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Community Action Shows Off Impact at Poverty Awareness Dinner

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Friday evening, October 3rd was a special night for Community Action. As part of a Poverty Tour stop (http://nyspovertytour.org), the event acted to increase awareness and bring decision makers from the state level to our service area. But the highlights of the evening were the two stories told by women who formed partnerships with Community Action and went on to dramatically change their lives for the better.

As Jim Krencik wrote for the Daily News (read full article by clicking here):

“Through the agency, Campbell received nursing training and her first scrubs, an educational head start for her children and lifeskills training. “Community Action has been there for me,” said Campbell, who at times worked 14-hour days between her work at an assisted living facility, the Main Street Store and GED classes. “Every time I went to Community Action, I grew more and reached more of my dreams.” Campbell now operates Campbell’s Lil Angels, which has a staff of seven and serves 16 children. She raises two more children, but nothing will stop her drive to work for a better world.

“We may need assistance from time to time, but we all need responsibility,” she said.

Sabrina Campbell

DeeDee Hintz of Bergen had already raised and sent her five children out into the world when she was thrust into raising two of her young grandchildren. Both Devon, 2, and Angelique, 8 months, were in need of early assistance they began receiving with two days of their arrival. Hintz recalled sending Devon for his first day of Head Start and waiting by the phone, ready to come pick him up if needed. It never rang. “A lovely, bubbly boy stepped off the bus,” said Hintz, who has served on advisory boards and the Angels in Action board. “He learned how to make friends, to write his name … the dedication of the staff gave him the tools for the rest of his life.” Both Devon and Angelique have grown into active, healthy children who are well-rounded students who are following their grandma’s participation in Community Action.

“It changed their lives, they just needed a place to start,” Hintz said.”

DeeDee Hintz

We also honored Muller Quaker Dairy as the Sponsor of the Year. Annette Finch, Director of Community Services commented “we could not do what we do without you.”

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Main Street Thrift Store Grand Opening!

You are invited!

Grand Opening InvitationAlso, Holiday Basket sign-ups are coming soon – spread the word:
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Poverty Simulation

Poverty Simulation 012ADo you know someone who has a tough time paying their bills? Have you ever felt stressed by your financial situation? On Friday afternoon, we held a Poverty Simulation at the United Methodist Church in Batavia to talk about life in a low-income household.

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In just over an hour, participants were challenged to make real life decisions that would take place in a month’s time. We asked everyone to play a role so that we could all better understand how employers, schools and local businesses and services interacted with community members in our area on a weekly basis.

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the Daily News and Orleans Hub covered the event and participated:

The Hub: http://www.orleanshub.com/news2014/Participants-in-poverty-simulation-feel-chaos-desperation.htm

The Daily News: http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/news/article_25f493fe-4b7c-11e4-aa0a-2f659355a39d.html

Also, special thanks to the staff from the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), who facilitated the event.

Poverty Simulation 038APoverty Simulation 062APoverty Simulation 017AThank you to all who participated! If you have any questions, ideas or follow-up comments, please let us know.

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