ROCK HILL — Carolina Community Actions, Inc. (CCA) is celebrating 50 years of serving the community and successfully providing high impact programs that assist low-income individuals, families, and neighborhoods achieve self-sufficiency.
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Office of Economic Opportunity. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corp, as its first Director. In this role, Mr. Shriver became the architect of the most unique federal-local partnership ever established in America. This partnership created a community-based approach to addressing poverty and called it Community Action.
Since August 2,1965, CCA has provided a safety net system to ensure that the residents of Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, and York counties have the opportunity to achieve economic security. Carolina Community Actions, Inc. offers a range of programs designed to help residents in various ways. The five major program areas are: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Head Start/ Early Head Start, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). These programs focus on education and training, employment, housing and energy assistance, nutrition, and health care.
“This is a time to remember the past, transcend the present, as we propel to a brighter future,” said Brother David Boone, Board Chair. “We are extremely excited to be celebrating 50 years of meeting needs and impacting lives in the communities we serve.”
CCA has even more to celebrate this year as the National Head Start Association reaches its 50th year milestone as well. Since its beginning, over 50,000 children in our communities have had the opportunity to achieve success in school and in life. Many of these children have grown up to become lawyers, teachers, athletes, politicians, etc.
“The Head Start community has earned the opportunity to pause, recognize our achievements and celebrate our heroes…..and that’s just what we will do over the coming years,” said Walter Kellogg, Executive Director.
CCA Head Start is currently taking applications for the upcoming school year in York, Chester and Union Counties. Vacancies are available for children, ages 0-4 years old.
For additional information on Carolina Community Actions, Inc. or to apply for any of its programs, please contact 803-329-5195.
This story was submitted by Diane W. Wells, Community Services Liasion, Carolina Community Actions.