21 October 2014
In order to promote all the positives about life in Fluvanna, members of the community have joined with county officials in launching a Market Fluvanna campaign. As a part of this effort, several leaders of non-profit organizations and people-oriented services agreed to answer questions about their county.
Bertha Armstrong, Director of Rural Outreach for MACAA
What is MACAA?
Authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1965, Monticello Area Community Action Agency’s (MACAA) goal is to improve people’s lives by helping them become self-reliant. MACAA achieves this through a variety of programs and skill-development initiatives that serve families and individuals in poverty.
What positives do you see in Fluvanna through your work with MACAA?
Families are able to restore their hopes and spirits by being able to get some relief in crisis situations. We have many resources to offer families. Our resources include rural outreach, which does crisis intervention; Head Start, which promotes early childhood development; Steps to Success, which teaches families financial management; Project Discovery, which promotes academic achievement; Hope House, which provides housing for the homeless or families in danger of homelessness; the emergency food pantry; and thrift shop.
What troubles you about Fluvanna?
Though Fluvanna is a wonderful place to live, I do not feel we have enough economic growth in the county. When our children graduate from high school they have to leave the county for employment. I feel that there is not enough local recreational entertainment for our families. Some of our children or adults never have the opportunity to do things like roller skating or just walking the mall in town. Transportation to local games or to the library is also an issue. But I do feel that the leaders of this county look at the possibility of county growth.
Emily Daidone, Manager of Community Centers and Home Delivered Meal Programs for JABA
What is JABA?
The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) is committed to promoting, establishing and preserving sustainable communities for healthy aging. We offer a continuum of caring through the provision of programs and services that meet individuals where they are and guide all through the journey of aging with a focus on person-centered care.
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