WHEREAS; the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is comprised of 16 Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin working to fight poverty and help people achieve economic self-sufficiency; and
WHEREAS; since 1974, Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin contribute major programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security; employment and entrepreneurship, Head Start, community economic development, health and education; and
WHEREAS; their statewide partners are the United Migrant Opportunity Services and the Foundation for Rural Housing; and
WHEREAS; the board structure of Community Action Agencies includes low-income individuals and families, elected officials or their representatives, and others from among business, industry, labor, religious, law enforcement, education, and groups and interests in the community served; and
WHEREAS; in 2017, 243,551 low-income and working poor residents of Wisconsin turned to community action agencies for assistance; and WISCAP member agencies helped more than 6,000 families obtain or maintain affordable housing served nearly 200,000 people monthly with emergency food assistance; and
WHEREAS; WISCAP and its member agencies has helped to start over 2,200 businesses and create over 6,000 jobs through its statewide management and implementation of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Job and Business Development Program (JBD);
NOW THEREFORE, I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin,
do hereby proclaim May 2019 as COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.