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North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.

New Sponsor of Wheelchair Ramp, Children’s Vision Screening and Blanketeers Programs
Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 

Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and/or agencies that work with infants/children. This program will be housed at the NCCAA Westside Center in Michigan City.  The Children’s Vision Screening Program has one coordinator, Barb Mason, who receives a stipend from the funding sources of this program.  In the past school 2016-2017, the programs screened over 3,000 school children.  The Wheelchair Ramp Program Coordinator, Tom Szawara, is a new part-time employee of NCCAA.  The ramp and screening programs will continue to receive funding from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, LaPorte County United Way, Duneland Health Council, Heart of Cook Foundation, and REMC Foundation under NCCAA’s sponsorship.      

Cynthia Davis, Executive Director of North Central Community Action Agencies, stated “We are very excited to have this opportunity that will allow the staff and volunteers of these programs to join our team.  We are appreciative of the smooth transition between NCCAA and Catholic Charities.  The programs have made tremendous impacts in people’s lives and this speaks volumes to the work of the staff and the commitment of the volunteers of those programs.  It is our intention to keep recruiting additional volunteers to add to the programs and fulfill the anticipated needs of the low-income people

Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 
Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and/or agencies that work with infants/children. This program will be housed at the NCCAA Westside Center in Michigan City.  The Children’s Vision Screening Program has one coordinator, Barb Mason, who receives a stipend from the funding sources of this program.  In the past school 2016-2017, the programs screened over 3,000 school children.  The Wheelchair Ramp Program Coordinator, Tom Szawara, is a new part-time employee of NCCAA.  The ramp and screening programs will continue to receive funding from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, LaPorte County United Way, Duneland Health Council, Heart of Cook Foundation, and REMC Foundation under NCCAA’s sponsorship.       

 

Cynthia Davis, Executive Director of North Central Community Action Agencies, stated “We are very excited to have this opportunity that will allow the staff and volunteers of these programs to join our team.  We are appreciative of the smooth transition between NCCAA and Catholic Charities.  The programs have made tremendous impacts in people’s lives and this speaks volumes to the work of the staff and the commitment of the volunteers of those programs.  It is our intention to keep recruiting additional volunteers to add to the programs and fulfill the anticipated needs of the low-income people of the communities that we serve.”    North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.

New Sponsor of Wheelchair Ramp, Children’s Vision Screening and Blanketeers Programs

 

Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 

 

Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and/or agencies that work with infants/children. This program will be housed at the NCCAA Westside Center in Michigan City.  The Children’s Vision Screening Program has one coordinator, Barb Mason, who receives a stipend from the funding sources of this program.  In the past school 2016-2017, the programs screened over 3,000 school children.  The Wheelchair Ramp Program Coordinator, Tom Szawara, is a new part-time employee of NCCAA.  The ramp and screening programs will continue to receive funding from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, LaPorte County United Way, Duneland Health Council, Heart of Cook Foundation, and REMC Foundation under NCCAA’s sponsorship.       

 

Cynthia Davis, Executive Director of North Central Community Action Agencies, stated “We are very excited to have this opportunity that will allow the staff and volunteers of these programs to join our team.  We are appreciative of the smooth transition between NCCAA and Catholic Charities.  The programs have made tremendous impacts in people’s lives and this speaks volumes to the work of the staff and the commitment of the volunteers of those programs.  It is our intention to keep recruiting additional volunteers to add to the programs and fulfill the anticipated needs of the low-income people of the communities that we serve.”    North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.

New Sponsor of Wheelchair Ramp, Children’s Vision Screening and Blanketeers Programs

 

Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely        
  

North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc

301 E. 8th Street #109
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872-0351 or 872-1201











 

 









                                            


Ed Merrion from Catholic Charities accepts the 2015 NCCAA Hazel Thomas Community Action Award

  POSITION AVAILABLE

 Temporary Summer Camp Aide Position


A Summer Camp Aide will be responsible to assist with the Summer Youth Education/Recreation Program's participants (children ages 6-12) and activities.


Qualifications:

     * Must have a High School Diploma;

     * Must have experience working with children;

     * Must have a basic understanding of children and the ability to develop a positive relationship with them;

     * Effectively communicate both orally and in writing; have the ability to effectively present information;

     * Possess good organizational skills, with sensitivity to details;

     * Possess good interpersonal skills;

     * Must be a team player;

     * Able to accept constructive criticism;

     * Able to deal with stressful situations; and

     Must be philosophically compatible with the mission of the agency


Duties:

    * Must report to work on time to open the center prior to the arrival of campers;

    * Able to handle a group of 15-20 youth campers;

    * Assume responsibility for leadership and guidance for campers with attention to:

       A.   Campers personal interactions with respect to others

       B.   Campers participation in all camp activities


     * Participate in the implementation in all camp activities;

