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January 9, 2008

Media Contacts:
Kathy Cloutier
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Annette DeLavallade
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Albany Community Action Partnership Joins National Campaign to Reduce Poverty, Promote Economic Security
Agency will host local release event for new report on January 10, 2008 11:15am At NYS Museum Clarke Auditorium

ALBANY – Albany Community Action Partnership (AlbanyCAP) is joining forces with other Community Action Agencies across America in a nationwide campaign to significantly reduce poverty. The campaign, Rooting Out Poverty: A Campaign by America’s Community Action Network, is a call for action to promote economic security for all Americans, especially those who are poor. Published by the Community Action Partnership—a national organization with more than 1,000 member agencies—Rooting Out Poverty will also be released nationally in New Orleans during the Partnership’s 2008 Winter Management and Leadership Training Conference.

“With input from Community Action Agencies that work in the trenches daily fighting poverty and promoting economic security, Rooting Out Poverty contains effective and realistic strategies that will help create a strong economy for all Americans,” said Kathleen Cloutier, AlbanyCAP Executive Director. “We are confident that these suggestions will benefit the Capital Region and provide a blueprint for enhancing the lives of our low-income families.”

The Community Action Partnership developed this campaign with input from several hundred key leaders from the local, state, and national levels. Rooting Out Poverty offers five action themes and more than two dozen specific recommendations and strategies to help children, families, senior citizens, and other individuals who are vulnerable to poverty, economic deprivation, and other significant barriers achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The five action themes for rooting out poverty at the community, state, and national levels are:

  • Maximize participation - maximum feasible participation of those who are seeking economic self-sufficiency
  • Build an economy that works for everyone – an economy that provides a wide range of jobs and addresses the financial and economic conditions of all residents
  • Invest in the future – provide the training now to develop the knowledge and skills that today’s children and workers will need for the jobs and industries of tomorrow
  • Maximize equality of opportunity – facilitate access to key opportunities for personal and professional growth and advancement
  • Ensure healthy people and places – ensure access to adequate health care and homes that are weatherized to prevent high heating and cooling costs

“While some Americans are enjoying our nation’s economic well-being, far, far too many are not,” noted James Norman, Partnership board member and chairman of the steering committee for the National Conversation on Poverty and Economic Security. “The number of poor people in the U.S. ranges from conservative estimates of 15 million to more than 35 million. Community Action Agencies have a track record of forty-plus years effectively helping poor people and families, and our new campaign will enable us to educate, advocate, and help even more.”

Rooting Out Poverty offers solutions and strategies for promoting quality child care, employment and training opportunities, especially for those lacking basic skills; responsible health, energy, and conservation policies; assistance to those elderly and otherwise most vulnerable of people; and more. In Albany County, AlbanyCAP will use the report to:

  • Examine the fit between the national campaign and the agency’s current strategic plan
  • Assess our community’s status with respect to the national agenda
  • Share the campaign and its themes with local officials and community organizations and work together to identify specific goals to be achieved

AlbanyCAP has implemented a variety of programs to address local poverty problems including; Energy Services to assist over 3,000 families in reducing their energy burden; Early Childhood Education to provide nearly 500 children with access to quality early education; Dress for Success Albany to assist disadvantaged women obtain and retain employment, and further develop their careers; Family Development Services to support more than 800 families move from “surviving” to “thriving” by assisting them in setting personal goals and using available community resources to achieve them.

AlbanyCAP, established in 1966 as Albany County Opportunity Inc. is focused on inspiring change in our community. The organization provides support services to more than 6,000 residents annually with a comprehensive approach that helps people improve their lives and their futures.

Rooting Out Poverty will be released by Community ACtion Agencies across America in addition to the local relase by AlbanyCAP. For a ocmplete list of release locations, please refer to the information at the end of this document.

Based in Washington, DC, Community Action Partnership is the national association representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that are helping low-income people change their lives and embody the spirit of hope. CAAs care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. For more information about the Partnership and CAAs, visit the association's website at www.communityactionpartnership.com.

For a national perspective on Rooting Out Poverty, members of the media may call Don Mathis, Partnership President/CEO, at 410-322-0510.

Sites and key contacts for the release of
Rooting Out Poverty: A Campaign by America’s Community Action Network
(In alphabetical order by state; events on January 9, 2008 unless otherwise noted)

Alabama:

  • Ms. Cynthia Burton, Executive Director, Community Service Programs of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (205) 752-5429, ext. 231

California:

  • Ms. Kai Nissley, Deputy Director, Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA (707) 544-6911

Connecticut:

  • Ms. Toni Hirst, New Opportunities, Inc., Waterbury, CT (203) 575-4211, ext. 214

Indiana:

  • Mr. Ed Gerardot, Executive Director, Indiana Community Action Association, Indianapolis, IN (317) 638-4232

Michigan:

  • Mr. Jim Crisp, Executive Director, Michigan Community Action Agency Association, Lansing, MI (cell) 517-388-2033

Missouri:

  • Ms. Elaine West, Executive Director, Missouri Association for Community Action, Jefferson City, MO (573) 634-2969 (after Jan. 16th)

Nebraska:

  • Ms. Rebecca Christensen, Director of Grants & Communications Lincoln Action Program, Lincoln, NB (402) 471-4515, ext. 129

New Jersey:

  • Mr. Albert Kelly, President, Tri-County Community Action Partnership, Bridgeton, NJ (856) 451-6330 (Jan. 10th)

New York:

  • Ms. Kathy Cloutier, Executive Director, Albany Community Action Partnership Albany, NY cell: 518-378-4692 (w) 518-463-3175, ext. 115

North Carolina:

  • Mr. Matthew Ramadan, Executive Director, Operation Breakthrough, Durham, NC cell: (919) 730-5933

Ohio:

  • Mr. Mason Gray, Community Relations Director, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Cincinnati, OH (513) 569-1854
  • Mr. Rodney Reasonover, Chief Executive Officer, Stark County Community Action Agency, Canton, OH (330) 454-1676

Oregon:

  • Ms. Donna Bowman, Director, Klamath & Lake Community Action Services, Klamath Falls, OR (541) 850-5388

Utah:

  • Ms. Heather Tritten, Executive Director, Utah Community Action Partnership Association, Salt Lake City, UT (801) 433-3025

Washington:

  • Ms. Pam Taylor, Development Director, Multi-Service Center, Federal Way, Washington state, cell: (253) 651-4112; (w) (253) 835-7678; week of Jan 14th

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