Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, their families, and the communities we serve, ACTION is temporarily available on an appointment-only basis until further notice.
We are committed to continuing our mission and serving our communities.
If you are seeking services or trying to reach a staff member, please call either your county's Community Action Office or our Administrative Office . Please either click here or on the Contacts tab above for all county and the Weatherization Department contact numbers.
Please be assured we are diligently checking telephone messages throughout each day. All messages will be relayed to the appropriate person or department and your call will be returned.
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As we have several programs which provide different services, it is very important for you to provide a brief reason for your call so that we may refer your call to the correct person to call you back. We appreciate your understanding and truly hope you, your family and friends remain healthy and safe during this time of concern.
WE ARE BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY BY HELPING INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO HELP THEMSELVES THROUGH OUR NEWEST AND INNOVATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION AND EDUCATION-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMS
We are dedicated to our innovative approach to break the poverty cycle by focusing our efforts on individuals who are motivated to improve their lives and attain not just self-sufficiency, but long-term sustainability through education. ACTION partners with the community, service agencies, businesses and schools /colleges to participate in the success of changing lives. This is not a quick fix, but possible through education and training.
Each program has dedicated Career Coaches who partner with the students as both a personal mentor and academic adviser to ensure they not only stay on track, but have someone who cares to give that extra push and help to build their confidence. The Career Coaches work with participants to conduct initial in-depth interviews and counseling to help identify strengths, weaknesses and life goals. We assist in developing detailed Education-Based Action Plans to reach short– and long-term goals, ultimately leading to high demand careers with upward mobility and commensurate wages.
Our Educational Programs include:
Each program provides:
ACTION has two very similar programs committed to education-based training.
Our Ahieving Career Excellence Program, A.C.E., through the Department of Labor. focuses on individuals who are currently incarcerated.
Our A.C.E. Program, through Workforce Development, focuses on Special Populations including ex-offenders, veterans, seniors, SNAP recipients and individuals recovering from substance abuse.
In each program, participants must be focused on and committed to improving their futures. Each must have achieved a high school diploma or GED, or complete their GED through our partnership organizations as offered through local Technical Colleges. Further, they must achieve a Certificate in a high demand fields offered through our partnership organizations.
To provide the very best opportunities for success to our participants, ACTION has partnered and collaborates with:
If you are committed to literally changing your life, then you may qualify for A.C.E.!
HIGH DEMAND CAREER TRACKS
Participants will have an opportunity to achieve their GED. Even more exciting, the ability to continue with education-based training opportunities in these High Demand Career Tracks are offered:
ACTION, Inc.’s Fatherhood Program, #1 DADS, promotes responsible fatherhood, healthy marriage and economic stability through the provision of workshops, case management and job skills training.
The program assists fathers with involvement in the criminal justice system within ACTION, Inc.’s 12-county service area in North Georgia. The program is designed to strengthen, establish, or reestablish relationships between an adult father and his children, or a father and his spouse/partner and their children.
Participants will either be currently incarcerated, have been incarcerated, and/or have otherwise been justice-involved in the past (such as sentenced to probation).
Through a father friendly service delivery approach, ACTION, Inc.’s #1 DADS Program addresses the needs of fathers and their parenting partners and promotes positive change in the community.
THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAM PROVIDES INDIVIDUALIZED CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES TO HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A HIGH DROP-OUT RISK DUE TO CERTAIN BARRIERS IN THEIR LIVES. OUR STAFF WORKS SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH EACH PARTICIPANT TO ENSURE THAT EACH HAS THE APPROPRIATE NECESSARY SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, WHILE ALSO PROMOTING CAREER AND/OR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATIONAL PATH TO COLLEGE, TECHNICAL SCHOOL, OR TO SUCCESSFULLY ENTER THE MILITARY OR WORKFORCE.
EACH OF THE YOUTH ENROLLED IS ASSIGNED A CASE MANAGER THAT MEETS WITH HIM/HER ON AT LEAST A MONTHLY BASIS TO PROVIDE COUNSELING AND OTHER SERVICES WITHIN THE PROGRAM’S FOURTEEN ELEMENTS. AS FUNDING ALLOWS, EACH PARTICIPANT IS ALSO PROVIDED ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS.