     * Assume responsibility for leading and assisting in camp activities;

     * Responsible for enforcing rules of the camp;

     * Maintain a positive attitude and serve as a good role model to campers in personal language, appearance and manners;

     * Able to effectively communicate and interact with volunteers, parents and/or guardians, members of community organization partners and general public;

     * Assume responsibility for the safety and welfare of the campers;

     * Assist in providing a recreational as well as an educational environment for the campers;

     * Perform other duties as assigned by Center Manager;

 If interested in this position please call 219-872-0351 












 

 









                                            












 

 









                                            


​​​​​EVENTS & COMMENTS


MAY IS NATIONAL COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH and was created by the Community Action Partnership to reinforce Community Action Agencies' roles in helping low-income families achieve economic stability.


During National Community Action Month, North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) follow the PROMISE OF COMMUNITY ACTION - to help people and change lives.


          52 Years Celebration

NCCAA is celebrating 52 years of Community Action at our Annual Meeting Volunteer Luncheon!!!


Date:  Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Place: SMRT Community Center

           301 Grant St.

           Michigan City, Indiana

​Time:  Noon



              EAP PROGRAM!!!


ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WINTER SEASON EXTENDED!!!! NCCAA IS STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER BENEFIT UNTIL FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018.  CALL AND MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!  


CRISIS FUNDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!   



SUMMER COOL PROGRAM STARTS AROUND JUNE 18, 2018.



THE WHEELCHAIR RAMP/HOME SAFETY REPAIR PROGRAMS HAS FUNDING AVAILABLE TO CONSTRUCT WHEELCHAIR RAMPS/HOME SAFETY REPAIRS FOR ELDERLY AND/OR DISABLED RESIDENTS OF LAPORTE COUNTY WHO REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN ORDER TO ENTER OR EXIT THEIR HOME SAFELY.


IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED A WHEELCHAIR RAMP BUILT OR A HOME SAFETY REPAIR PERFORMED TO REMAIN SAFELY IN THE HOME, BUT CANNOT AFFORD THE COST OF A CONTRACTOR, OR WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AS A VOLUNTEER OR MAKE A DONATION, PLEASE CALL:  219-872-1201 EX 107 OR EMAIL:  tszawara@nccomact.org




March 20 thru April 26, 2018 - Nutrition Lessons and Muscle Toning Fitness Program (mostly seated) at the Madeline and George Smart Center 301 Grant Ave., Michigan City, In


Crisis Funds Are Available!! We do have crisis funds available to help our clients that have already enrolled in the EAP Program.  To be eligible for Crisis Funds from us you must meet the following criteria:

     1.)  Have a Current Disconnection Notice

     2.)  Hasn't used the entirety of the crisis funds available to you during your initial appointment.

            a.)  Home Owners Crisis is up to $350.00

            b.)  Renters Crisis is up to $200.00

     3.)  Paid the remaining amount of the disconnection that will not covered by the crisis funds.

     4.)  Payment receipts and/or confirmation numbers are required.


Additionally we are still accepting applications for the EAP Program until May 15, 2018.


March 15 - Energy Assistance Moratorium Ends!


April 2-6 - Spring Break Youth Activities at Emmet Wise Center - Sign up now at 1702 E. Michigan Blvd or call 219 873-7099



March 21 - Participated in the Life Care Annual Health Fair

March 23 - Participated in stuffing 60,000 Easter eggs for the Annual Michigan City Police Department's Community Easter  Egg Hunt 



March 27 - Attend Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation's Banquet to accept $40,000 worth of grants for NCCAA's2018 Summer Youth,Children's Vision and Ra
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North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.

New Sponsor of Wheelchair Ramp, Children’s Vision Screening and Blanketeers Programs

Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 

Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and/or agencies that work with infants/children. This program will be housed at the NCCAA Westside Center in Michigan City.  The Children’s Vision Screening Program has one coordinator, Barb Mason, who receives a stipend from the funding sources of this program.  In the past school 2016-2017, the programs screened over 3,000 school children.  The Wheelchair Ramp Program Coordinator, Tom Szawara, is a new part-time employee of NCCAA.  The ramp and screening programs will continue to receive funding from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, LaPorte County United Way, Duneland Health Council, Heart of Cook Foundation, and REMC Foundation under NCCAA’s sponsorship.      

Cynthia Davis, Executive Director of North Central Community Action Agencies, stated “We are very excited to have this opportunity that will allow the staff and volunteers of these programs to join our team.  We are appreciative of the smooth transition between NCCAA and Catholic Charities.  The programs have made tremendous impacts in people’s lives and this speaks volumes to the work of the staff and the commitment of the volunteers of those programs.  It is our intention to keep recruiting additional volunteers to add to the programs and fulfill the anticipated needs of the low-income people of the communities that we serve.”    Type your paragraph here.












