KCEOC Community Action Partnership
Affirms Its Core Values
June 15, 2020
Life as we have known it has greatly changed over the last few months. The pandemic has killed over 100,000 people nationwide, with over 500 of them Kentuckians. Underlying health issues and poor living conditions contribute to many of the over 12,000 documented cases in Kentucky. We have implemented multiple safety procedures across our program to insure the health and safety of our clients and our staff.
KCEOC is also aware of how COVID-19 can have many indirect effects on people in poverty and is also no stranger to the pandemic of poverty; neither is our clientele. Just recently KCEOC released an article which stated the following:
For those that say to us, “I was already hungry and scared, the pandemic didn’t change that for me,” “being homeless and struggling I already knew graduation wasn’t my reality,” or “I’ve had to choose between food and my medicine for a long time because I can’t afford both.” We know you are strong, and we know our community is resilient! We are honored to serve you and all the people who are getting up every day just trying to survive their own pandemics.
We cannot cure the pandemic but we can assist those who need help in surviving the effects on their lives.
Unfortunately, the pandemic is taking place in the midst of yet another long standing plague. The protests over the police killing of a black man, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and now, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, has raised the issue of racism to its highest level in decades. This new reality is and will bring about major changes in how we work together to improve the entire community. RACISM must finally end now. KCEOC will do everything we can to eliminate and combat racists activities.
The KCEOC Community Action Partnership Board of Directors wants to reaffirm the agency’s core values to our clients and the community. We are committed to provide qualified staff that can provide leadership and service. We are fully committed to provide equal services to those in need regardless of background, beliefs, race or orientation. We will assist and advocate for individuals to gain control of their own personal outcomes. The quality of our services will be constantly monitored and we will continue to solicit customer feedback. And, finally, we will provide education on topics for personal improvement and empowerment.
KCEOC has continued to provide services throughout the lockdown and now has more resources to assist those affected by the lockdown. KCEOC is a proud part of a national network whose values we strongly support. “We believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect and recognize that structural race, gender and other inequities remain barriers that must be addressed.” As always we live by the Community Action Promise:
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
This statement was approved by the full Board of Directors at its meeting on June 15, 2020.
Greg Helton Paul D Dole
Board Chair President/CEO
View the official signed document by clicking here.