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Poverty Politics: Take a Staffer to a CAA Day

–Gretchen Knowlton and Mark Schmeissing, NASCSP–

Following right on the heels of the election, NASCSP hits the streets for the Community Services Block Grant’s (CSBG) reauthorization. Literally! Without pausing to catch our breath after an intense election season, we’re heading out on a fieldtrip to our local CAA – the United Planning Organization (UPO) in DC with a couple of friends from Senator Harkin (IA) and Senator Brown’s (OH) staff to show off the great work of CSBG.

Harkin and Brown have been strong supporters of CSBG and care deeply about Community Action. When we sat down with their staff over the past few weeks to discuss the future of CSBG, we found out the legislative staff here in DC had never had a chance to actually see the inside of a Community Action Agency (CAA) in action. Well, Tunde Eboda, NASCSP member and CSBG Administrator of the District of Columbia who was with us for the visit, immediately extended an invitation for them to visit the local CAA here in DC.

On Thursday, November 8th, 2012, Liz Weiss, Senator Harkin’s Labor Policy Advisor and Jeremy Hekhuis, Senator Brown’s Legislative Director will join NASCSP and Tunde Eboda along with Dana Jones (Executive Director, UPO) for a site visit and tour. To learn more about the UPO and the work of community action in DC, go to www.upo.org.

Stay tuned for a full summary of the visit, complete with photos and highlights from the visit updated on this post tomorrow. 




2 thoughts on “Poverty Politics: Take a Staffer to a CAA Day

  1. This is great! When I worked for the CAA Association, I spent a summer taking a legislative staff person working on the State Budget to various CAAs. He loved it and was a great influence in the budget process at the time.

    Posted by debrulerinc | November 7, 2012, 11:01 pm
  2. Mark,
    This is a very good post. Thank you for taking a proactive lead on this very important initiative. CSBG fully funded and reauthorized by the Congress is our #1 priority as CAAs.

    John W. Edwards, Jr., CCAP, NCRT
    Executive Director
    Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Inc.
    4070 Boulevard Center Drive, Suite 200
    Jacksonville, Florida 32207
    Telephone – 904.398.7472 x 210
    Fax – 904.398.7414


    Community Action Promise
    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.

    Posted by John Edwards | November 8, 2012, 1:02 pm

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