For Immediate Release
Decatur, IL – Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation (DMCOC) is celebrating Community Action Month during the month of May by recognizing the success of the national Community Action Network that fights poverty across the United States.
This month, DMCOC will recognize the month of May as Community Action Awareness month in Macon County and the City of Decatur. The proclamation will be recognized at the Macon County Board meeting on May 11th and at the Decatur City Council meeting on May 15th.
“DMCOC will be honoring and celebrating the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across our county and the United States”, stated Robert Archer, CFO at DMCOC.
This past year, DMCOC served 444 three and four year old children in the Anna Waters Head Start program with 749 volunteers. The Head Start program provides services to the entire family, which includes health/nutrition, education social services and transportation.
LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) assists low-income families in paying their home energy bills for winter energy services. They receive a one-time payment. Over 2,628 families received assistance in Decatur and Macon County in 2016.
Senior Services help maintain proper nutrition for senior citizens 60 and over. Last year, DMCOC and Senior Services served 63,931 meals for 1,518 participants. This program offers transportation to any one of DMCOC’s senior meal locations as well as to area grocery stores, medical appointments and personal appointments.
Two other services DMCOC provides are the Weatherization Program and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). 36 low-income homes were weatherized in 2016. The goal is to makes sure all homes are safe and energy efficient in Macon County. CSBG provides emergency shelter, basic computer, job search skills, training in high job demand areas, scholarships, case management, and transitional housing. 745 people were served in the CSBG programs.
To celebrate our successes and raise awareness to our communities, DMCOC will host Facility Tours at DMCOC, Head Start and the Senior Center on Wednesday, May 24 from 11:00 to 12:00. Lunch will be served to all in attendance.
There will be volunteers and success stories about how DMCOC has played a very important part in their lives. For more information, visit dmcoc.org and their Facebook page.
DMCOC was established in 1964 to wage the war on poverty in Decatur and Macon County. DMCOC is a member of the Community Action Network, originally created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act, a pivotal piece of legislation in the War on Poverty.