Economic Opportunity Act 1964

In 1964 President Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act. This was the birth of Community Actions and the War on Poverty.

Our Promise

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.

What is Community Action

Community Action Agencies are private non-profit or public organizations that were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in a geographically designated area. Status as a Community Action Agency is the result of am explicit designation by the local or state government. The program was created to provide low-income people opportunities in accessing various resources to achieve their goals, become self-sufficient and support their community by helping other people.

Our Mission

Helping People. Changing Lives.

Our Vision

Empowering Communities through Self-Sufficiency.



Core Values

Helping, People. Changing Lives, is the mission of SPCAA. We excel in our mission everyday with a core set of values that is South Plains Community Action Association. With these core values our success in helping people has been an agency wide contribution.






Our History

History of South Plains Community Action Association

South Plains Community Action Association, Inc. began in November of 1965 as Hockley County Community Action Committee, Inc. The corporation was chartered as non-profit and the main office was established in Levelland, Texas.

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. The concept of community action, (people working together to help people), became widely known in the Levelland area. As the concept grew, additional services were developed and interest continued to grow in the community. From its origin in Hockley county, “community action” human services programs eventually expanded to a service delivery system in a 20 county area.

The South Plains Community Action Association, Inc. was formally established on July 1, 1970 as a non-profit organization. Its mission continued and expanded the concept of providing opportunities and initiatives for individual economic growth and self-sufficiency.

The mission of South Plains Community Action Association has remained consistent for fifty years. The agency has taken a leadership role in stimulating a better focus of available resources and functioning as a catalyst for community interest and support of the needs of disadvantaged individuals. South Plains Community Action Association has developed programs which produce immediate and tangible benefits that provide support and assistance to those in the community who are in need of and eligible for its services.

The agency develops community services and implements the delivery of those services in a manner which is sensitive to the rural philosophy of the Texas South Plains area. South Plains Community Action Association programs are operated through funded contracts for service, and are operated in selected communities based on the availability of those contracts.

Board of Directors

Erasmo Magallanes

Board President

Dr. Robin Satterwhite

Dolores Torres

Judge Pat Henry

Robert Hanneman

Sara Hernandez

George Gonzales

1st Vice President

Mike Rangel

Ronn Garcia

Lance Stanford – PC

Mayor W. H. Johnson

2nd Vice President

Marilyn Jennings

Alma Rodriguez

Judge Jim Barron

Patrisha Manzano

Viola Olivares

Board Secretary

Judge Rusty Forbes

Louise Jones

Judge Duane Daniel

  Judge Marty Lucke

  Rickie Redman