Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Community Action agency dedicated to eliminating the causes of poverty through a comprehensive service delivery approach. The agency currently operates in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Polk, Sumter and Volusia counties, and employs over 325 staff members with an annual operating budget of approximately $30 million. Ongoing funding and resources are primarily obtained from “pass through” grants originating at the federal and state levels. The agency also heavily relies on local donors, partners, in-kind contributions, fundraising activities, and volunteer support as a key strategy to long term sustainability.
In 1968, the Hernando County Community Action Agency was established in Brooksville, FL as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in support of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and vision for a “Great Society”. At that time, only three staff were employed with the agency and the primary focus was to evaluate and implement solutions to fight poverty through a myriad of strategies to include community educational and outreach efforts. Several Executive Directors led the charge over the course of ten years until the current Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Georgini, was appointed in 1978. There were two other very important events that also occurred during the same year. Hernando Community Action Agency changed its name to Hernando/Sumter Community Action Agency due to the expansion of services into Sumter County. In addition, the Head Start program was established, which still remains the largest program to date. Over the course of the years, under Mr. Georgini’s leadership, Hernando/Sumter Community Action Agency continued to aggressively expand into new counties, increased resources, and acquired and/or developed new programs to assist low-income people in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. This eventually led to another name change, Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. (MFCS). Today, MFCS covers a vast service area spanning from the west coast to the east coast of Florida, totaling over 7,500 square miles. With over 325 staff and a budget of approximately $30 million, MFCS is considered one of the largest Community Action nonprofits in the state of Florida, if not the Nation. While there have been many changes over the course of 50 years, the original purpose and spirit of Community Action remains the same today. The interests of the low-income must be addressed through a multidimensional service delivery approach with a focus on increasing self-sufficiency.
To strengthen partnerships, mobilize resources, and provide integrated services that promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families in the communities in which they live.
Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. envisions our community working together to reduce poverty. Individuals and families are empowered, strengthened, have sufficient money for food and housing; they can meet their own needs by utilizing their talents, potential and passions. All sectors within the communities we serve are engaged, including low-income populations, and play an active role in reducing poverty and helping low-income individuals and families become fully self-sufficient. Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. is a leader, advocate, and voice for low-income individuals and families.
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