WARREN - Trumbull Community Action Program is in the midst of joining community action agencies nationwide in celebrating May as "National Community Action Month."
Michael Santillo, public relations officer for TCAP, said the annual celebration carries added value this year, as the 50th anniversary of Community Action is also being honored.
Santillo said TCAP is a member of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 agencies and has been serving Trumbull County since its inception in 1965, when it was called the Warren-Trumbull Council for Economic Opportunity Inc.
The local TCAP will celebrate its own 50th anniversary in June 2015.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law in 1964 as part of the "War on Poverty."
"Nearly 50 years later, TCAP is still going strong," Santillo said. "The agency continues to evolve offering numerous programs in its effort to eliminate the barrier and boundaries of poverty."
The TCAP Head Start program provides early childhood education throughout Trumbull County with nearly 700 Trumbull County children served through the program, Santillo said.
From 1991 to 1998 the agency established Head Start sites in Newton Falls, Kinsman and Niles - all of which are still in operation today, in addition to centers in Hartford, Hubbard, Girard and the main site at the Warren West building, 1230 Palmyra Road.
Along with early childhood education, TCAP offers transportation, health, nutrition and services to children with special needs.
Other TCAP programs include: Reaching Individual Skills and Educational Goals program for parents to earn their GED while their children attend Head Start; Home Energy Assistance Program; the Community Action Transportation System; Food Buying Club; Senior Citizen Computer Education Classes; and an on-site senior center with games, activities and fellowship provided for seniors 60 and older. The center opened in 2012, an indicator of the agency's ongoing growth.
Santillo said with programs and services continually on the rise, staff demand has increased greatly over the years. In 1985, TCAP employed a staff of 42. Today, the agency employs 147 individuals under the direction of president / CEO James Abicht and is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors.
Santillo said the agency has received numerous accolades over the years recognizing its continuous effort of serving Trumbull County and investing in the future of the community.
For more information on TCAP and its programs, visit www.tcaphelps.org.