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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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Contractors Needed:

Community Action Wayne/Medina is seeking contractors to perform subcontract work under the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and utility weatherization and home repair programs. Types of contractors needed include: Insulation HVAC Electrical Plumbing Roofing Interested contractors must: Show proof of liability insurance Worker’s compensation coverage Must own their own equipment, including testing equipment Be able…

Community Action Wayne/Medina seeks to purchase the following new vehicles:

Two – 4×4 pick-up trucks with extended cab, cruise control, steel wheels, all-terrain tires. One – Mid-size SUV with cruise control, AWD.   All three vehicles must be in our possession by June 30, 2022, no exception. It is not a requirement that all three vehicles be purchased from the same vendor. Interested vendors should…

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…