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Here are some stories from past years.

For office locations and directions for specific programs... please dial 2-1-1.

Be safe and enjoy the season!

December 24, 2015

The offices of Community Action will be closed December 24th through December 27th and will re-open on Monday, December 28th.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Input on Neighborhood Improvements Needed!

December 3, 2015

The City of Ashtabula will be applying for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant in 2016. We need your help...what would you like to see either at Clifford Kadon Presidential Park or throughout the neighborhood. If you live, work, or visit/play in the My Neighborhood area near downtown Ashtabula-- please take a few minutes to complete this survey. We have suggested some items for you to rate-- but we encourage any other ideas you might have. Thanks for your help on this important opportunity!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2015

The offices of Community Action will be closed November 26th & 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open Monday at our regularly scheduled time.

Parade Time!

November 12, 2015

Community Action will be participating in the local parades again this holiday season.  This year our Action In Motion will have TWO trucks entered!  Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Winter Crisis Program Starts

November 7, 2015

The Winter Crisis Program (Emergency HEAP) started November 2nd. During the first two weeks we will only be taking walk-ins at OhioMeans Jobs, 2247 Lake Avenue (Ashtabula Plaza) on Monday- Friday beginning at 8 am. Appointments will begin on November 16th and will be seen at our Community Action, 6920 Austinburg Road location. Walk-ins will continue at OhioMeans Jobs. Call the automated appointment line at 866-223-1471 to schedule an appointment. For more information call 2-1-1.

NOTE**** There will be no Walk-Ins on November 11- the offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.

My Neighborhood Canning Workshop

October 22, 2015

Announcing--- a special opportunity!! My Neighborhood has teamed up with the Ashtabula Local Food Council to present a Canning Workshop on Saturday, November 7th from 1-3 pm. The $5 fee may be covered for eligible My Neighborhood participants. Call 440-997-5957 ext. 522 to register!  REGISTRATION FORM

Action In Motion Expands

October 9, 2015

Community Action is proud to announce that we now offer Commercial Drivers License Training at the Euclid Square Mall!  We offer the same quality program with our highly trained, experienced and licensed staff.  For more information call

216-459-7363.  Classes are forming now!

Happy Fall!

September 23, 2015

The leaves are starting to change color and the air is a little cooler- a great time to celebrate the season.  Community Action invites you to a few upcoming opportunities for families to come out and enjoy!

Apply for Weatherization Now!

September 2, 2015

Meteorological Fall began September 1st and it is an excellent time to apply for the Community Action Weatherization Program! To find out if you are eligible, to request an application, or for more information call 440-997-5957 or just dial 2-1-1.

HEAP Winter Crisis Program

January 6, 2015

As the temperatures dip we would like to remind you about the HEAP Winter Crisis Program.  If your gas or electric has been disconnected; if you have received a final disconnect notice; or you have less than a 10 day supply of bulk fuel you may qualify for assistance.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015

In 2014 we celebrated 50 years serving the  community.  2015 promises to bring more growth and excitement– as we move full speed into our next 50 years!


Program Highlight

December 31, 2014

New Hope- Part 5- Every day, Ashtabula County’s Community Action Agency is "Helping People. Changing Lives."  With programs like New Hope, we are helping individuals and families transition into affordable housing while providing additional supportive services that improve and change their lives...

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!

December 24, 2014

Program Highlight

December 24, 2014

New Hope- Part 4- Homeless: “Living in a place not meant for human habitation.”  This is the definition that guides our work with the New Hope Housing Program.  Through the New Hope Housing Program, Ashtabula County Community Action Agency has found a way to assist homeless individuals in transition.

Program Highlight

December 17, 2014

New Hope- Part 3-

Ashtabula County’s Community Action Agency introduced the New Hope Housing Program over a decade ago. While the program has seen a few internal changes, the focus and goal of assisting individuals through transition has not. 


Program Highlight

December 10, 2014

New Hope- Part 2- So now you’ve heard of New Hope and we are sure you have lots of questions. If you have not yet called 2-1-1 to learn more about this program for individuals who are literally homeless, here’s a “Quick Reference” to help you learn more...

Program Highlight

December 6, 2014

New Hope- Part 1- During this colder time of year, many Ashtabula County residents find themselves in need of shelter. While many of us have access to a house or apartment where we can lock the door, turn on the heat and run hot water, few people realize the sheer number of our friends and family members who have no access to such comforts.

CDL Truck Driving School Highlighted at Innovation Summit

November 2014

Judith Barris, ACCAA Executive Director presents Action In Motion Academy- CDL Truck Driving School at OACAA Innovation Summit...