 

 









                                            












 

 









                                            


  

NCCAA SUCCESS STORIES WHERE WE HAVE HELPED PEOPLE AND CHANGED THEIR LIVES!


A senior client who had been homeless in another state moved to one of NCCAA counties.  He came into the office for assistance and enrolled into the senior nutrition program, utilized the food pantry, Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and was placed in a satellite Community Action Agency.  By seeking Community Action help, his life has tremendously changed - no longer homeless, has employment and is giving back to his community.  


At a final inspection of a home that was weatherized by NCCAA, the client broke down crying, saying she could not believe how much weatherization has done for her.  She explained that she inherited her home from her grandparents.  The house had been in her family four generations.  She thought she would upset her family by having to sell the home.  She could no longer afford the monthly utility bills.  She had just graduated from college and her student loans were becoming due.  The home previously did not have any insulation in the walls or attic.  She would have to block off the front room trying to keep the heating bill down but now she can utilize every room as the home is much warmer even though her thermostat is set at a lower temperature.    By having the weatherization done, she could tell a great difference in the home.  She said she knew this was exactly what she needed to be able to keep the home in the family.











 

 









                                            


Community Action Agencies Celebrates 50 Years of Service











 

 









                                            



North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.

New Sponsor of Wheelchair Ramp, Children’s Vision Screening and Blanketeers Programs
Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 

Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and/or agencies that work with infants/children. This program will be housed at the NCCAA Westside Center in Michigan City.  The Children’s Vision Screening Program has one coordinator, Barb Mason, who receives a stipend from the funding sources of this program.  In the past school 2016-2017, the programs screened over 3,000 school children.  The Wheelchair Ramp Program Coordinator, Tom Szawara, is a new part-time employee of NCCAA.  The ramp and screening programs will continue to receive funding from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, LaPorte County United Way, Duneland Health Council, Heart of Cook Foundation, and REMC Foundation under NCCAA’s sponsorship.      

Cynthia Davis, Executive Director of North Central Community Action Agencies, stated “We are very excited to have this opportunity that will allow the staff and volunteers of these programs to join our team.  We are appreciative of the smooth transition between NCCAA and Catholic Charities.  The programs have made tremendous impacts in people’s lives and this speaks volumes to the work of the staff and the commitment of the volunteers of those programs.  It is our intention to keep recruiting additional volunteers to add to the programs and fulfill the anticipated needs of the low-income people

Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 
Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and/or agencies that work with infants/children. This program will be housed at the NCCAA Westside Center in Michigan City.  The Children’s Vision Screening Program has one coordinator, Barb Mason, who receives a stipend from the funding sources of this program.  In the past school 2016-2017, the programs screened over 3,000 school children.  The Wheelchair Ramp Program Coordinator, Tom Szawara, is a new part-time employee of NCCAA.  The ramp and screening programs will continue to receive funding from the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation, LaPorte County United Way, Duneland Health Council, Heart of Cook Foundation, and REMC Foundation under NCCAA’s sponsorship.       

 

Cynthia Davis, Executive Director of North Central Community Action Agencies, stated “We are very excited to have this opportunity that will allow the staff and volunteers of these programs to join our team.  We are appreciative of the smooth transition between NCCAA and Catholic Charities.  The programs have made tremendous impacts in people’s lives and this speaks volumes to the work of the staff and the commitment of the volunteers of those programs.  It is our intention to keep recruiting additional volunteers to add to the programs and fulfill the anticipated needs of the low-income people of the communities that we serve.”    North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.

New Sponsor of Wheelchair Ramp, Children’s Vision Screening and Blanketeers Programs

 

Beginning April 1, 2017 North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) became the new sponsor of the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Gary transitioned these two programs to NCCAA after the volunteers of the ramp program completed their 500th ramp.  The ramp program provides elderly and/or disabled resident of Northwest Indiana the opportunity and freedom to enter and exit their homes safely.  Jennifer Dyer, Executive Director for Catholic Charities stated, “We are extremely proud of what the programs accomplished during the past 12 years and know they will continue to be very successful under the guidance of North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc.”  Ms. Dyer also stated the reason for the transition of the programs was that Catholic Charities was narrowing its focus to intensive case management and counseling. 

 

Under the supervision of NCCAA, the Wheelchair Ramp and Children’s Vision Screening Program will continue to meetl the needs throughout Northwest Indiana counties.  The ramp program comes with approximately 15 volunteers, the vision screening program comes with approximately 10 and the Blanketeers has 6.  The Blanketeer Program is a complete volunteer program where individuals come together twice a month to sew, crochet and/or knit items that they distribute to the local schoo