NEKCA's Mission & Vision

NEKCA's Mission:

to empower all generations in the Northeast Kingdom to grow, prosper and thrive 

Our Vision:

 We believe in each individual’s potential for positive growth and change.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Community Action was established nationally in 1965 as part of the Economic Opportunity Act and War on Poverty. Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) is in alignment with the National Community Action Partnership. We share the belief that addressing the fundamental issues of economic and social inequalities includes identifying and creating ways to build the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into our policies and practices. We are committed to serving the underserved, all socio-economic statuses, people with all abilities and gender-identities, all sexual orientations, all languages, and religions.

Additionally, NEKCA considers racism a public health emergency. As an anti-racist organization, NEKCA aims to better the social determinants of health for BIPOC*, while promoting inclusiveness as a fundamental operating principle for building a more just and equitable society.

NEKCA will:

  • Create, grow, and sustain a workplace that encourages the diversity of the community served.
  • ·Ensure that outreach and hiring practices foster inclusiveness and do not act as barriers to employment.
  • Provide individuals with training that will increase retention rates of members of the BIPOC* community, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+** individuals, people of all ages, ancestry, color, crime victim status, gender identity, health insurance coverage status, HIV+ status, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other marginalized group.
  • Provide regular cultural and linguistic competency training, implicit bias training and learning opportunities for staff as well as the board of directors.
  • Support the NEKCA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to serve as an advisory committee on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Promote the use of outside resources to better understand diversity, equity, and inclusion for continuous improvement.

*BIPOC: Black, Indigenous and People of Color **LGBTQIA+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Polysexual and the additional ways people identify. Sometimes abbreviated to LGBTQ+

Our Land Acknowledgement

We are on the land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among indigenous peoples for thousands of years and is the home of the Western Abenaki People. NEKCA honors, recognizes, and respects the Abenaki people as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we gather today. In that spirit, today we will begin by acknowledging that we are guests on this land. We need to respect and help protect the lands within our use. 

NEKCA is located throughout the Northeast Kingdom. This is the western Abenaki’s territory. The Nulhegan Abenaki tribe is nestled among the lakes, rivers, and forests of this land’s northern range and is headquartered in the Northeast Kingdom at Barton, VT. The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk is one of the largest Abenaki Tribes still in existence today.  The traditional homelands of the ancient Abenaki Nation include Vermont, New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts, western Maine, and southern Quebec.  

-This land acknowledgment has been created by Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation. 

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