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Monday
Jul202015

Take the Community Needs Assessment Survey!

Community Action of Southern Kentucky is excited to ask you about the needs of our communities.  Please take a moment to fill out our new online survey, which assists us in programming for the future!

Click here for the survey!

Friday
Jul102015

Community Action Refocuses Mission

The Board and staff of Community Action of Southern Kentucky (CASOKY) are excited to reveal their new mission. ‘We team with community partners to provide human services with dignity and respect, empowering people in Southern Kentucky to achieve stability and economic security.’

Community Action agencies have 50 years of experience in making America a better place to live and were brought about by the Economic Opportunity Act in 1964. CASOKY, like other Community Action agencies, is constantly adapting to the needs of the communities served. A major funding source, which designates Community Action agencies, is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).  In the next year, Community Action Agencies will have 58 CSBG Standards that will need to be upheld.  One of those is to ensure our Board of Directors has approved that the mission of the agency addresses poverty and contains four components (services, relationships, outcomes, and population).

“We used customer and staff feedback to develop our new mission statement with our leadership team and Board. We are very excited to have a renewed mission and focus. I love our new mission.  It says exactly what we do and all staff and Board members will be able to better speak to how we are changing people and changing lives in our communities,” said Melissa J. Weaver, CEO/Executive Director of CASOKY.

Along with the mission statement, the CASOKY leadership team developed a vision, elevator speech, beliefs, values and guiding principles.

CASOKY has defined their vision as the National Community Action Promise:

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

The mission, promise and other items can be found on casoky.org under the About Us section.

“We have a heart for the people in our communities. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be safe, clothed, fed, warm, educated, healthy and most of all have hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to help people achieve these things and have access to all resources.  This is exactly what we want everyone to know about us.  It is our goal to foster great relationships with our customers, staff and our community partners,” stated Weaver.

CASOKY will be having an open house in the fall at their headquarters to celebrate 50 years of service. They would like to invite the entire community to join them in celebrating this milestone and to help paint the new mission on the wall of their central office.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Community Action of Southern Kentucky.  I want any family or individual to walk through our doors and feel welcome and know that we will strive to get them connected to the resources and help them build the skills they need to achieve stability, economic security and reach their full potential. We want to help eliminate poverty as a team, one family or person at a time,” said Weaver.

To learn more about CASOKY and all of the programs and services click on services. If you would like to volunteer or donate, click on “take action”. 

Wednesday
Jul012015

Easy Way to Give to CASOKY

Do you support the mission of Community Action of Southern Kentucky and wish you could give, but don't have the extra money?

You can give by designating Community Action of Southern Kentucky as your charity of choice through your kroger rewards card or amazon smile!  Just shop for groceries or gas at Kroger or for items on smile.amazon.com like you regularly would.  A portion of your purchase amount will be donated to Community Action of Southern Kentucky!

To get started, all you have to do is follow the instructions below!  It's that easy!! 

Amazon Smile instructions

Kroger Community Rewards instructions

Friday
May152015

50 Years of CASOKY

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 Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” stated Denise Harlow, National Community Action Partnership CEO. “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.”

Community Action of Southern Kentucky was established in 1965 to wage the war on poverty on a personal level in the Barren River Area 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 of Southern Kentucky’s statistics underscore the positive impact we’ve had on our neighborhoods. We help countless individuals improve their lives each year by providing them essential services and life-changing opportunities. Last year alone we assisted approximately 20,000 individuals, many of those below the federal poverty level. Over 10,000 households receive energy assistance last year, 761 three and four year olds developed school readiness skills through Head Start, and over 54,000 meals were delivered to seniors in their homes. That is just the scratching the surface at the long lasting impact we make.

Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s success stories are a testament to our measurable results, such as: two previous scholarship winners graduating from college with the skills needed to earn a living wage, a 37 year old single mom with heart complications was able to afford to go to the doctor and receive needed surgery because of health coverage through Kynect, the story of a student who graduated high school and his mom wrote a letter thanking the Foster Grandparent Program for providing a Foster Grandparent that saw her son’s potential at his former elementary school… There are so many more stories.  

Despite experiencing budget cuts, shrinking resources, and increased demands for services during these challenging economic times, Community Action of Southern Kentucky has been remarkably successful assisting the low-income veterans, senior citizens, families, children, students, and everyone in between of the 10 county Barren River Area to achieve and maintain economic security because as Melissa Weaver, CEO/Executive Director 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.”

Community Action Month is a great time to showcase our programs to our community and gather support for us to be able to keep our promise as a Community Action Agency. During this month, we will host our 9th Annual Charity Golf Classic to raise funds to help provide our services to those confronting issues of poverty. On May 21, 2015, we hope to raise $10,000 for our most underfunded programs for children and seniors. Melissa Weaver urges people to join the war on poverty, “If you are unable to golf with us this year or sponsor and you still would like to give, go to our website and click donate. Any amount will help make a difference in the lives of the families we serve. There are so many people who need our resources, especially our children and seniors. I welcome anyone to come talk with us about how you can volunteer or help us make Southern Kentucky a better place to live.”

FOOTER: Based in Washington, DC, the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that help 20 million low-income people and families achieve economic stability and improve their lives. For more information, visit www.communityactionpartnership.com or follow the organization on Twitter, @CAPartnership

Community Action is funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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