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Social Security Disability Benefits Frequently Asked Questions

What to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits While Volunteering Social Security disability benefits are a lifeline for people that are disabled and can’t work. But there’s a high risk of depression for people who can’t work because they can become socially isolated. Most people make friends and get their primary social interaction at work. […]

Census for Kids! Coloring Pages

Fun coloring pages to help children and families learn about the Census.

Counting Families Postcard

Download the Counting Families Postcard, which includes what the census is and its importance, who needs to be counted, key dates for self-response and non-response follow-up, and language assistance available. Postcards available in English, Spanish, Armenian, Korean, Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Each link includes an English version.

How To Talk About the Census

Download the How To Talk About the Census handout, which includes frequently asked questions and Community Action branding for easy distribution. Spanish and English version included.

Census Basics Handout

Download the 2020 Census Basics Handout, which includes need-to-know information about the Census and Community Action branding for easy distribution. Spanish and English version included.

2020 Census Quick Links

Census Bureau Operational Plan The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 Census Operational Plan documents the design for conducting the 2020 Census. It reflects and supports evidence-based decision-making by describing design concepts and their rationale, identifying decisions made and remaining decisions, and describing remaining risks related to the implementation of the Operational Plan. Language Assistance by Phone […]

Community Action Complete Count Committee Webinar

The Census is a critical process that affects us all. Community Action is playing a key role in making sure that every person is counted! This session showcases Community Action’s role in ensuring that Hard-To-Count people and communities are included in the Census, and offer concrete tools and training to help front-line staff maximize Census participation. Every Community Action Agency, state association, and national partner is invited to nominate one staff person to the CACCC to be the point of contact for Census engagement in their office.

Bridging to Equity: Developing a Community Approach to Racial Equity

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB) shares their Community Action Plan process fueled by their agency values, highlighting both needs and assets of the community while creating their local poverty snapshot. This board-led process, based on a commitment to engage with those who normally “don’t come to the microphone” as part of town hall meetings, allowed for the agency to learn and listen deeper through Listening Circles and Pop Up Poverty Conversations. CAB shares how they engaged with community, how they prepared for the process, what was highlighted in their Community Action Plan and what they did with what they learned, thus far.

2020 Census Poster for Community Action

Download the 2020 Census Poster, which includes Community Action and Census Counts branding. Add your own logo, too! Spanish and English versions included.

2020 Census Button Designs

2020 Census button designs with Community Action branding. Spanish and English included.

Census Holiday Messaging Tools

Holiday season is the perfect opportunity to talk to your family and friends about the upcoming Census. The #AAPI2020 Census partnership has released a toolkit with talking points, social media templates, and messaging tips designed to engage Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Evaluating Whole Family Approach Pilots: Metropolitan Action Commission 2Gen Evaluation Report

The Metropolitan Action Commission is partnering with families to achieve their goals of getting out of poverty through a Two-Generation/Whole Family approach. MAC’s initiative provides short-term and high-yield job trainings aimed to help Head Start/ Early Head Start parents move toward attaining living-wage jobs. This type of opportunity creates a pathway out of poverty for many families. The results are also correlated to child outcomes for those children whose parents participate in our 2 GEN initiatives.

Dr. Cynthia Croom, Executive Director of Metro Action, presents the results of MAC’s three-year 2Gen/Whole Family pilot, which includes participant and stakeholder experiences and outcomes as well as lessons learned by the agency. In addition to the presentation, three Head Start/Early Head Start parents from the last cohort, who are currently working in full-time internship positions, and leaders from two of the partnering agencies discuss their experiences.

Implementing ROMA Toolkit

This module is designed to support a local Community Action Agency in implementing a full cycle of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability process. It is intended to apply basic principles of a results orientation, identify key elements of success, and discuss the roles of staff and board in assuring agency-wide understanding of ROMA.

Resource Partnerships Matter: Funding A Whole Family Approach

CAP agencies are seeking information and ideas to secure funding for their whole family programs. This webinar is designed to provide information on how to identify and successfully secure those resources.

Pathways to Excellence The Community Action Journey to Organizational Excellence

Learn about Pathways to Excellence, the Partnership’s organizational capacity building initiative. This session will provide an overview of the Standards of Excellence and the Pathways self-study process as well as introduce new components and upcoming opportunities. The Standards of Excellence are a set of thirty-five best-in-class CAA practices with the Pathways self-study offering the opportunity to assess where your agency is compared to each Standard. A peer review and comprehensive feedback report is provided to each agency completing the self-study.


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