Delaware County Council recognized the 40th anniversary of the Community Action Agency of Delaware County during its Nov. 14 public meeting.
For the past 40 years, the Community Action Agency of Delaware County has been serving economically disadvantaged residents of Delaware County. Community Action provides a variety of services and programs to support homeless and low-income families and individuals as they continue to work towards self-sufficiency. Their mission is to assist residents to move toward economic self-sufficiency and to strengthen the community through innovative approaches to programs including housing, workforce development, energy conservation, social services, and community and economic development.
This year the organization is proudly celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding. Delaware County Council established the agency in 1979 and designated the Community Action Agency of Delaware County as the official anti-poverty agency for the county.
The Community Action Agency was initially funded with a $50,000 planning grant and started with just one employee, its first and current Chief Executive Officer, Edward Coleman. Since its founding, Community Action has grown to meet the needs and fill the gaps in services for residents. This includes the opening of the first family shelter, Family Management Center in 1983. Currently, over 100 Community Action staff members work to help serve Delaware County residents in need.
Council commended Chief Executive Officer, Edward Coleman, and the entire Community Action Agency staff for the work they do to assist residents with various needs and presented them with a resolution on behalf of the County.
More information on the Community Action Agency can be found here: www.caadc.org