THE FOURTEEN ELEMENTS
MADE POSSIBLE WITH FUNDING THROUGH THE REGIONAL COMMISSION / WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAM PROVIDES EACH PARTICIPANT WITH 14 ELEMENTS OFTIVE SERVICES, SUCH AS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, AS APPROPRIATE AND APPROVED
STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED AND ENROLL IN THE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAM, EACH PARTICIPANT MUST BE:
HOW TO CONTACT OUR HIGH SCHOOL CASE MANAGERS -
Cedar Shoals - Shamikia Bolton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarke Central - Jon Ryce (temp.): email@example.com
Barrow County - Liz Long: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elbert County - Valencia Thornton: email@example.com
Greene County - Targie Folds: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson County - Marilyn Clarke: email@example.com
Jasper County - Nanette Manning firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison County - VaQuasha Dean: email@example.com
Morgan County - Chiquita Parks: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newton County - Loineda Peters: email@example.com
Oconee County - Jon Ryce (temp.): firstname.lastname@example.org
Oglethorpe County - Cary Best: email@example.com
Walton County - Mequelle Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
As one of our newest programs, Opportunities to Excel!, focuses on expanding our High School Youth Program. Our Career Coach partners to transition students from High School and into College or Technical College.
Our goal is to help each student to realize their potential and achieve success by graduating from high school, continuing on to and graduating from College or Technical College, and ultimately succeed in a career offering future progression and sustainable earnings.
ACTION's dedicated EXCEL Coach first begins by receiving recommendations from students' high school Career Coaches / Advisors while students are in their junior year. Our EXCEL Coach then meets with each candidate and his/her parent or guardian to assess financial eligibility, program eligibility and commitment to achieving the goal of graduating from College or Technical College.
At the point of forming a success-based partnership, our EXCEL Coach works on-on-one with each student throughout their senior year to transition them successfully into College or Technical School and, following the transition phase, continues partnering throughout the participant's post-secondary education to help ensure success.
ACTION also works with Foothills Charter Schools and other collaborative partnerships to identify students who have demonstrated success and commitment to achieving their high school diploma.
Our EXCEL Coach provides:
Who Are Our Participants?
Our primary participants are recommended by High School Career Coaches and Advisors from the high schools in our ten-county service area, along with students from Foothills Charter Schools and other collaborative partnerships. Each student must be income eligible and committed to successfully graduating from College or Technical College. Additionally, each student must agree to:
One Opportunities in ACTION program, Opportunities Now, is committed to helping individuals make strategic long- term life changes. We have dedicated an entire department, focused activities and \ objectives, and are working with schools / colleges, businesses and other agencies to participate in the success of changing lives. This is not a quick fix and is accomplished by providing intensive case management, essential employment and life skills training, mentoring and hands-on involvement by a committed Career Coach and staff.
Who becomes a part of Opportunities Now?Someone who is committed to entering and completing an educational track including:
The staff of our Opportunities Now program are dedicated to partnering with participants to identify their educational and professional goals, and then work step- by-step to map out a plan of action that will lead to a successful outcome. We are committed to:
What is Required?Individuals interested or referred to this program must be income eligible. The first step involves completion of the application process and, if selected, to continue the screening process by participating in an interview to determine overall commitment and need for optimal success. Participants must sign a contract agreeing to:
Our Program Principals
ACTION provides services that lend a helping hand. Each county has a dedicated staff member who is available to help those who have experienced an unforeseen hardship in their lives or are in need of employment support. We assess both the need and the solution to getting them past the current situation, which may seem too insurmountable to focus on long-range goals. Our services may include help with rent, energy and mortgage expenses, or essential employment supplies.
We work with individuals to help them through an immediate ‘crisis’ situation that has caused them to become behind in their bills. In order to encourage financial sustainability, along with independence and responsibility, we have measures in place requiring individuals to:
The Full Plate Program is the only food rescue and redistribution program in Northeast Georgia.
For over 20 years, Full Plate has reduced the food budgets of our partner meal-service sites by over 33%. Our service translates into real monetary savings to these agencies, allowing them to focus their staff, financial resources and programs on providing the best services those in the most need.
