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CA Month reduced 2018

On May 2nd SENCA celebrated 52 years of providing a variety of programs and services to economically challenged residents and communities throughout southeast Nebraska.  May is also celebrated nation-wide as National Community Action Month.
 
In honor of Community Action Month various activities have been scheduled or have taken place in recognition of the work that is done throughout the SENCA service area.   During the months of March - May SENCA staff  met with County Commissioners from the six county service area that includes:  Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson where proclamations were made declaring May as Community Action Month. (See pictures below) SENCA Head Start children participated in the event by coloring the national Community Action logo with their art work on display in various SENCA locations, including the Central Office in Humboldt.   Additional activities scheduled in various locations throughout the month include:  a community park clean-up day; a sign-up day for meals, Transit, and SNAP benefits;  in addition to candy and vegetable seed packets given to local thrift stores for distribution.
 
Community Action was developed as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) passed in 1964 during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Administration.   As a component of the nationwide anti-poverty movement, initiated by President John F. Kennedy, section two of the Act states “to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this Nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.” This innovative legislation, created a variety of programs including Head Start and Community Action as part of the “War on Poverty.”  
 
Today SENCA is one of nine (9) Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) serving the state of Nebraska, and one of 1,100 CAA’s nationwide.  In the ongoing “War on Poverty” CAA programs deliver a broad range of services that offer solutions to top identified challenges within the community. Some of these may include:  childhood development, education, employment, financial literacy and budgeting, emergency services, housing, transportation, weatherization, nutrition, and health.  SENCA is managed by a tripartite volunteer Board of Directors with 1/3 of the members elected to represent low-income households, 1/3 represent elected officials, and 1/3 represent private interest. SENCA is a private, non-profit 501 C 3 corporation with 75% of funding derived from competitive federal and state grants.  The balance of funding required to effectively operate the agency are provided through priviate funding that includes donations and local grants plus fundraisers such as the annual SENCA Benefit Golf Tournament.  Vicky McNealy, CCAP (Certified Community Action Professional) serves as the agency Executive Director managing a team of 60 dedicated individuals working together with the combined mission of:   “Investing in our Neighbors through Education and Partnerships to Improve Lives and Build Strong Communities in Southeast Nebraska.” 
 
Cass County CA Month 2018 Reduced      Johnson County CA Month 2018 Reduced 
Nemaha County CA Month 2018 Reduced      Otoe County CA Month 2018 Reduced
 
Pawnee County CA Month 2018 Reduced     Richardson County CA Month 2018 Reduced
Top to Bottom include:  Cass County, Johnson County, Nemaha County, Otoe County, Pawnee County & Richardson County.
 
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