With federal funding on the chopping block, a local service organization aimed at helping the needy has been forced to make drastic cuts.
Action, Inc. provides an array of services for citizens in need, including food assistance, employment and budget counseling, home energy assistance and weatherization. The northeast Georgia Action Inc. serves 10 Northeast Georgia counties, including Madison County.
The federal government is planning to cut Action funding by roughly 50 percent. And the Northeast Georgia Action is reducing its workforce by 11 employees, including the reduction of county managers from 10 to four.
Margo Fowler, who took over for long-time Madison County Action director Bobbie Rooker last June, has been laid off. Her last day was March 18. Madison County will now be served by Donna Erwin, who will handle Action services for Madison, Oglethorpe and Elbert counties. Erwin can be reached at 706-424-3298.