How Community Action Agencies impact the lives of 15 million people across the country
On January 24, 2019, the National Community Action Partnership released the first National Community Action Impact Report: Building Opportunities for All. This unique and comprehensive report looks at how Community Action Agencies across the country impact the lives of 15 million people each year, creating pathways to prosperity.
The Community Action Network is a robust local force of 1,000 local Community Action Agencies, reaching children and families in 99 percent of all U.S. counties. Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA), whose main office is located in Jackson, Mississippi and has service locations throughout Hinds County, Mississippi, is a member of the Community Action Network. Community Action Agencies connect families to opportunities that help them succeed and promote community-wide solutions to seemingly stubborn challenges in cities, suburban, and rural communities.
HCHRA President and CEO Kenn Cockrell thought it was important to share the national report with local stakeholders to provide a national perspective on the needs families face in today’s uneven economy, and the impact Community Action has in communities every day. “We believe understanding and awareness are key components to combating the issues of poverty,” said Cockrell. “The more information we can share to enlighten others and gain support, the greater our positive outcomes will be with moving people from poverty to self-sufficiency.”
“This report tells the broad story of Community Action and all of the incredible ways our members are making an impact in their local communities,” said Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Action Partnership. “For 55 years, our network has developed innovative solutions to improve family well-being and directly impact and engage local communities.”
Spotlight stories throughout the report highlight successful initiatives across America relating to jobs, asset building, health and well-being, community development, children and families, and housing. HCHRA hopes that sharing this report will bring communities together to effectively address the causes and conditions of poverty and provide opportunities for success.
To access the report, visit www.communityactionpartnership.com/impactreport/.