Community Action was founded in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson’s Vision for A Great Society that ushered in Civil Rights reform, Economic Opportunities for all citizens and began the War on Poverty.
IMPACT Community Action is one of 48 Community Action Agencies in Ohio and more than 1,100 nationally that is on the front line in the War on Poverty.
IMPACT’s programs and services have evolved with the times, however the agency’s core philosophy toward addressing poverty conditions in our community remains unchanged. Despite the common the perception that “anti-poverty” agencies merely give handouts and reinforce the entitlement mentality, IMPACT focuses its efforts and resources to move people from crisis to stability, from stability to empowerment, and from empowerment to self-sufficiency.
The following parable is a common refrain within our organization, “if you give a man fish, he will eat for a day; but if you teach him to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”