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Frontier Community Action Agency assistance programs.

The focus of the non-profit Frontier Community Action Agency is on helping individuals gain self-sufficiency. Throughout that process the organization may be able to offer some temporary support, such as free job, educational and employment services, and referrals to emergency financial assistance.

The agency works with the regional Winnemucca Food Bank on the Back-Pack Program. This is really for children from the region. Weekend meals that are healthy and nutritious are provided for children of working poor parents. The meals will be prepacked and sent home with the students for use during the weekend or maybe a holiday.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is fairly similar to above. It is federally funded and offers free nutritious lunches and groceries to children 18 years and younger. This one operates all summer long in counties such as Humboldt, Pershing, and nearby towns. All children and students are welcome to join staff from Frontier Community Action Agency and partner charities for a meal.

Information, emergency assistance, and case management is available at the Family Resource Center. FRC offers clients access to a wide variety of emergency financial assistance and social services. This includes help with completing welfare forms and information on government benefits such as LIHEAP or food stamps. Or learn about options such as weatherization or section 8 housing vouchers. Individuals can also get referrals to other non-profit agencies, advocacy with Social Security needs, information on state of Nevada assistance and other aid. More on financial assistance in Nevada.

Dental Care from Miles For Smiles is a Frontier Community Action Agency (FCAA) sponsored program that brings free quality dental care to children in need. It operates in the region such as Lander and Humboldt County Nevada. It will offer free cleanings, fluoride, and other dental assistance to children of low income or uninsured families. The Miles for Smiles is run by a non-profit that brings a dental van to counties so those children on government Medicaid can receive care.

VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is when a specialist helps a resident understand, complete, and file their taxes for free. IRS trained staff provide timely and accurate income tax preparation for moderate to low income families. Maybe the best part of VITA is that the agency won‘t charge you a dime for the service, so you will receive 100% of your state and federal income tax return. There are centers set up across the region, including in Elko County.





Frontier Community Action Agency Employment Assistance Services is a key offering. The non-profit will offer clients a wide variety of services on employment. Help is offered for actual job search to resume building. In this challenging and competitive economy, the activity of finding gainful employment can become very daunting and sometimes frightening. Case managers from FCAA help clients by guiding you in the right direction and providing feedback.

A number of other assistance programs are offered. FCAA knows that people having skills and an education, and a well-trained workforce, are key to self-sufficiency and a strong economy in Nevada. The non-profit Frontier Community Action Agency directs and empowers individuals. Staff fight unemployment, poverty, work to prevent evictions and more through a variety of programs. Other resources offered may be Financial Literacy Training, Family Stability Council (FSC), Emergency Financial Services, and case management.

The Frontier Community Action Agency offers all of the above and much more. They operate programs in the counties of Pershing, Elko, Lander, and Humboldt Nevada. The main office is at 640 Melarkey Street, Suite B, Room 3, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445. Dial (775) 623-9003 for intake.

By Jon McNamara

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