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Our Mission

Individual, Family, and Community Development

 

About Quin Rivers, Inc.

Quin Rivers is a Virginia-based, non-profit corporation primarily serving the Counties of Caroline, Charles City, Hanover, King and Queen, King George, King William, New Kent, Spotsylvania, Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg, with projects in five other counties. Founded as a Community Action Agency in 1970, our organization seeks to understand unmet community needs and facilitate the development of programs (both internal and external of Quin Rivers) directed toward the reduction and elimination of poverty, and enable low-income families and individuals of all ages, both rural and urban, to attain the skills, knowledge, motivation and opportunities to become self-sufficient. Quin Rivers and its 21 employees provide assistance with rent and mortgage assistance, domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention, home visiting services to new families, youth development, financial, and small business services.

Our name came from our original five counties being bordered by five rivers, and Quin is Latin for five…hence – Quin Rivers!

 

History

The nationwide Community Action network was created with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964 as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." The ambitious purpose of this statute was to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States. The act established a federal Office of Economic Opportunity and created organizations called Community Action Agencies that would develop strategies to solve local issues of poverty.

Thus, the Community Action movement became a part of national policy "to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity."