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Self-Sufficiency Awards

2018 SSA Winners

Each year, the CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards recognize the significant accomplishments of the award winners while showcasing how Community Action Agencies support an individual's path toward self-sufficiency. Each member agency is urged to nominate at least one client and more than one client can be nominated for both the full Self-Sufficiency Award or for the Progress Towards Self-Sufficiency Award. The Self-Sufficiency Awards ceremony will take place on October 8th, 2019, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM in Harrisburg, PA. Dinner will begin at 6:00PM and the ceremony will begin at 7:00PM. The SSA ceremony and dinner will be located at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hotel (4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA, 17111).

Self-sufficiency success stories outline how the recipient endured a lack of resources that threatened health, safety, family stability, and perhaps life itself. Stories demonstrate how the individual encountered Community Action and how the agency supported the individual to self-sufficiency. The CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards are a way to acknowledge recipients for their hard work and provides an outlet to share with the public how Community Action supports our communities. This helps media, policymakers, partnering organizations, and the general public gain a better understanding of Community Action and what low-income citizens can accomplish when given the opportunity and appropriate resources.

The information below will guide you through the entire process of submitting a Self-Sufficiency Award nomination. Thank you for taking the time to complete these details. If you have any questions, get stuck, or want to simply talk through an idea, feel free to contact Steven anytime at 717-233-1075 or

2019 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Awards Nomination Application

DEADLINE: The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, July 12th, 2019.

The following are some important details to consider before beginning the nomination process:

  • The following documents will need to be downloaded (below), completed offline, and then uploaded using the Application Upload fields below: Nomination Criteria Checklist, SSA Narrative, Nomination Consent Form, and Nominee Photograph.
  • Nominations can only be submitted using the online form below, and all nomination material must be uploaded in one session.
  • When you begin uploading files and filling out information in the fields at the bottom of this application, do not navigate to another page on this website or click on a link below that will navigate you away from this page. Doing so will cause you to lose your work.
  • If your nominee does not meet all the criteria for a Self-Sufficiency Award, the conference committee will consider your nominee for a "Self-Sufficiency Progress Award". Below is a check box to indicate if your application is for the full "Self-Sufficiency Award" or "Progress Towards Self-Sufficiency".
  • If your agency had a Self-Sufficiency Progress Award Recipient in previous years, consider nominating that individual for a Self-Sufficiency Award this year.
  • The awards ceremony will be held on October 8th from 6:00PM - 8:00PM in Harrisburg, PA. Support and encourage your nominee to attend the Self-Sufficiency Awards ceremony. It is very important that all nominees and a representative of the nominating Community Action Agency attend the ceremony. Your award winner may not be able to attend the ceremony without your agency’s support regarding work, travel, lodging, childcare arrangements, or other services. Children of the nominee are welcome to attend. And remember, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds may be used for supporting your nominee’s attendance including transportation and lodging costs.

Nomination Criteria

  • Your nominee must meet all the criteria by the July 12th deadline to qualify for a SSA. If your nominee does not meet the criteria by the deadline, CAAP's conference committee will consider your nominee for a Self-Sufficiency Progress Award. If you are submitting an application for the Progress Towards Self-Sufficiency Award, please complete and upload the nomination criteria checklist and simply indicate how far along your client is in meeting each criteria. Click on the Nomination Criteria link above to view the list.

  • Please download this form and complete the answers in about 3 sentences. Save the file to your computer. Then upload the file using the upload feature below.

Developing Your Self-Sufficiency Award Narrative

  • Your narrative will be used in the Self-Sufficiency Awards book and published on CAAP’s website in the Success Stories page. Click on the guide (above) and follow its advice to assist in developing your nominee’s self-sufficiency story. To submit the narrative, type your nominee’s story in a Word Document. Save the file to your computer. Then upload the Word Document file using the upload feature below.

SSA Nomination Consent Form

  • Please download this form, print it, and collect signatures from your Community Action Agency Authorized Agent and SSA Nominee. Scan the form and save the file to your computer. Then upload the file using the upload feature below.

Photo Guidelines

  • CAAP needs your help in ensuring each nominee has his/her photograph taken for the 2019 Self-Sufficiency Awards program and for publishing on CAAP's website. Before uploading the photo below, please be sure to read through the guidelines by clicking on the Photo Guidelines link above.

Application Uploads

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Agency Information

Type of award you are nominating your client for
You can only submit one nomination at a time, but you can submit multiple nominations in both categories.

Nominee Information

Please provide the nominee's full address not your agency's address.
Based on where nominee currently resides. CAAP uses this information to invite nominee's district rep to attend the SSA ceremony.
Based on where nominee currently resides. CAAP uses this information to invite nominee's district rep to attend the SSA ceremony