DANVILLE — Gambier resident Sally Parsons was honored Tuesday night for nearly three decades of service to the Kno-Ho-Co Ashland Community Action Commission.
J. Michael Stephens, Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland president, presented Parsons with a proclamation detailing her efforts as “she has been a dedicated and forceful representative and advocate for low-income sector residents of Knox County.”
Parsons was appointed to the Kno-Ho-Co board of directors on Oct. 30, 1985, and has “tirelessly devoted herself to improving the lives of citizens with limited income, to ensure that all might live with dignity and respect, ensuring that Knox County is a better place in which to live.”
Stephens described Parsons as humble, generous and supportive.
The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created the Community Action Agencies to promote self-sufficiency for those on a limited income, Stephens said. This is done by being innovative in creating co-effective programs.
“Ohio and the entire United States must continue to promote economic security by providing support and opportunities for all citizens in need of assistance,” Stephens said.
Kno-Ho-Co Ashland was incorporated in 1966 and has been helping low-income families for nearly half a century. The agency offers heating and cooling assistance funds, home weatherization, family planning, dental care, Head Start and emergency assistance, among other programs.
Parsons is one of 12 public- and private-sector members of the board of directors.