Palmetto Community Action Partnership (formerly known as Charleston County Human Services Commission) helps the economically disadvantaged residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties to develop customized solutions to situational and generational poverty.
We do this by partnering with faith-based organizations, schools, private business, non-profits, government and communities to provide short-term basic needs assistance, crisis intervention and long-term financial empowerment services. Financial assistance is provided in the form of micro-grants that private citizens apply for that are administered directly to a third-party vendor. Empowerment services are generally provided in-house by Palmetto CAP’s qualified staff.
Palmetto CAP effectively uses federal, state, local and private resources to address the root causes that lead to poverty (both situational and generational) on a local level.
Since 1968, the agency has served Charleston County first as Charleston County Economic Opportunity Council and then as Charleston County Human Services Commission in 1984 until its recent name change to Palmetto Community Action Partnership in 2015 to reflect the agency’s expanded service areas. The main office moved from County Hall on King Street to the former Immaculate Conception School on Coming Street and then to 1069 King Street where it is presently located. Palmetto CAP has been under the leadership of Executive Director Arnold Collins since 1989.
The agency now serves Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Palmetto CAP receives its funding primarily from Community Services Block Grant, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Economic Opportunity Act Program, the Department of Energy and by private sources. Community Action is the only federally-funded program exclusively focused on reducing poverty.
The mission of Palmetto Community Action Partnership is to serve economically disadvantaged residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties by increasing self-sufficiency and developing strategies to promote economic independence through partnerships.