July 2020 Board of Directors Meeting

As a non-profit agency, Central Kentucky Community Action, Inc. is required to inform the local community of the Area Board of Directors Meetings which is open to the public. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom. If you would like to join the meeting, call the Central Office at 270-692-2136 to get the meeting information.

Community Services Update

NEW PROGRAM YEAR 2020-2021 –The Work Plan and Budget has been approved and signed for the Community Services Block Grant in the amount of $665,451. The program priority is EMPLOYMENT. This was determined by the most recent Community Needs Assessment.

CLOSING PROGRAM YEAR 2019-2020 – The CSBG Staff has been busy closing out one Program Year and beginning a new one.  Staff members have worked diligently to enter all services that had been provided into the computer.  We followed up on many clients so that we could also report the outcome of our efforts through ROMA. 

COMMUNITY GARDENS – 165 individual gardens and 1 community garden are planted and flourishing with the recent rains.

SPRING LIHEAP

Summer Cooling and Summer Cooling Crisis have started. July 1st-Oct 31st or until funds are expended. “SUBSIDY” ELIGIBILITY *Subsidy is a One Time Benefit per season  “CRISIS” Received a Disconnect notice from utility service provider, or • Received a current bill with a past due amount, or • Received an eviction notice if utilities are included in the rent, or • Are within 10 days of running out of pre-paid electric service.

Weatherizaton at Work

Central KY Community Action Council’s (CKCAC) Weatherization Program is working to close out the fiscal year on June 30th, 2020. The Weatherization Program has completed 29 homes with the Department of Energy and LIHEAP funding. 14 homes have been deferred due to needs outside of our program guidelines. CKCAC’s Weatherization Program has 78 clients on the waiting list to start receiving services as of July 1st, 2020.

The Weatherization Program received excellent reviews on compliance monitoring from the Kentucky Housing Corporation. All of the staff was maintained through the unexpected COVID-19 and the program utilized other funding to continue work and training.

The Weatherization staff is excited to return to performing weatherization services and looks forward to the future of the new contract year.

Kentucky Works Program Still Battling COVID-19 Pandemic

As the end of the fiscal year came and went, the Kentucky Works Program (KWP) is still working with reduced participation due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All of the participants in KWP and the SNAP Program are being allowed to use exemption if they choose. As most of the training sites remain closed, the KWP staff has been working 1 on 1 with the participants by phone and email.

As everyone adjusts to the new way of doing business, the same will apply to the Kentucky Works Program. The staff has been exploring new online training opportunities, as well as, ways that they can provide soft skills training to help participants become employed and self-sufficient.

Kentucky Works Program Director, Tracy Dennison, would also like to take the time to say goodbye. Tracy will be retiring on August 1st. Tracy said “It has been such a great opportunity to start and operate the Kentucky Works Program. I have enjoyed my time with Community Action and look forward to what life holds for the future. Although I will be retiring, I hope to stay involved with the agency and the communities we serve.”

Goode News – July 2020 Edition

CKCATS is on the move. As I told you in May, the COVID-19 Pandemic has been devastating for many people in our community. It has also had a huge impact on our Central KY Community Action Transportation Services (CKCATS). As of March 23rd, trips were down 75-85%. CKCATS is still transporting dialysis patients and senior citizens. Active Day, Blessed Assurance and Communicare facilities continue to remain closed until further notice.

During April, May and June, CKCATS continued to see very low numbers and growth is coming on a much smaller scale than anticipated. The CKCATS staff is currently fully staffed and working with CDC standards to assure our clients and drivers are safe during their trips.

CKCATS is very excited about adding Hardin and Meade County to our transportation services. This is under the Title III-B Senior Transportation Services. This service will be available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm. There are certain restrictions that apply but these free trips will help the seniors of that area. If you live in Hardin or Meade County, please contact the CKCATS Office at 1-800-242-8225 to get additional information. With the addition of these two counties, CKCATS is proud to service the entire Lincoln Trail District.

More to come, much more……

Trail of Hope Presents the 2020 Family Summer Outreach

Lincoln Trail Regional Network, Trail of Hope presents the 2020 Family Enrichment Summer Outreach. The goal is to provide families with activities that promote attachment and bonding, as well as, family communication and problem solving. Typically, this is the time of year we would be preparing the families for the summer months. This usually includes food security, pool passes, camping passes, child care and any other components that come with the summer months. This year camps and pools are closed, leaving our most at risk children with little reprieve and parents with little child care options.

