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A day in the life of a community action agency is a busy one. With 20 programs and 250 employees servicing the communities of Rensseleaer county and beyond every day, our greatest asset is our people – our staff, volunteers, and customers. Our staff and volunteers allow us to make an impact daily, and we are honored to be able to help transform the lives of the customers we serve.

Below, you can explore the various ways that CEO has taken steps toward achieving our goals over the last year, touching the lives of individuals and families in Rensselaer county and the Capital Region. You’ll also discover how CEO is working together with local community partners and fellow non-profit organizations to expand our reach and maximize our effectiveness. If a particular topic interests you, use the list below to jump to a specific section. For a complete look at one day across CEO’s varied programs and departments, take a look at the PDF version of our annual report.

Table of Contents:

  1. Our Mission

  2. Our Values

  3. Our Community Impact – Success by the Numbers

  4. Our Partnerships – How CEO Connects with the Community to Make a Larger Impact

  5. Our Customer Stories – Proof that our Services Work

  6. Our Fiscal Responsibility – How We Are Funded

  7. Get Involved

Our Mission

CEO creates partnerships and develops opportunities for social and economic growth and empowerment in individuals, families and communities.

Our Values

Our values are the foundation upon which we fulfill our mission each day. They guide the way we work with our customers, our partners and each other. Our values are at the very core of everything we do.

Respect for the dignity, strength and voice of each person.

Continuous Improvement in our relationships, business operations and service provision.

Strategic Partnerships that benefit customers, focus resources and promote innovation.

Measurable Outcomes that demonstrate our impact in the community.

Informed Advocacy for access to services, improved community conditions and greater understanding of the causes and impact of poverty.

Accountability to our customers, partners and supporters.

Community Impact

Individuals and families were provided emergency food assistance. Individuals obtained health care services for themselves or a family member. Homes rehabilitated or weatherized to improve safety and increase energy efficiency.
Infants and children were provided the adequate nutrition necessary to support healthy development. YouthBuild participants obtained employment following educational and job skills training. Children participated in pre-school activities to develop school readiness skills.
Volunteers donated 92,306 hours to CEO’s many programs and services.

Our Staff

Our services impact real people in our community every day. CEO’s staff provide compassionate support and innovative program approaches that empower people to reach their full potential.


Christina O’Brien- Preschool Education Disabilities Specialist

Christina has worked at CEO for nine years, all nine of those years focused on special services within the Early Childhood Services program. In her position as the Preschool Disability Specialist, Christina is part of the Early Childhood Services Leadership team. She supports teachers, center managers, families, and students in her role. Follow along as we shadow Christina in her work throughout CEO for one day.


Christina commutes from Latham to Troy School 12 where CEO has five Universal Pre Kindergarten classrooms. Christina is part of the Education Team within Early Childhood Services. Along with Lorell Fitzsimmons, Jen Baisley, and the Directors: Tia Nunziato, Pam Maxstadt and Lori Tantakis, Christina meets weekly to talk about all the classrooms, all the children, and the initiatives happening across CEO’s Early Childhood Services program.These Monday meetings help Christina to plan for the week, and today she’s starting out with check-ins at School 12.

Read the rest of Christina’s story on the blog>>>

Our Financials

Over 90% of our funding goes directly toward services. Learn more about how our 20+ programs and services are funded:

Get InvolvedThis Annual Report is just one small illustration of the overarching impacts CEO has had on our community this past year. Over 90% of our funding goes directly toward the programs and services that help Capital Region residents achieve physical, financial, and emotional wellness. If this is something you feel passionate about and you’d like to make a difference in your community, please consider donating to CEO or giving the gift of your time by volunteering with one of our many programs. Together, we can change lives and improve our community.

Funding Breakdown Funding Sources*




*Funding includes grants and revenue-based programs.

Head Start Funding Breakdown Head Start Funding Sources


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