Community Action Celebrates 50 years
Commemorates "War on Poverty" in Pictures
FRANKFORT, KY – One word and one photo for each letter of the alphabet. That's how Community Action Kentucky is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
According to Community Action Council's Executive Director Malcolm Ratchford, the display focuses on both the accomplishments of the past half century and the ongoing challenges. "Of course, you could probably think of much more for each letter, but it was a simple way to emphasize the current need on poverty that we still have," he said.
Kentucky's poverty rate is around 19 percent, and Ratchford said pockets of extremely high poverty continue to exist in the Commonwealth.
The 23 Community Action agencies across the state help nearly a half million Kentuckians a year. Some of that help is crisis-based, but the long-term goal is to provide sustainable assistance for families trying to climb out of poverty.
"Meaning they need a job, they need housing, not necessarily emergency housing but a goal would be to get permanent housing," he stated. "Or their home needs to be weatherized to conserve energy. Or their children need to be in an early Head Start or Head Start program for education."
Community Action Agencies help the most vulnerable, disabled and low-income earning individuals and families in The Commonwealth through satellite offices in all 120 counties. They have been changing lives since the beginning of the War of Poverty that began 50 years ago. The exhibit will showcase some of these successes while challenging people not to give up the fight to end poverty in Kentucky.
March for Meals
On Monday, March 17th at 9:30 at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center, Mayor Gray and Nancy Cox will be participating in March for Meals campaign by preparing and delivering meals to homebound clients.
This campaign is to bring awareness to Senior Hunger, the need for volunteers and donations.
Serving Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties since 1964, Blue Grass Community Action offers a variety of programs to enhance the quality of life of our participants. By helping out with basic needs like food and clothing, we can help people move out of poverty and into self sufficiency.
Many of our programs are offered at little or no charge to you. Our main goal is to help you be able to help yourself. We believe each person has something to give to their community. We can give you the boost you need to help you find your dream and start living it.
IPA's in your area:
Blue Grass Head Start Community Center
955 Leestown Lane
Frankfort, Ky. 40601
Opening a daycare classroom for the 2013-2014 school year for children ages 3-4.
Hours of Operation 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky
4 STAR Rated Center
We make learning fun!!!
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack Served
For more information and/or to register your child, contact Kelley McMichael at 502-227-1511 Or complete the application with the link below.
Versailles-Woodford County Head Start