The Community Action Program was established by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as the cornerstone of the effort to “eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty” in the United States “by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity”. As the local Community Action Agency for Dawson, Martin, Glasscock, Midland, Andrews, Upton, Ector, Gaines, Howard, Borden, Nolan and Scurry Counties, West Texas Opportunities, Inc. has endeavored to develop, conduct and administer programs with the maximum feasible participation of residents of the areas and members of the groups served. The first and strategic step in an attack on poverty is to take action to ensure that it is no longer self-perpetuating. Essentially this means investing in children from families presently affected, ensuring that they have exposure to proper nutrition, adequate medical and dental education and services, physical well-being and social adaptation.
West Texas Opportunities, Inc. was created for the purpose of administering the provisions of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and its subsequent amendments. It is dedicated to the proposition that the United States can achieve full economic and social potential as a nation only if every individual, regard¬less of race, creed or sex, has the opportunity to develop to the full extent of his or her capabilities.