On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.
Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County was established in 1966 to wage the war on poverty in Jefferson County promoting self-sufficiency for those of limited income, ensuring that all residents are able to live in dignity; by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance; and by being a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms.
Community Action remains committed to helping families achieve economic security by providing a broad range of services that meet the unique needs of each family – and our community.
On May 7, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators made a proclamation in recognition of Community Action month.
The festivities conclude on May 9, Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project, a program of Community Action Planning Council, will host a Child Care Provider Appreciation Celebration. On May 13, the agency will host a brunch to recognize the dedicated tax preparation volunteers for their outstanding efforts. On May 23 with Grow with Community Action, a special open house event for low-income families, highlighting healthy habits, such as growing and preparing vegetables.
Last year, Community Action Planning Council helped better the lives of 5,964 individuals by providing essential services and life-changing opportunities, including early childhood education, family development, emergency food assistance, vocational education, job readiness supports, child care referrals, provider training, weatherization services, tax preparation, and more.
Despite budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, Community Action Planning Council has been remarkably successful assisting a broad cross-section of our the local population – families, children, students, senior citizens, military, veterans, single-parents, and anyone seeking an opportunity to achieve economic security.
For more information about Community Action programs or special events, please contact Claudia Whitmire at 315-782-4900, extension 250.