Congratulations to Hole-in-One Winner!

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Community Action Planning Council hosted the 6th Annual Golfing for Community Action event on August 8, 2014 at Watertown Golf Club.  Golfer MaryAllyn Baeslack drove the ball 137 yards on the 5th hole, making a hole in one.

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Dawn Cole (left), Community Action Planning Council, congratulated MaryAllyn Baeslack, Benefit Services Group, with a check for $10,000.   MaryAllyn made a kind donation to Community Action and promised to golf again next year!  Golfing for Community Action raised $8,500 in support of personal care items and school supplies for children of low-income families.

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Back to School in Style Initiative A Success

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Now in its second year, Community Action Planning Council’s Back to School in Style initiative promotes healthy habits and provides low-income families with much needed personal care items and school supplies.  Throughout the spring and summer months, the agency collected donations of personal items, such as shampoo, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and femine hygiene products, along with traditional school supplies.  Thanks to donations from the community and grants provided by the Northern New York Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council and Staples Foundation, the agency served a total of 211 low-income families (479 children and 308 adults) through Family Fares, held in Carthage, Philadelphia and Watertown.

In addition to supplies, families were provided with used jeans, courtesy of the Aeropostale Teens for Jeans campaign.  Each Family Fare event featured fun, learning activities hosted by community organizations.  Families toured a healthy heart trail, maneuvered an obstacle course, sampled nutritious snacks, and engaged in games and crafts, while picking up tips for nutrition and exercise, as well as dental and hair care.

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High Five 02 United Healthcare’s Health E. Hound stopped by the Back to School in Style event for a high five!

Participating organizations included Flower Memorial Library, United Healthcare, YMCA, New Attitude, Girl Scouts, Public Health, North Country Family Health Center, WIC, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Jefferson County Dairy Princess, Bethany Church, Head Start and Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project.  The Carthage event was organized by Church of God Soldiers of Jesus Christ, and officials from the Town of Philadelphia coordinated the Philadelphia event.

In an effort to ensure that the Back to School in Style initiative is meeting family needs, the agency offered a survey to attendees.  Fifty eight percent (122 families) of those who attended Back to School in Style events completed evaluations with 113 families reporting that they acquired new knowledge in one or more areas, including nutrition, exercise, personal care, and community resources.

Once the academic year is underway, Community Action Planning Council plans to reach out to local schools to establish supply closets, stocked with personal care items and school supplies.  The goal is to ensure that children of low-income families have the resources for success throughout the school year.

For more information about Back to School in Style, contact Mary Mathewson at 315.782.4900 ext. 233.

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Community Action Seeks Nominations for Community Awards

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Community Action Planning Council is seeking nominations from the community for two special awards as part of the agency’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Community Action.  Individuals who have  advocated for the low-income population and supported services that move people out of poverty will be honored at a celebration dinner and awards ceremony on October 22, 2014.  Nominations are sought for awards named after two former executive directors of Community Action: Carmen A. Bocciolatt Leadership Award and the Patricia A. Barber Community Spirit Award.

The Carmen A. Bocciolatt Leadership Award was created to recognize an individual who exemplifies the compassion, resolve and innovative leadership of the agency’s former executive director.  Mr. Bocciolatt served as the executive director of Community Action Planning Council from 1970 through 1992.  He passed away in 2011, but his legacy lives on through many Community Action programs, including Weatherization, Tax Preparation Assistance and the Summer Food Service Program.  Mr. Bocciolatt is also credited with establishing community programs that later spun off into independent entities, including the Community Center on Alcoholism, Planned Parenthood, and the North Country Children’s Clinic.  Nominations in this category should exemplify strong leadership and advocacy for programs in support of the low-income population.

The Patricia A. Barber Community Spirit Award was established to recognize an individual whose vision and commitment have helped build a stronger community.  Mrs. Barber served as the executive director for Community Action Planning Council from 1992 until her death in 2002.  She was a passionate believer in family development, a case management approach that builds on the unique strengths of the individual household.  Mrs. Barber was the driving force behind the creation of the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), a statewide organization that helps build agency capacity through professional development and technical assistance.  Nominations for this category should exemplify a collaborative spirit and a vision for building a community where the strengths of every individual – regardless of economic class – are recognized.

To submit a nomination, please compose a statement (maximum 700 words) explaining why the individual should be recognized with the Bocciolatt or Barber awards, including a description of the nominee and any activities they have undertaken to prevent or reduce poverty in the north country.  Nominations may be sent to the attention of Dawn Cole at Community Action Planning Council, 518 Davidson Street Watertown, NY 13601 or emailed to dcole@capcjc.orgDeadline to submit nominations is September 8, 2014.

Click here for nomination form.

 

Carmen Bocciolatt takes center stage during his retirement party, 1992. Pat Barber is pictured behind Carmen, along with many staff well wishers.

