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Community Action agency changes name to reflect service area

DAYTON—Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, formerly Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, officially finalized the organization’s name change earlier this month. The decision was proposed to the agency’s board of trustees by President and CEO Cherish Cronmiller in late 2017.

“We feel like ‘Miami Valley’ better illustrates our service to the area,” Cronmiller said. “People often confused us as a Dayton-only organization and didn’t realize we have offices in four counties and offer services in a total of nine counties.”

Aside from adding clarity to the scope of those helped through Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s (MVCAP) services, the change reflects a more streamlined approach in marketing the agency.

“It’s far easier to abbreviate for day-to-day purposes,” added Cronmiller.

This marks the second name change for the organization, which started in 1964 as Supporting Council of Preventative Effort (SCOPE) before becoming Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area in 2003.

Anyone wanting to visit MVCAP’s main website can continue to go to the “capdayton.org” address or add the new “maimivalleycap.org” as both will go to the same location. The agency’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) have all been updated to reflect the name change.

For questions pertaining to the name change, or to request an interview with Cronmiller, please contact Jim Ingram at (937) 341-5000 ext.150 | James.Ingram@capdayton.org.

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit Community Action Agency, committed to eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty and promoting self-sufficiency by providing programs and services in the Miami Valley.

MVCAP Employee Named Volunteer of the Quarter

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s LaSandra Wright, Director of Micro Enterprise & Computer Training, was recently honored by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Wright was named one of the organization’s Volunteers of the Quarter (third quarter 2017).

“Being recognized for something I love to do, help others, was an honor,” Wright said.

To learn more about either of her programs, contact Wright at 937-341-5000 ext. 125

Endangered Winter Crisis Program Ends This Month

March 15, 2018

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s (MVCAP) Winter Crisis Program (WCP), which helps low-income Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel in their tank to maintain their utility service, will officially end on March 31st.

“We will continue to accommodate customers through the end of the month,” Keelie Gustin, Interim Director of Energy Assistance Programs said.

Ohioans with a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines ($43,050 for a family of four) are eligible for the program, which assisted more than 130,000 Ohioans statewide in 2016. This encompasses the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus), which assist households in retaining service and managing their utility bills.

However, it is uncertain whether the program, vital to many in the Miami Valley each year, will continue. President Trump’s recent proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 “zeroes” out the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding these programs. So far nearly $566,000 has been spent—serving more than 2,300 area homes–since November 1, 2017.

“We ask residents to make contact with their legislators about the importance of this program. This budget calls for the complete elimination of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which would include the Summer and Winter Crisis programs,” said Cherish Cronmiller, CEO of MVCAP.

MVCAP is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit Community Action Agency, committed to eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty and promoting self-sufficiency through programs and services in the Miami Valley. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Jim Ingram at 937-341-5000 (ext. 150) or at James.Ingram@capdayton.org.

Miami Valley CAP Earns Rare Auditor of State Award

EATON–Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s (MVCAP) Preble County office was named a recipient of the Auditor of State Award by the Ohio State Auditor’s Office this week.

The Eaton location’s work with the Preble Metropolitan Housing Association was commended by the State for filing timely financial reports with the State Auditor’s office in the form of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The audit report discovered no issues for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs.

Less than 10 percent of the more than 6,000 state entities received the award this year.

“Miami Valley CAP has a number of housing vouchers that we manage and pay landlords with those funds. We manage the finances, the assigning of vouchers and vetting of the landlords,” said Vice President and CFO Deborah Donnelly.

Other qualifications for the award met included having no issues involving ethics referrals, questioned costs of less than $10,000, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, or findings for recovery less than $100.

Community Action agency changes name to reflect service area

January 22, 2018

DAYTON—Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, formerly Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, officially finalized the organization’s name change earlier this month. The decision was proposed to the agency’s board of trustees by President and CEO Cherish Cronmiller in late 2017.

