Community Action Celebrates 50 Years of Service
On August 20, 1964 in Washington, DC, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA). The EOA created a variety of programs - including Community Action Agencies – as part of his War on Poverty. Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission was one of those agencies established to address local poverty problems in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the country.
Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC got its start serving residents in Knox, Holmes, and Coshocton Counties from a small school building in Nellie, Ohio. Ashland County joined our service area in 1975. Beginning with youth workforce and senior meals programs, Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland has grown and evolved over the years to meet the ever changing needs of our local communities. Our service area consists of over 30 satellite offices encompassing a 2,000 square mile service area. Our 24 member Board of Directors is made up entirely of local community leaders equally representative of our service area. Their dedication and leadership has paved the way in governing the agency to successfully carrying out our mission. With over 175 employees devoted to serving our neighbors in need, our commitment to those we serve continues to be strong.
In 2014, Community Action Agencies across the country will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Community Action. With over 1,000 Community Action Agencies, covering 99% of the United States, Community Action continues the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson, and Sargent Shriver, the first Director of the War on Poverty, in identifying and meeting the needs of our local communities in providing a hand up out of poverty.
In 2013, Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC provided service to nearly 20,000 children, families, senior citizens, healthcare patients, and our community neighbors with a broad spectrum of services including:
HEAP - 10,950 Households Received Home Heating/Cooling Assistance
Emergency Services - 737 Households Received Rental/Utility Assistance
Emergency Shelter - 53 Families Stayed in the Homeless Shelters
Senior Center - 1,511 Seniors Served including over 100,000 Meals
Head Start - 320 Children Enrolled for 2013-2014 School Year
Housing - 211 Affordable Housing Apartments/Houses
RSVP - 241 Seniors Volunteered 21,353 Hours
Weatherization - 92 Homes Weatherized
EPP - 198 Homes Received EPP (Energy Conservation)
Family Planning - 2,723 Patients Received Health Care
Dental Clinic - 2,584 Patients Received Dental Care
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.