CARE Steering Committee (PDF)

CARE Brochure (PDF)

CARE Description

  • The Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment.
  • Through CARE various local organizations, including non-profits, businesses, schools and governments create partnerships that implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people’s exposure to them.
  • CARE educates and supports communities by helping them assess the pollution risks they face. Access is provided to EPA's and other voluntary programs to address local environmental priorities and improve the environment through local action.
  • CARE has provided financial assistance by funding cooperative agreements with communities annually since 2005.


Goals of the CARE Program

  • Reduce exposures to toxic pollutants through collaborative action at the local level.
  • Help communities understand all potential sources of exposure to toxic pollutants.
  • Work with communities to set priorities for risk-reduction activities.
  • Create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve the local environment.


CARE offers two different types of Cooperative Agreements: Level 1 and Level 2. These can be thought of as grants and, respectively, amount to approximately $90,000 and $275,000.

Level 1 Cooperative Agreements help communities:

1. Join together:
To form a broad-based partnership dedicated to reducing toxic pollutants and environmental risks in their local environment. Partners could be non-profit groups, community organizations, businesses, schools, and state, Tribal and local government agencies, EPA , and other Federal Agencies.

2. Identify problems and solutions:
Working together, this stakeholder group assesses toxics problems in their community and considers options for reducing environmental risks.  Many of the emission and exposure reductions will result from the application of EPA partnership programs.  EPA technical assistance is available to support this process.

Level 2 Cooperative Agreements are for communities that already have established broad-based collaborative partnerships and have completed environmental assessments.

Level 2 Cooperative Agreements help communities:

3. Implement solutions and reduce risks:
The partnership identifies the combination of programs that best meet the community's needs.  EPA funding helps to implement these projects.  The community begins improving its environment.

4. Become self-sustaining:
The community develops local solutions and ways to continue their environmental work long-term (e.g. increased partnerships and sustainable practices).  CARE funds pay to implement the local actions and solutions that are identified.   These solutions will reduce risks within their community.   The result:  communities will build self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve human health and local environments into the future.

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CARE Level I Steering Committee

CARE Level I Steering Committee & Staff Members

Front Row: Carolyn Smith, Community Coordinator; Elder Ervin Peterson, Gordon Heights; Rebecca Reid, Co-­‐Project Manager. Back Row: Roger Roberts, Town & Country; Carl Dukes, CARE Steering Committee President; Viola Brooks, Country Club Estates

Steering Club Members

CARE Level I Steering Committee Members

James L. Sackor, Geraldine Hudley, Viola Brooks, and Carl Dukes