Community Action Month in Wisconsin 2019

Community Action Month in Wisconsin 

Contact: Brad Paul
Phone: (608) 244-4422
Email: [email protected]

For Immediate Release: May 15, 2019

Madison, WI –The Office of the Governor has proclaimed May “Community Action Month in Wisconsin.” The Governor’s proclamation highlights statewide community action programming in the areas of affordable housing, weatherization, food security, employment, entrepreneurship, Head Start, community economic development, health and education. The proclamation further commends WISCAP’s network for assisting more than 240,000 Wisconsinites faced with poverty last year.

“We are pleased Governor Evers has recognized the work of our statewide network and the critical role it plays in fighting poverty in Wisconsin,” said WISCAP Executive Director Brad Paul. “In order to make further progress, we require greater investments in affordable housing, job training, child care, transportation, and the expansion of health and income supports, which is why we enthusiastically support soon-to-be-introduced anti-poverty legislation, the Wisconsin Opportunity Act,” added Paul. “Confronting poverty also requires broad and creative partnerships from the private sector, and we invite our friends in the business community and philanthropic world to join us in advancing real solutions by supporting WISCAP and local community action agencies.”

To mark Community Action Month, WISCAP will hold its annual conference in Madison from May 21st to May 23rd. The three-day meeting features WISCAP’s annual award luncheon. Among this year’s recipients are Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-6) for the Gaylord Nelson Human Services Award and Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-55) for the William Steiger Human Services Award. Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman will be on hand to offer remarks. Additionally, Department of Children and Families Secretary Emilie Amundson will present the Governor’s Excellence in Community Action Award which distinguishes one CAA for an outstanding program that especially exemplifies the spirit of community action.

Community Action Month also provides an opportunity for WISCAP to highlight several of its new and ongoing partnerships, including with Associated Bank, Forward Community Investments (FCI), Mutual of America, Wipfli LLP, District 7 Council of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), and the School of Business at Edgewood College.