Georgia Community Action Assoication



Our Vision 
We envision the Georgia Community Action Association as a strong, united network of effective community action agencies, guided by excellence and integrity in the promotion of social and economic justice in the State of Georgia

Our Mission
To serve as the professional organization for the development and implementation of strategies to provide GCAA members the tools to be effective community action agencies in solving the problems of poverty within the State of Georgia.

National Conferences

2019 CAP Management & Leadership
January 15-18, 2019
New Orleans, LA

GCAA Board Meeting/Legislative Day
January 30-31
Atlanta, Georgia  


"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

 Dr. Martin Luther King

 National Wellness Month!

All during September, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long and see how much better you feel!Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways.

T ake the time to schedule a few weekly activities to improve your health:
  • Take a Yoga class
  • Take a 20 minute walk in the park
  • Plant a garden
  • Try 20 minute Meditation
  • Prepare a healthy recipe
Research shows that self- care helps manage stress and  promotes happiness. Pledge to make YOUR self-care a priority.

  Energy Costs are a Higher Burden on the Rural Poor

By  Gabrielle Levy, Political Reporter 
( July 20, 2018) us.news.com

LOW-INCOME FAMILIES  living in rural areas pay more of their monthly incomes to energy costs than families in other parts of the country, a burden on households and communities that could often be mitigated by making energy-efficiency improvements.

The percentage of monthly income that low-income rural residents spend on energy - called their energy burden - is three times as high as the national average, according to a new  report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Energy Efficiency for All coalition.

The median urban household pays an estimated $1,812 - about $151 a month - or 3.1 percent of an annual income of $57,800 on energy bills. The median rural household, comparatively, has an income of $43,000 but spends $1,905 - $159 a month - on energy, or 4.4 percent, according to the report. And while the rural poor pay less - $1,580, or $132 a month - energy bills make up nearly 9 percent of their median annual income of $17,952.

For rural residents, spending a higher percentage of their income on energy can have a ripple effect for families and for communities.

The percentage of monthly income that low-income rural residents spend on energy is three times as high as the national average, a new report finds.

For more information on this article visit us.news.com

The 48th Annual GCAA Training Conference was a success! With over 280 attendees, 4 keynote speakers, and a array of wonderful workshops,everyone left with a positive experience and some great information.

The conference kicked off  with a morning of amazing Pre-con workshops covering topics on   Leadership Development and Easy Trak Training.  The GCAA Board Meeting was then held and included an election of new officers.  The results included:

Tres Hamilton,  President
Randy Weldon,  Vice President
Angel Walker,  Secretary
Sarita Hill,  Treasurer

Congratulations to our new officers!

On Wednesday and Thursday participants actively attended workshops and heard from an amazing keynote speaker Dr. William F. Pickard Author of Millionaire Moves, his speech was motivating and inspirational to say the least. He spoke on the importance of having  your own vision for life.

Paul Schmitz navigated the Town Hall Meeting demonstrating  Collective Impact and Building Blocks for Community Engagement. Lastly, Dr. Janel Bell Haynes introduce the workbook to Dr. Pickard's book Millionaire Moves. 

Thursday evening, attendees enjoyed the annual banquet and honored several people. A wards were presented to recognize those who actively advocate for others. The keynote speaker was Ms. Devyn Bauer, activist for March for Our Lives.

The conference ended with the State of Hope Initiative with Virginia "Ginger" Pryor from the Division of Family and Children Services.  

Thanks to all of you for your hard work shaping our Georgia Communities, one family at a time!!!

Hope you enjoyed the conference!



The opportunity to submit discretionary applications is still open!

Program Title: WE SHOW-UP Clayton

Program Description:
Clayton County Community Services Authority Inc. has partnered with WE SHOW UP (Workforce and Development Set Hiring Opportunities With Unlimited Potential) to implement a pilot workforce training program designed to prepare and place participants in infrastructure jobs within the entertainment industry.  

Clayton County will host a local job training expo designed to inform the workforce community about the upcoming 3 week film & television industry "Work Ready" training program called WE SHOW-UP Clayton.  Future participants will have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and business owners to learn more about what contracted vendors do within the entertainment infrastructure and what kind of entry level jobs are available. 

Once selected, program participants will go thru 3 weeks of Master Classes and graduate into apprenticeships which will provide them with on the job work experience and job placement opportunities.  Clayton County CSA serves Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties.

Program Title:  The Single Parent Society

Program Description:
Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority (FACAA) has designed a special program to support single parents with planning  steps  to emerge from poverty to self-reliance.  

The Single Parent Society will offer a climate of socialization, education and problem-solving solutions to help parents determine options that alleviate the conditions of poverty .  The Single Parent Society offers single parents and their children a focused pathway to a more fulfilling life experience.  FACAA serves all of Fulton county.

Program Title:  Employment Training Services

Program Description:

Enrichment Services Program Inc, (ESP) will offer additional scholarship opportunities that will help individuals obtain the necessary educational skills to gain employment in a career field matching client career interests.  

ESP has partnered with STAT Medical, Wallace College, Columbus Technical College, Georgia Driving Academy, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA), and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers to support low-income participants with providing soft skills training and the opportunity to get certified via a Nurse's Aide Program, Facility Maintenance Program, or Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Program. ESP serves Chattahoochee, Clay, Harris, Muskogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart and Talbot counties.

We are still considering other discretionary applications that were submitted for funding.  

For more information please contact:
Yolanda Neals, Program Manager
Georgia Dept of Family and Children Services
(404) 656-2323

"Striving for stronger results via community-based organizations and believing that together we'll have a stronger collective impact!"  
- Yolanda Neals