This year is the 59th year since the Community Action Network (CAN) was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty.
This year, Action for a Better Community, Inc., (ABC) a member of the Community Action Network, will also commemorate 58 years of assisting families throughout Monroe and Ontario County.
“Each May, during Community Action Month, we reflect on the impact Action for a Better Community (ABC) and our network has had on families,” said Jerome Underwood, President & CEO of ABC.
“Last year alone, we served 5,666 people in Monroe and Ontario County, and (in the network) over 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also transformational solutions like education and job placement.”
To celebrate continued success and raise awareness throughout the Greater Rochester area, ABC hosted a Community Action Month Celebration on May 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 400 West Avenue.
“We are proud of our communities’ participation in the development and oversight of our programs,” said Underwood. “Their engagement helps us to be more responsive in our approach as our clients are also co-creators of our solutions.”
The organization displayed a wealth of community resources, complimentary food, and chances for attendees to win incredible giveaways. Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the many services offered and to inquire about current employment opportunities within the organization.
On Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30 p.m., the agency will conclude Community Action Month with their 58th Annual Meeting, held at the Memorial Art Gallery located at 500 University Avenue.
The event offers an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, recognize the National Community Action Month (NCAM) award winners and Youth Essay Contest champions, and Underwood will deliver the State of the Agency address, agency officials say.
ABC is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and CAN, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
The nation’s Community Action network – including 1,000 plus Community Action Agencies – are a robust, national, state, and local force, reaching children and families in 99% of America’s counties with life changing services that create pathways to opportunity and prosperity, according to the Community Action Partnership website.