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CIEDC gears up to celebrate National Community Action Month          Send a link to a friend

[May 01, 2007]  After a harsh winter of snowstorms and bone-chilling temperatures, CIEDC and Community Action agencies across the country are ready to welcome spring by celebrating National Community Action Month in May. This annual commemoration recognizes the significant impact Community Action agencies make every day fighting poverty on the local level.

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, visit

[Text from news release received from Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.]

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