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Heating assistance subsidy signups end Friday, Dec. 14   no comments

Posted at 8:38 am in News

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, will end this Friday, December 14th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county before 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year.  It operates in two components:  the subsidy component and the crisis component.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them when they sign up:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP.

Applicants should bring their documents to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply in person, contact the office to make other arrangements.

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type.  Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 14.

The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 7th.

The crisis component has the same income eligibility as the subsidy component with the additional requirement that the household must have a “disconnect” notice from their utility company or they must self-certify that they are within four days of running out of their bulk fuel source such as wood, coal, kerosene or fuel oil. Benefit levels are determined by the amount needed to prevent disconnection or the amount needed to ensure a deliverable amount of bulk fuel. The crisis component operates on a first come first serve basis and will be in operation until March 31st or until funds have been expended.

LIHEAP is funded through Community Action Kentucky (CAK), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Written by Sarah Hill on December 5th, 2018

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Heating assistance subsidy signups begin Nov. 5   no comments

Posted at 9:04 am in News

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, will begin this Monday, November 5th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications will be accepted alphabetically by last name.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year.  It operates in two components:  the subsidy component and the crisis component.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them when they sign up:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP.

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type.  Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

Households should choose the date that contains the first letter of the head of household’s last name.

Nov. 5 – A Nov. 12 – Closed (Veterans Day) Nov. 19 – H Nov. 26 – I, J Dec. 3 – M Dec. 10 – S
Nov. 6 – Staff Day (Election Day) Nov. 13 – D, E Nov. 20 – H Nov. 27 – K Dec. 4 – N Dec. 11 – T
Nov. 7 – B Nov. 14 – F Nov. 21 – Staff Day Nov. 28 – L Dec. 5 – O, P Dec. 12 – U, V, W
Nov. 8 – B Nov. 15 – G Nov. 22 – Closed Nov. 29 – M Dec. 6 – Q, R Dec. 13 – X, Y, Z
Nov. 9 – C Nov. 16 – Open Nov. 23 – Closed Nov. 30 – Open Dec. 7 – S Dec. 14 – Open  (Last Day of Subsidy)

 

Applicants should bring their documents on their alphabetically assigned day to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply on their assigned day, contact the office to make other arrangements.

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 14.

LIHEAP is funded through Community Action Kentucky (CAK), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Written by Sarah Hill on November 1st, 2018

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LIHEAP pre-registration begins on Oct. 22   no comments

Posted at 3:00 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is offering pre-registration for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The pre-registration will begin on Monday, October 22, and last until November 2.

BSACAP Executive Director James Michael Howell said pre-registration should prove beneficial to customers.

“The elderly and the disabled have less mobility and it’s harder for them to stand in long lines,” Howell explained. “Pre-registration should cut down on those long lines and help more people access the services.”

Howell added, “We want to stress that, although we’re offering the pre-registration, no applications will be approved until Monday, November 5, the first day of the Subsidy component. No vouchers will be sent to vendors until after November 5th.”

Pre-registration is available to applicants who receive a fixed income and are either 60 years of age and above or who have disabilities.

To be eligible to pre-register, applicants must bring proof they are receiving disability benefits and/or are at least 60 years of age and on a fixed income.

In addition, to qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

  • Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract);
  • Proof of physical address – bring metered utility bill;
  • Proof of household income for prior month;
  • Birthdates for all household members;
  • Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

All other applicants may begin applying for Subsidy on Monday, November 5, through Friday, December 14. As in past years, applications will be taken alphabetically, according to the applicant’s last name.

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 15th, 2018

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Over $7,000 in scholarships given by BSACAP   no comments

Posted at 3:18 pm in News
Eula Hall and Amy Combs

Eula Hall presented the first ever Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship to Amy Combs, of Garrett, earlier this month at the Eula Hall Health Center on Mud Creek. Combs is in her final year at Morehead State University where she is studying to become a substance abuse counselor.

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school. This year nine people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals. This amount includes the newest award offered by the agency; the Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is a $2,000 prize awarded to an individual who is majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or a related field; has a history of volunteer work; is in at least their third year of study; and has a financial need.
Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said that Eula Hall has served on the agency’s board of directors for 36 years and that her work in the community should be an inspiration to the next generation of advocates. “She is truly an advocate for our people. From her work to build and expand the Mud Creek Clinic to her work for black lung patients and workers’ rights or even just helping people get through the end of the month by making sure they have food or medicine, she is a woman of the people and we are lucky to have her.”

The winner of the first ever Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is Amy Combs of Garrett. Combs is in her final year at Morehead State University where she is studying to become a substance abuse counselor. As a recovering addict herself, she is passionate about helping other people find their way out of substance abuse and onto a fulfilling life. Combs attends school full-time, works full-time, and is a single mother with two sons. In her free time she coaches boys’ basketball. She has previously volunteered with local senior citizens centers and at a local shelter.

