Our Work

Community & family

Community Action provides a number of important services to help people and address specific needs of this rural community where we live.

Family Self Sufficiency Program

FSS (Family Self Sufficiency) is a program designed to encourage and help eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Families who are receiving Section 8 Housing Assistance are eligible for this program. The family enter in to a mutually agreed upon contract which is geared to meet the families’ need for services and spells out the goals and objectives that the families want to work to fulfill during the contract term. Upon completion of the contract many families have been eligible to receive funds in a saving account which is determined by their success in the FSS Program.

Healthcare Navigation

Are you an individual, family or business in need of affordable health Insurance? Don’t try to navigate the NY State Healthplan Marketplace on your own. We have certified NYS Healthcare Navigators on staff to provided free unbiased advice on what plan can best meet your family’s needs and budget. Connie or Colleen can get you enrolled and help you understand what you may qualify for such as premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions. We can help you with Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Essential New York State Health Plan. Call Connie or Colleen at 585-237-2600 or at the Wyoming County Department of Health at 1(800) 466-1191 or (585) 786-8890.

OPEN ENROLLMENT begins November 1st each year and ends January 31st.

You can enroll at any time if you have a “qualifying life event”. These include marriage, birth, death, loss of existing coverage, new citizenship, and other instances as determined by Health and Human Services. Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Essential New York State Health Plan allow you to enroll at any time.

Medical Appointment Transportation

Through a caring and dedicated group of volunteers we coordinate rides for Medicaid eligible people in need of transportation to medical appointments. Drivers will travel to Batavia, Buffalo and Rochester as well as to our local healthcare offices. We also can provide mileage stipends for people or caregivers in need to get to vital medical appointment.

Volunteers always welcome. Contact us to find out more.

Support for Recovery

The Community Action Outreach Center maintains a Medical Equipment loan closet where caregivers and individuals can borrow needed equipment to safely recover at home. Equipment includes portable wheelchairs, lift chairs, bathroom seats and bars, walkers and more. We also administer help with co-pays or medical bills for critical needs related to healthcare and recovery through the William Theil Foundation. Contact us to find out more.

Family Development Credentials

Our Family Development education program redirects the way health, education, and human services are delivered to families. It moves systems away from crisis-oriented, fragmented services toward and empowerment, support-based approached to working with families.

Family Development emphasizes strength-based partnerships, mutual respect, interagency collaborations and family-centered services.

This 90-hour course is conducted at Wyoming County Community Action by Pat Standish who holds her certification from Cornell University to facilitate the class.

Watch for the next available class schedule.