The Board of Trustees of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area invites the community to attend the 2012 Annual Meeting and Luncheon, “Fighting Poverty … Finding Solutions.” The event is Tuesday, April 10, in Building 12 at Sinclair Community College. It begins at 11 a.m., with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
“The theme ‘Fighting Poverty … Finding Solutions’ is a strong, straightforward statement of our purpose as a Community Action Agency,” said Tim Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “We also look forward to the release of our 2011 Annual Report, which allows us to reflect on our many accomplishments in the past year while reminding us of the work that still needs to be done.”
Ellis Jacobs, Senior Attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is the guest speaker. ABLE and its partner law firm Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) are nonprofit regional law firms that provide high-quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in 32 counties in western Ohio. Their programs and advocates provide legal assistance, outreach and education. Jacobs is from the ABLE Dayton office.
A Dayton native, Jacobs has always shared his legal expertise with community groups in a variety of environmental, housing, health and utility cases. Among his many accomplishments, he worked closely with Jefferson Township residents who mounted a campaign to convince the U.S. Army not to bring partially treated VX Nerve Agent to a poorly-performing waste facility in a low-income neighborhood.
Jacobs served as director of the Telephone and Technology Access Project which won important cases that increased access to telecommunications services in low-income communities. He presided over the city of Dayton’s landlord/tenant court as a magistrate. Jacobs has also worked as a public defender and as an attorney for the Montgomery County Fair Housing Center.
Entertainment will be provided by Stivers School for the Arts.