Community Action Agency designates May as month of observation
Published 5:24 am Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Community Action Agency of Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe, and Conecuh Counties will mark its long history helping people and changing lives during the month of May. This observation is part of National Community Action Month, a nation-wide occurrence held annually in May.
We will observe this month in appreciation to our many volunteers. We want to showcase our successes, but we also want the community to get a better understanding of Community Action's importance both locally and nationally. The Agency Director, Cassandra Boykin, says of the observation, "We're providing crucial comprehensive services, and without our programs, families throughout our five county service area would suffer."
The Community Action partnership established National Community Action month to recognize Community Action Agencies' (CAAs) efforts to improve their communities. During May, CAAs throughout the country will host open houses, award ceremonies, and other special activities. It is also time to call the nation's attention to the issues facing low-income Americans. "While our CAAs have captive audience during their various NCAM (National Community Action Month) events, it is an excellent time to expose the community to the struggles many of their neighbors face," said Derrick Len Span, the Partnership's national president. It is important for us to put a face on poverty and acknowledge what Community Action is doing to help low-income people in places like Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe, and Conecuh Counties.