BSACAP Deputy Director Wanda Thacker said, “Amy has expressed interest in staying in the area to work and serve the people here. She has overcome hardship and has shown a real passion for caring for other people. She is just the sort of person we’re looking for to carry the torch and we know she will do good things.”

Seven Community Service Block Grant scholarships were also awarded. These scholarships are available to students who reside in Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties who demonstrate a financial need and write an essay explaining why their education is important and why they deserve the scholarship. This year’s winners are as follows:

Montana Adams, of Prestonsburg, will be studying Secondary Mathematics Education at Alice Lloyd College. Jessica Hill, of Betsy Lane, will be studying Medical Information Technology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Shawn Kidd, of Drift, will be studying Nursing at the Galen College of Nursing. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Pikeville College. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying at Bellevue University. Evan Prince, of Lovely, will be studying Psychology at Morehead State University. Juanita Vickers, of Hardy, will be studying Social Work at Morehead State University.

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

The BSACAP scholarship application period begins in May and ends in June each year. Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The 2018 CSBG Scholarship winners were presented with their awards earlier this month at Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s Johnson County Office. Front row: Caitlin Little, Juanita Vickers, Jessica Hill, Shawn Kidd, BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell. Back row: Montana Adams, Evan Prince, Reaford May Jr., BSACAP Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 17th, 2018

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Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship, CSBG Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

Posted at 9:20 am in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) distributes $7,000 in scholarships to students in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County area. This year, the nonprofit organization has changed up their offerings and has announced the creation of the Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship will be one $2,000 scholarship offered to students majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or related fields. Applicants must be in at least their third year of post-secondary study, must have a record of volunteerism, and must fulfill the requirements of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship application.

Eula Hall has lived her life as an advocate for the workers, children, and families of the region. She served with the Volunteers in Service to America, the Appalachian Volunteers, the East Kentucky Worker’s Rights Organization, and as president of the Kentucky Black Lung Association. She created the Mud Creek Water District, and in 1973, established the Mud Creek Clinic to serve uninsured and underinsured people. The Mud Creek Clinic, now known at the Eula Hall Health Center, offers general clinic care, pharmacy, dental care, optometry, mental health services, patient transportation, public benefits guidance, and a food pantry. She has served on the BSACAP Board of Directors for more than 35 years.

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell said, “Our organization wanted to thank Eula for the work she has done for Community Action and honor her for the leadership and care that she has given to the people in our area. We also want to see a new generation of strong advocates for eastern Kentucky rise up and continue the fight against poverty.”

BSACAP will also be offering ten $500 CSBG Academic Scholarship to students in the area.

If you are a student entering or returning to college or vocational school this fall and are in need of financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Academic Scholarship.

Applicants must provide the following information and/or documentation to apply for the scholarship:

  • Meet income eligibility as determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Provide proof of residency within the BSACAP service area via utility bill or piece of first class mail postmarked within 30 days of application
  • Complete and sign an application available at any BSACAP Community Services office
  • Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better from last semester of high school or last completed semester of college
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a post-secondary educational institution for the Fall 2017 semester/term
  • Write an essay on why they feel they should receive the award

Applicants who have earned a 4-year degree or are pursuing education levels of Master’s Degree and above are not eligible. BSACAP staff and family members of staff are not eligible to apply.

For further information or to pick up an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Services Office in their county. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 31, 2018.

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office locations are as follows:

  • Floyd County – 60 Court Street, Allen – (606) 874-3595
  • Johnson County – Johnson County Court House, 230 Court Street, Paintsville – (606) 789-6515
  • Magoffin County – 131 South Church Street, Salyersville – (606) 349-2217
  • Martin County – Roy F. Collier Community Center, Suite 203, Inez – (606) 298-3217
  • Pike County – 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville – (606) 432-2775

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Written by Sarah Hill on May 15th, 2018

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Garden Seed voucher program signups April 2-6   no comments

Posted at 2:34 pm in News

Applications for Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s annual Garden Seed Program will be taken on a first come, first serve basis April 2 – 6 at the BSACAP offices.

The Garden Seed Program offers qualifying low-income households $40 in vouchers to purchase seeds, plants, and fertilizer at local vendors so that area families can build a garden at their home.

“It’s a very simple program, but one that add tremendous value to the people we serve,” said Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Executive Director Mike Howell. “Our mission is to help low-income people become more self-sufficient, and the Garden Seed Program accomplishes that by helping people to get access to fresh and healthy food and lowering their grocery bill.”

