About Us

MISSION

“To Reduce the Causes and Conditions of Poverty for Individuals and Families in the Land of Plenty”

HISTORY

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alderman Kenneth Coffie

Chairman

Ms. Gloria Bonds

Vice Chairman

Ms. Alma J. Johnson

Secretary

Alderman Kenneth Coffie

Chairman

Ms. Gloria Bonds

Vice Chairman

Ms. Alma J. Johnson

Secretary

Dr. Carrie Ford

Early Childhood Consultant

Ms. Antrease Autman

Financial Consultant

Ms. Alma J. Johnson

Adams County

Mr. Andrew Calvit

Adams County

Mr. Leon Crawford

Adams County

Atty. Alexander C. Martin

Claiborne County

Rev. Hugh Johnson

Claiborne County

Dr. Jo Smith

Claiborne County

Ms. Jeanice Ayers

Copiah County

Alderman Frank Jones

Copiah County

Ms. Nannette D. Thurmond-Smith

Copiah County

Ms. Edna Littleton

Franklin County

Ms. Dr. Selma Wells

Franklin County

Ms. Gloria Bonds

Franklin County

Alderman Kenneth Coffie

Jefferson County

Mr. Shelvin Maurice Hudson

Jefferson County

Ms. Deborah Tenner

Jefferson County

Mr. Billy J. Boutwell

Lawrence County

Rev. Eugene Bryant

Lawrence County

Rev. Wesley Bridges

Lawrence County

McNair Smith Jr.

Lincoln County

Supervisor (Rev.) Jerry Wilson

Lincoln County

Mr. Ralph Bryant

Lincoln County

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