Staff, partners, elected officials and other community leaders recently joined Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Sinclair Community College. The theme for the meeting and the 2015 Annual Report was “building Up the Community, One Person at a Time.”
Dana Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the United Planning Organization (UPO), was the special guest speaker. UPO is the designated Community Action Agency that serves Washington, D.C. One of UPO’s volunteers, 107 year-old Virginia McLaurin, became a viral sensation when she was able to visit the White House and meet President and Mrs.Obama.
In his remarks, Jones praised the local Community Action Agency for its work in the community. He also noted that many people have suffered as wage growth stagnated and jobs disappeared in recent years.
“They’ve learned what we’ve been saying for the last 50 years: poverty hurts,” he said. Community Action agencies and their partners “are uniquely qualified to advocate and give voice to the people left behind. When communities advance, the nation advances.”
Community Action Partnership also presented employee awards at the event. Robert Howe, a quality control inspector in the Home Weatherization Assistance Program, received the Award for Exemplary Service. Carmel Johnson, Job Coach/Case Manager 1 in the agency’s youth program, received the Award for Commitment to Programmatic Excellence.
Special recognition awards were presented to Dean Lovelace, who recently retired from the Dayton City Commission and as Vice Chair of the Community Action Partnership Board of Trustees; and Joyce E. Price, who recently retired as the agency’s Vice President and COO.
The Charles W. Peckham Award for Humanitarian Leadership was presented to State Representative Jim Buchy. The award is presented to a person in public life who uses their position of influence to advance the causes of the low-income community.