This year marks the 51st anniversary that Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Inc. (SENCA) has provided a variety of programs and services to help low-income households and communities throughout southeast Nebraska achieve their goal of economic stability.
On May 2, 1966, SENCA was incorporated by Evelyn Cooper, Humboldt and Cecil Davis, Pawnee City, as a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation under the provisions of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. As a direct result of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Community Action, Head Start, Job Corps and a variety of other programs were created to help ‘strike the causes of poverty’ and make life better for all people. SENCA is one of nine Community Action Agencies (CAAs) serving Nebraska and one of more than 1,100 CAAs nationwide.
SENCA focuses on three primary program areas: Community Economic Development; Family Outreach; and Youth Education. The business, property, policies, programs, and affairs of the corporation are determined and managed by a tripartite volunteer Board of Directors representing the six county service area of: Cass; Johnson; Nemaha; Otoe; Pawnee, and Richardson. SENCA also provides housing programs to Sarpy County and is the Weatherization provider to qualifying Douglas County residents.
Vicky McNealy, SENCA Executive Director, manages a team of 65 trained and certified staff, each dedicated to the mission of “Investing in our neighbors through education and partnerships to improve lives and build strong communities in southeast Nebraska.”
During the month of April, agency staff met with County Commissioners throughout the six county service area. The commissioners were presented information from the 2016 SENCA Annual Report and the 2016 Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Community Assessment plus updates on local programs and services within their county. Commissioner’s from each of the counties also proclaimed May as Community Action Month.
To learn more about SENCA programs and services please visit www.senca.org and “like” SENCA at www.facebook.com/Senca1. SENCA also produces a quarterly newsletter that can be found on the agency website along with the agency annual report, agency community assessment, and the Community Action of Nebraska State and Regional Assessment report.