Louisville Metro Community Action Board
What is Community Action?
Community Action is America’s poverty-fighting network. The movement was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 “to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this Nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.” It has since grown into a national network of more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the country that work to address the causes and conditions of poverty on a local level.
The Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) is the Community Action Agency for Jefferson County.
What is the Community Action Board?
The Community Action Board is an Administering Board, which assists in providing guidance to RCS leadership. These board members are the chief volunteers of the agency and ensure the agency’s mission is being met. Board members collaborate with agency staff on programs designed to combat problems of poverty and seek the elimination of conditions of poverty as they affect the inhabitants of Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky.
The Louisville Metro Community Action Board is governed by Louisville Metro Ordinances as well as Kentucky Administrative Regulations. It is composed of a minimum of 15 members with one-third public sector representation, one-third private sector representation and one-third of the membership selected as representatives of our community’s low-income population.
Board members are expected to:
- Attend six one and a half hour meetings a year
- Support agency planning and evaluation efforts
- Support implementation of the Strategic and Community Action plans
- Serve as intermediaries for the community to connect to the agency
- Advocate on behalf of the agency and the agency’s customers
- Provide guidance to the Executive Director on policy and strategy formation
- Remain ethical and put the best interest of the agency before themselves in their board duties
The Board meets bi-monthly on Thursdays between 12:00 p.m. – 1 :30 p.m. at the Edison Center at 701 W. Ormsby, Suite 201, unless indicated otherwise on the meeting schedules below.
Community Action Board Meeting Schedules
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2024
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2023
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2022
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2021
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2020
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2019
Community Action Board Meeting Schedule for 2018[CS1]
Meetings are open to the public (pursuant to Kentucky State Regulation 922KAR6:010).
Interested in Serving?
Visit the link below and submit an application for the Community Action Board. Your application will be kept on file and, in the event a vacancy occurs, will be considered for membership.
Those interested in serving under the Low-Income Representatives Sector of the board should have the knowledge and skills to serve as representatives of individuals and families with low incomes. They should be knowledgeable about issues facing the low-income community, and/or be part of the community themselves. Board members under this sector must reside in Jefferson County, KY.
Those interested in serving under the Private Sector of the board should represent community groups based in Jefferson County that are concerned about eliminating poverty. Board members under this sector are typically chosen from business, industry, labor, religious, education, health, human service, civic, and non-profit organizations or groups with an interest in the community we serve.
*Note: On the application form for the question "Which Boards would you like to apply for", please select Community Action Partnership Administering Board."
Community Action Board Membership
Nicole George, Deputy Mayor, LMG Office of the Mayor
Laura Grabowski – LMG, Office of Housing & Community Development
Ben Langley – JCPS
Deborah Gilbert – Louisville Metro Housing Authority
Amanda Gehring – DCBS
Low Income Representatives Sector:
Megan Hancock – Louisville Water Company
Keith Hamilton – Local Business
J.D. Carey – Louisville Apartment Association
Angie Ditsler – Metro United Way
Jefferson Coulter – Legal Aid Society
Board Meeting Minutes
Community Action Agency is part of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services and funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.