Albany County Opportunity, Inc. Undergoes Name Change

Albany, New York – The 40-year-old organization, Albany County Opportunity, Inc., has changed its name to Albany Community Action Partnership as part of an ongoing initiative to highlight anti-poverty efforts underway at Community Action Agencies (CAA) across the country. The initiative is designed to increase awareness of Community Action, America's poverty fighting network.

Community Action Partnership, the national association representing the 1,000-member Community Action Agency network that helps 13 million low-income Americans change their lives each year, kicked off the awareness campaign more than four years ago to engage the public in the nation's fight against poverty.

"For far too long, Community Action has been America's best kept secret," said Tim Donnellan, Board Chair of the Community Action Partnership." But as Albany Community Action Partnership and other CAAs across the country introduce and continue using the new name and logo on their offices, websites, stationary, and brochures, the public will begin to recognize these local agencies as being part of one national network - America’s poverty fighting network."

"This awareness campaign underscores our dedication to ending poverty and making Albany a better place to live," said Kathleen Cloutier, Executive Director of Albany Community Action Partnership. "Many people familiar with Albany Community Action Partnership don't realize we are part of America’s poverty fighting network, so this effort allows us to express the commitment we share with other Community Action Agencies to help people and change lives.” She added, “It will also show Albany residents that poverty is bigger than our city, it’s an epidemic that is affecting America and we all need to support efforts to end it.”

While Albany Community Action Partnership has new name, it will still offer the same high level of service, programs, and commitment it has been known for since 1966. “We are simply changing our name to better describe what we do,” said Cloutier. “What we do is offer Albany County residents a comprehensive array of programs to help them turn hope into reality, and that will never change.”

Albany Community Action Partnership offers a comprehensive program of direct services and advocacy which includes Head Start, Child Care, Weatherization Assistance, Furniture Assistance, Coats for Kids, Family and Community Development, and Home Energy Assistance while also providing information and referrals to a network of supportive community organizations.

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