Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of The National Community Action Partnership
Wednesday May 28th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, Md. (May 28, 2014)—Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, along with Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, a representative from City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young's office and other community leaders, joined the Baltimore City Community Action Partnership to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Community Action Partnership and the impact it's made on families across the city throughout the years.
The National Community Action Partnership was created as an agency to assist local governments in the War on Poverty. On August 20, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA). The EOA created a variety of programs—including Community Action Agencies. In 1965, the Baltimore Community Action Partnership was one of those agencies established to address local poverty problems.
"The longevity of this agency is a testament to the good services it provides to the communities it serves," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "My administration remains steadfast in its dedication to serve those in need. We will continue to take proactive measures in ensuring that the community has the tools it needs to meet the needs of its residents."
The Baltimore City Community Action Partnership serves as the local agency and advocate for low-income families. The agency promotes new services and delivery systems that effectively support human dignity and self-determination, encourage self-sufficiency, and provide opportunities for residents in need.
"We are happy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Community Action Partnership, but we know our work is far from done, as the human services needs of families remain vital to improving the quality of life and attaining self-sufficiency," said Lori Cunningham, director of the Baltimore City Community Action Partnership.
During the all-day celebration, residents participated in community presentations, received information on energy assistance, and gained other valuable tools from the Mayor's Office of Human Services. The event offered healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness tips, health insurance navigators, and credit counseling.
Additionally, the event provided an excellent opportunity for residents to connect with community partners, including St. Vincent de Paul, BGE, Baltimore City Fire and Health Department, and other local providers.