What is a Community Action Agency?
Community Action Agencies are private non-profit or public organizations that were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas. Status as a Community Action Agency is the result of an explicit designation by local or state government. A Community Action Agency has a tripartite board structure that is designated to promote the participation of the entire community in the reduction or elimination of poverty. Community Action Agencies seek to involve the community, including elected public poverty.
The Clarksville-Montgomery Community Action Agency (CMCCAA) was chartered in 1978 by the city and county under a staffing Grant from the Community Services Administration and is directed by a twelve member Board of Directors as a private non-profit 501c (3) corporation.
It is the general purpose of CMCCAA to identify problems of poverty and to seek the elimination of conditions of poverty as they affect people in the communities of Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee.
It shall further be the general purpose and functions of the CMCCAA to utilize and mobilize the resources of the community to implement programs that are designed to alleviate the effects of poverty in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.
Staff must be qualified, nurtured, encouraged and rewarded as they enhance their skills and educational levels to provide the quality services deserved by families and their children. Inherent to the philosophy is the determination to be an agent for change within the community, to serve as advocates and liaisons for the low-Income. To strive to ensure that programs and services address the real needs of the community in a planned, orderly, efficient, effective and professional manner.