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CHANGE, Inc. is a community action agency that serves northern West Virginia (Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall Counties) and Jefferson County, Ohio as well as surrounding communities providing various programs and services to those in need.

CHANGE, Inc. Mission Statement:

CHANGE, Inc. builds partnerships, consolidates resources, and integrates services to empower families to overcome the causes of poverty and live healthy lives.

CHANGE, Inc. (Christians Helping Arrange New Growth Enterprises) Community Action Agency was formed in 1983 by a handful of clergy members who wished to aid families affected by layoffs from Weirton Steel find new employment. Since that time, we have grown into a full-circle agency, addressing many of the needs of the economically disadvantaged. With over 30 years of operation, the belief of empowering families is still strong within the agency.

The concept of “community action” was originally conceived as part of the War on Poverty Program launched by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Community Action objectives focused on enabling people to achieve self-sufficiency and providing them with the resources to achieve that goal, and the concept of community action, people working together to help people, became widely known throughout the Northern Panhandle. As the concept grew, additional services were developed and interest continued to grow in the community.

The Promise of Community Action: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.  We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

The Board of Directors of CHANGE, Inc. a non-profit Community Action Agency, has announced they are starting the search for the position of CEO to replace Judy Raveaux who will be retiring in July of 2021. Lisa Werner, Board President stated that under Judy Raveaux’s leadership, CHANGE, Inc. has been able to identify ever-changing community needs and adopt diverse programming to meet those challenges. Judy is an expert in her field and her passion and commitment to the communities served by CHANGE, Inc. is evident in her commendable leadership throughout the years. Mrs. Raveaux has been with the agency since early 1983, and assumed the role of CEO in 1990.
CHANGE, Inc. formed in 1982 as a direct result of National Steel Corporation’s announcement that they are closing their Weirton Steel facility. Overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, CHANGE, Inc. is a grassroots agency and develops programs based on the needs of the communities served. CHANGE, Inc. provides a variety of services such as Weatherization, Nutritious Meals, Housing, Housing Rehab/Rental, Financial Counseling, 340B Pharmacy, Federally Qualified Health Care Center, Transportation, Veterans, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Centers, Right from the Start and various outreach and advocacy services. Mrs. Raveaux stated that the agency’s footprint is serving the Northern Panhandle of WV, and surrounding counties of OH and PA. For 2019, the agency provided over 62,000 individuals for 2019. Mrs. Werner stated that CHANGE, Inc. has been nationally and state recognized for the work we do, and is seeking an experienced, driven individual who will continue our forward momentum and exemplify the highest standards of leadership. Anticipated transition date will be July 1, 2021. You can find more information on the CEO position and the agency at www.changeinc.org. Interested candidates can send their resume to P.O. Box 2827, Weirton WV, 26062. Attention HR or candidates may send their resumes to jraveaux@changeinc.org.

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