We rely on our community to meet our mission of moving individuals, families and our community itself toward prosperity. We can’t solve poverty on our own, and we never could. Changing our name is one small way of acknowledging this. -Bill Henkel
Mount Vernon, WA (PRWEB) January 07, 2013
The heart of Community Action is creating a spirit of hope by helping people help themselves and each other. Last year, its more than 35 programs touched the lives of over 37,000 people, approximately one in every four Skagit County residents. It is also proud of 1,497 volunteers associated with the agency that last year provided 117,817 hours of donated service to Skagit County, conservatively valued at $2,621,945.
Community Action Board of Directors voted to officially change the name of the organization in order to emphasize that it is a private, community based nonprofit agency supported by and working side by side with community volunteers, donors and partners.
Bill Henkel, Community Action’s Executive Director, says, “Our friends in the community and the people we serve have always referred to us as ‘Community Action,’ so we believe the name change simply affirms this. Our Board also thought the new name better emphasized that we are a community based nonprofit.”
“We have always been proud of our ability to attract millions of dollars in outside funding to Skagit County, and that will not change,” says Henkel. “But as need rises and resources dwindle, we rely on our community to meet our mission of moving individuals, families and our community itself toward prosperity. We can’t solve poverty on our own, and we never could. Changing our name is one small way of acknowledging this.”
Susan Lange, Donor Development Manager at Community Action, says, “Though we have always been proud of our work and the many ways we help people and change lives, we are always looking for better ways to tell our story. Many people, for instance, think we are a government organization that is largely supported through identified funding sources. The truth is, it is absolutely essential to more effectively tell our story so that we can better bring the community alongside us. This will in turn sustain the variety and quality of services our community needs to change lives for the better, and help create a prosperous Skagit County for all.”
About Community Action of Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County, formed in 1979, is well established locally. It is a private, nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors consisting of eighteen members representing the public, private, and low-income sectors in equal proportion. With their excellent and engaged board, tenured senior management team, dedicated staff of 90-110 individuals, more than 100 funding sources, over a $6.9 million budget, and a variety of programs designed to meet local needs, the agency is well positioned to facilitate positive change in the community.
Community Action Agencies, like Community Action of Skagit County, serve as administrative “umbrellas” for a variety of local programs that support the public in need, many of which would not otherwise be able to stand individually. Because several programs are gathered under one roof, Community Action’s networking system has proven to be cost effective. It is especially successful at addressing the complexities of poverty on the individual, familial, communal, and societal levels. Flexibility in services, responsiveness to community need, and local control make Community Action Agencies increasingly attractive to local leaders.
For information about Community Action of Skagit County, visit http://www.communityactionskagit.org (new website URL). For further inquiries, contact Susan Lange at susanl(at)communityactionskagit(dot)org, or by phone at (360) 588-5737.