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We Are Community Action

We strengthen the community through collaborations and services by promoting self-sufficiency, household stability and family and childhood education. Since being incorporated January 13, 1966, Community Action Wayne/Medina (CAW/M) has worked to help people help themselves. As a private, 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, CAW/M dedicates its resources to serving the low-income population of Wayne and Medina Counties through a strong network of supportive services that promote self-sufficiency based on customers' needs and by investing resources to strengthen the health, welfare and education opportunities for the families served.

Community investment is determined by periodic needs surveys with a current focus on self-sufficiency, early childhood development, transportation and food insecurity. These efforts have cultivated new innovative solutions to the problems facing low-income people in the areas of child and family development, economic assistance and housing preservation.

Head Start and Early Start

Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education programs, children and their families receive medical/dental, nutrition, social and other services. Eight Head Start sites are scattered throughout both service counties to provide convenient access - all centers have a five-star Step Up to Quality rating.

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Winter Crisis Program Runs November 1st – March 31st

The Winter Crisis Program will begin November 1st through March 31st. The Winter Crisis Program helps income eligible Ohioans that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected, establishing new service or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel in their tank maintain their utility service. Appointments can be scheduled through our appointment…

SARTA buses roll in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, October 5, 2021 – Community Action Wayne/Medina (CAW/M) and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) recently launched Wayne County Transit (WCT) – a safe, affordable, and convenient county-wide public transit service. The transit service is open to all Wayne County residents Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until midnight. Quick facts about…

Community Action Wayne/Medina and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) launch safe, affordable, convenient countywide public transit service October 4th, 2021

“WCT meets the demonstrated need for countywide public transportation,” CAWM President/CEO Melissa Pearce said. “Residents who once faced mobility challenges will now be able to travel to work, medical appointments, government offices, stores, senior centers, and hundreds of other destinations in Wayne County. I am confident WCT will significantly improve and enhance the quality of…

Tell us what you think are the major and minor transportation issues in Wayne County!

The Wayne County Locally Coordinated Transportation Plan is being updated, and surveys are out in the community for residents to rate the current transportation needs and identify new transportation needs. Surveys are available: from our website https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CK2DY26 at our office at 905 Pittsburgh Avenue in Wooster at all Wayne County Library branches This information will…

Hertvik Insurance Group Lends a Hand to Community Action Wayne/Medina County with $8,000 Donation

Westfield’s Legacy of Caring donation helps Wayne/Medina County recover from the pandemic Medina, OH, July 16, 2021, — Community Action Wayne/Medina County (CAW/M) was nominated by Hertvik Insurance Group to receive a $8,000 donation to help serve the low-income population of Wayne and Medina Counties as part of Westfield’s Legacy of Caring program. Each year,…