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Capital Area Community Action Agency fights poverty in north Florida

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 17:57:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Rebound Tallahassee is helping you find work and make ends meet.

"As we like to say, our agency is the best kept secret, even though we’ve been around in the community for more than 50 years," said Nina Self, the chief operating officer at the Capital Area Community Action Agency.

Self says the agency has job opportunities and connected us with one woman who is paying it forward.

"It’s okay to need help," Sybil Thomas said. "And it’s okay to ask for help."

Thomas is a family services case manager with the nonprofit, Capital Area Community Action Agency.

They serve eight counties in northwest Florida, helping people out of poverty. Before Thomas worked here, she was looking to make ends meet after Hurricane Michael made life a little harder.

"I came to Community Action to get help with my utility bill," said Thomas.

She got the help and now she works with the organization assisting thousands of others across the Big Bend.

"We touch about 10,000 homes per year for utility bill program," Self said.

In addition to utilities, they also aid low-income families pay their rent or mortgage. And Self says her organization has job openings to meet those needs.

"We need additional case managers," said Self. "We need a grants manger. We need a construction manager."

She has about 20 job positions to fill in the months ahead as they serve people rebounding from both the pandemic and Hurricane Michael.

"It really feels great," Self said. "I’m just ready to put people to work."

People like Thomas who now spends her time getting her neighbors back on their feet.

"If you have a love for helping people, this would be a great place to come and apply," said Thomas.

The Agency says they’re posting their job openings on their website, available by clicking here.