IMPACT COMMUNITY ACTION
Who We Are: At IMPACT Community Action, we are more than a program, we are a movement. Created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty, we are a network of 1100 Community Action Agencies nationwide, 48 agencies statewide and IMPACT Community Action is the local provider serving more than 20 thousand households annually in Franklin County. Our mission is to reduce poverty by proving hope – inspiring help and real opportunities for self- sufficiency.
What We Do: The Promise of Community Action is to change people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope,
improve communities and make America a better place to live. For more than a decade IMPACT Community Action has deployed a year-round strategy to combat poverty at its core. We have made incredible progress in bundling barrier reduction, case management, computer and financial literacy with work readiness. Vocational Training & Certification is providing career options for construction and trades and truck driving. Our focus is a livable wage for all participants. Our youth are able to dream through the Achieve More and Prosper Program. IMPACT believes in “no child left behind “as a strategy against generational poverty. Young people are provided the opportunity to create their financial future through experiential learning as they pursue education, employment or entrepreneurship. For the most vulnerable in our communities IMPACT offers a scope of services that range from crisis and critical needs to long term efficiency programs such as the Home Energy Assistance Program for utilities, water, rent/mortgage assistance programs, material assistance, birth certificates and I.D.’s. Energy efficiency is the long term benefit of the American Electric and Home Weatherization Assistance Program. We work side by side by with our partners; local, state, federal and private to assist low -income families and help them achieve economic stability that leads to self- sufficiency.
Why We're Important: At IMPACT Community Action we believe in the ripple effect as the continued life-changing process of our service delivery model. Most poverty-related organizations focus on a specific area of need, such as job training, health care, housing, or economic development. The cycle of poverty rarely has one solution and therefore requires the collective impact of cross-sector partners to combat it. Community Action Agencies serve the most vulnerable in all communities. These are households that are at or below 125% of the federal poverty level and no higher than 200%. We address their multiple needs through a comprehensive approach, develop partnerships with other community organizations, involve low-income clients in the agency’s operations, and administer a full range of coordinated programs designed to have a measurable impact on poverty. IMPACT’s holistic approach moves individuals and households from crisis to stability, stability to empowerment, empowerment to self – sufficiency and self- sufficiency to advocacy. For those who feel that there is no way out of poverty, IMPACT is a pathway to self- efficacy and self- sufficiency.
How We Impact the Community: IMPACT must continue to fight poverty for the two-income minimum wage-earning family that spends more than 30% of their income on housing, the single mother who is working 60 hours a week to afford transportation and insurance and the dislocated worker who was laid off because artificial intelligence has now replaced the job.
We have an opportunity to change things NOW for the future. but we can’t keep silent about it. The dialogue about poverty must continue and support for innovative programs that combat it must grow.
How You Can Help: IMPACT Community Action is committed to reducing poverty however we can’t do it alone. Every day there is someone at our door hoping that we can help them. We need a solution for the two-income minimum wage-earning family that spends more than 40% of their income on housing and the single mother who is working 60 hours a week to afford transportation and insurance and the dislocated worker who was laid off because artificial intelligence replaced their job. We have an opportunity to change things NOW for the future but we can’t do it without your support.
Your contribution will pilot innovative programs, develop strategic partnerships and support advocacy le. Donate at www.impactca.org.
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Chief Operating Officer: Robert “Bo” Chilton
Board Chair: Bishop Robert O.E. Keyes