Program Highlight

November 26, 2014

Action In Motion Academy- CDL Truck Driving School- Part 4- Currently there is a need for more than 45,000 drivers in the US right now, some estimates have the need at over 250,000 new drivers in the next 5 years. Today the average age of a truck driver is over 58 years old, nearly 60% can retire within the next 5 to 10 years.

See Us In The Holiday Parades!

November 24, 2014

We will be participating in the area holiday parades to spread the word about our programs and services.  Watch for our staff, volunteers... and our big semi and trailer from our Action In Motion Academy CDL Truck Driving School!

Program Highlight

November 19, 2014

Action In Motion Academy- CDL Truck Driving School- Part 3-

Fast Track Training--- Action In Motion Truck Driving Academy provides; Fast Track, high value training for success. Student success is the most important for us, small class size and individualized training style provide the start, but who else might find success with every new driver we put into a new and exciting job?

Program Highlight

November 12, 2014

Action In Motion Academy- CDL Truck Driving School- Part 2- 

Skills Training--- 

How are you at Backing Up? How about parallel parking? Do you have trouble backing down the street or driveway? Well think about the truck driver and the maneuvers they need to make safely, to do their job.

Successful Clean-Up!

November 10, 2014

"My Neighbrohood" members, area residents, and Lakeside High School Leadership students had a great day Saturday--- they picked up litter, cleared vacant lots and raked leaves on the streets surrounding Presidential Park!  Thanks also to Ashtabula City and JP Ducro for their support of this event.

My Neighborhood Clean-Up

November 8, 2014

Join My Neighborhood as they pick up litter and rake leaves at Presidential Park, W. 58th & Madison,  and along the  curb of surrounding streets.  Meet at the park at 1:00 pm.

Program Highlight

November 5, 2014

Action In Motion Academy- CDL Truck Driving School- Part 1-

Can you name anything in your life that isn’t touched by a truck? Many times people have given me so many things they think my not be on a truck. Many don’t realize the impact a truck can make...

E-HEAP- WInter Crisis Program Starts

November 2, 2014

STARTING TOMORROW!!! The Emergency HEAP- Winter Crisis Program (WCP) will begin on Monday, November 3, 2014. ---Area Households May Be Eligible For Assistance With Their Home Heating Bills!

Program Highlight

October 29, 2014

HWAP-Weatherization- Part 5

As our final highlight post, we continue explaining the process of what happens when a home is weatherized.  Beginning where we left off with Step 2: Build a Working Partnership with the Customer...

Program Highlight

October 22, 2014

HWAP or Weatherization- Part 4-

What happens when a home is weatherized?


Step 1: Initial Inspection

When a household is determined to be eligible for the program, an appointment is scheduled for an initial inspection of the dwelling.

Program Highlight

October 21, 2014

HWAP or Weatherization- Part 3- HWAP has weatherized more than 304,000 dwellings in Ohio since 1977. This will result in a reduction of 376 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 840 thousand pounds of nitrogen oxide, and 2.3 million pounds of sulfur oxide.

Program Highlight

October 8, 2014

HWAP or Weatherization Part 2- This week we will answer a few commonly asked questions regarding the Home Weatherization Assistance Program and the benefits it can provide.

Program Highlight

October 1 ,2014

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a no-cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of homes, reduce household energy expenditures, and improve health and safety.

Program Highlight

September 24, 2014

The past 3 weeks we have talked about what our Home Repair programs can do.  This week we identify what they cannot provide.

Final Workshop in the Garden!

September 2014

Join us to make your own hypertufa pot and plantable paper to save your seeds.  These are great gifts and lots of fun!

Program Highlight

September 17, 2014

HOME REPAIR- The third program that falls under our Home Repair-Special Programs is the United Way Minor Home Repair Program. This is for any Ashtabula County resident who needs a small home repair or handicap modification.

Program Highlight

September 11, 2014

HOME REPAIR- Another program highlighted under our Home Repair- Special Programs is the Area Agency on Aging-Elderly Home Maintenance.

Program Highlight

September 9, 2014

HOME REPAIR- Community Action Housing Services Home Repair Program is actually made up of 3 different programs that pull their funding from distinctive sources. The first highlighted program will be the Emergency Home Repair Program.

Workshops in the Garden!

September 2014

Join us every Friday afternoon in September from 1:00 - 2:00pm for a great series of workshops.  No charge to attend but please register...

Program Highlight

August 28, 2014

Welcome Back!

ACCAA Head Start/Early Head Start will resume classes and home visits starting September 2. We have many exciting changes for the new program year.

Summer Crisis Program Ends This Week

August 25, 2014

The program can assist with electric bill payments and/or provide an air conditioner. To qualify, households must meet income eligibility guidelines.

