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 responding to the additional challenges presented by the Covid-19 global pandemic.
1 in 10 Wisconsinites live below the Federal Poverty Line and school districts in the state identified over 18,000 homeless kids last year. In response, Wisconsin’s Poverty Fighting Network is assisting low-income families and advocating for real solutions to homelessness.
“We are very pleased Governor Evers has recognized the work of our statewide network and the critical role it plays in fighting poverty in Wisconsin,” said WISCAP Executive Director Brad Paul. “In order to make further progress, we require greater investments in anti-poverty programs, which is why we enthusiastically supported the Wisconsin Opportunity Act, comprehensive legislation introduced in the last session,” added Paul.
“Confronting poverty also requires broad and creative partnerships from civil society and the private sector, and we invite our friends in the business community and philanthropic world to join us in advancing real solutions by supporting WISCAP and local community action agencies.”
Community Action Month also provides an opportunity for WISCAP to highlight several of its ongoing valued partnerships, including with Associated Bank, Forward Community Investments (FCI), Mutual of America, Wipfli LLP, and District 7 Council of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
Community Action Month is celebrated each May by the national network of community action, which includes over 1,000 community action agencies and reaches 99% of America’s counties. WISCAP is one of 44 state associations and a member of the National Community Action Partnership.