Community Action Network celebrates 56 years of service nationally, 33 years in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties

Community action month

Community Action Network celebrates 56 years of service nationally,

33 years in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties

 

  Gateway Community Action Partnership is marking the 56th year of the Community Action Network, as well as its 33rd year as the designated CAP agency serving Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in Southern New Jersey.

  This year marks the 56th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty. More than 1,000 agencies across the country work every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communities stronger and helping families across the US thrive.

  Gateway is a proud member of the Community Action Network, and has been an innovator and leader in the CAP network since 1987.

  “Each May, during Community Action Month, we reflect on the impact Gateway and our network has had on families,” Albert B. Kelly, CCAP, Gateway President & CEO, said. “Last year alone, we served more than 50,000 residents of our CAP counties, and as a network, more than 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also long-term solutions like education and job placement.”

  Community Action Agencies serve 99 percent of counties across American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public, and low-income sectors of the community.

  “We are proud of our communities’ participation in the development and oversight of our programs,” Kelly said. “Their engagement helps us to be more effective in our approach by determining what our community needs.”

  To celebrate the continued success of Community Action and raise awareness throughout our region, Gateway will continue the much-needed services that have become their trademark and made them a beacon of hope to so many in the region.

  This year, the added weight of the pressing COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the rolls of those in need of utility assistance, rent or mortgage assistance, guidance with child care services and most notably, food for their daily existence.  

  Gateway is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The mission of Gateway Community Action Partnership is to “provide services that improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency.” www.gatewaycap.org.

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