PRESTONSBURG 0- Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, a local non-profit that assists the low-income population with self-sufficiency initiatives, is celebrating 50 years of service to the Big Sandy Region. BSACAP was incorporated in September of 1965 in response to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s declaration of War on Poverty in 1964. It is one of 23 Community Action agencies in the state of Kentucky.
Throughout the past 50 years, BSACAP has partnered with various community, state, and federal organizations to provide much-needed services to the region’s economically disadvantaged families. The non-profit has pioneered some of the nation’s most innovative public service programs, including home repair and senior citizen employment programs. Today, BSACAP operates 17 programs encompassing a wide range of services aimed mainly at helping the needy to become self-sufficient, including housing, employment and training, and energy assistance, with nearly 70 staff in field offices in all five counties.
Open houses are being held in all of BSACAP’s five coverage counties to celebrate the anniversary, and all are welcome to attend. Attendees can tour the offices, speak to BSACAP staff, and learn about programs and services available. Open house information is listed below.
Martin County: September 21, BSACAP Martin County Service Office, 387 East Main Street, Inez, Noon.
Magoffin County: September 22, BSACAP Magoffin County Service Office, 131 South Church Street, Salyersville, Noon.
Pike County: September 24, BSACAP Pike County Service Office, 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville, Noon.
Floyd County: September 28, BSACAP Floyd County Service Office, 60 Court Street, Allen, Noon.
Johnson County: September 29, BSACAP Johnson County Service Office, 230 Court Street, Paintsville, Noon.
A public ceremony is to follow the Johnson County Open House in the courtroom at 6 p.m., featuring history of the organization, Board of Directors, and keynote speaker Rob Jones, Community Action Kentucky Executive Director.