Ansonia Community Action
ANSONIA CT 06401-0000
Contact Information
Address 4 4TH STREET
ANSONIA , CT 06401-0000
Telephone (203) 735-8592 x
Fax 203-735-8965
Web and Social Media
Ansonia Community Action (ACA) develops the physical and human resources of the City of Ansonia by assuming the role of Social Advocate and by promoting comprehensive human services through direct delivery and community referral.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1970
Former Names
North End Community Action
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Acting Esther Jones
Board Chair Ms Jackie Blount
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission Ansonia Community Action (ACA) develops the physical and human resources of the City of Ansonia by assuming the role of Social Advocate and by promoting comprehensive human services through direct delivery and community referral.
Background Historically, ACA has been quite effective in its advocacy and youth programming. Its past advocacy was critical to the development of Liberty Park, a HUD subsidized housing complex in which the city-owned ACA center is now located. Its unique value is a culturally sensitive resource in a very poor neighborhood where children and youth feel comfortable and able to explore and learn, and where adults seek guidance on human services.
   ACA is the sole minority "owned" (i.e. historically governed and managed by the African-American community) nonprofit in the Valley region. Board and staff clearly understand the challenges of their neighbors to access jobs and benefits, and the difficulties of the single parent and poor families to provide an educationally rich and safe environment for their children while they work.
Impact The agency has garnered the resources and cooperation from local sources to maintain a licensed After-School enrichment program for children as well as summer programming. It brought in students from the Tinney Center in November when that program was closed by the Ansonia Housing Authority. Staff also provide residents with information on community resources and public benefits. The agency added a computer lab in 2010. Recently, a board expansion increased representation from the City, Board of Education, TEAM Inc. and a neighborhood ministry. 

The agency's current focus is on six priorities: improving governance, improving financial health, improving program management/development, creating a communication plan, implementing fundraising, and expanding board membership. Progress has been made despite the absence of (resources for) a professional manager.
Needs ACA addresses the need for a strategically located, culturally oriented, minority-focused advocate and service provider in the neediest neighborhood in the Valley region, one that offers support, information and programming that can be accessed without private or public transportation costs and prioritizes poor adults, children and youth. The agency lacks the resources for a professional director in order to improve its capacity for resource development, financial management, external communications and partnership development.
CEO Statement Currently, not applicable.
Board Chair Statement

For well over thirty years Ansonia Community Action has been providing community services and developmental initiatives to the community.

My vision is to see this agency continue to support the community by providing programs that will not only benefit our children with the Before and After School program, but with programs and activities that will benefit the youth and adults in the community.

I would like to see such things as: Technology access and instruction through our new computer lab, education initiatives that develop workforce skills, health care awareness and services, along with culture and diversity programs to name a few.

This nonprofit agency is looking to continue supporting the community and working with other agencies to develop new initiatives and build the scope to better serve our Ansonia community as a whole.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Areas Served
ACA focuses its work on residents residing in the Ansonia downtown (including Main and South Main Streets), north end, Olsen Drive and Howard Avenue neighborhoods. Of the 2,946 City residents with incomes below 125% of the federal poverty index, approximately 80% of these live in this triangular area less than three-quarters of a mile in circumference. Most of these are minority.  
1.  Before & After School Program: Provides tutoring and enrichment to children K-6 during the school year.  $30,000
2.  Summer Enrichment Program:  Provides subsidized activities and enrichment program to children during July-August.  $15,000
3. Information & Referral: Provides area residents with information on community resources and public benefit programs.   $5,000
4. Lending library - Drop-in Center:  Provides books, literature and phone, fax and computer resources to area residents researching employment and benefits.  $2,000
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / Minorities / Blacks, African Heritage
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. At the end of the year, 50 adults will have improved their financial position through referrals, information and workshops offered at the center. By the end of the school term, enrolled children will maintain passing grades and improved their scholastic averages by 20%.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Poor families in the neediest Ansonia neighborhoods are able to utilize the center to maximize job training and social benefits so that they and their children can meet their basic needs and reach their full potential. Furthermore, their children will improve their scholastic experience and performance due to the enrichment programs offered by the center.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Staff depend on client surveys and feedback to asses adult success.School success is evaluated through report cards shared by parents.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In 2012, After-School program staff referred a five year old child to the Ansonia Board of Education and Birth to 3 as a result of observations indicating a need for assessment. The referral resulted in specialized services from the Board of Education to assist the child with his learning disabilities.
Program Comments
CEO Comments ACA is faced with the challenge of offering its culturally sensitive programs without the sufficient resources for an executive director. It accomplished its work currently with active board members and a part-time program coordinator and staff who specialize in child development.
CEO/Executive Director
Acting Esther Jones
Term Start Apr 1998
Experience As Office-Program coordinator, Ms. Jones performs some duties of a director under the guidance of the board president, Ms. Blount.
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 75%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Mr Peter Grey Jan 2007 - July 2010
Mr Robert Linder Apr 1995 - May 2006
Senior Staff
Title B-A/S Program Advisor
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
ACA currently collaborates with the Board of Education for grant writing assistance and with TEAM Inc. for governance guidance and financial services.
Board Chair
Ms Jackie Blount
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2013
Board of Directors
Ms Surehta Keels Belton Ansonia Board of Education
Ms Jessie Brown community volunteer
Ms Michelle Gandy Retailer
Ms Mary Gibson retired educator
Mr Robert Hubinger Private councultant
Ms Tara Kolakowski City of Ansonia
Rev Samuel Levey Ecumenical
Mr Robert Lisi Youth Services Bureau
Ms Serina Dot Mills retired
Ms Vivienne Moore Youth Service Bureau
Mr David Morgan TEAM Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments
In January 2013, the Board of Directors approved a membership expansion and and added five new members. These reflect new affiliations with the Mayor's Office/City Hall, the Board of Education, TEAM Inc. and St. Anthony's Parish.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2013
Projected Revenue $56,000.00
Projected Expenses $56,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Audit Documents
Audit report2009
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201020092008
Total Assets($11,444)$2,468--
Current Assets($13,023)$889--
Long-Term Liabilities$3,160$6,157--
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets($14,604)($3,689)--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201020092008
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments A private accountant has been maintaining ACA records. The information has been forwarded to the CPA firm Michaud & Acavoulo which is completing the 2011, 2012 Form 990s and financial reports for those periods. These should be available circa. May 2013.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 4 4TH STREET
ANSONIA , CT 064010000
Primary Phone 203 735-8592
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Acting Esther Jones
Board Chair Ms Jackie Blount
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired


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