Community Action Network celebrates 55 year of service, 43 in Clark County

Community Action Agencies serve 99 percent of all American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability

VANCOUVER — This year, 2019, marks the 55th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty. More than 1,000 agencies across the country are working every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors, making communities stronger and helping families across the U.S. thrive.

Clark County Community Services, a proud member of the Community Action Network, will also commemorate 43 years helping families throughout Clark County.

“Each May, during Community Action Month, we reflect on the impact Clark County Community Services, our local service providers and our entire network has had on families,” said Vanessa Gaston, director of Community Services. “Last year alone, we served more than 10,000 people in Clark County, and more than 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also long-term solutions like education and job placement.”

Community Action Agencies serve 99 percent of all American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public and low-income sectors of the community.

“We are proud of our communities’ participation in the development and oversight of our programs,” said Gaston. “Their engagement helps us to be more effective in our approach by determining what Clark County needs.”

Clark County Community Services is a member of the National and Washington State Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Clark County Community Services, through partnerships, supports all people in our community to increase their well-being and economic security.

Learn more about the Clark County Community Action Program on the county’s website at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/community-action.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications

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