May 2013 is National Community
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The 2013 National Community Action Month Toolkit—“Community Action: Catalyst for Excellence-Advocate for Equity”—is designed to help Community Action Agencies prepare to commemorate National Community Action Month in May.
This toolkit contains information and sample materials and news releases that can be customized to best reflect the messages your Community Action Agency wants to communicate and target audience you want to reach during May. You can also feel free to draft your own materials based on what will work for your Community Action Agency and community.
Use National Community Action Month to showcase your sustained effectiveness helping America’s low-income people and communities achieve economic security. If you didn’t celebrate National Community Action Month in 2012, we encourage you to do so this year so we can all emphasize together that now, more than ever, Community Action is essential for struggling Americans who want to enter the middle class.
Please email copies of your National Community Action Month media coverage to Lisa Holland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Community Action Month in May was created by the Community Action
Partnership to reinforce Community Action Agencies' role helping low-income
families achieve economic stability.
During National Community Action Month, Community Action
Agencies truly make the Promise of Community Action—to help people and change lives—come alive by
hosting events that help put a "face" on the families living in poverty and the
dedicated individuals who are helping them escape it. Success stories are honored and personal achievements are
recognized. Some governors and
mayors even proclaim May "Community Action Month" in their states and cities.
Action Agencies also use National Community Action Month to call attention to
poverty-related problems. As
Community Action Agencies are showcasing their programs, they are also giving
local residents-many who are unaware of the poverty in their communities-a
first-hand look at the struggles low-income families face and how Community
Action programs help these families achieve financial security.
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