We are connected by our commitment to the promise of community action.
The motto we use to summarize this promise is
While this national network serves as the backdrop for the work we do and shares a common core set of programs, each Community Action agency is autonomous.
Meeting the unique characteristics of the communities in which we operate.
In Central Missouri, we span a continuum of very rural to very metropolitan communities with a wealth of resources, multiple opportunities for higher education, and generally low unemployment. Yet, individuals and families still struggle to meet their basic needs. It is this dynamic that led the CMCA Board of Directors to adopt our mission statement.
Each word in our mission statement was carefully considered. Empowerment is a powerful word that we debated at length. Can one really empower another or is success more of an intrinsic characteristic regardless of external factors? The causes and conditions of poverty differ for everyone who struggles. We determined, however, that it is possible to establish a framework of support, guidance, and resources that can empower an individual when they are ready to embrace it. CMCA offers that framework. Education systems, employment opportunities, equality factors, diversity, and environmental factors all determine our fate. To this end, CMCA is committed to engaging communities to tip all of these variables in favor of opportunity, economic stability, and empowerment.