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 48th Annual  Dinner Celebration

Please join us! Friday, September 21, 2018
Bayfront Convention Center
Cocktail Reception  5:00 pm
Dinner, Speaker and Awards  6:00 pm
Music and Dancing  8:00 pm

For more information about the Annual Dinner please contact Rhonda Kumer, Executive Secretary, at 814-459-4581 x 416 or rkumer@gecac.org.  

GECAC’s Annual Dinner has enjoyed being one of Erie’s premier events for 48 years and we are excited to make 2018 a banner year for this event. Proceeds benefit the Annual Fund. Become a sponsor! Sponsorship levels range from $10,000 to $250. It's not too late to support GECAC and celebrate our impact on the community.


Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) is announcing Danny J. Jones as its new chief executive officer, effective March 6, 2017.  Jones is replacing Ronald A. Steele, who passed away last October.

Jones, 63, recently retired as the director of student services and homeless liaison for Erie’s Public Schools. Jones directed the mental health services, homeless students initiative, incarcerated youth program, alternative education as well as the peer mediation/conflict resolution process.  Prior to his student services leadership, Jones started his career as a drug and alcohol counselor for GECAC where he was one of the first certified prevention specialists in Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to have Mr. Jones join GECAC as our new CEO,” said Mike Butler, chairperson of GECAC’s Board of Directors.  “His track record in building collaborations, implementing strategic initiatives, and advocating for people living in poverty makes him an ideal fit. We are confident that he is the right person to lead GECAC into the future.”

Jones brings a deep understanding of GECAC through his volunteer service as former chairperson, vice chair and treasurer of GECAC’s board of directors. In addition to his service at GECAC, Jones has served on the board of directors at United Way of Erie County and continues to serve on the board of directors of Erie Arts and Culture, the Erie County Policy and Planning Council, Junior Achievement and Saint Mary’s Home of Erie.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the CEO of GECAC,” said Jones. “I believe in their mission of helping people and changing lives. I will do my best to continue the vision of R. B. Wiley and Ronald A. Steele by using my skills and talents to move the organization into the next decade. I am confident that with the competent staff of GECAC we will make this a great experience that will continue to benefit our community.”

The Greater Erie Community Action Committee, better known as GECAC, is Erie County’s Community Action agency. This nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization was created to change people’s lives, improve the community and make it a better place to live.

Whether you are working at minimum wage, a senior living on a fixed income or a wage earner suddenly out of work, Community Action will help you meet your emergency needs and start you on the road to self-sufficiency. One of more than 1,100 Community Action agencies nationwide, GECAC is bound by the Promise of Community Action:

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

GECAC invests in individuals and their families who are striving to develop their skills. They have established programs that provide the resources needed to break the cycle of poverty, be self-sufficient and achieve financial independence.




K-12 Tuition Scholarship Application K-12 Tuition Scholarship Application (575 KB)

Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) is accepting applications for tuition assistance scholarships. Students attending private elementary, middle and high schools in Erie County, for which paying tuition is a requirement for attendance, are eligible.

Scholarships are made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit. This program provides tax credits to eligible businesses that contribute to an approved scholarship organization. GECAC is approved by the State Department of Community and Economic Development as a scholarship organization.

Applications must be received by April 20th. Scholarship priority will be given to applicants who received a scholarship last year, low-income families and date of application submission. Families with household incomes of $76,350 or less are eligible to apply. Only one scholarship will be awarded per family.

For more information, contact Linda DeFelice at 459-4581 x433 or ldefelice@gecac.org.





Thank you to our Sponsors!

Helping People Sponsors
$5,000 - $9,999

First National Bank

Changing Lives Sponsors
$2,500 - $4,999

Edinboro University
The Erie Community Foundation
C. H. Reams and Associates Inc.

Spirit of Hope Sponsors
$1,000 - $2,499

Merrill Lynch/ Ranalli & Pfeffer

Empowering Families
$500 - $999

Home Aides, Inc.
Maleno Real Estate
National Fuel