Community awareness meetings begin Wednesday
by Jennifer Cohron
May 06, 2014 | 1264 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County Community Action Agency will be hosting a series of community meetings this month to educate residents about local service providers.

Director Deidre Tatum said the Community Awareness Outreach Program was organized in response to a commuity needs assessment that was completed recently.

“We found out that people thought we needed to have services that already exist. So we are making the community aware of the services that are available,” Tatum said.

The first meeting will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Carbon Hill Community Center. The Parrish Senior Center will host the program Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The program will move to Oakman on May 13, Sipsey on May 14, Cordova on May 15, Jasper on May 21 and Dora on May 22.

Each event is expected to last approximately an hour and a half. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a door prize drawing.

Nonprofits and service organizations scheduled to participate include the Pregnancy Test and Resource Center, Middle Alabama Area on Aging Agency, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, Walker County Coalition for the Homeless, VIVA Medicare Plus, Disability Rights & Resource Center and the Jasper Family Resource Center.

Representatives of the organizations will be making a presentation about the programs they sponsor and the different qualification requirements.

“Most of the time, people come in for one thing, but a lot of the agencies are full service,” Tatum said.

Another cycle of community outreach meetings will be held in the fall.

For more information, call 221-4010.