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To serve as a professional organization for the Georgia Community Action Network by strengthening partnerships and providing tools and capacity building strategies to reduce poverty



A State without poverty

GCAA 2015 Annual Conference
July 7-10, 2015
Savannah, Georgia
Hyatt Regency

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Community Actin 2015:A New Year For Action
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2015 CAPLAW National Training Conference

June 10-12, 2015
Portland Oregon
Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel

President Obama Delivers Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Marches
President Obama Delivers Remarks on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Marches




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.

GCAA Board Meets with State Lawmakers 
Members of the GCAA Board and Management Team pictured on the steps at the Georgia State Capitol Building

"Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it." 

- President Lyndon B. Johnson

State of the Union Address: War On Poverty.


On February 11th, the Georgia Community Action Association kicked off their quarterly board meeting with a visit to the State Capitol. The purpose of the visit was to build stronger relationships with political leaders, expand awareness around the vast work done in the communities by Georgia CAAs and discuss the network's, legislative agenda.  

Representative Stacey Abrams office provided a thirty minute informational session on the legislative process followed by a question and answer session.  Board members met with various Representatives and Senators throughout the state of Georgia.  

"This was a great day... I believe we accomplished our goal.  We were able to discuss our initiatives with with legislators from both sides of the isle. Our next step is to get on the Governor's calendar.  We need all our leaders...Democrats and Republicans, to buy into our mission of building stronger families and healthier communities. You see...poverty isn't a partisan issue...it is an issue of humanity", said GCAA President, Terry Tolbert. 

GCAA Shines a Spotlight on 

Concerted Services, Inc. 

Servant Leadership... My Journey with Community Action

with Ophelia Gaines, Executive Director
In Her Own Words...

I began this journey with Community Action on September 13, 1973, almost nine years after President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act declaring war on poverty. The past forty-two years have been challenging, yet rewarding.  The mission of Community Action embodies all of my hopes and desires for our communities, families and individuals throughout this great nation. 


In 2007 I was asked by the executive board of Concerted Services, Inc.  to become the fourth executive director of Concerted Services, a community action agency charged with providing services to low-income individuals in eighteen southeastern counties since 1965. I eagerly accepted the challenge and realized this would be an opportunity for me to truly serve my community.  Several experiences since 2007 have helped me to grow and move beyond mediocrity and fear. I made a conscious decision to embrace courage and move into the realm of achievement, potential, excellence and unlimited possibilities.  


Our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan outlined a focus and directed path for the agency's leadership team! Our strategies are:  

  • Enhance Agency effectiveness and efficiency
  • Enhance existing and create new client-centered services
  • Increase the capability of our board, staff and volunteers - One Team
  • Increase public awareness of Concerted Services, Inc and its services

As we move forward we are committed to "investing in lives, transforming communities".  Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  

Your Money Your Goals
Case Management Training

Georgia Community Action Association (GCAA) hosted its first Your Money Your Goals (YMYG) training on Tuesday, March 4th at Clayton County Community Services Authority. The training was attended by representatives from nine Georgia CAAs.  The training was facilitated by YMYG trainers, Bonita Hampton Smith, GCAA and Sharon Quinn and Cynthia McGill, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, Inc. (FACAA) and Dr. Joyce Dorsey, FACAA's President and CEO.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit for consumers, as well as for training. Social services organizations can use the toolkit to help their clients set goals, choose financial products and build skills in managing money, credit, and debt.  For more information on the YMYG toolkit visit the CFPB website.