Who We Are
Lynchburg Community Action Group, Inc. is a community action agency serving the City of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell. Established in 1965, through President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”, Lyn-CAG is an anti-poverty agency that was originally enabled through the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964 and chartered in the City of Lynchburg in 1965.
Along with community partners, it is Lyn-CAG’s Mission to provide programs and services that enable low-income individuals and families realize a better quality of life.
As a community action agency, Lyn-CAG works to reduce poverty in our community by addressing targeted community needs for individuals and families in the areas of Education, Employment and Housing services. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit, Lyn-CAG is governed by a community-based Board of Directors comprised of low-income residents, local elected officials and private and public community stakeholders.
Community Action Agencies empower people to help themselves. Lyn-CAG provides the necessary support, guidance and resources that help people overcome life’s problems, improve their quality of life, and achieve self-sufficiency. In the New Virginia Economy, Lyn-CAG is working hard to combat poverty and improve the economic vitality of the communities we serve.
Lyn-CAG operates the Head Start federally funded program that promotes the school readiness of children, three to five years old, from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.
Lyn-CAG’s Center for Employment Training (CET) provides education, employment, and job readiness training for individuals. Are you an adult who never completed high school, or would like to learn skills that prepare you for an in-demand job?
Lyn-CAG operates the Virginia Cares program which provides offender re-entry services for returning citizens in our community. The goal of Virginia Cares is to prevent recidivism by assisting ex-offenders in safely and responsibly transitioning from incarceration to a productive life. Program services include searching for housing, completing SNAP applications for food, providing referrals to medical services, job readiness and employment training and assistance in obtaining personal identification documents.
Lyn-CAG Housing Counseling Services offers an array of programs designed to help clients make more informed decisions about their housing options. Housing programs and services include Pre-Purchase Counseling, Predatory Lending Practices, Rental Counseling, Financial Literacy Workshops, First-time Homebuyers Club, Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling and Fair Housing Initiatives.
Lyn-CAG Weatherization & Home Repairs works to provide critical and emergency home repairs, energy conservation upgrades for owner-occupied low-income homes in targeted areas with Central Virginia.