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Williamsburg - James City County Community Action Agency, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews 721

Address:

312 Waller Mill Road Suite 405 Williamsburg VA 23185 USA

Mission:

Wjcccaa acts as a catalyst to improve the quality of life of the entire community, by developing relationships that allow all citizens to help themselves and each other. Wjcccaa educates the community about the needs of lower income families, and develops resources to combat the causes of poverty. Our services stress the long-term development of individuals, families and communities.

Programs:

Weatherization and emergency home repairs: free energy conservation work and small home repair work for eligible applicants. Weatherization services include attic and wall insulation, hot water tank wrap, water pipes wrapped, plastic under the home, installation of carbon monoxide/smoke/fire detectors, safety inspection of appliances and heating and cooling systems, glass replacement, outside door replacement, blower door test to determine caulking and sealing requirements. 387 homes were weatherized for 714 residents.

head start: head start's educational goal is to provide a nurturing learning environment where 166 disadvantaged children learn the skills that will enable them to begin public school on an equal footing with their more advantaged classmates. The program teaches children problem-solving and life skills, while building pride and self-confidence. The program supports each child's emotional, physical, cognitive, and mental development.

community services: 3,427 eligible applicants received services to assist in stabilizing the families, including but not limited to the following programs: legal outreach, family literacy, emergency program (medication, transportation, rent/mortgage and utility assistance), youth programs, project discovery, hope tutorial, neighborhood basketball league, youth employment (green team: community gardens and home repair), fatherhood, and feed the need programs.

youth programs to encourage youth to stay in school and continue their education. 320 youth were assisted by this program.

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(757) 229-9332
www.wjccactionagency.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have personally used the services of WJCC CAA. This organization has the most wonderful people working for it. The staff genuinely cares and when they refer you to other organizations they follow-up to make sure the organization is serving you and that you too also follow through. I Needed help when my family was homeless and one of my children was very sick. The community services coordinator really advocated on my behalf and helped to find the resources we needed and permanent housing for my family. I can not thank her enough. I feel like my sanity was saved do this agencies help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the agency' emergency assistance funding

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The WJCC Community Action Agency is a top notch organization that really helps clients, by empowering clients with real tools to improving their lives. They also promote community improvement from the works of those who live in the community. They do a lot with limited funding. They are the people who know how to feed a 100 people well with one chicken. The really maximize the use of their dollars, stretching so all can benefit from it's use. They have multiple programs: Head Start, drop out prevention programs, family literacy, Legal services for low-income, community development organizarion, community food gardens, and many more. The agency is comprehensive in the way it offers services. I donate as often as I can and I encourage others to do so. Also, volunteer if you can. Candice

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witness the turnaround in youth when they are supported with structured programs that promote learning, gives recognition, improves their outlook on life and future, and fosters a since of pride in them. Most children will to the occassion whenthey know that someone genuinely cares about them and the folk at WJCC COmmunity Action do just that.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase their funding, hire more people because too few are doing multiple jobs, donate them some land so they can build a nice facility for their Head Start preschool program and offices. I would also increase salaries. The employees work for little and yet they produce so much.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The people that work there. They care and don't mind demonstrating this on a daily basis.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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