The purpose of the corporation is to act as the Community Action Agency for the counties of Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington as defined by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and any subsequent amendments to this act. To fulfill this mission, the corporation shall act to receive, plan, coordinate and administer Federal, State and special purpose grants designed to reduce poverty and its' manifested effects in the areas of education, employment and training, housing preservation and rehabilitation, energy, emergency services, economic development, food and nutrition, health, transportation and resource coordination, and other such areas as from time to time may be designated.
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.
BCMW Community Services is dedicated to empowering individuals to overcome poverty in all of its forms and manifestations.
Serving individuals, families and children in Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties since 1967.
THE PROMISE OF COMMUNITY ACTION
BCMW COMMUNITY SERVICES STRATEGIC PLAN
BCMW Community Services is a Community Action Agency (CAA) which covers the Illinois counties of Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington as well as Franklin County for Head Start. BCMW is one of thirty-seven Community Action Agencies (CAA) in Illinois. All 102 Illinois counties are covered by a CAA. CAA's provide anti-poverty programs to help stabilize the lives of low-income families and individuals through programs designed to reduce poverty and its manifested effects.
BCMW was incorporated in 1967 and is a 501c (3) organization. The core, four-county area we serve has a population of 108,972 and covers a 1,989 square mile area. The largest percentage of our population consists of people who are sixty-five years of age or older.
Almost 94% of our clients are white, 3.5% are black. 2.35% of our client population is Hispanic. During 2015, BCMW assisted 3,255 households and 7,168 individuals. The agency serves as a light at the end of a very long tunnel for many people. In 1964, at the beginning of the "War on Poverty", it was estimated that we could eradicate poverty within ten years; here we are fifty-two years later and we are still uncovering the multitude of layers of the causes of poverty. BCMW is an agency dedicated to helping people, help themselves and each other. The agency is governed by a fifteen member tripartite board of directors with equal representation from
public, private, and low-income entities.
The BCMW staff is very dedicated and knowledgeable and strive to be on the cutting edge of training and education to further our mission of reducing poverty and its' devastating effects. The BCMW Program Directors and Coordinators are all very talented managers. The core programs operated by the agency are Head Start, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Community Services Block Grant and Senior Nutrition. The agency also operates housing rehabilitation and home-buyer assistance grants when funding is available. BCMW also provides transitional housing and programs to prevent homelessness and provide emergency shelter. Our housing department has created wealth for the agency through their highly trained management and staff performing the weatherization work and/or lead abatement work at four other agencies.
The agency exists to assist families who are struggling to make ends meet through safety net programs, but more importantly, work with people to help change lives through services which have the largest impact on poverty.