Friday, May 09, 2014

UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership honored with Community Action Award

The Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield was recently awarded the Grey Warrner Friend of Community Action Award from the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA).

The award is given to organizations that have a long and distinguished partnership with Community Action, supporting Community Action in its mission to fight poverty in Illinois. UIS has worked in partnership with IACAA for over 30 years.

“It is a partnership built on the shared value that it is our obligation to make a difference in our communities,” said Lorena Johnson of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership. “For UIS, this award is validation of that achievement and a celebration of a partnership committed to the continued development and success of the mission of Community Action.”

The center has helped IACAA recognize agency achievement by assisting with their annual Best Practices Award. UIS faculty and staff have led their Family and Community Development (FCD) Specialist and Certified Public Manager Certification trainings and assisted in the collection and compilation of data for reporting on Community Service Block Grant, LIHEAP and Weatherization programs.

UIS is currently helping IACAA with an examination of Community Action Leadership to promote guidance for future leaders of Community Action.

For more information, contact David Racine, executive director of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217/206-8417 or

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