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NADC was initiated in 1965 when some concerned individuals organized so that they might more effectively confront the serious problems facing the area. In the fall of 1965 the organization was incorporated and officially recognized by the Office of Economic Opportunity as a Community Action Agency. 

On March 1st of 1966 NADC officially began operation as a Community Action Agency.

NADC is governed by a thirty member board of directors.  The board is composed of six members from each of the five counties (Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone).  In accordance with the agency bylaws, 1/3 of the board members are taken from the public sector, 1/3 from the private sector, and 1/3 from the low income sector.

NADC Central OfficeThere are 16 Community Action Agencies in Arkansas that blanket the state and whose mission is to work with poor people to help them help themselves out of poverty. 

Programs offered in the 5 county service area within NADC range from Head Start for children to the Aging Program for the elderly.  Although each of these programs is structured to serve particular needs of the target population, they are also structured to function, not as individual components, but as a cooperative part of a whole.  A steady flow of inter-agency communication and cooperation is essential for NADC to serve the purpose it was created for, to get people with a need together with people who have resources to fill that need, and to get people in our area together to help themselves and their communities.

NADC Aging ProgramThe Aging Programs offers our senior citizens a wide variety of services.  The socialization centers are located in Sidney, Ash Flat, Hardy, Brockwell, Cherokee Village and Mountain View.  They offer a chance to have more than just a meal.  Arts and crafts, games, quilting, musical activities and outside recreation provide an incentive to the participants to come to centers and enjoy themselves.  Other program services include home delivered meals, transportation, chore services, information and referral.

Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.NADC added Head Start to its program curriculum in 1968. The program is structured so as to serve the total child, which means the child’s physical and mental health, educational needs, speech abilities, dental condition and parent’s needs. The children in this program are three to five years old.

SPSF Logo Available to those living in Independence County, the ISPSF program provides financial assistance to single parents. The scholarship can be used to cover emergencies - barriers that often keep single parents from attending school or may cause them to drop out of school. Each participant is provided counseling and referrals in the program as they continue their college education.


The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income households, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. 

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides assistance to low income families to help them pay their utility bills.  Emphasis is placed on helping pay winter fuel bills.


The Workforce Investment Program is committed to a partnership approach to meeting the needs of business, providing career opportunities for workers, and assuring meaningful education and employment experiences for youth in Arkansas and implements an approach to workforce development that recognizes workforce development as an economic development tool.



The NADC YouthBuild program is a comprehensive youth and community development program funded by the Department of Labor; it simultaneously addresses several core issues facing low-income communities: education, housing, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. It engages out-of-school, low-income youth ages 16-24 and provides an alternative education and employment pathway that enables participants to obtain a high school diploma or GED, advance toward post-secondary education or career-oriented employment, and take responsibility for their families and communities.

The YouthBuild model fosters a supportive mini-community of youth and adults with explicitly positive values that encourages students to define and achieve their own highest goals and aspirations. Emphasis is placed on leadership development and community service. 

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“NADC and the Single Parent Scholarship Program helped make it financially possible for me to go to the eye doctor and get new glasses, tires for my car and heat in my house.” 

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