2019 Community Action Partnership of North Dakota Conference

October 1-2, 2019

Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, Bismarck, ND

Tuesday October 1, 2019

10:30 am - 11:45 am - Opening Session

  • Color Guard

    Marine’s Dakota Leathernecks Detachment #1419  will be performing Color Guard services.

  • National Anthem

    The Honor Choir from Bismarck Legacy High School will be performing the National Anthem.

  • Keynote Speaker

11:45-12:00 - Break

12:00-1:30 Lunch Provided

  • Legislative Update

    David Bradley from the National Community Action Foundation will be providing a legislative update.  Learn current information and important updates related to CSBG and Weatherization.

  • Census Overview

    The Census is a critical process that affects us all. Census data is used to apportion representation among states, draw congressional and state legislative districts, school districts and voting precincts, enforce voting rights and civil rights legislation, and distribute federal dollars to states (including CSBG, Head Start, Weatherization and many more!). Community Action is playing a key role in making sure that every person is counted! This session will showcase Community Action’s role in ensuring that Hard-To-Count people and communities are included in the Census, and offer concrete tools and training to help front-line staff maximize Census participation.

1:30-3:00 Breakout Sessions

  • Weatherization: Air Quality, Ventilation, Radon, and Pressure Diagnostics (Part One)

    Paul Francisco, Senior Research Engineer and Weatherization Training Center Director from the Applied Research Institute, will be conducting sessions related to Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, Radon, and Pressure Diagnostics.  All North Dakota Weatherization staff are encouraged to attend the appropriate sessions.

  • Fair Housing in North Dakota

    The mission of High Plains Fair Housing Center is to strengthen communities and to ensure equal access to fair housing in the region through training, education, enforcement, and advocacy. Michelle is the Founder and Executive Director at High Plains Fair Housing Center, and one of the founding members of North Dakota United Against Hate. Michelle studied fair housing law, testing practices, and the complaint process at the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago and studied with the National Fair Housing Alliance. She advocates for victims of housing discrimination in North Dakota. Michelle began her career as a community organizer in Chicago and later worked with the National Democratic Institute on developing advocacy projects in Romania after the fall of communism. 

  • #CountMeIn: Making the Census Count for Community Action

    The Census is a critical process that affects us all. Census data is used to apportion representation among states, draw congressional and state legislative districts, school districts and voting precincts, enforce voting rights and civil rights legislation, and distribute federal dollars to states (including CSBG, Head Start, Weatherization and many more!). Community Action is playing a key role in making sure that every person is counted! This session will showcase Community Action’s role in ensuring that Hard-To-Count people and communities are included in the Census, and offer concrete tools and training to help front-line staff maximize Census participation.

    Lindsay Marsh is the Senior Associate for Special Projects – Census Engagement – with the National Community Action Partnership. She has vast experience with the Census and wants to ensure that all people experiencing poverty are counted in the 2020 count.

  • Coordinated Entry in North Dakota

    Members of the North Dakota Continuum of Carewill review the Coordinated Access Referral Entry System that exists throughout the state.  Coordinated Entry is a requirement of funding from Emergency Solutions Grant, North Dakota Homeless Grant, and HUD funding.  All agencies that receive the funding from these sources are required to attend this training to ensure that they’re able to appropriately enter clients into HMIS and to ensure that participants are being prioritized based on the most urgent need. 

    Sarah Hasbargen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in providing direct client service.  She is the Chair of the CoC Steering Committee and is championing efforts across the state to enhance North Dakota CARES system; a statewide approach to enforce the housing first model for North Dakota’s most vulnerable citizens.  

  • Reducing Burnout through Celebrations and Appreciation

    Patrick Kirby, CEO of Do Good Better Consulting, will eagerly review important strategies for avoiding burnout:

    More than just handwritten Thank You notes; Navigating appreciation in an increasingly digital world; Lifting up organizations, individuals, and businesses to attract more employees; Using social media and social circles to engage staff and communities; Activities, events and results-only mindset.

