Community Action

Posted - Apr. 6, 2004 at 11:48 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I recently visited with Myla Dutton, the executive director of Provo's Community Action agency. I was touched by the service and love she expresses for others.

Growing up in a family of low-income, Myla experienced poverty firsthand. Her mother, who worked as a riveter, avidly encouraged her children to attend college. Taking this encouragement to heart, Myla put herself through school by managing a Red Cross chapter. Later, with degree in hand, she taught junior high for one year. It was during this time she realized her true passion laid in the work she did while at the Red Cross.

This realization led to Myla's move to Utah and her eventual involvement with Community Action, a local non-profit organization with agencies throughout the United States. Myla has served as director of the Provo agency for 15 years.

Because each Community Action agency has a unique mission, it can coordinate with existing programs to meet the specific needs of its low-income community.

The Provo agency's mission is "To foster self-reliance in individuals, families and communities." Myla tells me that the breadth of this mission allows her agency to address specific community needs and yet change as these needs evolve.

Self-reliance is key to helping others realize their own potential. Myla says this is why Community Action provides clients with specific information and resources; so when a need is met, a new need is not created in its place.

Community Action in Provo assists people in multiple ways including financial counseling, obtaining a job, and providing housing and food for themselves and their families.

But, perhaps the most important aspect of Community Action is that its staff helps every person who is served realize the immense value and potential they have as an individual.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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