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5/8/2017 1:05:00 PM
C.E.F.S. celebrates National Community Action Month

EFFINGHAM — C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is celebrating 52 years of service in Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, Christian, and Montgomery counties. C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is celebrating Community Action Month in May that is dedicated to recognizing the success of the national Community Action Agency network that fights poverty across the United States . This month, C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will be engaging in programs and events that showcase our anti-poverty work in your local communities.

"Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country," stated Paul White, Chief Executive Officer. White further stated, "Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security. Given that the needs of each family and community are unique, Community Action is able to use a range of resources and programs to meet local needs in creative and impactful ways."

White continued, "This past year, our Agency has served nearly 16,000 people in the seven-county service area and empowered them to attain self-sufficiency. This year our Head Start 0-5 Programserved 501 children and 488 families by providing a comprehensive educational development program to enhance children's cognitive and social development. Our agency Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program's job training program served 206 adults with those adults after training entering employment at a rate of 90.24% . Our Meals on Wheels Program of C.E.F.S. served nearly 84,000 hot and nutritious congregate and home delivered meals to seniors over 60 years of age. Our Central Illinois Public Transportation Program provided a total of 127,466 trips to people in need of transportation in the service area. The Community Services Block Grant Program sponsored by C.E.F.S. provided post-secondary educational scholarship opportunities to income-eligible individuals and provides direct client assistance to help people transition from needing temporary assistance to having economic security and helping working families make ends meet. Our work changes lives and strengthens our entire community ."

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation helps low-income citizens through a variety of ways utilizing both short term and long term strategies and approaches that help move people out of poverty. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, "Our agency is a helping people and changing lives organization that utilizes a multitude of approaches and services to meet the needs of families striving to be economically self-sufficient." C.E.F.S.'s mission is to provide opportunities for people through education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency by helping each person or family in need to fulfill their basic needs, hopes and ultimately the American dream. Over the past 52 years, C.E.F.S. has created new avenues of opportunity through job training and education, energy and housing assistance, nutrition, and in helping working families make ends meet.

To celebrate its success and raise awareness in the community, the C.E.F.S. Board of Directors has approved a proclamation designating the month of Mayas National Community Action Month and will recognize the agency's family of distinction on May 4, 2017 in Effingham who has made great personal strides to achieve economic security.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation was established in 1965 to wage the war on poverty in the designated seven-county service area to provide comprehensive human service programming through a broad array of programs to help people and to change lives. C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is a member of the national Community Action Agency network, originally created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act, a pivotal piece of legislation in the War of Poverty.

For more information, contact C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation at 217/342-2193 or visit the agency website at

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