Blount County Community Action Agency
A gentleman recently applied for Meals on Wheels service. As a child he had Rheumatic Fever resulting in adult Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is wheelchair bound, lives alone and struggles with transportation and food. Also, it was noticed on his application that he has no teeth. He had been using the food bank, but with no teeth much of the food he would get was not useful.
Asked if he received help with dentures would this help his struggles with food, he explained that he could not afford the dentist, but teeth would change so much for him. The problem with his teeth has created stomach issues because he can’t chew and he actually choked on Thanksgiving Day. I told him about BCCAA’s denture program. Since it was in another department, I could not promise, but I would check to see if there was any help available.
I contacted the CSBG director to find out if we could help this man. Mitzi immediately said, “I think we can.” Through the “magic” of BCCAA this gentleman is a candidate for the denture program. For him, 2016 will be a year that changed his life. We will continue to provide soft groceries for him, while the logistics can be worked out for him to get his dentures.
Working together made this “magic” happen. You can work with us and make “magic” happen by donating now.
Community Action is many things. Since its inception in 1964 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” it has served millions of Americans with energy assistance, hot meals, job and housing assistance and many other services. In Blount County, community action has been involved in the lives of some the County’s most vulnerable citizens since 1965. Through programs like Low Income Energy Assistance, Community Service Block Grant services, the Office on Aging, Senior Nutrition, Commodities distribution and Weatherization Blount County Community Action Agency (BCCAA) has improved the lives of thousands for over 50 years.
Join us as we provide these vitally important services to fellow Blount County citizens. Your donation makes a big difference in our local community.
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.
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.
Ken R. White
Joan VanSickle Sloan
Mike Lewis – Chair
Helen S. Abbott
Melanie Davis – Vice-Chair
Community Services Program Director
Community Services Staff:
Senior Nutrition Director
Senior Nutrition Staff: