Training and Technical Assistance

Community Action Partnership of Oregon provides training and technical assistance statewide to Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and their communities in coordination with Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS). These trainings include workshops on:

  • Evidence-based practices,
  • ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability),
  • Family Development Specialist Certification,
  • Fiscal management,
  • Communications, and
  • Operational excellence.

Workshops are held regionally throughout Oregon. Some workshops are designed specifically for the staff of Community Action organizations and some may be open to non-profit staff working in anti-poverty programs. CAPO strives to provide these training sessions at little to no cost but some do require registration fees.

For upcoming trainings, see our calendar.

Upcoming events and CAA updates:

Training: Financial Training for Community Action Agencies
When: April 11th
Where: Portland, Oregon
Trainer: Kevin Myren
Topics to be Covered: Cost Allocation, Procurement Policies, Agency-wide Budgets, OMB

Training: Trauma Informed Services
When: May 30th
Where: Salem, Oregon
Trainer: Christopher Wilson
Topics to be covered: How the brain keeps us safe by consistently monitoring and mapping the environment for threat and how this process is affected by trauma; what you can do as a direct service worker to increase engagement from clients with trauma histories; how to effectively work with clients who’s trauma histories may have resulted in a personality disorder or other inflexible ways of dealing with the world.

Training: Best Practices and Integrated Service Models in Homeless Services
When: June 18th
Where: Salem, Oregon
Trainer: Jimmy Jones
Topics to be Covered: Coordinated entry; integrated support services; FUSE; co-location philosophies; leveraging data; making coordinated entry work in rural Oregon.

Detailed information about training locations and registrations will be sent out in the next few months. To be added to our email Training Distribution list and receive upcoming training notifications, please contact Peggy Gleason

FREE 1-Day CSBG Annual Report Training for Oregon Community Action Agencies

Provided by NASCSP and Community Action Partnership of Oregon
October 3, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel
3301 Market Street NE, Salem, OR  97301


Katy Kujawski, Research Director, NASCSP
Jenae Bjelland, Executive Director, NASCSP

This Training will Cover:

  • Setting the Stage with Performance Management Framework
  • Module 1:  State Administration (a short overview)
  • Module 2:  CSBG Eligible Entity Expenditures, Capacity, and Resources
  • Module 3:  Community Level Initiatives
  • Module 4:  Individual and Family Level
  • Tools, Resources, and Process

Registration Deadline is September 19th

Registration will be limited to 2 persons per agency. A waiting list will be kept for possible openings closer to the actual training dates.

Hotel Information:

This Training will take place at the Red Lion Hotel, 3301 Market Street NE, Salem, OR  97301

For those who require an overnight stay, a room block has been set up at a special rate of $93 per night, plus tax. In order to receive the special room block rate, Reservations must be made by September 12thCall (503) 370-7888 and ask for a room and the group rate in the “Community Action Partnership of Oregon” block.

Download the registration form and training agenda documents with these links.

To be included in CAPO’s Training Distribution List, send a request to Peggy Gleason at

Funds provided by Oregon Housing and Community Services/CSBG; and OCS as part of the National T&TA Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices and Risk Mitigation for the CSBG program.

Excel Charts, Graphs and Pivot Tables

GoTo Webinar
June 29, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

To register for this event, please click on the following link:

In this session, we will learn how to create different types of charts, and analyze large amounts of data through powerful Pivot Tables/Charts

Graphs are so useful because they display information in a manner that is easy for people to comprehend. Join us to learn how to choose the right chart for your data, and how to tailor it to your needs.

Pivot Tables can help you quickly analyze and summarize large amounts of data. We will look at both Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts – and show you how to make a concise summary out of thousands of rows and columns of unorganized data.

Join us for this webinar to learn more about:

  • Pivot Tables
  • How to create charts and graphs
  • 5 common chart types
  • How to fine-tune your charts with additional shortcuts, fills and labels
  • How to choose colors, lines and shapes for maximum impact

To register for this event, please click on the following link:

More information and online registration: Excel Charts, Graphs and Pivot Tables- June 29th, 2018

“Consumer Input and Involvement in Agency Leadership” Webinar

CAPO is hosting this free webinar in partnership with the National Community Action Partnership, and as part of the Region X Training Collaborative.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:00 am – 10:00 am, PDT

Consumer Input & Involvement in Agency Leadership is not only a core component to several of the Organizational Standards, but one of the core principles of Community Action – Maximum Feasible Participation. Join in learning some of the foundational pieces to increasing consumer involvement, examples of agencies doing it well, and how to prepare for gathering useful customer input.

Presenter:  Courtney Kohler

As a Senior Associate for the National Community Action Partnership, Courtney works under the Organizational Standards Center of Excellence and Learning Communities Resource Center.  She provides training and webinars, and develops toolkits and resources.  Courtney is a Nationally Certified ROMA Trainer, Certified Community Action Professional, and Family Development Credentialed Instructor.

View the webinar on our youtube channel.

To be added to CAPO’s email Training Distribution List and receive notifications of upcoming trainings, please contact Peggy Gleason.

Strategically Increasing Your Agency’s Presence

Webinar PowerPoint slides (PDF)

More trainings and resources:

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Learn How to Earn College Credit for Community Action Partnership Training
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 2:00pm ET, Community Action Partnership and Springfield College will be hosting a webinar to provide you with more information about this opportunity, including how to enroll, and an explanation of how you can earn these college credits. Register here.

CAPO’s 2016 Region 8 – 10 Community Action Network Symposium – From Easing to Ending Poverty: Provocative Questions. Includes videos, presentation slides, and additional reading material.

Community Action Partnership National Association:

Get additional resources from Community Action Partnership. Sign up for their CSBG T/TA eNews newsletter or view past newsletters on their website.

National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)

Other resources: