Community Action Agencies are private non-profit or public organizations that were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas. Status as a Community Action Agency is the result of an explicit designation by local or state government. A Community Action Agency has a tripartite board structure that is designated to promote the participation of the entire community in the reduction or elimination of poverty. Community Action Agencies seek to involve the community including elected public officials, private sector representatives and especially low-income residents, in assessing local needs and attacking the causes and conditions of poverty.
A Community Action Agency:
Little River Community Action Program (CAP), incorporated on June 23, 1965, was aptly named because the Little River wound its way along the southern part of Monroe County, the northeastern tip of Baldwin, and northwestern corner of Escambia. Little River CAP was funded to operate Neighborhood Referral Centers and a food distribution program in the three-county service area. The Agency received a grant to provide a centralized administrative staff (located in Daphne, AL) and services to carry out all projects funded under it.
Due to requirements of the Alabama Regional Planning Commission; Monroe County was spun off to another Community Action Agency which resulted in our name changing to Community Action Agency of Baldwin and Escambia Counties. Clarke County was welcomed into the Agency's family in 1986; in February 1989 came Conecuh County. In 1994, Monroe County returned home.,