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 100 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.
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.
Fostering Komfort was born out of the surge of children entering foster care in Clinton County due to the devastating heroin epidemic. Children may have to move quickly and they may not have a chance to gather their things. Other times, they simply do not have anything to bring to their new foster home.
The goal of the project is to provide a backpack of items for children entering the foster care system, so they can make a more comfortable transition. Each backpack contains basic hygiene items and a comfort item. The backpacks are tailored to gender and age so they can be distributed appropriately by the Department of Social Services. We have assembled approximately 113 backpacks since the start of the project in July 2016 and continue to do so based on need.
We have collaborated with other groups in the area on this project including the Plattsburgh Kiwanis Breakfast Club (whom named the project) and the Beekmantown Varsity Boys Hockey Team.
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) Join the Community Action Angel’s Advisory Board
3) Make a monetary donation – All donations are appreciated!