We know that COVID-19 has had a major impact on the lives of our most vulnerable families. One area of life that will be affected by the pandemic long after its health and economic impacts have begun to recede is families’ personal finances. The pandemic has stressed many families’ finances and credit in profound ways. Late rent payments, potential evictions, accruing utility/water payment balances, credit card debt and other financial challenges have spiraled. What rights do people have? What tools/resources can help Community Action staff as we work with families to provide hope that they can build a solid financial future? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has many resources available to help, and this webinar provides an overview of these resources. Learn how!
During this session, participants heard Garrett County Community Action Committee Inc.’s ARRA story and the ways that it motivated the agency’s shift to service integration and 2Gen/Whole Family Approach initiatives. Additionally, the Garrett County team shared opportunities or areas of pivot that staff are currently considering in the current crisis to inspire other CAAs to be more strategic with their CARES investments.
During this time of extreme uncertainty and hardship, people’s main financial concerns are likely immediate and stressful. Practitioners, however, can still support action towards financial wellbeing through meaningful connection to the financial future people want. By bringing a mindset of equity to these conversations, you can reduce anxiety and shame about money to help people feel more in control. This means shifting from an emphasis of personal responsibility to integrate how inequitable systems limit what choices are available to people.
Based on recent research with practitioners in April and May 2020, The Prosperity Agenda will share ways for organizations to deepen their financial conversations. For organizations who do not typically talk about money, they’ll offer an accessible way to discuss money that acknowledges strengths and inequities. Presented by: The Prosperity Agenda
The National Community Action Partnership and the Consumer Financial Protection Board provide information about how to make sure customers in YOUR community access this important resource.
This brief highlights practices that local CAAs can engage in to establish new partnerships or collaborative relationships and describes some of the learnings from Capstone Community Action as they convened resources to assist families in crisis.
This brief, as the second installment in the National Partnership’s Community Action COVID-19 Resource Series, highlights practices that local CAAs can engage in to support mental health and self-care for staff as they continue to go above and beyond to serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief also includes relevant resources for additional information and learning.
Join the Partnership’s Human Capacity & Community Transformation Center of Excellence (HCCT COE) to learn about this three year, network-wide effort to identify and highlight Community Action’s top initiatives that build human capacity and transform local communities. Aaron Wicks, VP Organizational Capacity Building discusses what you need to know and how to be involved.
Fireside Chat with Vu Le: Equity in Nonprofit Leadership and Navigating Barriers to Justice in the Current Climate
Is it possible to make 2020 suck any less? During these difficult times, Vu Le, who knows how to bring a sense of humor to the nonprofit world, joins the National Partnership CEO, Denise Harlow, to discuss equity among leadership and navigating barriers to justice.
Creating Change Together: Key Findings from the Annie E. Casey Family-Centered Community Change Initiative Evaluation Reports
This resource guide includes an array of resources on various issue areas related to pursuing a whole family approach. The resources are organized into whole family approach building blocks – a framework developed by the Community Action Partnership that highlights key components – both within and outside of an agency – that promote a successful whole family approach. The building blocks are informed by the Partnership’s experience with facilitating numerous learning cohorts for CAAs and other community-based organizations that are interested in pursuing a whole family approach.
As part of the The Community Action COVID-19 Resource Series, this brief discusses how the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color and provides equitable approaches for human service delivery.
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