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About Oklahoma Community Action Agency
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Community Action is about putting communities at the heart of their own local services. Involving communities in the design and delivery of services can help to achieve a number of objectives, including: Building community and social capacity - helping the community share knowledge; Community resilience - helping the community help itself; Prevention - a focus on early access to services or support, engagement in design, cross-sector collaboration and partnerships; and Maintaining and creating wealth - such as helping people into employment or developing community enterprises.
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 we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.



Community Action Agencies are local nonprofits working to improve the lives of low-income residents through increased self-sufficiency and community participation. CAA's serve all 77 counties in Oklahoma. CAA's were established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty.

  • Community Coordination: Citizen participation, neighborhood and community organization, information and referrals
  • Education: Head Start, literacy, adult basic education
  • Economic Development: Loans, business planning assistance
  • Emergency Services: Food pantries, energy assistance, homeless shelters, natural disaster assistance
  • Employment Training: Job training, placement, and creation
  • Food and Nutrition: Meals on wheels, congregate meals for elderly, food banks
  • Health Care: Health clinics, prescription assistance, transportation to health care assistance, treatment for substance abuse
  • Housing: Homebuyer counseling, self-help housing construction, rental assistance
  • Income Management: Individual Development Accounts, budget counseling, tax counseling
  • Transportation: Bus service, transportation to jobs, and school


OKACAA is the state association of Oklahoma's Community Action Agencies. We are governed by the Executive Directors of each of our member CAA's. We exist to further the mission of Community Action by providing training and conferences for community action staff across the state, advocating for policies that benefit community action agencies, staff, and clients at the state and federal level, and providing opportunities for CAA's to meet and share best practices. We include the Oklahoma Head Start Collaboration Office and the Oklahoma Weatherization Training Center.

Amanda Ewing, Executive Director
executivedirector@okacaa.org

Paula Brown, Head Start Collaboration Office Director
headstart@okacaa.org

Karla Benford, Office & Programs Manager
programs@okacaa.org

Janay Davis, Administrative Assistant
assistant@okacaa.org

Christie Baldridge - Deep Fork Community Action Foundation, Inc., Executive Director (Board President)

Johnny Bryant - United Community Action Program, Inc., Executive Director

Cheri Ezzell - Community Development Support Association, Executive Director

Carla Flynn - Opportunities, Inc., Executive Director

Ingrid Gifford - Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group, Executive Director

Sheryl Gregory - Great Plains Improvement Foundation, Inc., Executive Director

Carroll Huggins - KI BOIS Community Action Foundation, Inc., Executive Director

Sharlotte Key - Washita Valley Community Action Council, Executive Director

Barbara Loudermilk - Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, Executive Director

Karol May - Community Action Resource & Development, Inc., Executive Director

Brent Morey - Community Action Development Corporation, Executive Director

Karen Nichols - Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc., Executive Director

Rebecca Reynolds - LIFT Community Action Agency, Inc., Executive Director

Jessie Thompson - Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Executive Director

John Ann Thompson - Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency, Executive Director

LaQuita Thornley - INCA Community Services, Inc., Executive Director

Kent Watson - Big Five Community Servics, Inc., Executive Director