JCEO’s Community Action Angels Advisory Board is made up of caring community minded individuals that want to make a difference in their community. JCEO’s program is just one of twenty-two active Community Action Angel Programs located within New York State. The premise of the program is to promote the spirit of generosity. Community Action Angels believe that all people in need deserve to be helped and in return should be given the opportunity to help others.
Our mission is to work together to develop programs that will have the greatest impact possible on the individuals, families, and communities we are committed to serve.
Our goal is to identify the needs of the disadvantaged and be pro-active in meeting these needs through volunteerism and needs-focused collaborations. We seek out partnerships with other private, government, faith-based and community organizations with like minded goals as well.
Our hope is that you will contact the Community Action Agency in your area and offer your help. You have been given this day, and today you can choose to make a real difference. The programs we are currently working on include:
“Good nutrition is just as important to a child’s future as a quality education – maybe even more so. We can’t expect kids to learn, excel and achieve if they aren’t properly nourished from day one.” – Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture
The program’s main goal is to ensure that chronically hungry children receive sufficient food on the weekend. The BackPack Program is currently serving 90 children who have been identified by school personnel as food insecure. The project runs for 30 weeks throughout the school year, from October until June. Our focus area is on the elementary schools located within the City of Plattsburgh (Momot, Oak and Bailey).
The BackPack Program plays a critical role in alleviating childhood hunger in the City of Plattsburgh. The expected long-term outcomes for this project are improved physical, cognitive and social growth.
Safe Sleep Project
For over four years, Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO) has been delivering HALO SleepSack Swaddles to infants born at the University of Vermont Health Care Network- Champlain Valley Physician Hospital at no cost to parents. A HALO SleepSack Swaddle is used over regular sleepwear to take the place of loose blankets. It’s designed to ensure a clear air way and to keep a baby in place while they sleep.
Swaddle Sleepers have been proven to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is the unexpected and unexplained death of a child under age one. SIDS can be caused by loose blankets that may obstruct a baby’s airway or they can simply overheat while asleep.
The Community Action Angels Network has formed a partnership with HALO Innovations, Inc. and receives a non-profit rate to purchase the HALO SleepSack Swaddles.
On an annual basis, JCEO’s Community Action Angels in partnership with Champlain Valley Physician Hospital (CVPH) provide approximately 900 Halo SleepSack Swaddles and safe sleep educational materials to parents of newborns.
How can I positively impact my community?
1) Volunteer your time to work on special projects that positively impact the lives of children, individuals and families in our community, especially those who are often left behind.
2) Volunteer your time to assist with the BackPack Program:
a) Assist with unloading trucks
b) Assist with BackPack set-up for easy assembly of food items
c) Assist with BackPack Assembly by packaging food items that will be delivered to local schools
3) Volunteer to assist with the Inspire Hope Project- Help to make the holidays brighter for those who suffer with Mental Illness.
4) Make a monetary donation – All donations are appreciated!