Trail of Hope would like to assist these families by providing games and activities that promote family togetherness. The plan is to distribute the funds equally through the 8 counties that we serve. Community partners have been identified in each county that would help aide our attempts to ensure that families in need receive these items. The items being distributed would include board games, outside games, bubbles and toys, that would build family attachment and bonding.

The Community Collaboration for Children Program is continuing on despite of the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, there are many changes on how we interact with families. The program continues to meet with families weekly using telehealth services, such as phone calls, FaceTime and Zoom. There have also been many porch and mailbox drop-offs. The program is committed to ensuring that the families have what they need during this challenging time.

Family Child Care Prepares for Reopening

COVID-19 has made life for childcare providers extremely difficult. On March 20, 2020, the Governor closed almost all childcare facilities in Kentucky. The exceptions being those that remained open to serve emergency workers’ children only. Three providers under the agency’s sponsorship remained open with very limited capacity. Five providers prepared boxed meals for the children enrolled in their homes and centers. The agency was able to reimburse them for these boxes through the agency’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

The childcare homes and centers are very apprehensive about the future. They are beginning to open under strict guidelines and had to go through additional mandatory training. A few of the programs have decided to close their doors. It will be a balancing act for those who choose to remain open.

Most of the homes and centers will fight to survive because of their passion and love for children. Since the agency is a sponsor for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, we will be a huge asset for every childcare home and center. The reimbursement for meals will help lower the cost of food.

The childcare homes and centers did receive good news from the Division of Child Care. The Division of Child Care was able to provide CARES funding for the programs. Providers were eligible to receive $255 per enrolled child and the full payment for children receiving subsidy. Also, grants have been made available to help providers meet the new guidelines for protecting the children from COVID-19.

Goode News – June 2020 Edition

National Children’s Day is a day to honor all of the children in our lives. It’s a time to slow down, turn off all of our technology and refocus on the important things. One day may not be enough, but using it as an opportunity to redirect our family’s lives may be an important step in a child’s life.

Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, started Children’s day in 1856. It was originally a special day to Baptize children and was called Rose Day. In 1995, President Clinton proclaimed the Nationals Children’s Day as October 8th. When President Bush came along in 2001, he declared the first Sunday in June as National Children’s Day.

What can we do to make a difference in our children’s lives? We must cherish our children, spend time with them, read to them and listen to them. You can also give them a head start and enroll them in our Head Start Program. Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are free, federally funded programs designed to promote school readiness for children from low-income families.

The Early Head Start serves families starting at 23 months. The Head Start Program serves children between 3 and 5 years old. These programs encourage parent involvement by offering regular opportunities for parents to volunteer. The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs also link children and families to other services in the community. The children who participate in these programs will participate in various educational activities. They will also receive free medical and dental care services.

The Head Start Programs are designed to help all children succeed. They are required to serve children with special needs, such as physical and developmental delays. Central KY Community Action Head Start is proud to take the daily steps to improve the quality of education for our children. From keeping our children safe with the new COVID-19 protocols to building new facilities in Lebanon, Springfield and Radcliff, our commitment to our children is rock-solid.

For more information about the Central KY Community Action Head Start, go to our website at www.ckcac.org. Use #NationalChildrensDay to share on Social Media.

Public Review of the Community Services Block Grant Proposal

Central KY Community Action Council, Inc. is holding a public review of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) proposal. The proposal is prepared annually by Central KY Community Action Council, Inc. and is submitted to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky. It describes Central KY Community Action’s plan for the use of the funds in the Central KY Community Action’s services area, which includes agency capacity building, civic engagement and community involvement, employment, education & cognitive development, income/infrastructure/asset building, health & social/behavioral development, housing, linkages, and services supporting multiple domains. It also includes the results of the local community needs assessment. The proposal will be available on Central KY Community Action’s website (www.ckcac.org) on 5/28/2020. Comments or questions may be forwarded to Ellen Leake, Central KY Community Action Council, Inc., 332 Hood Ave. Lebanon, KY 40033; or call (270) 692-2136; or email eleake@ckcac.org. This project is funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Central KY Community Action Council, Inc. will not discriminate against anyone applying for or receiving assistance or services based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political beliefs or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity or any other protected class identified in federal, state, or local laws. ***Central KY Community Action Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Housing Provider***

May Board of Directors Meeting

As a non-profit agency, Central Kentucky Community Action, Inc. is required to inform the local community of the Area Board of Directors Meetings which is open to the public. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom. If you would like to join the meeting, call the Central Office at 270-692-2136 to get the meeting information.