About Us

The Community Services Network is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit, and public agencies that work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in communities throughout the United States. Most of these agencies are Community Action Agencies (CAAs) created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAAs provide services to more than 15 million low-income people annually in 99% of the nation’s counties. Among them are 4 million children.

Our office, located in Ontario, Oregon became the designated Community Action Agency on July 1, 2009, and serves the counties of Harney and Malheur.

There is no “typical” CAA. NO two are exactly alike because each is governed by the leadership and specific needs of the communities that it represents. In our office, we currently offer a variety of programs that serve low-income children, families, and seniors, and provide a range of services addressing poverty-related problems. We are offering fee for service programs that align with current programs offered. These programs fit our mission but are designed to offer solutions to moderate income people.

Community in Action (CinA) is a non-profit 501 c 3 and charitable contribution agency. CinA was formed in 2009 and is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine community members who represent Community Directors, Low-income Directors, and Elected Officials that reside in Harney and Malheur Counties. It was formed to help those residents who lack resources to thrive and to offer hope to those in need.

CinA manages grant funds that come through Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS), which is the backbone organization for weatherization, housing, energy assistance, and community services grants that are state and federally funded. CinA also manages grant funds directly through Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for housing rehabilitation, and accepts charitable contributions from local area businesses and private donations.

Meet Our Staff

Our Board of Directors:

John Briscoe – President
David Armstrong – Vice President
Ron Verini – Secretary
Lou Wettstein – Treasurer
Brian Wolfe – Board Member
Kim Needham – Board Member
Roberta Vanderwall – Board Member
Pete Runnels – Board Member

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