LCCAA, Mayor Bradley Celebrate Community Action Month

posted 5/9/24 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency is proud to be a member of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies celebrating 60 years of service in 2024. This week, Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley proclaimed May Community Action Month in the City of Lorain.

The Community Action network was born when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act in August 1964. The network spread across the country with the Lorain County Economic Opportunity Commission forming in 1966. Today, 99% of American counties are served by a Community Action Agency. Annually in May, the network celebrates its work during Community Action Month.

“LCCAA was created to serve the citizens of Lorain County with emergency assistance and empowering programs that advance them toward their goals,” the proclamation read in part.

Every year, agencies like LCCAA connect more than 9.5 million people with services and supports that improve their lives. All programs and services are designed to meet specific, local needs and created in cooperation with people who have lived in poverty.

“We know our community and we work to respond to its changing needs,” said Acting CEO Shauna Matelski. “Most recently, we have opened a Produce Pantry in downtown Lorain in response to increasing food insecurity in our community. We regularly evaluate our programs to make sure they are doing the most good.”

LCCAA has been the county’s only provider of Head Start since 1966. The comprehensive child development program uses a two-generation approach to serve preschoolers and their families by preparing children for success in kindergarten. LCCAA also offers By Car, a supportive program for OhioMeansJobs clients which matches savings to help participants purchase a reliable used car.

In addition to its well-known utility assistance programs, LCCAA helps pregnant women and new mothers through its Pathways HUB. The HUB connects a Community Health Worker with clients to help them navigate the health care system and the many changes a new family member brings.

LCCAA serves all of Lorain County with both emergency assistance and empowering programs. Visit www.lccaa.net to learn more.