Empower economically disadvantaged people to achieve self-sufficiency through advocacy, education, and employment.
Community Services Office is one of 15 Community Action Agencies throughout Arkansas State, and more than 1,000 in the nation. For more than 57 years, CSO has provided local solutions to local problems by engaging community partners in helping people living in poverty strengthen their lives. We remain proud of our work in being a voice for those without a voice, and advocating for self-sufficiency.
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 authorized the formation of local Community Action Agencies as part of the War of Poverty.
The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981 consolidated programs under the Economic Opportunity Act under the New Community Services Block Grant.
The Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022, if approved, will reauthorize the program for a decade, and for the first time since 1998.
We are a team of passionate individuals honored to serve our community as one of the most forward-thinking Community Action Agencies in the entire country. In addition to our hardworking staff, we are supported by a dedicated and results-driven board of directors. Each board member brings a unique perspective to the table. We invite you to get to know us.
Leslie Paschal-Barnes, Executive Director
Ken Newberry, Chief Financial Officer
Helen Oliver, Human Resources Director
Sonia Nash, Quality Assurance Director
George Biggs, CSBG/LIHEAP Coordinator
Gloria Jackson, CSBG Coordinator
Gregory Craig, Field Operations/Emergency Management Director
Mary Jean Daniel, Head Start/Emergency Preparedness Director
April Taylor, EHS-CCP Program Director
Roger Powell, Family Services Director
Yolanda Morgan, ERSEA Director
Demetrice Coleman, Nutrition/Custodial/Maintenance Director
Minnie Lenox, Board President
Debra Dukes, Board Vice-President
Charles Smith, Treasurer
Kathy Muse, Secretary
Paula Williams Braxton