May celebrates community action


May is National Community Action Month, a nationwide event designed to gain support for and raise awareness of Community Action and its impact, locally and nationally and to spotlight the achievements of volunteers, staff and personal achievers in celebrating “helping people help themselves.”

For 41 years, more than 1,100 Community Action Agencies nationwide provides services that are tailored to the local level and driven entirely by the needs of the local community. Some of the services provided are community and economic development, housing and family resource development, employment and training, education and child development; health and nutrition, case management, weatherization and more. CAA’s are community-based grassroots organizations that serve as the primary safety net for the millions of low-income Americans. In the 41 years of Community Action, thousands of Americans have achieved self-sufficiency through their services. Community Action Programs (CAPs), which are funded by the CSBG, are some of our most effective tools for combating poverty.

First State Community Action Agency, a state-wide non-profit agency has been providing services to low/moderate income residents of the state of Delaware for the past 40 years. This year, First State CAA will be celebrating Community Action Day on Tuesday, May 10, at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue, Dover, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bernice Edwards, executive director of First State CAA, cordially invites the public to attend this conference to learn and become familiar with the programs First State CAA offers residents in Delaware. Call Gail Purnell at (302) 856-7761, ext. 103, to reserve a ticket. The cost for this event is $25 per person, which includes lunch.

“First State Community Action Agency began in 1965 as the Sussex County Community Action Agency and officially incorporated in 1966,” said Edwards, “and in August of 1993 our name was changed to First State Community Action Agency, expanding our service area to include Kent and New Castle counties.”