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Community Action Network Celebrates 58 Years of Service, 57 Years in Berks

By Berks Community Action Program

Community Action Network Celebrates 58 Years of Service, 57 Years in Berks

(Reading, PA) – 2022 marks the 58th year since the Community Action Network was established to help American families and communities overcome obstacles to poverty.

Over 1000 agencies across the country are working every day to create opportunities and transform the lives of their neighbors making communities stronger and helping families across the US thrive. This year, Berks Community Action Program (BCAP), a proud member of the Community Action Network, will also commemorate 57 years in service helping families throughout Berks County area.

“Each May, during Community Action Month, we reflect on the impact BCAP and our network has had on families,” said Lawrence Berringer, Executive Director of BCAP.  “Last year alone, we served well above 16,000 families and individuals in Berks County, and over 15 million across the country with immediately needed services such as shelter and food, and also long-term solutions like education and job placement.”

Community Action Agencies serve 99% of all American counties with life-changing services to help families achieve financial stability. All agencies are locally controlled and represented by the private, public, and low-income sectors of the community. “We are proud of our communities’ participation in the development and oversight of our programs,” said Berringer.  “Their engagement helps us to be more effective in our approach by determining what Berks County needs.”

To celebrate the continued success of Community Action and raise awareness throughout Berks County, BCAP will kick off the month of May with a Teen Leadership Symposium for Women. This program is designed to empower 10th and 11th grade girls, provide tools and resources for a successful pathway, and deter them from drug and gang involvement.

BCAP is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The Berks County Action Program (BCAP) is a private non-profit organization that has been serving low-income Berks residents since 1965. We serve more than 2,500 individuals and families each year by providing assistance to help people overcome obstacles while striving to meet their goals,