“We feel like ‘Miami Valley’ better illustrates our service to the area,” Cronmiller said. “People often confused us as a Dayton-only organization and didn’t realize we have offices in four counties and offer services in a total of nine counties.”

Aside from adding clarity to the scope of those helped through Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s (MVCAP) services, the change reflects a more streamlined approach in marketing the agency.

“It’s far easier to abbreviate for day-to-day purposes,” added Cronmiller.

This marks the second name change for the organization, which started in 1964 as Supporting Council of Preventative Effort (SCOPE) before becoming Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area in 2003.

Anyone wanting to visit MVCAP’s main website can continue to go to the “capdayton.org” address or add the new “maimivalleycap.org” as both will go to the same location. The agency’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) have all been updated to reflect the name change.

For questions pertaining to the name change, or to request an interview with Cronmiller, please contact Jim Ingram at (937) 341-5000 ext.150 | James.Ingram@capdayton.org.

Miami Valley Community Action Partnership is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit Community Action Agency, committed to eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty and promoting self-sufficiency by providing programs and services in the Miami Valley.

Start Your Own Business in 2018!

Ever dreamed of being your own boss? Learn how to start up a business through Miami Valley Community Action Partnership’s Micro-Enterprise program! The program is a 10-week course providing you with the tools to go into business for yourself. Learn from experienced business professionals while getting one-on-one instruction and encouragement. Reserve your spot today by calling 937-341-5000 (ext. 125). Deadline is January 10th.

Watch this video for more!

Weatherization Assistance Program Block Party a Success!

Community Action Partnership’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program’s annual big tent block party had a great turnout on Wednesday, October 25. Daytonians from all walks of life learned about the benefits of weatherization techniques while enjoying free food and door prizes. Previous WAP clients also provided testimonials of how weatherization has changed their lives for the better.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, along with commissioners Jeffrey Mims, Chris Shaw and Joey Wiliams, presented CAP Dayton with Weatherization Day proclamations from both the City of Dayton and State of Ohio.

To learn more about the benefits of weatherization, or to see if you qualify for HWAP, call 937-341-5000.

 

CAP Dayton celebrates its first Getting Ahead graduates!

Mount Enon Baptist Church in Dayton graciously hosted the celebration for Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area’s first ever graduates of its Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World program. The 16-week course, inspired by Phil DeVol’s book of the same name, gives participants the tools to overcome poverty by building their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, City Commissioner Chris Shaw, state senate candidate Gene Krebs, and DeVol himself were among the dignitaries there to congratulate the graduates. LaVar Glover, Self-Sufficiency Director for CAP Dayton, co-facilitates the program.

“Getting Ahead is an agenda-free, facilitated learning experience,” Glover said. “Its participants are called investigators –investigating the issues and causes of poverty within their lives and community.  This graduating class has truly bought into the process and fully owns the title.”

To learn more about Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World program, contact Glover at 937-341-5000 ext. 143.

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP TO CELEBRATE FIRST GRADUATES OF ADULT ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM

DAYTON — Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, will proudly hold its graduation ceremony for participants in the “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” program on Monday, October 9, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mount Enon Baptist Church, 1501 W. Third St., Dayton. The 16-week course, co-facilitated by CAP Dayton’s Director of Self Sufficiency, LaVar Glover, helps adults to overcome poverty by building their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and other local dignitaries will also be in attendance.

Glover, a native Daytonian, received his degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a standout athlete, and was drafted into the NFL, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. After retiring from football, Glover worked with youth before joining CAP and heading up the agency’s “Getting Ahead” program. “Getting Ahead is an agenda-free, facilitated learning experience,” Glover said. “Its participants are called investigators –investigating the issues and causes of poverty within their lives and community.  This graduating class has truly bought into the process and fully owns the title.”

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area is a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit   Community Action Agency, committed to eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty and promoting self-sufficiency by providing programs and services in the Miami Valley. Contact Jim Ingram at (937) 341-5000 ext.150 | James.Ingram@capdayton.org