We are Community Action!
Community Action Agencies are locally controlled non-profit organization that work to improve the lives of low-income individuals by creating opportunities for increased self-sufficiency and greater participation the Community.
In Oklahoma Community Action Agencies serve all 77 counties. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty.
Why Community Action?
Community Action equips low-income citizens with the tools and potential for becoming self-sufficient. The structure of program is unique – federal dollars are used locally to offer specialized programming in communities. It is a coordinated effort to address the root effects of poverty and to, ultimately, move families and individuals to self-sufficiency.
This work is not easy and demand is always shifting and changing. Over the years, the federal government has changed as well. The funding is now part of the Block Grant System, which allows for the flexibility and specialization of unique programs. Poverty is viewed as a systemic problem and Community Action is a systems approach to resolving those issues. There are now over 1000 Community Action Agencies throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Community Action Agencies (CAAs) promote self-sufficiency, not dependency. Among their three key assets are:
So, in other words:
The Community Action Method is:
Typically, the programs and services coordinated, enhanced and offered to the community by its CAA include all or some of the following:
Unique Characteristics of Community Action Agencies
The Community Action Promise
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 more information about Community Action, please visit:
Community Action Partnership
National Association for State Community Services Programs
INCA Community Services, Inc. shall operate programs to alleviate the causes of poverty and enhance the public health & welfare by opening to everyone the opportunity to work, have safe and affordable housing, transportation, training & education, and live in decency and dignity.