We need your help to qualify for a $25,000 grant,
and bring the provide assistance to our neighbors!
Help us end the cycle of poverty in OUR community. Donate today to the COVID Relief Fund that allows Community Action Agency to direct resources toward unmet needs and fill service gaps. The Community Relief Fund provides emergency assistance to individuals and families throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County who are experiencing a financial crisis, facing homelessness or struggling to provide the basic needs of daily living for their family.
Every donation through August 13th gets CAA one step closer to earning up to a $25,000 grant. This grant will help CAA extend their rapid response emergency assistance efforts identifying and helping those in need through additional community engagement; develop alternate mobile and pop-up events to reach families where they are.
Stories of Resiliency, Equity, and Hope
Like many of us, at the beginning of the pandemic, Montez Watson found himself with a lot of extra time on his hands, along with the uncertainty and lack of structure that came with the new lockdown life. He decided to take the opportunity to expand his skills in technology and apply for the CAA TechWorks program, funded by Verizon Wireless.
Montez had a background in working in IT, but little formalized training. He was accepted into the TechWorks program and was so inspired he did additional training on the side. After six months of dedication to furthering his education, Montez not only received the CompTIA A+ certificate from TechWorks, he also obtained Microsoft specialty AZ-900 and AD-900 certificates.
With this new skillset, he can begin his career path into cloud computing and keep up with current technology trends for companies. What's more, he is also coming full-circle and instructing the next TechWorks class!
"I wanted to show my kids that no matter what you're going through, as long as you are focused and determined, you can achieve the things you want," he reflected. "If anyone is looking to take a chance on a program that will help launch you into your next career path, the TechWorks program is the right program for you."
Talk to Malea Berry for a minute, and you know she is going places.
Like many mothers, when the pandemic hit, she had to recalibrate and focus on establishing different responsibilities and routines at home. She ultimately gave up her career as a pharmacy tech to become a teacher for her 5 year old son, Myaire. Being a single mom, she also gave up the only source of income in her household.
She soon fell behind on bills, and her apartment lease was ending with no renewal option. Never one to give up, she turned to CAA when she needed help the most. Working with Housing Policy Advocate Matt Strauss, she was able to find a new apartment, she received assistance with moving expenses and rental application, and she caught up on her mounting bills.
Without the constant stress of being behind in rent and bills, she could focus on launching a successful new career with a courier, transportation and logistics service while working from home. She is even considering how she might tap CAA’s Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative to help develop her entrepreneurial energies. At the same time, Myaire is now reading and is ready to enter the first grade in the fall!
"I have the power to stay positive and see the glass as half full. I refuse to be negative.” Malea declared. “Thank you to CAA and the CAA staff for being there and for fighting so hard for our community!"