Community Action celebrates 42 years
of outreach, advocacy in central Illinois
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[May 03, 2008]
Community Action Partnership of Central
Illinois, formerly CIEDC, will mark 42 years of service to central
Illinois communities with a month of celebrations and open houses.
The agency recently changed its name to join a national branding
campaign and identify itself with a network of over 1,000 Community
Action agencies nationwide.
A new logo, upcoming open houses and a "Family of Distinction"
banquet on Sunday, hosted by the Illinois Association of Community
Action Agencies, will spotlight the services that Community Action
provides to its six-county service area, including DeWitt, Fulton,
Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt counties.
"Our National Community
Action Month open houses are being held to highlight our success
stories, but also to call attention to the growing problems of
poverty," said Angela Stoltzenburg, executive director. "We take
pride in what we've accomplished, offering much-needed services to
central Illinois' low-income families, but many of our neighbors do
not realize poverty is a problem here. We want to show local
residents that poverty is, unfortunately, a very real part of life
for some families, but with programs like ours, these families can
achieve financial stability."
The National Community Action Partnership designates May as
National Community Action Month to recognize success stories.
National Community Action Month also calls attention to
poverty-related problems and the initiatives that Community Action
agencies implement to address them. These initiatives are
highlighted in "Rooting Out Poverty: A Campaign by America's
Community Action Network," a new campaign that seeks to reach,
educate and inform every American about the fact that the current
extent of poverty is intolerable and correctable.
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"With foreclosures, rising housing prices and other economic
concerns, more and more people are worried about their financial
futures, and the amount of families experiencing economic insecurity
is increasing," said Don Mathis, president and CEO of the Community
Action Partnership. "In launching the Rooting Out Poverty campaign,
we have drawn on the experiences and proven techniques of Community
Action agencies like Community Action Partnership of Central
Illinois that are in the trenches fighting poverty on the local
level. These agencies have seen what works, what doesn't and have
used this knowledge to develop solutions and strategies to help
low-income families achieve economic security. We want to see these
strategies serve as models for implementation on the national
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a private,
nonprofit organization that works to eliminate poverty. For more
information, visit www.capcil.org.
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of