Bucks Opportunity Council Recognizes Fitzpatrick as Community Service Champion

May 6, 2014

DOYLESTOWN, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined the Bucks County Opportunity Council Monday night where he was recognized as the winner of the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) ‘Community Impact Award’. The award, originally announced in Harrisburg in April, commends Fitzpatrick for his strong support of local community service efforts and introduction of the bipartisan the Community Service Block Grant Act [H.R. 3854].

“While there are many responsibilities associated with holding public office, surely one of the most gratifying is being in a position to lend a hand up to families, children, individuals and seniors in tough times,” said Fitzpatrick. “In my role as a public servant, I’m constantly working with people committed to making a difference in their communities. I’m particularly grateful for the hard work of the Bucks County Opportunity Council – including leaders like Roger Collins and many others who address the needs of the disadvantaged because they are motivated to do good in our neighborhoods.”

The Community Service Block Grant Act reauthorizes the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program which supports more than 1,000 non-profit Community Action Agencies – including local groups like the Bucks County Opportunity Council - tasked with serving economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The CSBG was last reauthorized in 1998.

“With H.R. 3854, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick continues to champion solutions to enrich the community for all residents,” said Roger Collins, executive director of the Bucks County Opportunity Council. “H.R. 3854 proposes fresh thinking for innovative capacity and strong, local solutions to help people permanently escape poverty.  This approach, nationally and in Bucks County, has always enjoyed the best results.” 

"[H.R. 3854] doesn't just reinvest in the best of the War on Poverty and improve accountability in crucial community programs, but it also sparks innovation and strengthens local control, which is invaluable,” said David Bradley, co-founder and CEO of the National Community Action Foundation, about the legislation.

“I’m proud to receive this award from the CAAP and am grateful for their commitment to the well-being of communities across the state,” added Fitzpatrick. “Through continued bipartisan support for reformed and effective programs to give our fellow Americans a hand up in their time of need, we can work to ensure that all Americans have a chance to live the American Dream.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.