Who We Are
Why We Do What We Do
Last year, 1 in 3 households in Jackson County wasn’t able to cover the basic cost of living — like food, heat, rent, and medical bills. We are able to help fill the gaps with services made possible by the help of community partners, other agencies, and our generous donors.
ACCESS provides food, warmth, shelter, and other essential services to Jackson County’s low-income children, families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon, ACCESS has been helping residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976.
What is a Community Action Agency?
There are 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the U.S. These agencies are designated to promote the participation of the entire community in the reduction of poverty, with the goal of “helping people to help themselves” achieve self-sufficiency.
Created in 1964, the Community Action Network is made up of agencies like ours that help individuals, families, and communities succeed. At ACCESS, our aim is to carry out the vision of the Network: A nation that creates opportunities for all people to thrive, builds strong, resilient communities, and ensures a more equitable society.
Through partnerships and service, ACCESS provides food, warmth, and shelter to promote stability for vulnerable populations.
Food, warmth, shelter for all.
ACCESS treats all participants, volunteers, and employees with dignity and kindness.
ACCESS takes responsibility for their actions and their words.
ACCESS is caring and words to understand everyone’s unique experiences.
ACCESS supports and encourages personal and professional growth and continuous learning.
ACCESS creates and supports a welcoming environment that embraces diversity and promotes equity.
ACCESS is open with community partners, employees, and participants, sharing information wherever possible.
ACCESS is consistently responsive to each other and those we serve in the broader community.