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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community Action Agency?
The Community Action movement dates back to 1964, when the Economic Opportunity Act was passed as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. The Act established the Office of Economic Opportunity, a federal office charged with the mission of eliminating both the causes and effects of poverty.

Economic Opportunity Offices were then created in each state, and in turn established a new kind of community-based organization, called Community Action Agencies.

The Office of Economic Opportunity no longer exists, but Community Action Agencies continue to thrive.

Where does Washington-Morgan Community Action get its funding?
WM Community Action is funded through federal money directly, such as Head Start grants, or through state money, as in the Community Services Block Grant. Federal money is enhanced by additional funds from local community organizations, such as the United Way.

How many employees does WM Community Action have?
WM Community Action has over 250 employees. WM Community Action is also very fortunate to have numerous dedicated volunteers.

Who does WM Community Action serve?
Community Action was incorporated to serve the low-income individuals and families of Washington and Morgan counties.

What are the hours of WM Community Action?
WM Community Action is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.

How do I apply for a WM Community Action Program?
To apply for a program call and ask the receptionist about the program you are interested in. The receptionist will connect you with an employee that works directly with that program. Some of the programs offered have an application and income guidelines.

Are all programs located on 218 Putnam Street in Marietta or 3rd Street in Malta?
NO. Not all programs of WM Community Action are located at the above addresses. WM Community Action has sites throughout Washington and Morgan Counties. To find contact or address information, please click on the contact us page.

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