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Community Action: Annual Report to the Community

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Community Action provides several different services to a broad cross-section of the community.  People turn to Community Action for emergency food, assistance with tuition for vocational education, child care provider training, early childhood education, energy efficient improvements to homes, and a host of other support services.  Community Action is part of a national network of agencies, dedicated to helping people to become self-sufficient yet each agency is unique in that it develops services in response to the specific needs of its home community.

Community Action addresses multiple needs across multiple platforms.  It is not uncommon for Community Action to work with a family or individual over the long term.  This impacts the methodology we apply to counting our customers.  As a Community Action agency, we are held to the highest standards of accountability, closely monitoring and reporting outcomes to a number of funding sources – all of whom routinely conduct comprehensive audits and site visits.  Our primary funding source, Community Services Block Grant, recommends that we count each customer only once during a given year, regardless of the number or frequency of services accessed.

With that in mind, it is staggering to consider that we served a total of 10,259 individuals during 2013.  If we were to count our customers each time they access a Community Action service, that number would increase exponentially.

Check out our Annual Report to learn more about Community Action and its impact on the community.  Or come visit us and see Community Action at work.  For a tour of our facilities, contact Dawn Cole at 315.782.4900, ext. 250.  Front Cover

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Golfing for Community Action – A Day to Remember

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Friday, August 8, 2014 was a day to remember, as we hosted the 6th Annual Golfing for Community Action event!  Fifteen teams came together at Watertown Golf Club in support of a great cause – school supplies and personal care items for children of low-income families.  The weather could not have been better with a warm sun and gentle breeze.

MaryAllyn Baeslack Hole-In-One Winner

MaryAllyn Baeslack Hole-In-One Winner MaryAllyn Baeslack shows off her lucky pink ball that won her a hole-in-one prize of $10,000.

For one golfer, the conditions were ideal … so ideal, in fact, that she hit a once-in-a-lifetime shot.  When MaryAllyn Baeslack grabbed her hybrid 6 wood and teed up at the 5th hole, she could not have imagined what would happen next.  MaryAllyn’s ball traveled 137 yards before landing in the cup.  Cheers could be heard, as her team mates congratulated her on a hole-in-one with a $10,000 cash prize.  What a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Community Action!

After the tournament, the club house was a buzz, as the teams gathered for dinner.  Prizes were awarded to the top three teams:

  • 1st place with a score of 57 – Kris Dumas, Del Leween, Shane Leween, and Lynn Burke
  • 2nd place with a score of 57 – Watertown Savings Bank: Chuck Capone, Mark Bellinger, Brian Navarra and Mike Burgess
  • 3rd place with a score of 59 – Samaritan Medical Center: Kyle Pignone, Dustin Youngs, Josh Cox, and Garret Hayes

Mike Bartholomew won a heated putting contest and took home tickets to the Yankees versus the White Sox on August 24.  Laurie Davis and Mike Burgess were recognized for longest drives.  And it was no surprise that MaryAllyn Baeslack won closest to the pin.  You can’t get much closer than a hole in one!

Thanks to our many sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers for a great day of golf!

Team Del Leween

Team Del Leween Gary Robbins, Bill Cain, and Gary Greene watch as Tom Cain lines up a shot.

 

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Back to School in Style Promotes Healthy Habits

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Community Action Planning Council is collecting donations of personal care items and school supplies for children of low-income families as part of the Back to School in Style initiative.  Community members are invited to donate personal care items such as shampoo, combs, toothbrushes, deodorant, and femine hygiene products, as well as traditional school supplies.  All donated items will be distributed to families in need during Back to School in Style events, scheduled as follows:

  • August 19, 4:00 – 7:00 PM: Church of God, 27 North Jefferson St. Carthage
  • August 20, 4:00 – 7:00 PM: Philadelphia Fire Hall, 3 Antwerp St. Philadelphia
  • August 26, 4:00 – 7:00 PM: Community Action Planning Council, 518 Davidson St. Watertown

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The events will also feature information on local resources from partnering agencies, such as United Healthcare, North Country Family Health Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, the YMCA, and Bethany Church.  Aeropostalé will distribute gently-used jeans collected through the Teens for Jeans campaign.

Back to School in Style encourages healthy habits, such as proper nutrition, exercise, hair and nail care, and respecting others.  Last year, more than 200 children were provided with supplies for school and personal care, and parents accessed resources promoting healthy habits and personal hygiene.  This year’s event is expected to serve many more families, thanks to community support.  The initiative has received grants from the Northern New York Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council and Staples Foundation.  Throughout the month of August, school supply drives are being coordinated by Froggy 97, Perriwinkle’s Fine Jewelry and Walmart Supercenter in Watertown. Donations of school supplies and personal care items can also be dropped off at Community Action Planning Council, located at 518 Davidson Street in Watertown, between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Once the academic year is underway, Community Action Planning Council plans to reach out to local schools to establish supply closets, stocked with personal care items and school supplies.  The goal is to ensure that children of low-income families have the resources for success throughout the school year.

For more information about Back to School in Style, contact Mary Mathewson at 315.782.4900 ext. 233.

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