A History of Community Action
In August 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was passed, creating a federal Office of Economic Opportunity, and thus Community Action Programs."The purpose of community action is to change the environment which keeps the poor in their place... We need a battery of programs reaching all of the poor... Major components will be pre-school and pre-college programs, adult literacy, legal assistance, health, family planning, housing and a variety of counseling and guidance programs offered through neighborhood centers." -Sargent Shriver
The Promise of Community Action
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.
Our mission is to strengthen individuals and families to become more self-sufficient, achieving their potential by taking advantage of opportunities, improving the conditions in which they live, and taking ownership of their community.