The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Sinclair Community College on April 13. More than 170 people attended the event. The theme was “Serving Our Families, Our Communities, Our Region.”
Glenn Faircloth, Ph.D., Principal of the Ponitz Career Technology Center, was the special guest speaker. He noted the parallels between poverty and education, and said that education can’t be fixed without fixing poverty, and vice versa.
“Poverty and education is one and the same,” Faircloth said. “We have to fix both. In this economy, one individual may not have the means, but certainly, collectively, we can.”
The agency presented the Dr. Charles W. Peckham Award for Humanitarian Leadership to Wright & VanNoy LPA, Inc. The award is for an individual or organization that uses his or her position to advocate for the low-income community.
Wright & VanNoy has participated for the past ten years in Community Action Partnership’s Micro-Enterprise Business Development and Training Program. The firm has provided free legal education to participants in the program who are learning to start their own small business. Anthony VanNoy accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
Bonni Owens, Head Cook in Community Action Partnership’s commercial kitchen in Greene County, received the Award for Commitment to Programmatic Excellence. As part of the agency’s HOPE Café training program and catering service, Owens helps train apprentices chosen from Community Action Partnership’s Harding Place Transitional Housing Program. After an eight-week orientation, they move into agency’s commercial kitchen, where the apprentices shadow Cooks, Kitchen Aides and Dishwashers. In addition to preparing participants for the workforce, HOPE Café affords the agency an opportunity to serve the Greene County community.
Creola Madden, an Intake Specialist in the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), received the agency’s Award for Exemplary Service. She helps eligible customers apply for and receive utility payment assistance available through several programs.
The Marion K. Stockham Award for Dedicated Service was presented to James Schriner, a volunteer who has helped low-income citizens receive thousands of dollars in tax credits and refunds through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
The stories of several families who received agency services during 2009 were presented in the Agency’s Annual Report. The Jazz Quartet from the Stivers School for the Performing Arts–Christine Hoy, Tyrone Martin, Kevin Waters and Erica Harvey, provided entertainment.
Tim Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, thanked those in attendance for their support of the agency’s programs and services over the past 46 years as part of the Community Action movement.