CCA designated as CAA by Pennsylvania DCED

To the editor:

The Center for Community Action Board of Directors is excited to announce that Center for Community Action has been identified as the Community Action Agency by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for Mifflin and Juniata counties starting Jan. 1.

Our mission is to coordinate, partner, and provide services and resources to promote self-sufficiency in our service area. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for economic, educational, social and workforce development. Through collaboration and cooperation within the communities that we serve, CCA provides diverse resources that promotes self-sufficiency and community prosperity.

Community Action services has evolved over 30 years in Mifflin and Juniata counties. In 1989 Keystone CAP, with its primary office in Huntingdon County, was the certified Community Action Agency that provided services and resources to Huntingdon, Bedford, Fulton and Mifflin counties. In 1993, Juniata County was added to make it a five-county service area.

With new projects and expansion of programs Keystone CAP Administrative Board began to investigate the privatization of Keystone CAP in October 2001. The board believed that the look of funding was changing and that boards of directors should begin seeking a comprehensive approach to services that agencies should be changing the look of poverty, and the impact of dollars should be geared to projects and partnerships that build on community assets.

Effective July 1, 2005 DCED designated Center for Community Services as the community action agency serving Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon counties and in 2006, the agency officially became Center for Community Action. Mifflin and Juniata counties chose to continue as a public Community Action Agency and merged with Union-Snyder Community Action Agency as a public entity until this year. Under the CSBG guidelines, this partnership will dissolve at the end of the year and Mifflin and Juniata CSBG services will come under the CCA umbrella as a private non-profit Community Action Agency.

Under the leadership of Wendy Melius, Executive Director, CCA provides more than 51 services through 49 programs including CSBG. CCA has a staff of 44 full-time employees and 16 part-time employees in a six-county region (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset). A list of programs is available on our website www.ccaofpa.org.

According to Wendy Melius, “it is our goal within the first year to identify the needs of low income individuals through a needs assessment and begin the development, collaboration and partnership with human services agencies on program initiatives. In addition, CCA will be sending out a letter of intent to apply for small projects grants in its service area. The announcement to apply will be posted on the website.”

CCA maintains a tri-partied board of directors which is composed of one-third each; low-income representatives, community representatives and elected officials. These members meet the second Wednesday of each month.

The Board of Directors specifically oversee the administration of the CSBG according the Federal guidelines. As part of the addition of Mifflin and Juniata counties, CCA will recruit four board members from Mifflin and Juniata counties. The positions include two from the low-income sector and two elected officials.

If you would like to become a member of the board and meet the criteria stated, please complete an application on the CCA website; www.ccaofpa.org.

Center for Community Action

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