CEO is Celebrating 55 Years!

Sep 30, 2020 | Announcements

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It’s a big anniversary for CEO! 2020 marks 55 years of serving as Rensselaer County’s Community Action Agency.  During the 1960s, the Economic Opportunity Act was passed, and CEO was officially incorporated in 1965. Over the decades our programs have expanded and changed, but our mission to help residents of Rensselaer County lift themselves out of poverty has stayed the course. As we close out our 55th year of service, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights throughout the decades:


CEO was incorporated and designated Rensselaer County’s Community Action Agency.


  • The Rensselaer County Community Action Program Rural Bus Line (ReCAP) began services.
  • Federal funding enabled CEO to develop a local Foster Grandparent Program, and CEO’s Women, Infants, and children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program was funded.


  • An increase in requests for food assistance from residents prompted the opening of the CEO Emergency Food Pantry.
  • In an effort to establish roots in Troy, CEO purchased and renovated St. Peter’s Convent at 2331 Fifth Avenue in Troy.


  • Head Start began collaborating with the Troy School District Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program to provide full-day education.
  • CEO was awarded a YouthBuild grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • CEO received an Early Head Start grant to serve infants and toddlers throughout Rensselaer County.


  • CEO was awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, expanding a number of programs.
  • CEO became the administrator of the One Troy project aimed at reducing poverty in Troy through cross-organization partnerships and collaborations


Through the end of the year, we’re asking our community to help us in a few special initiatives to honor this significant 55-year milestone!

You can make an online monetary donation to help support our Thanksgiving food packages, or the upgrading of our Rensselaer Family Resource Center playground featuring STEM-focused equipment.

Or you can shop on our Amazon Wish List and have items shipped directly to our Community Resource Center to help stock our Pantry or prepare for the Thanksgiving season!

Thank you for your continued support!



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