To be eligible for the program, a household must:

  • Meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Provide proof of income from the previous month
  • Have the social security numbers for all household members
  • Bring a metered utility bill to verify their address

Applications will be taken 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., April 2-6, at the BSACAP offices.
Click here for a list of phone numbers and addresses.

Last year, 376 households in the BSACAP service area of Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties received garden seed vouchers. Clients grow and maintain their gardens by themselves and are able to reap the fruits of their labor. Late in the summer. BSACAP will also host a workshop to help clients and the public to learn how to can, freeze, and preserve their produce.

Written by Sarah Hill on March 22nd, 2018

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Heating assistance (LIHEAP) subsidy signups begin Nov. 6   no comments

Posted at 1:17 pm in News

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, will begin this Monday, November 6th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications will be accepted alphabetically by last name.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year.  It operates in two components:  the subsidy component and the crisis component.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them when they sign up:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP.

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type.  Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

Households should choose the date that contains the first letter of the head of household’s last name.

Nov. 6 – A Nov. 13 – C Nov. 20 – H Nov. 27 – I, J Dec. 4 – M Dec. 11 – S
Nov. 7 – B Nov. 14 – D, E Nov. 21 – H Nov. 28 – K Dec. 5 – N Dec. 12 – T
Nov. 8 – B Nov. 15 – F Nov. 22 – Closed Nov. 29 – L Dec. 6 – O, P Dec. 13 – U, V, W
Nov. 9 – C Nov. 16 – G Nov. 23 – Closed Nov. 30 – M Dec. 7 – Q, R Dec. 14 – X, Y, Z
Nov. 10 – Closed Nov. 17 – Open Nov. 24 – Closed Dec. 1 – Open Dec. 8 – Open Dec. 15 – Open

 

Applicants should bring their documents on their alphabetically assigned day to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply on their assigned day, contact the office to make other arrangements.

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 15.

The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 8th.

The crisis component has the same income eligibility as the subsidy component with the additional requirement that the household must have a “disconnect” notice from their utility company or they must self-certify that they are within four days of running out of their bulk fuel source such as wood, coal, kerosene or fuel oil. Benefit levels are determined by the amount needed to prevent disconnection or the amount needed to ensure a deliverable amount of bulk fuel. The crisis component operates on a first come first serve basis and will be in operation until March 31st or until funds have been expended.

LIHEAP is funded through Community Action Kentucky (CAK), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Written by Sarah Hill on October 25th, 2017

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program distributes over $7,000 in scholarships   no comments

Posted at 10:28 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program awarded their annual CSBG Scholarships to 15 individuals this year. Front Row: Kim Vicars (CSBG Program Manager), Caitlin Little, Cody Crum, Ashley Hunter, Wanda Thacker (Deputy Director). Middle Row: Mike Howell (Executive Director), Jalah Quinn, Johnda Adams, Jessica Hill, Megan Preston, Landon Gillispie. Back Row: Caleb Harris, Rodney James, Diana Hall, Adam Crum, Evan Prince, Reaford May Jr. Not Pictured: Lezlie Roberts.

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  The scholarships are made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This year 15 people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

Johnda Marie Adams, of Pikeville, will be studying Dental Hygiene at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Adam Crum, of Tomahawk, will be studying to become a Welding Technician at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Cody Crum, of Inez, will be studying Optometry at the University of Pikeville. Landon Gillespie, of Melvin, will be attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Diana Hall, of Prestonsburg, will be working toward a degree in Business Management at Morehead State University. Caleb Harris, of Pikeville, plans to major in History and Political Science at the University of Pikeville. Jessica Hill, of Betsy Lane, will be studying Applied Science at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Ashley Hunter, of Prestonsburg, will major in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University. Rodney James, of Pikeville, will attend the University of Kentucky and major in Finance and Accounting. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying Electrical Engineering at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Megan Preston, of Warfield, will attend Morehead State University and major in Convergent Media and English. Evan Prince, of Lovely, will be studying Bio-Medical Science at Morehead State University. Jalah Quinn, of Pikeville, will attend Big Sandy Community and Technical College where she will study Communication and Social Media. Lezlie Roberts, of Virgie, will study Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, explained that students were required to submit proof of financial need, college acceptance, and GPA, along with letters of reference and an essay explaining why they deserve the award. Thacker also noted the recipients’ progress through the school year would be tracked. She invited the students to return to BSACAP when they graduate if they wanted assistance with referrals or anything else that life might bring their way. “We believe in you and we really do want you to succeed,” she said.

The scholarship application period begins in May and ends in June.

