ATCAA Vision Statement
Our vision is for residents to be self‒reliant, healthy, free from economic hardship,
feeling sustained by the support of community and family, and able to achieve their
maximum potential as engaged citizens.
- To help individuals in Amador and Tuolumne Counties toward self‒sufficiency.
- To support local residents in becoming involved and contributing members of our community.
- To promote family and other supportive environments so that children, youth and elders can achieve their maximum potential.
- And, finally, to form partnerships and coalitions within the community to meet these needs.
The Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA), created in 1981 as a public, nonprofit entity through a joint powers agreement between the two counties of Amador and Tuolumne, vested with the responsibility of improving the lives of residents in the foothill region.
ATCAA provides services based on the local community assessments that identify the assets and needs of our community. Services and projects have varied over the years based on community need and available funding.
Our Board of Directors is a tripartite board consisting of up to eighteen members representing the private sector, public sector and low‒income representatives of our community. The unique structure of a Community Action Agency brings together diverse leaders of the community to collaborate and respond to the community needs more effectually.
ATCAA effectively manages an annual budget of over $8.5 million of Federal, State and private funds with an additional $1.5 million of in‒kind funding. Our services are supported by over 1,400 volunteers who play a critical role in the success of our services and assist our 150 dedicated ATCAA staff. We gratefully acknowledge their help, financial support and the contribution of local community organizations, schools, agencies, churches, businesses and individuals.
Programs and Services
Since its first year, 1981, ATCAA has become involved in a variety of programs based on community needs and available funding. Programs and services are provided in both counties at convenient locations, with Agency Service centers in Jackson and Sonora.
Some services are also currently provided in neighboring counties of Calaveras, Alpine and Mariposa. ATCAA’s administrative offices is located in Jackson, CA.
Formation of ATCAA
The concept of Community Action has been part of the American social fabric for over 25 years. Community Action programs are an outcome of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which symbolized an era of concern and commitment by the United States government to its impoverished citizens and to Equal Opportunity. One result of this act has been the development of approximately one thousand Community Action programs throughout America.
The Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) was established in July, 1981 through a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the counties of Amador and Tuolumne. The two counties formed a JPA because, at that time, each county separately lacked the minimum 50,000 population level for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding.
The Joint Powers Agreement is the authorizing document of the local elected officials, the Amador and Tuolumne County Boards of Supervisors, establishing ATCAA as a two-county legal entity. As a JPA, ATCAA is a public agency.
Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Inc.: Because ATCAA is a public agency and many donors and endowment foundations may need to give to Private Non-Profit organizations (501-c-3), ATCAA formed the Mother Lode Community Action Foundation in 1990. The Foundation changed its name from the Mother Load Community 1998 to Amador Tuolumne Action Agency (ATCAA).
History of Community Action Agencies
The War on Poverty is the unofficial name for legislation first introduced by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address on January 8, 1964. This legislation was proposed by Johnson in response to a national poverty rate of around nineteen percent. Learn more