Diane Ryan, Deputy Director
Phone: (315) 697-3588
The Flock has flown!!! Our first sighting of the CAP flamingos has taken place. This year, they begin their journey in Canastota, NY. We will be tracking the flock as it migrates to warmer temperatures. If you are interested in hosting the flock or sending it to a friends' home for the night; please contact Sandra Bain at (315) 706-5611.
As the weather begins to change, and fall approaches...the flock of pink flamingos are coming back through Madison County on their flight south!! Our CAP family is going to help them on their journey; but it is long and they will need to stop and rest along the way. Please keep watching the Community Action Partnership for Madison County Facebook for further details!!!
CAP opened up their new transitional apartment complex on June 22, 2016. This complex is for homeless families and is comprised of four fully furnished apartments for families who will work with an intensive caseworker to re-group and solve their financial, stability and/or economic issues.
Recently Community Action completed a Community Needs Assessment for Madison County. The final report can be read in the attached file below. If you have any questions, please contact CAP at (315) 697-3588.
Community Action’s female mentors & mentees came together to celebrate our 8th Annual Mentoring Program Girl’s Night Out event. The purpose of this event is to prepare the girls in our program for the new school year ahead in a fun and healthy way.
The evening began with the girls participating in a fashion show, showing off outfits they shopped for with their mentors at local 2nd hand stores. Following this was a great interactive presentation with Marla Velky-Reger where the girls created their own snow globes and learned the symbolism behind them when it comes to relieving stress. After enjoying a beautifully prepared summer meal, the stations opened for them to have their hair, nails & light makeup done. They were also able to enjoy a fun photo booth with props and perused the donations of school supplies, clothing, toiletries, jewelry and more!
We would like to extend a special thank you to Katrina Blanchard at Wolf Oak Acres for generously allowing us to use their beautiful event space for this occasion. We would also like to thank Gary Johnson of Elevated Events for generously providing a fun and energetic atmosphere with his music.
One of the girls, age 10, shared with sincerity in reference to the donations, “Thank you, this is so helpful. These
school supplies are going to help me and my family so much.” Another girl shared, “This is the best night that I have ever had!” Some of the girls shared later with their mentors that the event made them feel special, beautiful and happy. Mission accomplished!
The following funders make Community Action’s Mentoring Program possible: Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD, United Way of Greater Oneida and many other contributions throughout Madison County.
If you have one hour a week, you can make a difference in a local youth’s life. To hear more about this great program at Community Action, please call (315) 697-3588 and ask for Dennis Hoover ext. 24 or Jessica Ginney ext. 42.
Madison County has recently been awarded the 1st Time Homebuyer's Program awarded through New York Community Development Block Grant. The housing award is $590,000 for direct home ownership assistance in Madison County. The goal of Madison County's CDBG housing program is to facilitate and expand first time home ownership to Low to Moderate Income (LMI) families.
At this time, the maximum grant awards are up to $30,000. Awards are used toward closing costs and principal reduction on the new property. If grant recipients stay in their home for 10 years, there is no repayment of the grant. If the new homeowner sells before this time, the grant repayment is pro-rated.
All homes purchased must be in Madison County
Currently, the maximum purchase price for a home is $125,000. (Based on inside/outside ratios of 28%-38% and subject to change)
You must be a First Time Homebuyer. To be considered a First Time Homebuyer:
You must have never owned a home before
It has been over 3 years since your name has been on a deed
You are a displaced partner/homemaker
You must fall within the HUD income guidelines listed:
Family Size Maximum Gross $/Yr.
Once you are pre-qualified through our initial screening, you will be assigned a Housing Counselor and an interview time is set to discuss your personal credit/budget issues. Six additional one-on-one classes are scheduled to complete our 12-hour Homebuyer's Education Class. Our Loan Review Committee then reviews the application and makes the final decision on awarding the grant and assigning the maximum purchase price for each applicant.
