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May observes work of Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency

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 The month of May has been declared National Community Action Month by Governor Bevin.   Community Action has a history that dates back to the Johnson presidency.   A significant amount of services are provided by Community Action in Bullitt County.   Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency has been serving low income families and senior citizens in Bullitt County since the 1970’s and in the early 80’s evolved into a Community Action Agency.   

So, what is Community Action? 

There are 23 Community Action Agencies in Kentucky and they lead the fight against poverty by providing services to families, children, the elderly and the disadvantaged.   The National Promise of Community Action is “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.”  

So what does Community Action provide to Bullitt County?  

Some people are familiar with our emergency assistance programs such as LIHEAP, (Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program) that can help low income families and seniors pay their utility bills.    Most of our programs are income based and provide strict requirements in order to qualify.  Funding is usually grant based which leads people to believe we are a government entity.  We are not.  We are a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization.    Grant income is not enough to cover our expenses so we are always reaching out to other funding sources so that we can continue to serve our community.    Thankfully since we serve so many local citizens, the county governments within our service area assist us as did the City of Mount Washington recently.       

We also work with families to help remove barriers to allow them to achieve self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.    

We can assist with employment, job training, and financial management.    This can be accomplished, in part, by seeking and creating partnerships with other non-profits and service providers.   Community Action does its best to bring various parts of the community together and that includes referring clients to organizations that has the expertise in a particular area.      

We are probably best known for the programs that we provide to our Senior Citizens.  Not all Community Action agencies provide aging programs, but we have long been committed to serving the elderly in our region. 

We provide programs at our Senior Center on Monday through Friday.   Programs cover wide ranging topics such as safety in the home, including issues such as on-line internet safety and safeguarding your financial information. 

Seniors participate in health promotion and exercise activities such as arthritis exercise and Zumba Gold.   We provide a hot luncheon meal that they share with other seniors for a sense of community and camaraderie.   Of course we plan recreational fun and game activities and occasional outings to local restaurants.   We also provide Home Delivered Meals, more commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels.    (We are in need of Volunteer Meal Delivery Drivers so please contact us if you wish to volunteer.   Please call Kim Smith Magee at 502-543-3455). 

A program that seems to go unrecognized is our Weatherization Program which allows homeowners to lower their energy footprint and save money on utility bills.  

When people hear the word Weatherization, they start thinking new windows.   Often that is not the case, the program allows us to make their furnace more efficient or sometimes replaced, while including items such as caulking, other air sealing measures and insulation.    If the energy audit calls for it we can replace an old refrigerator with a new energy efficient model.   

So we serve our community in a variety of ways and hope to do so for many years in the future.  If you are in need of any of our services, please check out our website, www://mpcaa.org for detailed information.   We are actively seeking new weatherization clients so please call us to schedule an appointment to fill out an application for the Weatherization. 

You may contact Rita Spruill or Susan Fries at 502-543-4077.  

See the paper for an upcoming personal account of how Weatherization helped one family in Bullitt County.         

Kim Embry-Hill

Executive Director

Multi-Purpose CAA