On August 20, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which created a variety of programs, including Community Action Agencies, as part of his War on Poverty. He knew then as we know now, that the war against poverty must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.
Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri (CAPNCM) was established in 1965 to wage the war on poverty in North Central Missouri by promoting self-sufficiency for those of limited income, ensuring that all residents are able to live in dignity; by implementing innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; by providing support and instruction for everyone in need of assistance; and by being a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms.
“Community Action Month is a great time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” stated Dr. Christopher Small, Executive Director of CAPNCM. “Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security. Given that the needs of each family and community are unique, Community Action is able to use a range of resources and programs to meet local needs in creative and impactful ways.”
CAPNCM’s statistics underscore a positive impact on local neighborhoods. The group helps countless individuals improve their lives each year by providing them essential services and life-changing opportunities through financial education and job training, as well as making available affordable housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, and more.
Despite experiencing budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, CAPNCM has been remarkably successful assisting the low-income veterans, senior citizens, families, children, students, and everyone in North Central Missouri to achieve and maintain economic security. As long-time CAPNCM staffer, Debbie Cribb attests: “Our staff is committed to their task of replacing disadvantages with opportunities because it is right, because it is wise, and because, in our hearts and minds we believe it is possible to conquer poverty in our lifetime.”
CAPNCM will host several activities for Community Action Month in the Green Hills region.