Run and Tell That
We no longer operate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), but our other programs and services are still operating as usual. Rumor has it that we’re no longer operating, that our doors have closed. One thing’s for sure, the rumor mill is still operational.
Rumors are hardly ever nice, unless purposely whispered to start a buzz for a product or service as part of a marketing strategy. Rumors can cause hurt and harm. I get it, having the inside story or information on a matter gives you a sense of privilege, but at what costs? The majority of rumors only contain fragments of the truth. Once valid information is fed through the rumor mill, the end product is so convoluted the receiver is left with a story so thin it can’t hold water.
The Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City has been serving the needs of the community for more than 40 years and we have no intention of stopping. We not only have our reputation to protect, we’ve got communities that need protecting. Poverty is the monster that consumes the well-being of our senior citizens, children, the disabled, and families on a daily basis, so we can’t stop. We’ll continue to be an advocate for the senior who can’t afford to buy food because of medical bills, and we’ll negotiate with the utility companies to help struggling families pay their utilities, and yes, we are working to create more than our current seven, job skills training programs, so participants can get the skills and training to earn a living wage.
I don’t like spreading rumors and I don’t encourage others to do so, but I would like you to help me correct the misinformation that may cause a family or individual who desperately needs our services to pass us by because of the rumors. Tell them that we’re still in business, we’re still changing lives, and to pay us a visit at one of our four locations to find out how we may help them or how they can be of service. We conduct more than 18 Community Action Poverty Simulations (CAPS) per year to educate the public on poverty, and we can always use volunteers. Or they can partner with us through their generous donation so we can continue to award more than $47,000 in college scholarships to youth annually.
And before I forget, our Weatherization program, that just so happens to be leading the state of Missouri in homes weatherized, is now teaming with our Healthy Homes program. What that means is we’re delivering a 360 degree comfortable, safe, and healthy environment for home dwellers. Our Healthy Homes team will assess a home for any hidden dangers or hazards which can cause health issues for occupants and our Weatherization team replaces or repairs those issues that may be causing mold and mildew, drafts, etc. that can exacerbate asthma and other illnesses.
The atmosphere has been clouded with a lot of negative press about our operations since our LIHEAP grant expired. It’s as though LIHEAP was the only association people made with CAAGKC, and we do so much more. But that’s about to change, we’re taking control of the narrative, if you want to know what we’re up to just make it a habit of visiting our website and we’ll tell you.
We’re not forecasters, we’re advocates, but we do know that with the changes happening in our nation’s capital, the days and months ahead will take some navigating to get through. Rest assured we’re staying abreast of the changes that affect disadvantaged communities, continuing to lobby for change, and we’ll provide you with information and/or services to help.