About Community Action
As a Community Action Agency, OVO tackles the root causes of poverty. Community Action’s Nationwide Strategy includes reducing income inequality and increasing economic security. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) established over 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the nation to implement EOA programs at the local level. Community Action Agencies provide a wide array of services and programming. Community Action has helped millions of people move toward self-sufficiency.
At the national level, the Community Action Partnership organizes and provides support to Community Action Agencies. CAAs demonstrate a rich history of advocacy for low-income people, commitment to research and documented best practices, and the ability to maintain relevance through the decades. In 2014, Community Action celebrated 50 years of serving local communities here in the United States.
A hallmark of Community Action is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). These funds are available to Community Action Agencies and support programming and services that help low-income individuals increase self-sufficiency, improve living conditions, gain ownership of and pride in their communities, and build strong family and support systems. These grants are administered on the state level. Here in Indiana, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority administers and monitors the CSBG program.
In Indiana, Community Action Agencies provide service to all of Indiana’s 92 counties. These organizations comprise the Indiana Community Action Network. This network allows these agencies to work together and share information in order to establish best practices in service, provide support and resources, and to identify statewide and local community needs. OVO is proud to serve its community and practice the Promise and Ethics of Community Action.
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.