Each year we put out our Annual Report. It covers what we've been up to throughout the last year. This includes new and expanded programs, funding expenditures, and statistics such as households assisted through various programs.
In many communities throughout the nation, agencies such as ours, are leading the way forging new opportunities for people living in poverty. Being a private non-profit gives us liberties to innovate while maintaining successful long-term programs that generate self-sufficiency for our participants. Community Action is known to be at the forefront in developing programs that are specific to local issues as identified in its triennial community needs assessment. We seek out new grants and funding opportunities that help us pioneer new solutions to local poverty issues.
As a member of an elaborate network of agencies at the community, state, and national level, you will find Community Action staff, management, and Board members alike, participating in steering committees, collaborative organizations, local and state associations, among others. Leadership and expertise is offered to ensure success ultimately supporting poverty agendas when applicable. A local example of this type of leadership includes our agency serving as the Homeless Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) for two regional areas. This allows us to provide leadership, fiscal responsibilities, oversight, and a single point of contact for the area homeless programs.
Additionally, we create community development activities enhancing local capacity. We share our financial skills guiding and supporting smaller organizations in reaching their goals. We establish solid fiduciary oversight allowing them to work their magic in creating community opportunities. For example, we manage the funds for the Mid Michigan Honor Flight allowing WWII Veterans to visit the memorial in our nation’s capitol. In support of area Veterans, also assisted the Veteran’s Freedom Park which is establishing a permanent location to honor local heroes. The Community Nutrition Network is supported so they are able to provide monthly food to low-income families while the Depot Restoration Project is renovating a historical facility into a community center that will host multiple organizations creating an educational hub in an impoverished rural area.
Taking the lead is a natural for Community Action Agencies, and we remain proud that our accomplishments can affect our program participants and the communities in which they live. We strive to share our skills and expertise so that success can be shared with others.
Thank you for your support as we continue to lead the way on poverty issues and community development making it possible for “Helping People, Changing Lives.”
Jill Sutton, Executive Director