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As you may already be aware, WGAP is a Community Action Agency (CAA). But do you know what that means?
CAAs were created as part of the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act to fight poverty. They were created with the idea that in order for people to get out of poverty they needed to be able to become self-sufficient and be directly involved in the programs that help them.
CAAs are run by a tripartite board, which means that the board is made up of three parts: public officials, private sector leaders, and low-income people from the local community that is being served. This is very important because it keeps the agency grounded by the community it serves and it creates a bridge between those helping and those being helped. It enables all of us to be able to see things from a different perspective.
CAAs are funded primarily by Community Services Block Grants. This means that each agency gets to decide based on their local need where the money can be most useful. Different communities have different needs and no one knows those needs better than those who are directly involved in the community.
The main objective of CAAs is to promote self-sufficiency among the population it serves. As part of its goal of promoting self-sufficiency, CAAs rely heavily on volunteers, especially those from the low-income community.
I am Leslie Naramore and I will be doing my best to keep you all up to date on the latest happenings here at WGAP.