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July 2020
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First State Community Action Agency helps Delaware families by providing a variety of much needed items including: milk, bread, fresh and packaged proteins, cereal and other grains, fresh produce, canned goods, and personal hygiene products like hand soap, body wash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.

All participants received information about the importance of Census 2020 and how to participate. Many residents asked about COVID testing and were provided with appropriate referrals.
A Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity
Within Data Integration
Data sharing and integration commonly drives decision making across government entities. Done well, this work can elucidate needs; improve services and systems; fuel innovative policies and interventions; and — ultimately — build stronger communities.

This tool kit, developed by a national workgroup of civic data stakeholders, aims to support data sharing and integration done well. It encourages centering racial equity and community voice within the context of data integration and use — and for the benefit of the public good.

Download here

Comcast Commits to Help Keep Americans Connected
As a leader in the community, you have been instrumental in helping spread the word to your friends, colleagues, neighbors and families about available resources during this difficult time.

Below are some resources that are available to continue to Comcast's support customers and our communities. 

  • EXTENDING 60-DAYS OF FREE INTERNET SERVICE TO NEW INTERNET ESSENTIALS CUSTOMERS.  As the current school year comes to an end, school districts across the country are already announcing plans for when school starts again in the fall. To help provide additional support to students and families, Comcast will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers through the end of this year. In addition, Comcast will continue to waive, through the end of the year, the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the free offer. Learn more here
  • EXTENDING FREE PUBLIC WIFI ACCESS TO EVERYONE FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020. To continue to help keep people connected as the country prepares to reopen, we are extending free access to the 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. Learn more here

  • EXTENDING XFINITY OFFERING TO HELP UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STAY CONNECTED AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOLYEAR. We are continuing to help college students stay connected to the Internet over the Summer and through the Fall back-to-school rush by extending an Xfinity Internet offering that provides $150 Visa prepaid card to students who sign up for service by September 30; more than enough to pay for two months of Internet service. Learn more here
Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide

This report offers 10 bold solutions broken into three categories: Programs, Power and Process. These solutions are designed to strike at the structural underpinnings holding the racial wealth divide in place while inspiring activists, organizers, academics, journalists, legislators and others to think boldly about taking on this incredibly important challenge.

 Census Takers to Start Follow Up With Nonresponding Households in Limited Areas in July
On July 1st, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will begin following up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census in a small number of locations in an attempt to collect responses in person. Because of the scale of this operation, the Census Bureau will begin the work in a few areas before operations begin in earnest across the country in August. Learn more here.
Maryland Community Action Partnership Presents a
3-part Racial Equity Series

Part 2: Social Justice and The War on
Poverty: A Community Action Story

Friday, July 10, 2020
Community Action Agencies began in 1964 after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. There are several elements of American culture or history that caused the conditions that created the need for community action to be born and enabled it to thrive. Join MCAP as we explore the evolution of community action while we continue transforming the lives of the people we serve and making our communities – and our nation – stronger.

Register here
Voter Registration & Community Action
with CAPLAW & Coalition on Human Needs

July 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Voting is one of the best ways to make your voice heard. Promoting voter registration can help empower underrepresented members of your community. Join us as we review the voter registration rules and regulations for CSBG recipients and offer best practices for registration that comply with those rules.

Register here

New Crisis, Same Story! Highlighting the Innovations to Racial Economic Inequality from Leaders of Color

Join Prosperity Now as they feature nonprofit leaders of color across U.S. cities and share how they are advancing racial economic equity solutions in health care, employment, income, housing and education – particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together, they will discuss the historical basis for present-day inequality and elevate solutions that are being used to disrupt the reoccurring patterns of inequality in communities of color.

Find out more here
The Partnership is moving full speed ahead with the 2020 Annual Convention. Attendee safety is of the utmost of importance to us. As such, the event will now be virtual only. 

The Annual Convention is designed to provide Community Action Agency professionals and board members the latest policy and programmatic updates as well as management and governance tools.

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