Despite the constant threat of budget cuts and an increased demand
for services, CIEDC continues to be a beacon of hope for central
Illinois families. In honor of Community Action Month, the agency
will host open houses throughout the month of May at the outreach
offices in Logan, Mason, Menard, Piatt, DeWitt and Fulton counties.
"These open houses will be upbeat and informative events for the
entire community to enjoy," said Angela Stoltzenburg, executive
director. "Many people may not realize the economic uncertainty
their neighbors are facing, so this is a time for fellowship and to
learn about the resources we have available to fight poverty."
Inspiring Americans to work together to fight poverty is the
impetus behind the
National Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security being
convened by the Community Action Partnership national office. The
symposium, scheduled for May 29-31 in Bethesda, Md., (just outside
of Washington, D.C.), will bring together a cross section of
practitioners, policymakers, foundations and researchers for a
discussion on the causes and conditions of poverty, and solutions
and new strategies for ending it.
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National Community Action Month, celebrated in May, was
established by the Community Action Partnership to showcase how
Community Action agencies across the country are helping low-income
people change their lives. It is also an opportunity to focus
attention on the problems low-income families face and how Community
Action agencies are addressing them.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Community Action Partnership is
the national association representing the interests of the 1,000
Community Action agencies across the country that are helping
low-income people change their lives and embody the spirit of hope.
These agencies care about the entire community and are dedicated to
helping people help themselves and each other. For more information
about the partnership and agencies, visit
CIEDC, a Community Action agency, services the low-income and
elderly in six rural central Illinois counties. The corporate
headquarters is at 1800 Fifth St. in Lincoln. For more information,
[Text from news release received from Central Illinois Economic Development