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Williamsburg-James City County Community Action Agency Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Literacy

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar