh Leopold, “The Housing Affordability
Gap for Extremely Low-Income Renters in 2014,” Urban Institute, April 2017
Andrew Aurandm PH. D, MSW, Dan Emmanuel, MSW, Diane Yentel, MSSW, et al., “Out of Reach:
The High Cost of Housing,” National Low Income Housing Coalition, June 2018
Lindsey Holden and Phillip Reese, “Rents rising faster in SLO County than anywhere else in
California, data show,” The Tribune, February 2018
“Weatherization Assistance Program Fact Sheet,” U.S. Department of Energy, February 2018

Jobs
Kyle Gasser and Katy Kujawski, “The FFY 2016 CSBG National Performance Update,” National
Association for State Community Services Programs, May 2018
Rasheed Malik and Katie Hamm, “Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts,” Center for American
Progress, August 2017
Drew DeSilver, “For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades,” Pew
Research Center, August 2018
Elise Gould, “The State of American Wages 2017,” Economic Policy Institute, March 2018
Lonnie Golden, “Still falling short on hours and pay,” Economic Policy Institute, December 2016
“Child Care is Fundamental to America’s Children, Families, and Economy,” National Women’s
Law Center, May 2018
“The Employment Situation- October 2018,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2018

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