2021 marks the 57th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty. Over 1000 agencies across the country are working every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communities stronger and helping families across the US thrive. This year, the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. (CAPC), a proud member of the Community Action Network, will also commemorate 57 years of helping families throughout Jefferson County. “Each May, during Community Action Month, we reflect on the impact CAPC and our network has had on families,” said Melinda Gault of CAPC. “Last year alone, we served 20,531 in Jefferson County and over 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also long term solutions like education and job placement.” Community Action Agencies serve 99% of all American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public, and low-income sectors of the community. “We are proud of our communities’ participation in the development and oversight of our programs,” said Ms. Gault. “Their engagement helps us to be more effective in our approach by determining what Jefferson County needs.” Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.