For 50 years, the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has offered a helping hand to people in need in Lincoln County.
The Lincoln County Commission recently signed a proclamation designating May as NECAC Community Action Month. The declaration coincides with National Community Action Month.
NECAC delivers more than 60 programs to qualifying clients and earns its revenues through contracts and grants with federal, state and local governments, private businesses and other non-profit organizations. The agency has 110 full-time and more than 200 part-time employees, and currently operates a budget of more than $25 million.
NECAC President and Chief Executive Officer Don Patrick said Community Action programs and services have helped improve the lives of thousands of people in the agency’s 12 counties.
“We are pleased to join Community Action Agencies across the United States in observing five decades of helping people and changing lives,” Patrick said. “This is a time when we can highlight the important social service, community health and public housing programs that we administer and deliver to those who need our services.”
“It’s important to recognize that without Community Action, many of the neediest among us would not get the services they need to improve their lives,” said NECAC Lincoln County Service Coordinator Janice Allan. “We provide temporary assistance to our neighbors in need, helping them to become self-sufficient to build better lives.”
Common Community Action programs include employment and training services, housing rent-assistance, energy assistance, home ownership, home weatherization and repairs, affordable housing, senior and family apartment developments, family planning health services, in‑home senior care services, volunteer programs for seniors, and county outreach programs.
NECAC and other Community Action Agencies were born from the Economic Opportunity Act, in 1964.
The idea was to put local agencies in charge of directing resources and funding to the people and programs that needed them the most.
NECAC is governed by a 36-member volunteer Board of Directors with three representatives from each of the 12 counties. Serving on the NECAC Board from Lincoln County are County Commissioner Matt Bass, of Troy; Leroy Braungardt, of Moscow Mills and Fred Layton, of Troy.
More information about NECAC programs and services is available by calling Allan at (636) 528-7604.