CAA Welcomes New Director of Business Enterprise

August 4, 2014 - CAA is pleased to welcome Andre M. Williams as the agency's Director of Business Enterprise. Mr. Williams is responsible for the Foundation and driving the social entrepreneurship program while building opportunities for CAA to ensure the economic growth and utilization of the agency's assets. Mr Williams brings over 15 years of insurance and financial services experience and a proven track record in leadership, sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning. Prior to CAA, he served as Vice President of Insurance for Kemba Credit Union where he led a team of insurance professionals in serving 75,000 members across the Tri-State. He also worked in leadership and management positions for national organizations such as State Farm, Luxottica and the Insurance Board.
A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Williams graduated from Walnut Hills High School, and went on to earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Mathematics-Actuarial Sciences degree from Ohio University. He is a member of various professional organizations and serves in the community as a Board Trustee for the Memorial Hall Society and a Junior Achievement volunteer at Walnut Hills High School.

CAA Staff Serve Homeless Youth

July 14, 2014 - Each year, CAA's Community Services Director Clint Johnson and his staff provide great food and great conversation for the Project Connect Summer Program for homeless youth.  Project Connect provides advocacy paired with specialized educational services and lifestyle enrichment opportunities for children who have neither a voice, nor a choice, in being homeless.  Approximately 75 youth attended the luncheon with food provided by Subway.

CAA Hosts Law Review Workshop

May 28, 2014 - CAA’s Workforce Development and Human Resources departments will host an Employment Law Review Workshop on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the agency’s complex in Bond Hill.  Subject matter experts from the Department of Labor, the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission will provide a wealth of information and share the most up-to-date regulations every Human Resources provider needs to know to avoid costly mistakes. Participants will also enjoy the opportunity to network with other business and non-profit professionals attending the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $50.00 per person, (non-refundable)which includes a continental breakfast, a boxed lunch and all printed materials. Registrations may be made online by credit card using CAA’s secure PayPal portal. Go to: Registration deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014. For more information, please contact Pamela Brown at 513-569-1840 ext. 1446, or email

2014 Summer Youth Employment Program Opens

May 19, 2014 - Applications are now available for the Summer Youth Employment Program which provides work and a steady income to eligible youth, ages 14-24 for eight weeks, from mid-June to mid-October. Applications will be accepted through June 11 and will be processed by Hamilton County Job & Family Services
Summer Youth Employment Application

CAA Open House Commemorates 50 Years

May 12, 2014 -
An Open House event helped mark a milestone at the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency. The event, held at CAA in Bond Hill on Monday, May 12th was the first of its kind at the agency. President and CEO Gwen Robinson and Board Chair, Mark Lawson welcomed guests who were invited to tour the building and learn more about the agency’s programs and services.
The evening featured a 50th Anniversary milestone ribbon cutting thanks to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. In addition, a special ice sculpture, crafted especially for the event was showcased as well as students from the Walnut Hills High School Jazz Lab. The band performed classic jazz selections throughout the two-hour event.
CAA program directors were part of the interactive tour, providing a rare inside look into the services offered by the agency. Restaurant owners from Mazunte in Madisonville, and Red Rose Jems in North College Hill were on hand with food samples. Both restaurants are in business, thanks in part to the Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative (GCMI) located within the Community Action Agency. In addition, students from CAA’s Youth Development showcased their work by demonstrating their construction skills on a model home.
Whether it is help with paying electric bills (HEAP), affordable preschool (Head Start) the Community Action Agency has been helping people, changing lives for five decades strong.

The Open House was a wonderful way to mark an extraordinary milestone for an agency that is always there for the community.

CAA's Head Start Joins Child Abuse Prevention Observances

April 12, 2014 - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community.
On Wednesday, April 9 the Community Action Agency's Head Start Parent Policy Council joined national and statewide initiatives to prevent child abuse. The problem in Hamilton County is significant: 5,902 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2013.
Head Start parents, staff and students are taking part in 'Pinwheels for Prevention' and 'Wear Blue' Day. Each of the 300 pinwheels planted on the lawn of CAA represents approximately 20 children who were reported as abused or neglected in Hamilton County last year. Head Start's participation serves as an investment in the healthy development of our children.
In addition, Community Action Agency staff, including Head Start and many students are wearing blue in solidarity with statewide efforts to prevent child abuse. At CAA we know that investing in child development is an investment in community and economic development. Effective strategies can save taxpayers as much as $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased foster care, special education, health problems and the justice system.

Home Buyers Expo Coming to CAA

March 24, 2014 - CAA will host the National Association of Real Estate Broker's (NAREB) annual "Home Buyers Expo" in the GLR Conference Hall on Saturday, April 12, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. The Expo is an opportunity for home owners and potential buyers to meet with real estate professionals and lenders for assistance with maintaining or purchasing a home in a challenging market. The Expo is free of charge to anyone wishing to attend.