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Success with the Garden Seed Program   no comments

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Written by Kevin Horn on October 21st, 2021

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Attention: LIHEAP Fuel Vendors   no comments

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Written by Kevin Horn on October 11th, 2021

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program seeks Board of Directors members   no comments

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Written by Kevin Horn on October 8th, 2021

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Re-Brand Your Communication Style with Communication is KEY   no comments

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BSCTC, BSACAP, and the Kentucky Career Center will be joined by Rachelle Burchett, an author, leader, motivator, and creative business professional who delivers results with action-packed energy. She leads by developing team members into trailblazers, thinking innovatively creating strategic/communication action plans, and finding solutions to workforce needs.


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Written by Kevin Horn on October 8th, 2021

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Electric bill payment assistance open for summer   no comments

Posted at 10:09 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will be taking applications for the Summer Cooling portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now through October 29, 2021. The Summer Cooling portion of LIHEAP offers payment assistance for electric bills on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.

The household income limit will be 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. All income eligible households are encouraged to apply.

150% of the federal poverty limit is a gross monthly household income of $1,610 for a one-person household, $2,177.50 for a two-person household, $2,745 for a three-person household, $3,312.50 for a four-person household, and $3,880 for a five-person household.

The agency will be able to provide some amount of assistance to income eligible households regardless of their bill payment status. “If you are up-to-date on your electric bill, have a past due notice, a disconnect notice, or an eviction notice if your electric is included in your rent, we will be able to offer you some type of assistance,” said Executive Director Wanda Thacker.

She explained further that taking advantage of the Summer Cooling portion of the program would not affect a household’s ability to qualify for future seasons and cycles of the program. “If a household is still income eligible in the fall or winter, they will still be able to get help then, even if they’ve received Summer Cooling funds.”

Applications will be completed by appointment and over the phone or through electronic communication. Appointments can be made over the phone by calling (606) 887-1441 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or online by visiting

Individuals seeking assistance must meet income eligibility requirements and be able to provide the following information:

  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.

Documentation can be provided electronically by uploading pictures of your documents on the appointment booking webpage or by fax. Agency staff will work with you to determine the best method for your household.

All vouchers are paid directly to the primary electric vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

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 July 12th, 2021

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Community Advocate, Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

Posted at 11:35 am in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) distributes over $7,000 in scholarships to students in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County area. The nonprofit organization will be offering ten $500 academic scholarships and one $2,000 Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship. Scholarships are funded through the Community Service Block Grant.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is 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, who passed away last month, 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 established the Mud Creek Clinic in 1973 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 served on the BSACAP Board of Directors for nearly 40 years.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said, “Eula Hall’s service to our organization and the service and leadership she gave to the people in our area is a shining example of what people in eastern Kentucky are capable of when they put their minds to it. The Community Advocate Scholarship is one way that we can ensure that Eula’s legacy continues, and we 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 online or through staff
• Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines (Please contact a staff member to complete this portion via telephone)
• 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 2021 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 get an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program staff in their county via telephone or by emailing Applications will be available online at Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 30, 2021.

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office numbers are as follows:
• Floyd County – (606) 874-3595
• Johnson County – (606) 789-6515
• Magoffin County –(606) 349-2217
• Martin County – (606) 298-3217
• Pike County – (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 June 1st, 2021

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Garden Seed voucher program signups April 7-23   no comments

Posted at 10:38 am in News

Sign-ups for Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s annual Garden Seed Program will be taken on a first come, first serve basis April 7 – April 23, or until funds are exhausted.

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 food-bearing garden at their home. The program is open to residents of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties. Clients grow and maintain their gardens by themselves and are able to reap the fruits of their labor.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency will be operating the program a little bit differently than in years past. To apply for the program, you can book an appointment online by visiting or over the telephone by calling (606) 887-1441.

BSACAP staff will contact those who booked an appointment for the program in order to complete their application.

To be eligible for the program, a household must:

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

Documentation can be uploaded online at, or by emailing If you do not have internet access, you can arrange with the staff member who contacts you to drop your documentation off at your local BSACAP office.

Last year, over 240 households in the BSACAP service area of Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties received garden seed vouchers. This year, the agency is excited to announce that they will be able to make vouchers available to over 500 households thanks to a generous grant from the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, WV. Through the support of transformative health initiatives that empower all individuals to lead lives of optimal health, self-reliance, and self-respect, the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington strives to foster systemic change and collaborative impact across the tri-state area.

This program 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, as well as a generous grant from the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, WV.

Written by Sarah Hill on April 1st, 2021

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Paying for College   no comments

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Written by Sarah Hill on March 31st, 2021

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Career Corner: Teaching Tuesdays in April   no comments

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Written by Sarah Hill on March 31st, 2021

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Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund   no comments

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Written by Sarah Hill on February 24th, 2021

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