Blount County Community Action Agency

A senior adult contacted our office in desperate need of food. Our Senior Nutrition office was able to provide a bag of groceries and some watermelon. The watermelon was the first to be delivered. Upon return to the person’s house with a bag of groceries, the person in need was busy eating the watermelon. “I’m so hungry that I needed to eat this now.” So hungry that food right that moment meant the world and the bag of groceries was secondary, but would sustain them for the days ahead.

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.

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Blount County Community Action Agency's 2015 Staff

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Blount County Community Action Agency

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
Joan VanSickle Sloan
Mike Lewis – Chair

Low-Income Sector
Gloria Bickers
Helen S. Abbott
Peggy Campbell
Ken Garland
Rosa Tellis

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


Executive Director
David Buchanan

Community Services Program Director
Mitzi Long

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

Senior Nutrition Director
Lynnda Manville

Senior Nutrition Staff:
Colleen Bruzchalski
Jennifer Dove
Roy Prichard
Candice Adams
Lillian Hamilton
Austin Adams

Accounting and Operations Director
Laura Maclin

Office on Aging Director
Joani Shaver

SMiles Manager
Linda Crawford

Office on Aging Staff
Debbie Finchum, Homemaker
Carolyn Presley, Homemaker
Georgia Jones
Sharon Landry
Pat Cox


Contact Us

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Location & Hours

Blount County Community Action Agency
3509 Tuckaleechee Pike
Maryville, TN 37803
Map & Directions

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 8-4
Friday: 8-3

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