Community Action Agencies (CAAs)
Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofit and public (local government departments) organizations that address the root causes of poverty and improve the quality of life for individuals and families in their communities. They are a part of the larger network of Community Action Programs, which were established as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in the United States. The goal of these agencies is to provide a range of services and resources to help low-income individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and overcome the challenges of poverty. CAAs, as effective, multi-service, local organizations, are embracing family/client-centered and driven approaches to service delivery, sometimes called “Whole Family Approaches.” empowOR can help with this transition.
Food Pantries, Emergency Assistance & Faith Based Organizations
Food pantries are community-based organizations or programs that provide food assistance to individuals and families in need. They play a crucial role in addressing food insecurity and typically operate on a nonprofit basis and rely on donations of food and resources from individuals, businesses, and government agencies to fulfill their mission. Food pantries often provide emergency food aid to individuals and families facing immediate hunger or food shortages.
Faith-based organizations and charities are entities that operate with a strong religious or spiritual foundation and aim to provide various forms of assistance, support, and services to individuals, families, and communities in need. Many of our faith-based customers offer a range of emergency services and sometimes mentoring and coaching.
empowOR assists organizations that are focused on affordable housing needs and solutions in their communities. Housing-focused programs aim to address various housing-related challenges, such as homelessness, affordable housing, and housing stability. These programs are often initiated by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community groups to provide housing assistance, support, and resources to individuals and families in need. They are essential for improving access to safe and stable housing for vulnerable populations and promoting overall community well-being.
State and Local Governments
State divisions and programs have particular needs when it comes to working with their grantees, including:
- Flexible reports at multiple levels, as well as the ability to meet federal reporting requirements
- Efficient compliance monitoring (i.e., CSBG organizational standards, CAP Plan, and Module 4)
- Information to support State information requests, as well as their grantee network
empowOR is the partner of choice to meet your critical State needs. We understand the complex nature of supporting initiatives in diverse communities. At the same time, empowOR supports grantees in meeting State and Federal requirements, while still allowing some individual flexibility.
empowOR is currently in use in 15 States and over 125 organizations, including several large counties with subgrantees of their own. Of particular interest, the system has been used as a statewide CSBG system in the states of Michigan, Maine, New Jersey and New Hampshire, and the Virginia State Whole Family Pilot.