For an application or questions about the program, please contact our Morrisville Office at 315-684-3144, Ext 34
Date: Saturday August 15th
Open to Adults and Children
Beginnings level class to introduce families into the are of Geo-Caching, a nationwide treasure hunting program using the geocache app on smartphone or GPS.
Children of all ages learn compass skills and GPS navigation.
Class Requirements: GPS Navigational system or smartphone.
Instructor: Lenny Giardino is the program manager for Healthy Families Program and is a certified public educator & administrator.
Registration Deadline: August 7th
Minimum class attendance: 6
The Buzz on Science
Date: Saturday August 22nd
Open to Children 7-12 years old
Join our mad scientist, Buzzy Dale for a day of exploration. If your child is interested in learning about; glowing pickles, giant magnets, elephant toothpaste and many more fun and interactive science experiments, this class is for you!
Instructor: Buzzy (George Dale) is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Chemistry and a graduate of the University of Arizona with a MS in Material Science and Engineering. He is a New York Certified teacher in Math, Physic and Chemistry.
Registration Deadline: August 14th
Minimum class attendance: 6
Date: Saturday August 29th
Open to Children 7-12 years old
Learn how to make a pinata and understand the origins of the pinata and Mexican culture - food and music to be incorporated into this session.
Instructor: Bethany Hawkinson, a CAP staff member since 2012 in the Healthy Families Program, a Child Development Specialist and has an extraordinary interest in arts & crafts.
Registration Deadline: August 21st
Minimum class attendance: 6
Have you ever participated in Community Action's Healthy Families Program (or Starting Together Program)? If so, please come join us to celebrate 20 years of the Healthy Families Program in Madison County!
Over the past 20 years the Healthy Families Program has had a positive impact on hundreds of families in Madison County. Healthy Families New York offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Family support workers help facilitate and empower parent-child interaction with fun child development activities through use of an evidence based curriculum. The home visitors also work with parents on self-sufficiency goals such as employment and education and can provide referrals to community resources. If you are an expectant mom or dad or a community partner that would like further information about our services, contact Judy Granger at 315-697-3588 ext 22.
to provide education, guidance, and accessibility to resources for families and children striving for
economic self-sufficiency and building resilience. We are a not-for-profit, non-governmental agency
in Madison County with a mission to serve families in need. historically, we have
served one out of every 16 Madison County residents.
The Community Action Partnership for Madison County is now in search of an individual to serve
on our Board of Directors to represent the low-income community. The candidate must live or work in Madison County.
The board meets 5 times a year. Travel and/or child care expenses can be reimbursed.
For more information or to express interest, please contact:
Julie Dale, Executive Director
Community Action Partnership for Madison County
Phone: (315) 697-3588 extension 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Hoover, Mentoring Supervisor, JoAnne Morak, Program Manager, Carol Kolodziejski, Sharon Jasek,
Amy Buckley, Susan Loper, Roxy Spano, Becky Marris, Joanne McGowan, Scot Cerullo, Melissa King, Cory Marsh, and Jessica Ginney, Mentoring Supervisor
Community Action mentors and staff came together to celebrate at our Annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner. We celebrated all the wonderful mentors in our program in addition to celebrating our program as a whole.
The evening started with a rolling power point that showcased a snap shot of the year in review. There were photos of mentors and mentees individual outings as well as fun group activities at local places around the county and in nearby Syracuse. We were then treated to a moving presentation from Nate Kaercher; the Band Director at Chittenango Middle School for the past 14 years. Kaercher spoke about the importance of reaching out to youth and shared a few personal stories of his own that drove the message home.
Three of our mentors were acknowledged for being with our program for over 5 years; JoAnn McGowan, Melissa King and Susan Loper. We also acknowledged our funders; Madison County Youth Bureau, Department of Social Services, United Way of Greater Oneida, OPWDD and the many local chambers and other organizations that support us throughout the year.
If you have as little as an hour a week to share with a local youth, please give us a call at (315) 697-3588. That small amount of time can make a big difference in the life of a youth in your community!