Pike County OCAP celebrates 52 years of community action

Published 10:23 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Organized Community Action Program (OCAP) is celebrating May as Community Action Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the success of the National Community Action Network.

America’s Community Action Agencies connect millions of children and families to greater opportunity; therefore, transforming their lives and making communities and the nation stronger.

“Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country,” said Wanda Moultry, OCAP executive director. “The Community Action Partnership Network offers insight to leaders looking to understand what is working on the ground to help families thrive, creating smarter solutions that can be put to work within communities across the country.”

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Tyesha Young, Pike County coordinator, said this year the local agency served more than 1,400 families in Pike County and empowered them to attain self-sufficiency.

“We serve children in Head Start, assist households with energy assistance, promote energy conservation by providing energy workshops, assist families with weatherization, provide seniors with food vouchers during National Nutrition Month and many other programs,” Young said. “Our work changes lives and strengthens our entire community.” 

OCAP was established in 1966 to create opportunities in Pike County with a Program Development grant of $16,000 to the current funding of more than $11 million. OCAP is a member of the Community Action Network, which was created in 1964.