We believe no one should live in poverty. Families and communities can take charge of their destinies. And if given the right tools and support, economic stability can be achieved. We see it happen in our community every day. Through an approach that combines proven techniques with the individualized support of dedicated volunteers and the resources of organizations and community, we create an environment that educates, empowers and equips our members to move up and out of poverty successfully. This happens through:


Our Mission: Inspire and equip families and community to resolve poverty and thrive.


Our Method and Model: The solution doesn’t have to be complicated but it has to be personal. We know that in order to make a real change it has to be addressed using a multi-dimensional method. Here’s how it works:


  • Community leaders and/or organizations work with Circles to establish a local chapter.
  • We take a collaborative approach by building on the strengths of existing community-based organizations.
  • Our model focuses on three stages: Crisis management and stabilization, education and job placement and job retention, advancement and economic stability.


  • Our local chapter sponsors groups of participants who are known as Circle Leaders. They are asked to:
    • Enroll in the Circles Leadership Training Class to build financial, emotional and social resources as well as an Economic Stability Plan,
    • Partner with trained middle- to high-income community volunteers, called Allies, who support a Circle Leader’s efforts through networking, listening and guidance,
    • Attend weekly community meetings with peers, Allies and other interested community members for planning, support and networking opportunities, and
    • Attend monthly Big View meetings, which include community discussions around systemic barriers to escaping poverty and the strategies needed to remove them.

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We are always in need of volunteers to help keep our Circles chapter running. Call the ministry at 724-626-1120 for information on opportunities available.

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We work hard to be good stewards of your donations by assessing each situation on a case-by-case basis.  If you would like to donate to this ministry, please choose a method below:




1. Click here for a commitment card

2. Mail completed card and donation to:

CACM * 110 W. Crawford Avenue * Connellsville, PA  15425

At Work

Connellsville Area Community Ministries is United Way Partner Agency #1767. You may choose to donate through your workplace.


“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16