With a staff of only three, Full Plate picks up excess prepared and perishable food from commercial kitchens, restaurants and grocery stores in Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Oconee and Walton Counties. The food is then quickly delivered to agencies dedicated to serving the low income, abused, and homeless.
Each and every week, our staff members are able to touch over 700 individuals and, because the partner agencies are able to redirect their funds away from having to purchase food, they are able to enhance the services they provide to their participants!
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WE COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT THE GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:
WHO WE SERVE
The Full Plate Program partners with human service agencies serving a diverse population, including at-risk children and youth, domestic violence survivors, those recovering from addiction, and the homeless.
In calendar year 2017 alone, Full Plate delivered over 161,562 pounds of food to provider agencies that resulted in a $269,809 cost savings to the partnerships. With a staff of only three, ACTION touches over 700 lives on a weekly basis.
Some of our partnership agencies to which we deliver include:
As a HUD Certified agency, our housing counselor is experienced with services including foreclosure prevention, rental counseling, homebuyer assistance, homeless counseling and home maintenance education. We also provide individual and group counseling and workshops on issues including budgeting, credit repair, and home maintenance. We are committed to educating every individual in financial literacy and being money smart!
Our Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program provides services completely free of charge.
Our dedicated Housing Counselors offer one-on-one counseling sessions and group education workshops on several topics which include:
Our focus is to assist clients affected by predatory lending, and/or who are pursuing loss mitigation strategies. For clients facing foreclosure, our counselors will be actively involved in direct negotiation with the lender with the goal of preventing foreclosure.
Serving Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Dekalb, Elbert, Greene, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rockdale and Walton Counties
ACTION’s main goal is to assist both individuals and families in their efforts to maintain safe, energy efficient housing. The services ACTION’s Housing Department provides include Weatherization Assistance, Emergency Home Repair and Housing Preservation.
Our staff completes an on-site energy and safety audit of each home to determine the scope of work and most cost effective measures to give the highest return.
By achieving greater energy efficiency in the home, owners are able to realize real monetary savings in their energy bills, resulting in cost savings in their already-limited budgets.
WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM DETAILS
The Purpose of the Weatherization Program is to increase the energy efficiency and safety of the home. Energy Conservation services may include:
HOW TO APPLY
INTEGRATION OF SERVICES
This is an area that is very important to us. At one time, most of our departments operated very separately. We are now dedicated to operating as a true team and ensuring that we are focusing on an integrated, holistic approach to our services.
By working to touch multi-generations of families as well as transitioning individuals from one program to another, individuals are much better equipped to not only help themselves, but to move their lives forward beyond self-sufficiency, to true sustainability.
An example of INTEGRATING SERVICES occurred when our Housing Counselor, when working with an individual to help prevent foreclosure, broadened the conversation to include their educational and career goals. Our Counselor connected the client with one of our Opportunities Now Career Coaches to further pursue enrollment into a technical school diploma program.
Another example is with our High Youth Program. As our High School Youth successfully graduate, their need for mentored support does not necessarily end. For these youth, they are able to continue with our support through our Opportunities Now program. An example of this is Felisa, a young woman who originally began in our High School Youth program. A couple of years after graduation, she called us and, through the continued Mentoring, Coaching, Support and other services offered such as tutoring through Opportunities Now, she has graduated from college with her B.S.N. and is successfully employed!
Mayor Kelly Girtz
Commission Chairperson Pat Graham
Designated Commission Appointee Tommy Lyon
Commissioner Gary Usry
Commissioner Kevin Poe
Commissioner Todd Higdon
Commissioner Donald Harris
Commission Chairperson John Daniell
District Commissioner Tracy Norman
Commissioner Kirklyn Dixon
Tommy Lyon, Chairman
Melvin Davis, Vice Chairman
Kim Mattox, Secretary
Ricky Cosby, Treasurer
LOW INCOME SECTOR
Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee,
Oglethorpe and Walton Counties
Achieving Career Excellence (A.C.E.), #1 DADS and High School Youth programs also serves Jasper and Newton counties
Weatherization also serves Dekalb, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties