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History
The Community Action Program Corporation, often referred to as Washington-Morgan Community Action, has a long and rich history. Listed below are our significant accomplishments and information about the beginnings of programs that make Washington-Morgan Community Action what it is today. Almost all programs have continued without interruption.

1967
The Community Action Program of Washington-Morgan Counties, Ohio was incorporated in September. Anthony Mele, founding executive director, obtained funding for a family service center and outreach program, the first family planning program in the State of Ohio and a full year Head Start program

1970
Washington-Morgan Community Action assumed operation of the transportation system at the request of the City of Marietta. Through the CABL bus lines, transportation for rural and city residents (including mobility impaired persons) of Washington and Morgan counties began.

1972
A child development program was funded. The Senior Nutrition Program began.

1973
The Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) provided through Community Action became the first WIC program in the state of Ohio and the second in the United States. The prenatal program was funded.

1975
The Home Weatherization Assistance and Energy Programs were funded.

1976
Community Action began operating the Title V Senior Aides program. An Alternative to Delinquency/Restitution program and a small litter control program began.

1983
The Job Training Partnership Act Program replaced CETA.

1984
The Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program was funded to serve elderly and handicapped individuals.

1987
Anthony Mele retired after 21 years of service to Washington-Morgan Community Action. David Brightbill was selected to become the Executive Director of the agency.

1988
Community Action was asked by the City of Marietta to operate the HUD Section 8 Existing Housing Voucher/Certificate Programs. An emergency homeless program was established with funding from the Ohio Department of Development.

1990
Through funding from ODOD, private resources, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and in cooperation with the local MHARS Board, housing was provided to eight severely mentally disabled individuals.

1991
The program mentioned above grew to five housing structures capable of housing 18 mentally disabled persons.

The central office moved from the old Lockmaster's House on the Muskingum River to its new headquarters in the Johnathan Meigs Building at 218 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio.

1992 and 1993
One duplex and four single family housing units were purchased and rehabilitated for clients of the Washington County MRDD's Supportive Living Program.

A triplex was purchased in Morgan County.

1994
Community Action, in cooperation with Selby General Hospital's Resident Program, began providing family practice clinics.

1996 and 1997
Community Action updated the Community Housing Improvement Strategy for Washington and Morgan County.

1998
Community Action opened the Southeastern Ohio Dental Clinic to expand access to dental services for low income families.

1999
Washington-Morgan Community Action formed an alliance with the Washington County MR/DD Board to provide job placement and job coaching services.

An additional alliance was formed with the Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities and began providing day care services at Ewing School.

2000
Morgan County Family Health Service was designated as a Rural Health Clinic.

2009
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds allowed for the expansion, creation and retention of agency services. The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program was started with these funds, Weatherization and Employment and Training had a large expansion and other programs were able to expand their services to more clients.


Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio


218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758
(740) 962-3827