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Understanding Our Community

Listening to Our Neighbors

From the our very beginnings in 1964, our movement has charged communities to work together with the true "experts" on poverty—low-income people themselves—to create effective solutions and appropriate supports. As such, we conduct a Community Needs Assessment every three years with the goal of understanding the underlying causes and conditions of poverty to address the unmet needs of the most vulnerable residents in our service area. 

Community Action is committed to changing the conversation surrounding poverty. In particular, we are trying to dispel myths and commonly held misconceptions about people living with low-incomes. We aim to educate the public, but we also strive to change the conversation of how we address the issues of poverty all together. We believe this is an imperative in our community. 

To overcome poverty, we cannot simply address its impacts alone. We must turn out attention and efforts to include combating the root cause of poverty. Without a mature and thoughtful dialogue, we cannot overturn the historical and systemic oppression that is at the root of why people live in poverty. Here are just a few ways Community Action hopes to achieve this:

Our Impact

Provided Energy Assistance services for 55,886 low-income people.

Improved living conditions for 103 low-income homes through weatherization. 

13 homes purchased and 131 low-income citizens increased their savings through income and asset building programs

Protected 268 individuals from eviction through emergency rent and mortgage assistant. 

Helped 4,579 senior citizens and 9,508 individuals with disabilities maintain their independent living situation. 

Provided emergency home repair services to 412 households.

Provided 1,778 low-income children with comprehensive early childhood education, health, and nutrition services. 

Ensured 1,719 individuals received child and maternal health screenings and 1,508 children received dental screenings. 

Facilitated vehicle purchases by 34 families and assisted 21 families with car repair and maintenance.

Improved leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities of 20 people through civic engagement education. 

Provided voter education and registration services to 1,320 individuals

Benefited from 31,317 hours of volunteer services, a value of $343,174 to the agency.

Thanks to QuestionPro's generosity, we now have survey software that powers our data intelligence.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Energy Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • Low-Income People Registered to Vote


  • Volunteer Hours


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