This year marks the 56th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty. More than 1,000 agencies across the country work every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communities stronger and helping families across the US thrive.
Gateway is a proud member of the Community Action Network, and has been an innovator and leader in the CAP network since 1987.
“Each May, during Community Action Month, we reflect on the impact Gateway and our network has had on families,” Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, Gateway President & CEO, said. “Last year alone, we served more than 50,000 residents of our CAP counties, and as a network, more than 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also long-term solutions like education and job placement.”
Community Action Agencies serve 99 percent of counties across American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public, and low-income sectors of the community.
This year, the added weight of the pressing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the roles of those in need of utility assistance, rent or mortgage assistance, guidance with child care services and most notably, food for their daily existence.
Gateway is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The mission of Gateway Community Action Partnership is to “provide services that improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency.” Visit www.gatewaycap.org