Message from the President and
For the past four decades, the Georgia Community Action Association has existed to help people, change lives, and build families and communities. We are proud of the work accomplished by our network of 20 Community Agencies and their partners.
Looking back over the past 12 -18 months it is clear that Community Action Agencies (CAAs) experienced some of the most trying times in accomplishing our mission.
The status of the economy and aftermath of the recession brought thousands of new clients to our doorsteps seeking emergency food, shelter, transportation, jobs and solutions to homelessness. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds received by CAAs ARRA offered opportunities to meet the increased demand for services and to enhance our technology and expand our management
Along with ARRA came an increased level of transparency, accountability and greater focus on maintenance of effort and sustainability. Although 2009 was a challenging year, Georgia’s CAAs and their partners invested more than 7 million in weatherization services (not including ARRA funding), 18 million in community services programs and 6.5 million in early childhood services.
Community Action in Georgia continues to set the pace and direction for fostering the “community agenda” and advocating for disadvantaged children and families. We encourage our agencies, families and partners to keep fighting for social justice and human rights for all. We hope the information in this year’s annual report will provide a glimpse of the network’s dedication to stabilize families and communities and seize the opportunity to reduce poverty in Georgia.
Finally, we wish to thank our partners and donors for joining us by investing in the many projects across the state that help break the cycle and reduce poverty.
Jimmie Samuel, President
Lorraine Daniels, Executive Director
Why Choose Us
In Georgia, there are 20 Community Action Agencies that are leading the cause in providing opportunities and empowerment tools to strengthen low income families. Our goal is simple…we will continue to fight poverty and empower Georgians until every low income family in the state of Georgia is self sufficient.
Partnerships among Providers of Services to Low Income People
The Promise of Community Action Agencies
Community Action Agencies change people’s lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make America a better place to live.
We care about the entire community, and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.