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Skagit County Community Action turns 25 years young. . . . and our National Community Action Partnership turns 40!
In 2004, Community Action celebrates 25 years of changing lives in Skagit County. The year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1,000-agency National Community Action Partnership, which was born in 1964 out of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" and is today America's largest anti-poverty network.
In honor of our silver anniversary, we look forward to celebratory events throughout May, Community Action Month, as well as the kick-off of our first Annual Giving Campaign. Join us!
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Posted on 29 aug 2016 by Admin | Filed under templates, internet
All Aboard our "Cruise for Literacy"
at Cascade Mall
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Tickets $15 per person.
Raffle tickets $5 each.
Cruise on in for an evening of great food and drinks sponsored by Full Sail Ale. Carnival games, music and awesome prizes at this adults-only "Cruise" in support of literacy in Skagit County!
For tickets and information, call Skagit Literacy at (360) 416-7585.
Cruise for Literacy flier
(.pdf format -- requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
>more information about Skagit Literacy
Going Mobile -
Dentists and Food on Wheels!
Community Action has two truly mobile programs -- both volunteer driven: the Skagit County Mobile Dental Van and our Mobile Food Express. The Dental Van travels to Anacortes, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley, where volunteer dentists provide free dental care to about 350 patients per year who would otherwise be unable to afford to treat their severe pain or poor dental hygiene. Also volunteer-driven, the Mobile Food Express partners with the county's food banks to provide nourishment to the homebound and disabled. With a container van bought with funds donated by Boeing Employees Community Fund, the service is provided on a sliding-fee scale.
Energy Assistance turns up the heat
When winter descends, Community Action's Energy Assistance Program heats up. Each year, this program provides over $400,000 in assistance to more than 1,000 households who would otherwise be unable to pay for heat and energy. Funding comes through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for heat, and from Puget Sound Energy for electric, as well as a smaller fund for Cascade Natural Gas customers. As one energy client told us, "Thank you for helping me this winter. I am disabled and without your program would not have had money for heat."
Community Voice Mail helps lift hundreds of families out of homelessness and poverty
Community Voice Mail provides homeless and low-income people with free voice mail for up to 180 days. Community Voice Mail connects participants to messages that can affect their lives, such as in job searches, house hunting and scheduling doctor's appointments. As part of the National Community Voice Mail Federation, we are committed to helping reduce the length of time people are homeless or in poverty.
The Historic Skagit River Flood of 2003
On October 21, the Skagit River reached devastating levels that, at some places, were the highest in recorded history. The entire town of Hamilton was covered with four to six feet of water. The communities of Cape Horn, Concrete, and Lyman, where the river crested at 14 feet above flood stage, also suffered severe damage. The disaster had the greatest impact on those families who could least afford it, disproportionately impacting low-income Skagitonians. Because of this, Community Action designated $10,000 of our reserved discretionary funds to go toward critical needs such as propane, relocation rent, and special clothing items in the first stage of the flood's aftermath. Because the area was declared a state and federal disaster area, state directors of Community Services Block Grant monies have also agreed to match our allocation, providing an additional $10,000 for flood relief. While this is but a small portion of the estimated $4 million in damage and federal disaster assistance funds, Community Action will continue to work with other agencies to meet the immediate and long-term needs of Skagitonians.