From: angie@communityactionduluth.org
To: michael@communityactionduluth.org
Subject: MNCAP Awards, Social Justice Film Series, More Seeds Jobs
March 2014
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Hello,

We work one-on-one with individuals seeking to build assets to move out of poverty, but we recognize that individuals and families struggle within a social context. We must avoid, in the words of Dr. Cornel West, becoming "well adjusted to injustice and well adapted to indifference." In that vein, we're co-sponsoring a movie series with CHUM and the Northeast Area Labor Council called "Social Justice Night at the Movies." The next film in this free series is A Place at the Table; it's a sobering look at hunger in America. Check it out Monday, March 31st at Teatro Zuccone.

A Place At The Table

We continue to staff up Seeds of Success for the growing season. We're hiring a LISC AmeriCorps member to coordinate volunteers and our summer garden crew.

Note that Big View is taking this month off; the next Big View meeting will be the quarterly Solutions to End Poverty Forum on April 24th.


Executive Director

CAD Wins two MNCAP Awards
Best Practice Award We were recognized last week by the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MNCAP) with two awards. We won a "Promising Practice" award for our implementation of the Lincoln Park Farmers Market and a "Best Practice" award for our use of the Financial Opportunity Center model. Both awards recognized continuing innovation in the creation of opportunities for low-income families.

(L-R) CAD staff Dan Nynas and Michael Latsch, Rep. Erik Simonson (7B), CAD staff Sarah Priest, and CAD board member Beth Wilde.

Welcome Karen St. George

Karen St. George began working for Community Action Duluth as a Financial Coach/Housing Counselor in March. Karen comes to us with years of experience working in government programs and well as private financial institutions to help people improve their financial standing. Most recently, Karen worked for Fond du Lac Human Services as a Patient Advocate helping Native Americans access health insurance.

Originally from Minneapolis, Karen moved to Duluth to be closer to aging family members. Previous community involvement includes founding a non-profit childcare center, community organizing, and helping to create a community clinic. In her spare time, Karen enjoys walking with her husband and dog; gardening; and enjoying the great outdoors. An easy way to get Karen smiling is to ask her about her grandsons.

Karen St. George

Her passion is to help people identify their talents and to encourage them to act for the good of the community as a whole.

Tax Site Passes the Halfway Mark

Happy taxpayers Eryn and Lance are using their refund to fund their wedding!

We're halfway through the tax season and so far we've helped more than 900 families get their taxes done for free. Our scheduled appointments are booked up through the end of the regular season, but we've got plenty of walk-in opportunities every Tuesday and Wednesday evening and Saturday morning at our office.

If you feel like doing your own taxes, you can prepare your 2013 state and federal returns at your home computer or at the Duluth Public Library with MyFreeTaxes.com. Tax preparation and electronic filing are free of charge for taxpayers with income up to $58,000.

Post-season tax preparation starts at Community Action Duluth's main office on April 23 and runs through August 13. Taxpayers may call (218) 726-1665, ext. 39, to schedule Wednesday afternoon appointments. Staff and volunteers will help taxpayers file current year returns, prior year returns, amended returns, and property tax returns. This extended service is supported by a new grant from the Northland Foundation.

Thanks to Women's Foundation of MN

The Women's Foundation of Minnesota awarded CAD a three-year grant in 2013 to sustain the Getting Ahead program. Getting Ahead is a ten-week leadership development class that empowers participants to understand and overcome the barriers that stand between them and getting out of poverty.

The Women's Foundation began in 1983 as the very first women's foundation in the country. They invest in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota. In addition to providing funding to nonprofits, the Women's Foundation partners with the University of MN Humphrey School's Center on Women and Public Policy to conduct and share research on the status of girls and women in MN.

This research documents the increasingly dire economic condition that women and children face in Minnesota, particularly female-headed families. Since 2000, there has been a 64% increase in the number of families with children living below the poverty line.

We look forward to working with the Foundation to help the families we work with achieve a better future.

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:30 PM and Saturdays at 8:30 AM until April 15th
Walk-in Tax Preparation at Community Action Duluth
March 25th, 1:00 PM Agency Orientation
March 31st, 7:00 PM Social Justice Night at the Movies: A Place At the Table
April 1st, 6:00 PM Common Cents Session 7 First Meeting
April 7th, 9:00 AM Common Cents Session 8 First Meeting
April 8th, 1:00 PM Agency Orientation
April 30th, 7:00 PM Social Justice Night at the Movies: American Winter