Community Action Month!
May is Community Action month! This month, we celebrate the achievements of the families we serve as well as our volunteers, board members, and staff throughout our network of agencies. Community Action month gives us the chance to highlight the impact of our services all over the state.
The National Community Action Partnership has developed the Community Action Month Toolkit as a resource to guide us in a coordinated effort to raise the national voice of Community Action. The toolkit contains templates of social media posts, press releases, government proclamations, fundraising ideas, video production tips, and event and activity information that your agency can use to increase your visibility. They have also created a Community Action Month Calendar which outlines daily themes and hashtags, along with guidance for sharing sample memes and social media posts.
Throughout the month of May, CAP Utah will post content through our Facebook page, so be sure to check it out and share with your agency. If you'd like to share specific information about the work Community Action does here in Utah, check out our website for some Utah specific stats and share some of our sample tweets!
2-1-1 Talks: Helping those that help others
CAP Utah is excited to partner with Utah 2-1-1 to host the 2019 2-1-1 Talks: a summit for those in the helping profession. The first annual summit is designed to inform, connect, and empower professionals and volunteers who work tirelessly to meet the needs of others. The event will feature breakout sessions covering an array of topics such as multigenerational case management, self care for service providers, mindfulness, mental health, financial stability, and many more.
The opening plenary session, Helping Those Who Need Help - Past, Present and Future features Josh Pedersen. Joshua has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit industry for 24 years. He led the implementation of the 211 service throughout Utah, has served as Director of Services for the Utah Food Bank, as Vice President of United Way of Northern Utah, CEO of United Way of Frederick County, Maryland, and most recently as President & CEO of 211 Maryland. Today Joshua works as the 211 Director of Network Operations & Performance for United Way Worldwide.
The closing plenary, You're a Bad Ass - Here's How Not to Forget it! features Lyn Christian. Coaching since 1998, Lyn is certified in Marshall Goldsmith's elite Stakeholder Centered Coaching, is a Franklin Covey Certified Coach and Certified Multiple Brain Integration Coach. She is an author, keynote, and TEDx speaker. Lyn is the former Director of Innovation at Franklin Covey Coaching and former ambassador for the WABC (World Association for Business Coaches). She currently contributes to the WWC (World-Wide Coaching e-zine published out of Amsterdam). She also co-produces the "What’s Your Conversational Intelligence®" Podcast with Judith E. Glaser.
CAP Utah is offering financial aid to rural providers wishing to attend the conference. For more information, contact Clint Cottam.
This year, CAP Utah will host a pre-conference Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, June 25th. The Community Action Poverty Simulation breaks down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real life situations of others. Poverty is often portrayed as a stand alone issue. The simulation allows participants to take on the identity of someone who is facing poverty, and see how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are.
The Poverty Simulation is based on real Community Action clients and their lives, all facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances. During the simulation, participants split up into families who then must get through a month facing challenges of living in poverty. The type of real life situations participants can experience include:
- A single parent with limited resources and no transportation who must find a way to get to work and get their child to daycare
- An elderly person who must find a way to pay for both utilities and medication
- A young adult who must care for their siblings while their parent is incarcerated
- An elderly couple who must raise their grandchildren and deal with their own health and employment issues
After the simulation, participants then have the opportunity to discuss what they've learned with their peers. The Poverty Simulation is a tool that helps participants rethink the challenges that millions of low-income individuals must face every day.
The Poverty Simulation is designed to sensitize those who frequently work with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers and community leaders. If you would like CAP Utah to host a Poverty Simulation for your organization, please contact Casey Logan.
Haven't filed your taxes yet? VITA can help!
Here are a few things you should know and what to expect when filing after the tax deadline. If you owe additional taxes, it is most beneficial to pay in full as timely as possible to avoid additional penalties and interest. There are options if you cannot pay, and the IRS will work with you to find a solution. What if you don't owe any additional tax? If you are due a refund there is little recourse for filing late. However, keep in mind that to receive a refund you must file within three years from the date the return is due or forfeit the full amount.
VITA volunteers can help you navigate filing taxes during the off-season. Starting May 7, appointments will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm-4pm at the Sorenson Center in Salt Lake. Myfreetaxes.com is also available for those who would like to file online.
Congratulations Michael Day!
After working with CAP Utah for the last year and a half as the Southern Utah Regional Coordinator for VITA, we are sad to see Michael Day go. But we're happy he is staying in the Community Action family! Michael is now the Director of Community Action at Five County Association of Governments. A native of St. George, Michael has been involved with the VITA program in southern Utah for the last 10 years. Michael looks forward to learning and working with everyone as the new Five County CAP Director!
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