Hall of Fame
The North Carolina Community Action Association Hall of Fame is proud to induct the 2019 class of exemplary change champions who embody the spirit of community action. Their leadership, dedication and exceptional contributions have made our state a better place to live work and play. We not only honor the individuals who have made a difference in our world, but also inspire future Champions
History of the Hall of Fame
On November 10, 2005, the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) inducted 24 outstanding individuals into its Inaugural Hall of Fame during an Induction Ceremony at it’s Fall Conference at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The induction ceremony is held biennially. Inductees are honored for having made outstanding contributions in the War on Poverty declared more than 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson as trailblazers or as current foot soldiers. It was a hot sultry summer’s day when our nation’s thirty-sixth president signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 that created nonprofit organizations called Community Action Agencies. Community Action Agencies were created to be the vehicles that would offer human services needed to give low-income individuals the hope, skills and services needed to lead them to a better quality of life. However, in spite of all of our successes – poverty still exists from the bountiful mountains of North Carolina to her beautiful sandy beaches and across our mighty nation.
The North Carolina Community Action Association salutes the brave soldiers who have fought a good fight in our effort and those who continue to give tirelessly to make a difference in their communities by working to empower low-income individuals through an array of programs and services, from affordable housing, to Head Start, to Senior Services, to Weatherization Assistance. NCCAA Hall of Fame Inductees must be nominated by their local board of directors. Nominations are then presented to the Association’s Council of Executive Directors for consideration and then to the NCCAA Board of Directors.