If someone comes into the Community Action office and says, "I am all out of gas, and I don't get paid until Friday, but if I don't show up for work I'll get fired," Community Action puts their Critical Needs Fund to work.
But Community Action does not give handouts, they help people to exit poverty. Community Action has volunteers looking through their intake forms and "flagging" any cases where people are coming in multiple times so they can help them out of the situation they are in. Each flagged case is assigned a case manager. You might be surprised by just how much of what Community Action does is about personal development and education.
For example, there was a gentleman that came to Community Action in need because his medical bills cost more than his fixed income. He was having to make a choice between eating or buying medicine! Vernon, his case manager, found out that he had not claimed his veteran benefits, for the last 42 years! Why? Because it was too intimidating to try and file all of the paperwork all by himself. His case manager walked alongside him and helped him to fill out the forms. Thanks to Community Action, this veteran no longer has to be stressed about paying his bills and now he can sustain himself.
Did you know that 25% of the people that need help from Community Action are senior citizens or disabled? These people are not able to work a job, and oftentimes their monthly income is fixed. Community Action helps them to find a way to comfortably live out the rest of their lives whether that means finding them a new place to live, helping them to sign up for a mobile food program from a food bank, or helping them to sign up for programs from Veterans Affairs.
The Critical Needs fund runs out fast, and rarely do funds come from outside sources. It comes from people like you. Donate today!