History

Recent History

  • 2016 Association of Washington State Realtors, Partner of the Year.
  • 2012 Visioning and implementation of the WIPFLI project begins.
  • 2011 Walmart Foundation award to Food and Nutrition program. WIPFLI Strategic Transformative Partnership – National Innovation project.
  • 2010 Rotary First Harvest – Harvest Against Hunger Partnership. Housing Excellence Award for Weatherization and Repair.
  • 2009 Green Build Home breaks ground!
  • 2006 Community Services Innovation award for financial literacy Bounce Back project.
  • 2005 First Super Adobe Project is built.
  • 2003 Weatherization Task force Award from State of Washington Community Trade and Economic Development Division.
  • 2002 Gates Foundation grant for Oroville Community Schools project.
  • 1999 Community Housing Development Organization designation (one of the first four in the state).
  • 1996 Housing Finance Commission – Friend of Housing Award.
  • 1990 Washington Human Development Council – Outstanding Community Organization Award.

Our Beginnings

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson and Sargent Shriver launched the War on Poverty to right the wrongs carried out against the poor and minorities. In this broad legislation, Community Action agencies were launched and OCCAC was born, bringing local leaders together to solve local problems.

Our Beginnings
In 1965 a group of committed community members formed Okanogan County Community Action Council. We were one of the first Community Action agencies in the nation. Fifty-two years later, the staff and Board of Directors of this organization have created amazing infrastructure for the community and provided help in the form of a hand up out of poverty.
Our basic mission to reduce poverty in the County is just as needed now as it was then but we have accomplished much including starting and spinning off the following:

  • Community Schools, Tonasket
  • Self Help Housing – over 60 homes built by a mix of owner sweat equity and contractors
  • Economic Alliance (originally OCCED)
  • Literacy Council
  • Housing Authority of Okanogan County
  • Head Start
  • Dispute Resolution Center
  • And More!