Program Highlight

August 20, 2014

It takes a community!

Each year, ACCAA Head Start/Early Head Start has to raise almost $800,000 worth of donations, volunteer hours and discounted services to support our program. These donations are called "In Kind".

Program Highlight

August 18, 2014

Happy 20th Birthday

Early Head Start!

In 1994, Congress extended the traditional Head Start preschool program to include services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers.

All County Senior Picnic

August 13, 2014

Ashtabula County Council on Aging will be having their "All County Picnic"  August 22, 2014 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson from 11 am to 3 pm. This picnic is open to all Ashtabula County Senior Citizens, their caretakers and companions as well.

Program Highlight

August 6, 2014

Head Start was created in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. Since its start as an 8-week summer program to help disadvantaged children become "school ready" Head Start has served 30 million children throughout the United States and its territories.

National Farmers Market Week

August 5, 2014

This week we celebrate Farmers Market Week.  The Community Action WIC program provides coupons for eligible families to shop at area Farmers Markets.

Program Highlight

July 30, 2014

2-1-1 Ashtabula County

Let’s Play a Game!

Can you spot a FALSE answer?

Click the button below to see the questions and test your knowledge...

ACCAA booth at the Multi-Cultural Festival!

July 28, 2014

We had a great time meeting everyone and sharing information about our services!  Thank you to all who stopped by!

Program Highlight

July 23, 2014

“2-1-1…that’s only for low-income people right?”


This is usually one of the first questions we get when we meet people in the community while performing outreach on behalf of Ashtabula County’s 2-1-1 Information & Referral Service

Sign Up Now for Meals on Wheels

July 22, 2014

Community Action’s Meals on Wheels Program currently has openings for qualified individuals in need of home delivered meals. Seniors aged 60 or over who are predominantly home-bound may qualify for the Meals on Wheels Program depending on ...their nutritional support systems and physical limitations.

Program Highlight

July 16, 2014

“Thank You for Calling Ashtabula County 2-1-1. How May I Help You?”


This is the greeting that over 165,000 people have heard when calling Ashtabula County’s 2-1-1 Information & Referral service.

Program Highlight

July 9, 2014

PART 2- 2-1-1 Ashtabula County We receive calls for needs and issues people in our community struggle with on a daily basis.

Enrollment for Fall 2014 Set to Begin!

July 8, 2014

Community Action Head Start will be starting enrollment the week of July 14th and continuing into August.  This year a unique, convenient approach will allow children to obtain all necessary screenings, and parents to complete all necessary paperwork, in one easy visit.  If you haven't been contacted by a Family Advocate, please call Head Start/ Early Head Start at 440-993-7716.

Program Highlight

July 2, 2014

2-1-1 Ashtabula County

The Number to Dial for Life’s

“Other” Emergencies


The challenge with Ashtabula County’s 2-1-1 Information & Referral Service is making people aware that exists...

First Class Started Today!

June 30, 2014

The first class of the Action In Motion CDL Truck Driving School started today in the classroom at Kent State University- Ashtabula!

Program Highlights

June 25, 2014

My Neighborhood- Sun, Seeds and Fun….that’s what we had last Saturday at our My Neighborhood Community Garden, located at Clifford Kadon Presidential Park (West 58th & Madison Avenue, Ashtabula).

After School Discovery Visits Garden

June 17, 2014

We had a great time Tuesday with the After School Discovery kids at Community Action's "Grounds-for-Growth" garden. The garden is designed to increase access to fresh, locally grown food.

Program Highlights

June 20, 2014

My Neighborhood- "Mary, Mary quite contrary.  How does your garden grow?"



Great-Father's Day Carnival!

June 14, 2014

Community Action Head Start/ Early Head Start sponsored a Father's Day Carnival to celebrate the role of men within the family.  We had a great turn out and a super time!  The event was in partnership with the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.


Program Highlights

June 11, 2014

My Neighborhood ~ The Heart of the City!


Since 2011, Community Action, St. Peter’s Church, and Imagine Ashtabula/ ADDA have been working  together to continue enhancing the conditions within a designated local neighborhood in Ashtabula. 


Planting Day!

June 5, 2014

Many thanks to the A-Tech Horticulture students for coming out to get the Grounds-for-Growth garden off to a great start! 

Gardening Workshop

May 31, 2014

Master Gardeners Rees Davis and Lori Albrecht presented a workshop on the basics of vegetable growing with individuals who will have plots in the My Neighborhood Community Garden.

50 Year Celebration

May 29, 2014

Ashtabula County Community Action Agency celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the creation of the Community Action Network as part of President Johnson's "War on Poverty."


Photo courtesy of Carl Feather

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