R 295
2015 -- S 0916
Enacted 05/19/2015

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Lombardi, Coyne, Ottiano, Felag, and Walaska
Date Introduced: May 14, 2015

     WHEREAS, Community Action sprang from the heart of President Lyndon B. Johnson's
1964 proclamation of America's "War on Poverty" wherein the battles need to be won in the field,
in every private home, and in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House; and
     WHEREAS, Community Action has been putting a human face on poverty for 51 years
through its advocacy for those who don't have a voice, so that they may enter the middle class and
reach for the American dream, replacing their despair with opportunity; and
     WHEREAS, Community Action builds and promotes economic stability as an essential
aspect of enabling and enhancing stronger communities, which in turn promotes self-sufficiency
for those with limited incomes, ensuring that all Americans are able to live in dignity; and
     WHEREAS, Community Action has enhanced the lives of millions of people across
America by providing essential, life-changing services and opportunities such as affordable
housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, natural disaster relief, and
recovery; and
     WHEREAS, Community Action already serves 99 percent of America's counties in rural,
suburban, and urban communities and because it is right, because it is wise, and because in our
hearts and minds we believe it is possible, we will conquer poverty in our lifetime; and
     WHEREAS, Community Action will continue to implement innovative and cost-effective
programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; continue to provide
support and opportunities for all citizens in need of assistance; and continue to be a major voice
of reason in the establishing social assistance system reforms; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the month of May 2015, as "Community Action Month" in recognition of the
hard work and dedication of all the Rhode Island Community Action Networks of Community
Action Agencies; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Paula M. McFarland, NCRT, PER, Executive
Director, Rhode Island Community Action Association.