Text Box: Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc.

400 W Pleasant St
PO Box 307
Greenup IL 62428
PH: 217-923-3113
Fax: 217-923-5155
Cathy Feltner, Executive Director
      Helping Low Income  Individuals 
Achieve Self-Sufficiency

Serving the People of:
Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar,
Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland counties.
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2014 marks the 50th anniversary of community action helping people and changing lives.  On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his first state of the union address.   He brought the nation together in an effort to eradicate the causes and effects of poverty when he stated, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.  I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort.”

Community Action Agencies were created when President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law later that year.  Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (ERBA) is one of 37 community action agencies in the state of Illinois.  ERBA   addresses the root causes of poverty and equips low-income citizens with tools and opportunities to become self-sufficient.  This is an ongoing war and now, 50 years later, we continue to be committed to this effort. 


ERBA Mission Statement:

The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. is dedicated to serving the needs of at-risk, low-income individuals and families. The common goal of all programs within the agency is to foster community involvement, professional partnerships, and trust between all entities. The agency and staff members are committed to providing life skills that will assist individuals and families to attain a higher level of self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.


Chartered in 1965, the Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. is an Illinois Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation dedicated to providing services to address the needs of the low-income communities in the nine county area served by the Agency. ERBA is a Community Action Agency organized to administer grants and other programming for the target population of low-income citizens of all ages. ERBA provides services and administers grants for the following counties: Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland.

ERBA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of Public Officials, Low Income Representatives, and Representatives of the Private Sector. The Board strives in its endeavors to promote the interest of the communities in which ERBA is operating, with an emphasis on empowering low-income individuals to achieve self-sufficiency.


The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (ERBA) and all programs administered therein, as a not-for-profit corporation funded by the state and federal monies, shall be totally committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and full equity of opportunity, regardless of race,                                            religion, color, disability, marital status, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation or belief. ERBA will comply with the provisions of:

                                                 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended;

                                                 The Age Discrimination Act of 1975;

                                             Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended;

                                             Illinois Human Rights Act, as amended;

                                             Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987;

                                             The US DOL regulations at 29 CFR Parts 31 and 32; and

                                                  Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  

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