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How To Build a Community

This How To will walk you through how to interact with other CCA members and build your CCA community.  You will be able to message other members, join groups, send messages and work within your groups, and make connections.


The CCA website has its own online messaging system. You can send and receive messages to/from other CCA members and Groups you are a member of.  You can edit your Messaging settings in Preferences. 

To view your inbox, simply select Messages from the top navigation menu.

Your inbox will show all received and sent messages and will allow you to send messages to your connections or other members. Click on the hyperlinks (Your Inbox, Sent Messages, Message a Member [under Actions]) to open your inbox or send a message.

To make sure you know when messages are sent to you, set your Preferences to email you when a new message arrives in YourInbox.



If you are a member of any of the CCA Groups,  you will have access to the Group Member Directory, files, photos, calendars, Blogs and other features within each Group. 

To view your Groups,  simply select Groups from the top navigation menu.



Available Groups are listed on the right side of the screen.

To join a Group,  simply select on this icon  Groups from the top navigation menu.










You may set a number of Preferences regarding your Group settings. You can select to receive updates when events are added, a new member joins and more.


Click on this icon to send an email to all group members, subscribe to or leave the group.


Click on this icon to view the Group's Directory, Calendar, Blogs, Forums or Photo Gallery.



Connections are similar to LinkedIn where you can create a circle of CCA members that you would like to network with. To edit your Connections, select Connections from the top navigation menu or simply select Connections from the right navigation menu.  Learn more about managing your Connections in this How To.


Three levels of referral are displayed. You may see who you referred, who they referred, as well as who was referred by your referrals' referrals. Mouse-over the profile icon to view the date the member joined and click the icon to view the member's profile. 

To make a referral, select Refer A Friend from My Profile and complete the simple form to send an email to your colleague.