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Community Action Partnership Celebrates 54 Years with Walk

 

We are proud of the role we play in the continuing fight against poverty during this period of economic turmoil. The new challenges facing Community Action have strengthened our determination to help people help themselves.

We have accomplished this through the programs services and advocacy work that we do daily. During 2017, we were able to assist over 8,028 Lake County residents with utility bills through our Low – Income Energy Assistance Program, 134 houses received energy conservation work at no cost to the home owner. The program spent an average of $8,268 per house. 1,438 individuals and families received emergency assistance, food pantry donations, self-sufficiency case management or post secondary scholarships. Students were awarded scholarships to Illinois Institutions of higher education or vocational training schools.

Early Childhood Education, nutrition and health services were provided to over 700 children and families. A total of 52 affordable multi-family and single family homes; plus townhouses were leased to low-to-moderate income individuals and military veteran families.

165 Children 5-12 years of age from at-risk communities enjoyed fun-filled summer camp activities and field trips at affordable rates last summer. And, over 100 volunteers donated their time with helping people and changing lives.

Community Action Partnership of Lake County continues to develop new joint initiatives and partnerships to better serve the needy and working poor in Lake County.

Poverty was a huge problem in America prior to the recession, a problem that was far too big for most communities to solve alone. NOW, we must join hands, roll up our sleeves and prepare to actively fight poverty together, if we desire a stronger America.

Visit our website at http://www.caplakecounty.org to learn about Community Action Partnership of Lake County programs, services and upcoming events.

 

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