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Hours reduced at NKCAC office

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By Jeff Moore

Federal budget cuts that took effect due to the sequester have impacted a local agency that will shorten its office hours by closing on Fridays.

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission in Carroll County, along with other Neighborhood Centers located in Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Grant, Owen and Gallatin counties will now operate Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and close on Fridays, according to an NKCAC news release.

“We hope to minimize the disruption of client services with this change,” Executive Director Florence Tandy said.

In Carroll County, this will mean the commodities distribution that was held on the first Friday of each month will change in May.

Carroll County NKCAC Director Vickie Kemper said the distribution of commodities will now be on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. It will remain open while supplies last.

Another Friday project will not be affected. Kemper said the Dare to Care mobile pantry that comes from 2-4 p.m. on the third Friday of each month will continue at that time. She said she will come in to open the office at 1 p.m. on that Friday and take off her hours at another time in the week.

None of the programs offered through the community action office in Carrollton will be reduced, Kemper said. She explained the cuts to meet the budget sequester funding come through cutting back the workers’ hours.

For 47 years, NKCAC has quietly and efficiently served the community, according to its news release. It has been the “go to” agency when families need help or when communities in Northern Kentucky need a responsive organization to fill a community need.

Kemper said Carroll County is lucky because it is one of only a few community action centers to receive support locally. She said they get support both from Carroll County Fiscal Court and the Carroll County Ministerial Association on programs such as the heating assistance offered for low-income families.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson announced the cuts during the April 9 fiscal court meeting. He told magistrates the office would be reduced to four days a week.

NKCAC has a strong reputation for not only assisting low-income individuals in overcoming temporary adversity, but for providing a wide range of programs to empower the economically disadvantaged, according to the news release. Its mission is to help low-income individuals and families develop the knowledge, opportunities and resources they need to achieve self-reliance. 

Last year, about 25,000 people of all ages sought and benefitted from assistance from NKCAC.

Kemper said that despite the cuts, the need still exists in our local community.

Those interested in learning more about the work of Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission can visit www.nkcac.org. They can also follow the organization online at  https://www.facebook.com/nkcac and https://twitter.com/NKyComAction Those wishing to support the work of NKCAC can call (859) 655-2974, or click the “Donate” link from the website.