HCHRA Hosts Community Action Partnership Banquet on May 19th in Honor of National Community Action Month

In celebration of 40 years of service to the community, Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will host the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Banquet on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton Jackson Hotel.  The evening will feature an awards ceremony and an inspirational keynote address from Rev. C. Edward Rhodes II, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in Jackson.

In addition to being a part of HCHRA’s 40th year anniversary celebration, the CAP Banquet is being held in recognition of National Community Action Month, which is observed by Community Action Agencies all across America for the entire month of May. HCHRA is a part of a state and a national coalition of Community Action Agencies whose goal is to help low-income families move out of poverty and achieve economic security.  HCHRA is the largest Community Action Agency in central Mississippi, serving more than 20,000 individuals last year in Hinds County alone.

More than 300 tickets have already been sold for the CAP Banquet.  The event will kick off with a banquet dinner, and will feature the musical styling of world-renowned saxophonist, Dr. Jessie Primer III. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the night will be Ms. Erin Pickens, morning anchor for 16 WAPT News in Jackson.  Though the festivities are sure to please, the highlight of the evening will undeniably be the presentation of the Bootstrap Awards.  The Bootstrap Awards are presented to members of the community who, with the individualized assistance of HCHRA, have overcome tremendous odds and significantly challenging life situations.  “HCHRA is proud of its Bootstrap Award recipients, all of whom exemplify hard work and determination,” said Kenn Cockrell, president and CEO of Hinds County Human Resource Agency.  “Their personal and professional accomplishments have truly set them apart, and they exemplify the mission of HCHRA – to help empower disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.”

Cockrell went on to explain that Community Action Month is an ideal time for HCHRA to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country. “Agencies like ours do good work and are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security.  Community Action understands that each community and each family are unique, and it provides a range of resources and programs to meet local needs in creative and impactful ways,” stated Cockrell.

This year, HCHRA will educate 1,910 children through the Head Start Program and assist hundreds of individuals obtain employment.  Some of the other services offered by HCHRA include education assistance, home energy bill payment assistance, congregate meals for seniors and home-delivered meals for those who are home-bound because of age or a disability.

To learn more about HCHRA’s programs and services, please visit www.hchra.org.  For more information on how to purchase tickets for the CAP Banquet, or to find out how you can support HCHRA’s work to move families out of poverty, call (601) 923-1938.