On Tuesday evening, at the annual meeting of the Community Action Agency of Somerville, I headed a slate of executive officers that was elected to lead the Board of Directors. CAAS , the leading anti-poverty agency in our city, works to end poverty where we live. The annual meeting, which included live music, a generous meal, and stand-up comedy by Vinnie P., marks 30 years since the founding of CAAS. We are very fortunate that in 1981 community leaders John Ciampa, Pat Jehlen, Gene Brune, Donald Norton, John Buonomo and Paul Duhamel had the foresight and will to start CAAS.
The 2010 Census documents an increase in the number of families living in poverty, both nationally and in Somerville. Economists have called the years between 2000 and 2010 the lost decade. 46.2 million people in this country live in poverty – a record since the Census Bureau started tracking the number of people living below the poverty line. During this Lost Decade, in Somerville the number of people living in poverty has increased from 12.5% to 18%. The need for CAAS has never been greater.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, Sonja Darai, Justin Moeling, Rui Domingos and Kellee Middlebrooks, and the entire CAAS board, we hope that you will support CAAS and its vital mission with your time, talent and treasure. To find out how you can help, click here; thank you!