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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.

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.


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.

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