Organizations

The NC Fund helped to create 11 community organizations throughout North Carolina. Each of these 11 organizations still exist in some form or another, and links to their websites, and their mission statements are included where possible. Below you will also find information about two additional organizations, PPOP and UOCI which were created by low income people, and as well as the 4 spin off corporations, begun by the Fund during its last two years of existence.

Charlotte Area Fund – Mecklenberg County

The Charlotte Area Fund (CAF) is a non-profit corporation and the designated community action agency serving the needs of the poor in Mecklenburg County. Since 1963, CAF has provided low-income citizens with a variety of programs which can help them become self-sufficient. Maintaining and getting ahead takes more than luck. CAF can teach you the skills you need. Whether you need help finding a job, learning how to stretch your income, or reducing your energy bill each month, CAF is here to help.

WAMY Community Action, Inc. – Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancy Counties
W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. was chartered in NC as a private non-profit agency on July 9, 1964. W.A.M.Y.’s Mission Statement “to promote individual and family self-sufficiency in order to alleviate poverty at the root level and to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.”

Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council, Inc. – Rowan County

The SRCSC is community action agency charged with addressing the child care, education, employment, and housing needs of economically-disadvantaged residents of the community. The agency operates a variety of youth and adult training and assessment programs.

The Opportunity Corporation – (Asheville) Buncombe County

The mission of the Opportunity Corporation of Madison-Buncombe Counties is to be an efficient provider of services to economically disadvantaged people within our community. Housing services include: weatherization assistance, heating appliance repair and replacement program. Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Craven Operation Progress – Craven County

A private corporation which has a very public mission. Moreover, that mission has expanded in scale and scope over the last three decades. Incorporated in 1965, the agency came into being as part of a nationwide, federally-funded, community action movement whose focus was to intimately involve poor people in developing their own solutions to persistent poverty.

Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA) – Northampton, Bertie, Hertford, and Halifax counties

CADA is a private, non-profit corporation assisting low-income people in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton Counties

Operation Breakthrough (OBT)- Durham County

Operation Breakthrough’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and provide comprehensive quality services for low-income families and individuals. Organizationally, we are committed to a work place philosophy which embraces education, social and economic growth and development. We further believe that high standards of leadership must be obtained through the development of a plan which will incorporate total community awareness and input from the public and private sectors. This must be supported by a commitment to improve the quality of life for the survival of future generations.

Experiment in Self-Reliance, Inc - Forsyth County

ESR empowers people to become economically and socially self-sufficient through developing skills, building assets, obtaining education and housing, enhancing strengths, and overcoming barriers to success. ESR stimulates community change to eliminate poverty and homelessness through education, advocacy, and building social and economic capital.

Macon Program for Progress – Macon County

MPP is a private, non-profit community action agency whose mission is to mobilize local, state and federal resources to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in Macon County, North Carolina.

“It is our mission, in partnership with parents and communities, to nurture healthy growth and learning in children, families, and ourselves. We value and promote equity, inclusiveness, and an appreciation of human differences. We believe in the worth of each individual, in sound preparation for the future, and in endless possibilities for growth.”

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. – Robeson, Richmond, Scotland County

Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development, Inc – (Rocky Mount), Nash, Edgecombe Counties

There were two additional organizations, created by and run by the poor themselves that received funding from the North Carolina Fund. Neither of these organizations are still in existence.

People’s Program on Poverty (PPOP) – Northampton, Bertie, Hertford, and Halifax counties

United Organizations for Community Improvement (UOCI)

Spin-offs:

MDC, Inc

MDC helps organizations and communities close the gaps that separate people from opportunity. Our work is primarily in the American South. Our Strategy: Education + Work + Assets = The Pathway To Opportunity

Low Income Housing Development Corporation

Learning Institute of NC

Foundation for Community Development

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