Past successes will be celebrated and future challenges and opportunities will be noted during the Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. The event is Tuesday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sinclair Community College. The theme is “Building Up the Community, One Person at a Time.”Dana Jones Annual Meeting
Dana Jones (right photo), Chief Executive Officer of the United Planning Organization (UPO), is the special guest speaker. UPO is the designated Community Action Agency that serves Washington, D.C.
Jones, who joined UPO in 2004 as a crisis manager when the agency was suffering financial and programming hardships, was named permanent Chief Executive Officer the following year. He immediately began the process of fostering a new direction for the venerable District of Columbia organization.
Under Jones’ leadership, UPO has made great strides in guaranteeing quality service to local citizens by providing enhanced and unique programs that emphasize self-sufficiency. Jones oversaw a comprehensive agency reorganization that improved efficiency. The agency’s services include shelter assistance, foster grandparents, home weatherization, adult education and training, employment and career development, youth services and more.
Jones has dedicated his adult life to bringing quality services to neighborhoods and citizens. He has served as president/CEO of the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee. Prior to that, Jones was special assistant to the executive director for Shore Up, Inc., a community action group located in Salisbury, Maryland.
In addition, Jones served as chair of the Governor’s Commission to Study Poverty; President of the Calvert County Board of Education; Member of the Governor’s Welfare Reform Commission; Member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board; and Chair of the Calvert County Family Network. He served as President, National Association of Community Action Agencies; President, Maryland Association of Community Action Agencies and as a member of the Board of Directors of Mercantile Bank-Southern Maryland. He currently serves on the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Commission on Poverty.
“Dana Jones is a national leader in the Community Action movement,” said Tim Donnellan, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “UPO is one of the finest Community Action agencies in the nation. We look forward to hearing his views and perspectives as we continue to reflect on how we can continue our mission to work in partnership with local communities to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty and to promote individual independence and self-sufficiency.”
Cost is $25 per person. Registration and networking begin at 11 a.m.; with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by Stivers School for the Arts with the program and award presentations to follow. To purchase tickets, visit: , email or call (937) 341-5000 ext. 128.