Community Action Month 2022

May 10, 2022

The Office of the Governor has proclaimed May “Community Action Month in Wisconsin.” The Governor’s proclamation highlights statewide community action programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security, job training, entrepreneurship, Head Start, community economic development, transportation, health, and education. The proclamation comes at a time when community action agencies across the state are are continuing to respond to challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A PDF of the proclamation is accessible here, and the proclamation wording is included below:

Whereas; according to the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP), one in ten Wisconsinites lives below the federal poverty line, and more than 17,000 kids and youth across our state experienced homelessness in 2020; and

Whereas; community action agencies are robust state and local forces that connect the people they serve to lifechanging services and create pathways to prosperity, and they can be found in almost every county in the United States; and

Whereas; community action agencies in Wisconsin have made essential contributions to our state, creating economic opportunities for low-income Wisconsinites and strengthening our communities; and

Whereas; WISCAP is comprised of 16 community action agencies, United Migrant Opportunity Services, and the Foundation for Rural Housing, which work together to fight poverty and help folks across our state achieve economic self-sufficiency; and

Whereas; since 1974, community action agencies in Wisconsin have contributed to policy development, community support and advocacy, and programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security, employment, entrepreneurship, child development, community economic development, health, and education; and

Whereas; Wisconsin’s community action agencies are committed to incorporating and amplifying the voices of the people living in the communities they serve, with a board structure that includes low-income individuals and families, elected officials or their representatives, and local professionals, groups, and interests; and

Whereas; while the coronavirus pandemic has presented unique and unprecedented challenges over the past two years, our community action agencies have consistently stepped up to meet these challenges, developing creative and innovative ways to ensure that all Wisconsinites continue to have access to the quality services and programming they need; and

Whereas; this month, the state of Wisconsin renews its resolve to partner with community action agencies and groups like WISCAP to fight inequities, reduce economic disparities, and provide resources and support to individuals, families, and communities throughout our state;

Now, Therefore; I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH
throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all our state’s residents.