NADC’s mission is to empower people helping people improve their quality of life
and strengthen communities in Northcentral Arkansas.
Our mission statement contains our slogan “People Helping People” along with the empowering people (us, NADC) helping people (our clients) improve their quality of life providing poverty reducing type of programs
therefore making for better communities in our market.
NADC is a private non-profit organization, organized to plan and administer projects to aid in the social and economic development of northcentral Arkansas covering the counties of Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone. NADC is incorporated as a Community Action Agency, served by a volunteer tripartite (1/3 low income targeted sector, 1/3 elected officials, and 1/3 public private sector) Board of Directors and has an annual budget of approximately five (5) million dollars.
Community Action started in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” program. Over the last 50 plus years, many different programs aimed at reducing poverty and peoples’ lives were started and some continue today. Each individual community action agency, numbering over 1,000 nationwide, is different in how they address their particular community needs in trying to reduce poverty conditions in individuals and families. Community Action is and remains the only funded Congressional mandated program aimed to reduce poverty in the nation.
The idea of community and individual development was important in the early days of the agency and continues to be so today. The mission of NADC continues to be to provide a broad range of services and activities which have a measurable effect on the causes and symptoms of poverty. We continue to have as our objective the removal of obstacles, and the solutions of problems which block the achievement of self-sufficiency of low income persons.
We know that to for our activities to be successful, we must have a mission and a plan for our destination. As we work toward that end we will continue to pull groups and individuals together to address community problems through the use of our greatest assets - our staff, volunteers, community partners, our Board of Directors, and the community as a whole.