SEACAP honors mayor for years of board service

Willie Smith (left) and Karinne Green (right) of the Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership present Mayor Bill Cooper with a token of appreciation for his many years of service on the SEACAP board.

Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper was honored with a special presentation from members of the Southeast Alabama Community Action Partnership during the Enterprise City Council’s regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday evening.

SEACAP was formerly known as the Human Resource Development Corporation (HRDC) and was incorporated as a community action agency in June 1974, according to information presented on the organization’s website. It is a private, non-profit human service agency that serves “limited income residents through its Central Office and decentralized, neighborhood-based, area-wide networks of Policy Advisory Communities (PAC), Neighborhood Service Centers, and many other programs, with neighborhood residents from five counties making up the majority of board members.” The organization’s mission is to “stimulate a better focus of all available local, state, private, and federal resources upon the goal of enabling low-income families, and low-income individuals of all ages, in rural and urban areas, to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivations, and secure the opportunities needed for them to become self-sufficient.”

SEACAP Human Resources Assistant Willie Smith and CEO Karinne Simmons appeared before the council to thank Mayor Cooper for his many years of service to their Board of Directors.

“Mayor Cooper has been a faithful member of our SEACAP board, formerly HRDC, since 1988,” Green said. “He recently had to come off the board because we have to have rotation in board members, but today I was reading a verse, Mayor Cooper, that said ‘If your gift is serving others, serve them well.’ You sure have done that with this many years on our board, and in appreciation for SEACAP staff and our board of directors, we thank you.”

Cooper said he enjoyed his time in service to SEACAP and thanked the organization for the good it does throughout the Wiregrass.

“I was invited to go to a meeting one night, and I didn’t really know what to expect. But I went and it was there I got my start working in human resources, in a sense,” Cooper said. “It has been a great thing, because this organization helped people -- you name it, they do it. It’s a very good organization, and a good thing about it is they are located right here in the City of Progress, but they spread out over four or five counties. I want to thank these ladies and recognize them and the staff, because usually when you get things of this sort, it’s at your funeral, but I’m thankful I’m alive and here. Thank you all so much.”

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