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 2nd, 2017

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Community Action connects families and health services in Martin County   no comments

Posted at 10:39 am in News

A visitor to Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s Community Health Fair held in Inez last week received a free blood pressure screening from Tug Valley ARH.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) held their annual Community Health Fair on Tuesday at the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez. The free event assisted Martin County residents to connect with healthcare providers in the area.

Martin Countians were treated to free A1C screenings, blood pressure checks, stroke screenings, fall prevention strategies, healthy recipes, strength training strategies, health insurance options, and lots of great information.

BSACAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the providing comprehensive services to low-income families in order to help them improve their economic situation. Kim Vicars, BSACAP’s Community Service Block Grant Manager, explained that each year the organization conducts a survey of area citizens in order to learn about their most pressing concerns. Vicars stated that health has consistently ranked among the top five concerns for the last several years.

“This Health Fair is one way we are working to tailor our services to the specific needs of the communities we serve,” she said. “It helps us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with information about the healthcare options available to them and the vital health services they may need.”

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell explained, “At BSACAP, we fight poverty and promote economic development by helping individuals and families in our area achieve self-sufficiency. We provide job and workforce services for people of all ages, college scholarships, the Garden Seed nutrition program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and many other programs, but we know that the health of our citizens is the foundation of the educational and economic success of our region, and we want to work to ensure a strong and healthy workforce is available.”

Organizations represented this year were Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Appalachian Hospice Care, Big Sandy Area Development District, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition, Big Sandy Health Care, CareSource, Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center, Inez Physical Therapy, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Kentucky Homeplace Clinic, Martin County Adult Education, Martin County Extension Office, Martin County Health Department, Mountain Comprehensive Care, Office for the Blind, Passport Health, SCHS LINKS/YSC, Transamerica Bank, Tug Valley ARH, USDA Rural Development Center, and the VA Medical Center.

Donations and door prizes were offered by the Roy F. Collier Community Center, Embody Massage, Inez Deposit Bank, Main Street Cinema, Teaberries Café and Catering, UK Extension Office, Anthem BlueCross/BlueShield, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, and SCHS LINKS/YSC.  Refreshments were provided by Inez Save-A-Lot and Inez IGA.

The Community Health Fair is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, call (606) 298-3217.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 24th, 2017

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Community Action connects families and health services in Floyd County   no comments

Posted at 9:53 am in News

Kathy Chitti from Big Sandy Health Care offered free face paintings to the young visitors at the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Community Health Fair in Floyd County.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) held their second annual Community Health Fair on Monday at the Wesley Christian School in Allen. The free event assisted Floyd County residents to connect with healthcare providers in the area.

Pikeville Medical Center provided free A1C blood sugar checks, blood pressure checks, COPD screenings, body mass index readings, and diabetic foot screenings. St. Joseph’s Medical Center offered free blood pressure checks and pulse oximeter readings. Big Sandy Health Care gave visitors the chance to have one-on-one assistance with signing up for Medicaid. The Health Fair featured information on everything from dental hygiene and healthy eating to hospice care and addiction recovery, and much more.

BSACAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the providing comprehensive services to low-income families in order to help them improve their economic situation. Kim Vicars, BSACAP’s Community Service Block Grant Manager, explained that each year the organization conducts a survey of area citizens in order to learn about their most pressing concerns. Vicars stated that health has consistently ranked among the top five concerns for the last several years.

“This Health Fair is one way we are working to tailor our services to the specific needs of the communities we serve,” she said. “It helps us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with information about the healthcare options available to them and the vital health services they may need.”

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell explained, “At BSACAP, we fight poverty and promote economic development by helping individuals and families in our area achieve self-sufficiency. We provide job and workforce services for people of all ages, college scholarships, the Garden Seed nutrition program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and many other programs, but we know that the health of our citizens is the foundation of the educational and economic success of our region, and we want to work to ensure a strong and healthy workforce is available.”

Organizations represented this year were Aetna, American Red Cross, Anthem, Appalachian Hospice Care, AppalReD Legal Aid, Best Value Medical, Big Sandy Area Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Area Development District, Big Sandy Health Care, Big Sandy Health Care Diabetes Coalition, Bluegrass Care Navigators,  Floyd County Department of Community Based Services, Floyd County Extension Office,  Forever Smiles Dentistry, Humana-CareSource, Job Corps, Judi’s Place for Kids, Kentucky Blood Center, Kentucky Homeplace, McDowell ARH, Mountain Comprehensive Care’s In-Home Services, MCC’s Home Place Clinic, MCC’s Healing Program, Mud Creek Dental Clinic, Oxygen Plus, Passport Health Insurance, Pikeville Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Transamerica, Turning Point, USDA Rural Development, and VA Medical Center.

The Community Health Fair is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, call (606) 874-3595.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 24th, 2017

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