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The award honors the advocacy work committed to Iowa's low-income and most vulnerable populations. It also recognizes the recipient's continued support of the ICCA mission of serving as a forceful advocate at the state and federal levels in support of public policies, funding, and program administration addressing the needs of the low income and disadvantaged citizens of the state.
"I'm honored to be this year's Friend of Community Action Award recipient. This organization does amazing things for our state's most vulnerable population," said Anderson. "I plan to continue my work with Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. and Community Action Agency of Siouxland as well as serve as a voice for those that aren't able to speak up."
Lana Ross, the organization's Executive Director, is pleased with the ICAA Board's selection of Anderson as this year's recipient, "The Friend of Community Action award is not only for what Senator Anderson has done as a Senator, it is also for all that he did before he became a Senator. His visits to our agencies, his belief in community action and what we do, but most importantly, his commitment to the people we serve. He understands that poverty is a complex issue and it is going to take all of us working together to create a reality that will enable low income children and families to reach their fullest potential."
More than 330,000 Iowans are assisted annually by Iowa's CAAs through a wide variety of services that work to empower low-income citizens to become self-sufficient and full participants in their communities.