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  • Okanogan County Community Action Council | History
    About Us

    History

    Recent History

    • 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.

    In 1965, Okanogan County Community Action Council was organized as one of the first Community Action agencies in the nation. Since that time we have organized and birthed many organizations that have gone on to flourish and assist the community including: HEAD START, Family Health Centers, Housing Authority of Okanogan County, Dispute Resolution Center, Literacy Council, The Support Center, Economic Development Council (now Economic Alliance), Community Schools and more!