MACAA Launches its New Logo in 2021

January 2021

MACAA began the new year with a new logo. As an association a part of  the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP), the new logo maintains a connection to the national brand. The colors and inclusion of the “Huggy Heart, adopted by NCAP in 2002, increases visibility and connects MACAA with network agencies and associations.  The New logo also includes a silhouette of the State of Mississippi along with the tagline, “Helping People. Changing Lives.”

MACAA Assists Jackson Flood Victims

January 2021

The Mississippi Association of Community Action Agency provided financial assistance to Jackson residents impacted by the 2020 Pearl River Flood.  The aid was made possible through the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies Southeast Regional “Day of Service” campaign.  The regional fundraiser assisted 30 adults and 37 children according to Executive Director, Nicole Claiborne.   To read more about MACAA assisting Jackson flood victims, visit WLBT at

South Central Community Action Agency awarded $624,496 Grant

October 2020

U.S. Representative Bennie G. Thompson announced the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration has awarded $624,496 in grant funds to the South Central Community Action Agency. The funds were awarded through the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program. For more, visit WJTV at More than $600K awarded to South Central Community Action Agency | WJTV

Ground Breaking Ceremony Held In Leflore County

August 2020

A  groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 27th  in Schlater, MS (Leflore County).  Dr. Pamela Gary, staff, and board members hosted the event on the site where the well will be installed.  The well will provide safe drinking water to six low-income families in the area.  The story broke last November when a journalist with Mississippi Today wrote an article about families living without running water.  Local and State government officials got involved.  Later, Central MS, Inc. was contacted and Dr. Gary sprang into action.  She contacted Tina Ruffin and a grant was written to fund the project.  Funds were awarded and the well is expected to be installed before the end of the year.  Pictured are Senator David Jordan; Anjuan Brown, Leflore County Supervisor; Brandon Presley, Public Service Commissioner; Dr. Gary, CEO-CMI; Tina Ruffin, DHS/Director of DCS; and DHS Executive Director, Robert Anderson.

MACAA Welcomes New State Association Executive Director

July 2020

Nicole Claiborne is the new Executive Director at the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA) in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to joining MACAA, she was the Operations Director for Social Work p.r.n. and Divisional Social Services Director for the Salvation Army/Alabama, Mississippi, & Louisiana Divisional Headquarter.  Mrs. Claiborne has more than 26 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  She serves on the weatherization advisory council and was appointed as the low-income advocate representing the State of MS at LIHEAP Day in Washington, DC.  She earned an AA degree from Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX.  She continued her education at Jackson State University where she earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree  in Social Work.  She was also a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC-Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Mental Health Administration) scholar and a research fellow at the University of California Irvine.