About Us

The War on Poverty was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his State of the Union Address on 1/8/1964. “…This administration today here and now declares unconditional war on poverty in America…Our aim is not to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it – and above all, to prevent it…”

The War on Poverty was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his State of the Union Address on 1/8/1964. “…This administration today here and now declares unconditional war on poverty in America…Our aim is not to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it – and above all, to prevent it…”

Our History:

Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit organization incorporated in New York State in June of 1965. It is one of hundreds of Community Action Agencies across the United States. Other similar agencies may be found at the National Association of Community Action Agencies and the National Community Action Foundation.

For more information about Community Action Agencies in New York State, please visit the web site for the New York State Community Action Association.

Our Mission:

Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. partners with the community to provide strengths-based opportunities for vulnerable people to achieve economic, physical, and emotional security.

Our Vision:

Community Action envisions an environment in which all vulnerable populations have access to the services and supports they need to thrive.

Our Values:

*          Professionalism – CCA values professionalism toward customers, staff and the community as demonstrated by integrity, honesty, teamwork, and commitment to our mission.  We strive to be ethical, competent, and accountable.  We recognize the inherent vulnerability in asking for help, and foster customers’ trust by respecting and protecting privileged information.  We treat others with respect and dignity.  We challenge ourselves to achieve the highest quality work and service.

*          Empowerment – We value individuals and families and mobilize their strengths to alleviate conditions of poverty.  We respect and promote their ability to make choices as a means of achieving self-effectiveness.  We encourage personal responsibility by fostering self-esteem and dignity.

*          Continuous Improvement – We value positive change and growth for ourselves, our agency, and our community.  We evaluate the efficacy of our services, the needs of our customers, and the input of our stakeholders in our continuous quest for quality.

*          Partnerships – We believe in the power of partnerships.  We maximize our efforts through synergistic relationships with our colleagues, funding sources, community and customers.  We value the ability to work in teams while maintaining individual and organizational autonomy.