Action, Inc. exists to help people deal with practical issues as well as the stress they feel in the face of crises like hunger and homelessness or the inability to provide the basic elements of a safe and productive life for themselves and their families. Our ultimate goal is to ensure no one faces alone the hardships associated with poverty.
We know that with support and advocacy, people who have the commitment to turn their lives around will succeed. We work with families to provide tools and information to guide them on their path to achievement. In addition to the wide range of supportive services we provide, we also refer customers to our network of community partners.
ACTION, Inc., formerly the District XII Human Resources Council (HRC), is a private, non-profit organization that was incorporated in the State of Montana in 1965 as the Butte Anti-poverty Council. The agency was born out of the “Community Action” movement taking place in America that focused on the elimination of poverty. The movement ultimately became part of the American policy agenda under President Lyndon Johnson. In his inaugural address to Congress in 1964, President Johnson said,
“this administration today, here and now, declares an unconditional war on poverty in America.”
President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” was officially launched by Congress when members passed the Economic Opportunity Act that held,
“it is therefore the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation by opening to everyone, the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.”
The act created new education, training and work experience programs including the Job Corps, Neighborhood Youth Corps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
In its early years, the agency served only Butte and focused its attention on children by launching the Head Start program. It also focused on providing a neighborhood center in Butte that served as a social center for seniors and for economically disadvantaged youth who, in the absence of proper supervision and positive social environments, needed a summer or after-school activity center. In 1974, following a national trend toward regionalized Community Action approaches, the agency expanded into its current six-county service area and changed its name to the “District XII Human Resources Council.”
In 2016, the name Action, Inc. was adopted to better reflect the organization’s expanded mission and dedication to ending poverty by developing innovative, community-based, collaborative solutions.