To celebrate Community Action Month, Community Action Partnership (CAP) in Montgomery County presented the Second Annual “Helping People. Changing Lives.” Awards today at the Dayton/RTA Cultural Center. The awards are presented to individuals and organizations that consistently demonstrate their commitment to helping others achieve greater self-sufficiency.
“Community Action Month celebrates the community’s successes and struggles to help low-income people achieve a better quality of life,” said Tim Donnellan, President and CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “We want to give local residents a firsthand look at the challenges low-income individuals and families face and the ways Community Action Partnership’s programs can assist them.”
Donnellan presented the Community Partner Awards to the following:
- Public Sector Partner: Sinclair Community College, for the college’s involvement in Workforce Development throughout the community. Sinclair has recognized the need to train and when necessary, re-train the workforce for present and future job needs. The college has done this through a variety of innovative programs in professional development, career assessments and coaching, leadership, online learning and many others.
- Private Sector Partner: Huntington National Bank for its involvement in Community Action Partnership’s Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) programs. Huntington provided financial literacy training to youth that gave them important information on budgeting and financial planning that will benefit them throughout their lives. The bank also provided student book bags, an important item for school readiness that many of these students would not otherwise be able to afford.
- Media Partner: WROU-FM 92.1, for outstanding support of Community Action Partnership’s programs and services. The station helped promote the Housing Counseling, Micro-Enterprise and Business Development Training Program, and Home Energy Assistance Program through advertising, station contests, public service announcements, public affairs programming, and the station’s web site. In addition, WROU’s support of the Blue Moon Affair fundraiser for the Youth Empowerment Center included not only promoting the event, but by the service of the stations’ Garth Adams as Master of Ceremonies. Community Action Partnership has been able to help many individuals and families in need in our community thanks to awareness created by the station.
Vice President & COO Joyce E. Price presented the Direct Service Awards to direct services providers who have provided outstanding customer service for CAP and its partner agencies. The award winners were:
- Lyra Bailey, The Wesley Center;
- Shallon Coleman, Abigail’s Journey;
- Ann Goebel, St Vincent de Paul Society;
- Alissa Shuster, The American Red Cross;
- Rodger Stauffer, CHOICES, Inc.
Cherish Cronmiller, CAP’s Director of Resource Development, presented information on the agency’s services and the number and types of people it serves. She noted that the agency had nearly 18,000 hours of service donated by low-income people last year, an indication of their willingness to give back to the community. An original poem was read by Jacqueline A. Robinson, Case Management Coordinator for CAP.