To celebrate National Community Action Month this year, Albany County Opportunity, Inc. is hosting a Community Appreciation Block Party on Friday, May 19th from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 333 Sheridan Ave in Albany. The event is free to the public, and there will be children’s games, activities, food and music for all to enjoy.

Community Action Agencies work as agents of change on behalf of low-income people and their communities. ACOI's mission statement defines the organization's purpose to "enhance the quality of life… by empowering individuals, children and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency."

Since its inception in 1966, ACOI has provided services and advocacy for low-income people in Albany County. The services include weatherization and home energy assistance, comprehensive Head Start child development programs, nutrition programs, child care services, family development programs as well as others to assist low-income families who wish to become self-sufficient.

National Community Action Month celebrates the work, people and programs of nearly 1,000 Community Action Agencies. The month is designed to raise support and awareness for Community Action. ACOI hopes to focus public attention on the issues of poverty and how the organization is responding to those issues.

While many Americans are enjoying the benefits of a strong economy, others are struggling to make ends meet. More than 37 million (1 in 8) Americans live in poverty and millions more work jobs that do not provide a decent living for themselves and their families. Almost 14 million children experience the oppression of poverty. Of the 23 million adults in poverty, 40% work at least part-time.

Community Action Agencies seek to involve a diverse cross section of the community, including elected officials, private sector representatives, and low-income residents. These people work together to assess local needs and target the causes of poverty. Join ACOI in recognizing the greal work that is being done in Albany County to assist low-income individuals and families.

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