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April 24, 2017
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin(click here to read this article on the U-B website)
"The Blue Mountain Action Council turned 50 last year and is still going strong into its second half century. The organization was founded in 1966 as a result of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and the resulting national anti-poverty legislation.
“We are one of 35 community action partnership agencies in the state,” said Kathy Covey, chief executive officer.
A tremendous amount of concern, work and money has gone into fighting the battles, and the war rages on.
“We have certainly not won it,” Covey said. “And certain decades were much more difficult.”
Covey has been in this position for three years but with the agency since 1978, with a brief break in 1988.
“BMAC has a 15-member board, a third of the board members are from the public sector, a third from the private sector and a third from the target sector representing the people we serve,” she said.
“We are governed independently by our board. It gets funding from federal, state and local governments but it is not a government entity itself.”
BMAC has six basic programs to provide assistance to those in distress: