Community Action Month 2016


WHEREAS, for more than 52 years, Community Action agencies have put a human face on poverty by advocating for those who do not have a voice; and

WHEREAS, Community Action builds and promotes economic stability as an essential aspect of enabling and enhancing stronger communities; and

WHEREAS, Community Action enhances millions of American lives by providing essential, life-changing services and opportunities such as affordable housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, and natural disaster relief; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Community Action agencies leverage more than $12 for each dollar of Community Services Block Grant funding to provide programs and services to about 170,000 low-income individuals; and

WHEREAS, Community Action revitalizes communities and moves individuals toward self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Community Action Agencies will continue to implement innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of impoverished Virginians; provide support and opportunities for all citizens in need of assistance; and serve as voices of reason in establishing system reforms;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2016 as COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.