More than 50 years ago President Lyndon Johnson said, “We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.” And with that he declared a War on Poverty and championed the Economic Opportunity Act, which led to the creation of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
Since then, the GLCAC has helped hundreds of thousands of people with a range of services, from early childhood education to weatherizing homes. Each year we serve 29,000 individuals, and while we provide a wide range of economic supports, our goal is to create opportunities for people to achieve self-sufficiency and release themselves from poverty. In other words, we give them a fish, and we teach them to fish, too.
Can we solve the issues of poverty in our lifetime? Probably not, but our goal is to help low-income people and families overcome challenges and improve their economic standing in their lifetimes.
It is my privilege to work with an amazing staff and a dedicated board of directors. We are all deeply committed to the GLCAC mission, and we work each day with a renewed dedication.
We thank you for your interest in the GLCAC, and invite you to join us in achieving our goal!