Over the past 50 years, Community Action Agencies across the country have worked tirelessly to leverage resources, develop local programs, and administer grants to help low-income families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency to fight the war on poverty. Over the past year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Opportunity Action of 1964, we have celebrated the 50 best things about Community Action. Though our anniversary celebration is winding down, our successes and stories of hope, achievement and movement toward our mission, will continue.
The Community Action Promise states: “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”
For the over 6,000 staff serving all of Ohio’s 88 counties through 48 locally controlled Community Action Agencies, this is truly the case. From emergency services and job training and placement programs to weatherization and housing development, people all across the state are moving toward that mission and helping low-income Ohioans help themselves by narrowing gaps and creating bridges and opportunities to move out of poverty.
The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies is proud of the work in our network and across America. There is still work to do and we look forward to celebrating the new and innovative programs that are created by Ohio’s agencies to help people and change lives.