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January 24, 2019

National Partnership Releases Impact Report
COLUMBUS - The National Community Action Partnership released today the first-of-its-kind National Impact Report: Building Opportunities for All. The report is a unique and comprehensive illustration of the collective impact of Community Action Agencies across the country-including the 48 agencies in Ohio who serve all 88 counties.
"Community Action was built on the foundation that by making a difference locally, we can together make an impact for the entire country," said Philip E. Cole, Executive Director of Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. "This report compiles all of our work and puts it into a national perspective so we can see the extensive reach of this network."
Spotlight stories throughout the report highlight Community Action initiatives and projects relating to jobs, asset building, health and well-being, community development, children and families, and housing. Ohio's Community Action Akron Summit, whose community initiative drastically reduced the wait time to get recovery treatment for Summit County residents suffering from addiction, was one of those features.
"The work being done in Ohio and across the country is truly inspiring, though it is not without hard work from the families we are assisting," said Cole. "Our network promises that we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. This report helps us to show how we do that every day."

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. Community Action Agencies work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in their communities. The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies represents 48 agencies around the state serving the needs of low-income people in all of Ohio's 88 counties. CAAs provide education and training, emergency services, and other assistance programs to over 700,000 Ohioans annually.