    Patrick Kirby is the Founder of Do Good Better Consulting and a believer that “we’ve always done it this way” is the most dangerous phrase in the English language. ​​​​Patrick has spent over a decade working in nearly every capacity in the nonprofit industry, for organizations of all shapes and sizes, and strives to ‘Do Good Better’ every day. From organizing $10,000 cure walks to $1 million galas, Patrick’s passion lies in creating creative solutions to make fundraising less boring. He cut his donor relations/fundraising teeth as the Alumni Coordinator at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, MN, before trying his hand as a manufacturing sales rep to companies such as Target and Best Buy. Tired of being yelled at for uncontrollable international shipping issues in both English and Chinese, Patrick re-joined the world of nonprofit work as the Sr. Development Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation MN/Dakotas Chapter before taking the Chief Development Officer position at the Anne Carlsen Center.

  • Putting Words Into Action: Board Roles and Responsibilities in Practice

    A Community Action Agency is only as effective and impactful as its leadership. It is crucial that the board of directors not only understand what is expected of it but also what decisions and actions it needs to take to meet and exceed those expectations. How can board members go from simply receiving information to asking the right questions to ensure optimal transparency and accountability? In this session we will use scenarios to discuss the role of a Community Action Agency board and explore how a board works collaboratively to fulfill its oversight function. Topics will include the key board responsibilities, fiduciary duties, and the relationship of the executive director and the board, including the board chair.

    Veronica Zhang, Esq.,  is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies nationwide on strategic, operational, and legal matters, including tax-exempt law, employment law, Head Start and other government grant compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Veronica was a business law associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic collaborations. She also helped nonprofit organizations operate and maintain tax-exempt status. Veronica is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.

  • Human Trafficking 101

    Amy Jacobson from Youthworks will lead this session. Human Trafficking 101 is an introductory training on what Human Trafficking is and what responses are being developed to address it, both nationally and in our state.  By the end of the training, you will be able to identify risk factors, indicators, and what services are appropriate and available in North Dakota for victims.  You will also have an understanding of current state law regarding Human Trafficking. You will leave with contact information for all Human Trafficking staff in the state of North Dakota.

    Amy Jacobson is a Licensed Social Worker and Mediator/Facilitator who has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness and runaway issues for the past fourteen years. Prior to working at Youthworks, she was a facilitator with Family Group Decision Making, a crisis response to youth at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. As a Human Trafficking Navigator, Amy coordinates a multi-disciplinary response process to identified or suspected cases of human trafficking and provides case management services to both domestic and international clients. She is a member of the North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, where she works extensively with the US Department of Homeland Security and the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

3:00-3:15 - Break

3:15-4:45 - Breakout Sessions

  • Weatherization: Air Quality, Ventilation, Radon, and Pressure Diagnostics (Part Two)

    Paul Francisco, Senior Research Engineer and Weatherization Training Center Director from the Applied Research Institute, will be conducting sessions related to Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation, Radon, and Pressure Diagnostics.  All North Dakota Weatherization staff are encouraged to attend the appropriate sessions.

  • Drug Trends, Identification and Contamination Procedures

    Detective Jerry Stein of the Bismarck Police Department will provide an overview of current drug trends, how to identify them, and procedures for reducing contamination.

    Detective Stein Graduated from North Dakota State University in 1992.  He has worked for the state of Nevada until 2002.  Since then he has been working at the Bismarck Police department, first as a patrol officer and then as an investigator.  His current assignment is investigating narcotics, money laundering, human trafficking, and intelligence analysis.  Detective Stein is an instructor in the areas of Drug Recognition, the Effects of Drugs on Human Physiology, Narcotic Investigations, Impaired Driving Interdiction, Firearm Skills, Less Lethal Weapons, and Report Writing,

     

  • Maximizing Success: CAA Personnel Policies and Practices

    This workshop will address and suggest solutions to an array of legal issues CAAs face relating to personnel policies and practices, many of which arise as a result of new standards and regulations. Topics will include the current status of the FLSA overtime rule, human resources directives in the CSBG Organizational Standards, travel time policies under the FLSA, lobbying/political activity policies, and the role of the CAA board in overseeing personnel policies and employee grievances.

