Central Arkansas Development Council

Building futures through community action

All Services

Community Participation

Through Community Participation, CADC provides strategic planning, community mapping, project development, resource development, leadership training, board development and other services for community and faith based organizations. CADC’s Community Development Specialists work to link programs and resources to organizations working to improve local conditions. The program works to ensure that low-income people own a stake in their communities and that the conditions in which low-income people live are improved.

Family Development Award

Family Development

CADC provides a proven method for restoring a sense of self-reliance and community to people who have lost their faith in their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Family Development supports individuals and families, helping them develop and achieve a plan for success for their lives. Persons may set a range of goals, and with the help and support of Family Development Specialists, they are empowered to achieve their dreams.

Family Development Credentialing

Family Development Credentialing provides social service staff the skills and competencies needed to effectively empower individuals and families to achieve their goals. The 90-hour training program is based on a curriculum from Cornell University and is offered in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Ouachita Technical College. Persons successfully completing the training achieve certification as a Family Development worker and 7 hours of college credit.

Food and Nutrition

CADC participates in the USDA Commodity Food program distributing canned and packaged foods to eligible households. The program enhances the nutritional status of children, seniors, and communities, ensuring a better quality of life in the 12-county service area. In the Summer Food Service Program, low-income children and youth have access to well-balanced diets all the year. In this program, CADC partners with community based youth mentoring programs to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer months.

Free Tax Preparation

CADC partners with the Internal Revenue Service to provide free tax preparation throughout its service area. Tax sites help taxpayers claim their Earned Income tax Credit and can have their tax returns E-Filed. Sites are staffed by trained, certified volunteers and offer hours and locations convenient to taxpayers. CADC also promotes asset based services offered by the agency. The Free Tax Preparation programs help low and moderate income families keep more of their hard-earned money.

Head Start

CADC’s Head Start program provides educational resources, as well as health and dental services, nutrition and social services to children from low-income families. The program ensures three and four year old children are ready to learn when transitioning to kindergarten. Head Start offers parents training and resources to support their child’s educational achievement.

Newest COTO student to open her CADC AFI Savings account at Diamond Lakes FCU in Malvern.

Money Management

CADC’s Individual Development Account and Money Management programs are designed to help you become more financially self-sufficient. The FDIC Money Smart training CDs are available for financial literacy training you can conduct at your own pace. The training covers 11 sections ranging from banking and credit, to saving and investing wisely. Individual Development Accounts are matched savings accounts. For every dollar the participant saves, CADC matches it through grant funds with $3. Persons can receive up to $2,000 per individual or $4,000 per family. Once enrolled in the program, you must save monthly for at least 6 months. The current IDA Program is limited for the goal of Education and applicants must be attending at the College of the Ouachitas.

LIHEAP Program

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides families with short-term fuel assistance. Persons receiving LIHEAP are connected to family development resources, which provide a link to long-term resources to help families become self-reliant. CADC’s Family Development Program offers Assurance 16, which provides a financial incentive to persons completing economic literacy workshops. In addition, the Emergency Food and Shelter program utilizes FEMA funds to assist eligible households with utility bills.

Public Transportation

The South Central Arkansas Transit (SCAT) and Greyhound programs keep individuals and families connected to safe, reliable transportation services. Through SCAT, public transportation is available at a reduced rate to any person, regardless of income. The service supports a person’s efforts to better their lives. SCAT also provides non-emergency medical transportation. CADC serves as a ticket agent for Greyhound, a service designed to connect rural communities with urban areas.

Senior Activity Centers

Senior Activity Centers give persons 60 and older the chance to enjoy meals and social activities with other senior citizens who have a common interest. Activities offered at the SACs include exercise, transportation, recreational event, book clubs, computer training, motivational speakers, nutrition, guided tours, and more. SACS offer opportunities for persons to participate in health fairs, legislative events, and explore new areas of Arkansas.

SHARE Network

The SHARE Network Access Point is available to jobseekers Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at select CADC offices. SHARE Network Access Points serves as sites where jobseekers can look for jobs in their own communities and get assistance by trained individuals who connect them to jobs using the Arkansas JobLink (AJL) system via computers and direct referrals. Using AJL, job seekers can search for available jobs, register with Arkansas’ State Employment Service and post their résumé so they can be referred to jobs for which they may qualify. The program is offered in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Service.

Single Parent Scholarship Fund

The SPSF program provides financial assistance to single parents. The scholarship can be used to cover emergencies – barriers that often keep single parents from attending school or may cause them to drop out of school. Each participant is provided counseling and referrals in the program as they continue their college education.


The Weatherization program is designed to make homes more energy efficient and safe. The program is a proven method of reducing high-energy costs and conserving energy in the home. Households can receive attic and wall insulation, weather-stripping of doors and windows, caulking and sealing cracks and holes, storm window installation, furnace retrofitting, and other measures to reduce the energy consumption in the home. Visit the Arkansas Energy Office for more information about Arkansas' Weatherization services.