Blount County Community Action Agency

 

Blount County Community Action has served our neighbors since 1965.  We are proud of the help we can provide our most venerable citizens and the support our work does to the local economy. We shop locally and collaborate with local farmers and retailers to support Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels.  Though utility assistance we infuse over a million dollars annually to local utility providers.  Our Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) helps folks find a job with gas vouchers like young person seeking assistance with gas so that she could find employment. Having no other income, she unable to drive to interviews or travel to do job searches.  She did not qualify for unemployment and was desperate, but very willing to work. Community Action’s Community Services program provided her a gas card, resulting in her finding a job.  Five months later, she is employed full-time, has health insurance through her employer, and is able to pay her monthly bills without worry. CSBG also provides seeds for growing a summer garden to encourage healthy eating and dental assistance to those who cannot afford dentures or emergency dental care.  We supply hundreds of ponds of food those in need with Commodity distribution.  Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps many keep the lights on and avoid eviction for some. The Office on Aging educates senior adults about medicare, provides homemaker services and SMiles provides senior adult trips to the doctor and grocery for seniors who can no longer drive.

Community Action is an important part of the good life here in Blount County.

Join us as we provide these vitally important services to fellow Blount County citizens. Your donation makes a big difference in our local community.

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 About Us
What is Community Action?

What is Community Action?

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) promote self-sufficiency and support individuals and families striving to become economically secure while investing in the future of their local communities. This national network of 1060 agencies, funded in part by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), serves approximately 7 million families, totaling 16 million low-income persons each year. More than two-thirds have incomes at or below the federal poverty guideline.

CAAs address causes of poverty, not the symptoms, which means that:

• CAAs work to ensure their community offers everyone opportunities to become economically secure, and
• They invest in individuals and their families who are striving to develop their skills.

Local Control

The vast majority of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are private non-profits, but some are agencies of local or county government. Both types of CAAs are locally-based organizations with a longstanding community presence, a community-selected governing board and transparent management systems.

CSBG requires local and state plans to address community improvements by:

• Supporting greater civic participation
• Developing “grassroots” public-private partnerships
• Funding innovative community-based initiatives
• Establishing better linkages among government programs

Place Based Solutions

Local control allows communities to assess their own needs and prescribe place-based solutions. Local plans for using CSBG funds must reflect a well-conceived strategy for ameliorating poverty; that strategy must include approaches and activities chosen from those listed in the CSBG Act which the local agency leaders deem to be necessary and effective for their community:

The list includes services that address family and individual needs including:

• Lack of employment and education
• Better income management
• Better housing
• Sound nutrition
• Emergency services
• Health Care services

Information provided by the National Community Action Foundation.

Board of Directors

Public Sector
Ed Mitchell
Art Swann
Ken R. White
Bob Ramsey
Tom Stinnett

Low-Income Sector
Betsy Norton
Helen S. Abbott – Vice Chair
Peggy Campbell
Ken Garland
Rosa Tellis

Private Sector
William Lyons
Tom Eustis – Treasurer
Gary Heath
Bill Brewer
Melanie Davis – Chair

Staff

Executive Director
David Buchanan
dbuchanan@blountcaa.org

Community Services Program Director
Mitzi Long
mlong@blountcaa.org

Community Services Staff:
Linda Kirkland
Kristi Cochran
Brenda McKee
Nancy Jenkins
Judy Ferguson

Senior Nutrition Director
Lynnda Manville
lmanville@blountcaa.org

Senior Nutrition Staff:
April Sullivan
Sheila Sutton
Jennifer Dove
Tommie Rayder
Ranee Jennings
Charlotte Douglas
Mike Mullis

Accounting Director
Paige King
pking@blountcaa.org

Office on Aging Director
Joani Shaver
jshaver@blountcaa.org

SMiles Manager
Linda Crawford
lcrawford@blountcaa.org.

 


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Location & Hours

Blount County Community Action Agency
3509 Tuckaleechee Pike
Maryville, TN 37803
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Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 8-4:30
Friday: 8-1:30


(865) 983-8411 P
(865) 681-1781 F