    Veronica Zhang, Esq.,  is Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at CAPLAW. She advises community action agencies nationwide on strategic, operational, and legal matters, including tax-exempt law, employment law, Head Start and other government grant compliance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining CAPLAW, Veronica was a business law associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic collaborations. She also helped nonprofit organizations operate and maintain tax-exempt status. Veronica is a graduate of Yale University and Boston University School of Law.

  • Fundraising 101 -Building Your Case, Making the Asks and Being Awesome at it!

    Fundraising 101 -Building Your Case, Making the Asks and Being Awesome at it!

    Patrick Kirby, CEO of Do Good Better Consulting, will review the following items during this exciting session on fundraising!

    Planning, doing, and documenting your fundraising

    Building your case of support, and how to make donors interested in your mission

    Step-by-step processes, checklists and techniques for having critical conversations about larger gifts

    Create lists of needs and value of gifts being solicited

    Non-verbal cues and combating challenges from potential supporters

    What to listen for, and what to remember for next meetings


Wednesday October 2, 2019

7:30 am - 8:30 am - Breakfast Provided

  • Weatherization Month Kick-off Celebration

    October is Weatherization Month!  National Partners, including National Association for State Community Services Programs and the National Community Action Partnership, will be leading this exciting kickoff celebration!

8:45 am -10:00 am Breakout Sessions

  • North Dakota Weatherization Updates

    Bruce Hagen and Rory Hoffmann, North Dakota Department of Commerce, will be providing updates on the statewide Weatherization Program.  All Weatherization staff are encouraged to attend.

  • Fiscal Fun for All! (Part One)

    Kevin Myren of the National Association for State Community Services Programs has decades of experience in non-profit fiscal management.  This session will cover a variety of topics including:

    • Uniform Guidance
    • Internal Controls
    • Fraud Prevention
  • Motivational Interviewing and Ethics in Case Management

    Inspired Wellness Clinic

  • Incorporationg ROMA into the CSBG Work Plan

    National Community Action Partnership

  • Safety in the Workplace

    Detective Clint Fuller, Bismarck Police Department

  • The Leadership Advantage

    Dale Carnegie

10:00 am - 10:15 am - Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am Breakout Sessions

  • Fiscal Fun for All! (Part Two)

    Kevin Myren of the National Association for State Community Services Programs has decades of experience in non-profit fiscal management.  This session will cover a variety of topics including:

    Uniform Guidance

    Internal Controls

    Fraud Prevention

  • Dealing with Manipulative Behavior

    Inspired Wellness Clinic

  • Workplace Conflict and How to Handle It

    Dale Carnegie

  • CSBG Annual Report and Theory of Change

    National Community Action Partnership

  • Bridges Out of Poverty: Impact of Bias

    Aha Process

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch Provided

  • National Partners Update

    National partners, including CAPLAW, National Community Action Partnership, and the Veterans Administration will provide updates.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Fiscal Fun for All! (Part Three)

    Kevin Myren of the National Association for State Community Services Programs has decades of experience in non-profit fiscal management.  This session will cover a variety of topics including:

    Uniform Guidance
    Internal Controls
    Fraud Prevention

  • Bridges Out of Poverty

    Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree. aha! Process’s Bridges Out of Poverty community support program provides a family of concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.

    Nicole J. Baptiste, LMSW was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a dedicated licensed social worker, Nicole has more than 10 years of experience working in health and human services. Nicole’s expertise is in program development, community building, and community engagement. She adopts a creative and strategic approach to linking and leveraging community resources. Nicole is the founder of Uproot and Build and consults with nonprofit and healthcare organizations in developing innovative community engagement strategies.


Location


Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

800 S 3rd Street

Bismarck, ND  58504

701-258-7700

A block of sleeping rooms at the state rate has been reserved under the name "Community Action". Inquire for availability when making reservations.


Who Should Attend?


  • Community Action Staff

    All North Dakota Community Action staff are encouraged to attend! Any Community Action Agency from Region 8 and beyond are also welcome!

  • Partners

    Anyone working with people experiencing poverty are welcome to attend this robust conference!


Cost


Members (North Dakota Community Action Staff): Free

Non-Members: $150

An application for Social Work CEUs will be submitted to the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners.



  • National CAP
  • National Community Action Foundation
  • NASCSP
    NASCSP
  • Community Action Program Legal Services