“To Reduce the Causes and Conditions of Poverty for Individuals and Families in the Land of Plenty”
AJFC Community Action, Inc. (AJFC) was chartered by the State of Mississippi as a private non-profit corporation, Adams Jefferson Improvement Corporation (AJIC), to meet the requirements of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in August 1966. It acquired 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit corporation in 1967.
Initially, AJIC served just Adams and Jefferson counties. In 1976 it began providing HEAD START services in Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties(Pike county was later dropped). In January 1978, the name changed to AJFC Community Action Agency,Inc. with services expanding to Claiborne and Franklin counties. In January of 1982 services were extended to Lawrence and Lincoln counties and to Copiah county in 1983.
Since it’s beginning, AJIC/AJFC Community Action Agency, Inc. has operated over 50 programs and administered over $100,000,000.00 serving thousands of clients in Southwest Mississippi. Many of these clients have become economically self-sufficient, thus making Southwest Mississippi a greater community.
AJFC is governed by a twenty-one (21) member Board of Directors who represent the public, private and poor sectors of Adams, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, and Lincoln counties. Each county being represented by three (3) members.