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Community Action Holds Anti-Poverty Walk


The Community Action Partnership of Lake County celebrated their 54th Anniversary in May with an Anti-Poverty 5K Walk on Saturday, May 5, 2018 and an awards reception on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Several area dignitaries attended the Anti-Poverty Walk.

"Standing together, we can make sure that our communities are strong," said US Congressman Brad Schneider who, with his family members, attended and participated in the 5K Walk.

The Honorable Mayor of the City of Waukegan, Sam Cunningham, said that often the people that agencies like Community Action serve don't always act like staffers want them to act, but we need to serve them anyway.

"They may grow up to be a Congressman, Mayor, or Township Supervisor," Mayor Cunningham said.

Executive Director, Mary White addressed the audience and provided a historical perspective of the agency citing President Johnson's 1964 War on Poverty which was committed to wiping our poverty in America.

White said that the Community Action Agency history is intertwined with the Great Society, War on Poverty, and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.

"This past year, our Agency has served 24,000 of families in Lake County and empowered them to attain self-sufficiency. We are particularly proud to have graduated 13 young adults from the Job Readiness Training Summer Program and served 542 children in the Head Start program. Our work changes lives and strengthens our entire community."

Community Action Partnership of Lake County was established in 1964 to create opportunities in Lake County, Illinois through Pre-K education through Head Start and other early childhood education programs that focus on kindergarten readiness; Youth and Family Services that include emergency assistance, self-sufficiency case management, employment and training, scholarships, and a food pantry; Affordable Housing for low-income individuals and families plus long-term transitional housing for honorably discharged homeless Veterans; home heating bill payment assistance; home weatherization; and Small Business Development and professional training. Community Action Partnership of Lake County is a member of the Community Action Network, originally created in 1964.

Community Action Partnership of Lake County's mission is to reduce the causes and effects of poverty, promote self-sufficiency of families and individuals with low incomes and improve the standard of living in the Lake County.


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