Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown works toward the stabilization of neighborhoods and economic empowerment of the residents. Through training and business-related programs, projects, and initiatives support is offered in an effort to promote a diversified economy of small-scale, locally-owned businesses and empower residents to assume more active roles in the stewardship of their community.
The mission of CADCA is to assist and promote neighborhood revitalization and community spirit by providing access to economic opportunity, creating and sustaining businesses owned and operated by neighbors, and empowering people to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
CACLV Value Statement
Community Action Agencies are private non-profit or public organizations whose development was encouraged by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in their local communities. They involve all sectors of the community—elected officials, public sector representatives, and especially low-income residents—in developing programs that address the causes and conditions of poverty in their communities.
CAAs are uniquely suited to serve the needs of local communities for a number of reasons:
Leveraging and Flexibility of Resources – CAAs are primarily funded by flexible federal money called Community Service Block Grants (CSBG). Every dollar of federal money leverages nearly $4 in state, local, and private contributions. Because the use of the CSBGs is not dictated by the government, local leaders can direct the money to where they think it can be put to the best use.
Low Administrative Costs – Due to their limited bureaucracy and the support of volunteers, community action agencies have extremely low overhead (on average, between 7 and 12 percent). This means that resources can be invested directly in the community, not in red tape.
Volunteer Support – Community Action draws one of the largest bases of volunteers in the country. In 1998, volunteers supplied nearly 27 million work hours, which is roughly equivalent to more than 13,000 full-time employees. Through volunteering, private citizens not only keep the wheels of CAAs turning, they contribute to their neighborhoods and to their fellow citizens.
Comprehensive and Responsive – CAAs coordinate their multiple programs to maximize efficiency and meet the broadest range of community needs. They are also tailored to act quickly when a family or neighborhood is in distress. The goal is to stabilize the situation and help the family achieve self-sufficiency in an effort to avoid costly long-term problems.
A Voice of Justice and Advocacy – CAAs can be counted on to intervene, speak up, organize and respond on behalf of those who have the least power and influence in our communities — the unemployed, the homeless, minorities, the physically and mentally disabled, the very young and the very old.
Board of Directors
Tonya Trotter, Chairperson
Angie Johnson, Secretary
Shalanda Riddick, 1st Vice-Chairperson
Lewis Edwards, 2nd Vice-Chairperson