Local Spotlight: Southwest Georgia Community Action Council

September 4th, 2020 by

The Southwest Georgia Community Action Council works to create a level playing field for those who find themselves at a social and economic disadvantage. Through the help of the community, they provide services to help improve way of life.

Keep reading to learn more about the services that Southwest Georgia Community Action Council provides and how you can help!

About Southwest Georgia Community Action Council

Founded on September 27, 1965, the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council was created by a group of concerned citizens. When this council was created, it brought the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to Southwest Georgia.

Their initial hope was to bring Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” programs to the area. Now, more than 50 years later, the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council employs roughly 550 people and provides services to 21 different counties, thanks to their multi-million-dollar annual budget.

What’s the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964?

This act was created to combat poverty in the United States. It provided funds for vocational training, created Job Corps, extended loans to small businesses, and created the Head Start program to help prepare students for public schooling.

What Are the Great Society Programs?

The Great Society programs were another initiative created by Johnson to defeat poverty, reduce crimes, and eliminate inequality. This included more funding for schooling, job training programs for a specific number of people, and creating Medicare and Medicaid.

Services Provided

Following the efforts laid out in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and the Great Society programs, the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council provides lots of services aimed at decreasing the social and economic gap among individuals.

While they provide lots of services, there are three areas where they focus most of their effort: Community Service, Child Development, and Housing & Energy.

Let’s take a closer look!

Community Service

This general service aids all community members, regardless of age. Some services that fall under this umbrella include:

  • Emergency rent and utility bill fund
  • Homeless prevention and rehousing
  • Food pantries

Child Development

The Head Start program is another major focus for the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council.

This child development program provides care to children as young as prenatal and as old as five years old with the purpose of helping children succeed from a young age.

Housing & Energy

This funded program provides house repairs. This program also focuses on improving living conditions with a focus on energy conservation.

Whether a house needs help preventing elemental infiltration or major renovations to a deteriorating home, this program can help.

How to Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved with the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to support your community. With your donation, you can help support these programs, helping ensure that immediate assistance can be provided where and when it’s needed.

You can also volunteer at either the Head Start program or the Neighborhood Service Centers.

Learn More Today

Whether you need assistance or are looking for a way to build up your community, the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council is here to help.

To learn more about the efforts of this council and how you can get involved, visit their Facebook page today!

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