FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2009

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518-463-3175 x101
mbowen@albanycap.org


Local Community Event Celebrates National Initiative to Eliminate Poverty

Albany, NY – May 12, 2009 – On May 14th, from 3pm-6pm, Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) will host its 4th Annual Community Appreciation Block Party in celebration of National Community Action Month. During this month, 1000 Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) around the country host a variety of events that help generate awareness and hope for those individuals and families living in poverty.

ACAP’s event, free to the public, will feature face painting, bouncy bounces, free food, drink, and music. There will also be an opportunity to receive free cancer screenings for both men and women and dental screenings for the entire family. Tables throughout the block will also provide information regarding ACAP’s many programs and services, including Head Start, HEAP, Weatherization and CareerLinks.

“Last year we had over 500 individuals and families attend the event and we expect this year to exceed that number,” stated Kathy Cloutier, ACAP’s Executive Director. “It’s a memorable day for the community and it exemplifies the mission and power of Community Action.”

Citizens Bank, Fidelis Care, Price Chopper, Stewarts, McDonalds and The Party Warehouse are this year’s generous event sponsors.

The 4th Annual Community Appreciation Block Party will be held on the block of 333 Sheridan Avenue in Albany, NY.  All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Michelle Bowen at 518-463-3175 ext.101 or mbowen@albanycap.org.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization of dedicated individuals, acting in partnership with the community to enhance the quality of life in, and around, Albany County by empowering individuals, children, and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and social well-being.  ACAP currently runs the following programs in Albany County:  Head Start, Early Learning Center, Universal Pre-K, Dress for Success, Weatherization Assistance Program, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Access to Home Program, Watervliet Home Improvement Program, Cohoes Food Pantry, Children’s Center at Family Court, CareerLinks Employment Services, and the Family Development Credentialing program. Please visit www.albanycap.org to learn more.

National Community Action Partnership and CAA’s
Based in Washington, DC, the 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 .

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