Mobilizing Resources. Improving Communities. Changing Lives.
Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, Inc. (WAGES) has been Wayne County’s Community Action Agency for 50 years! WAGES is a local non-profit Community Action Agency which plans, develops, and administers human service programs designed to meet the needs of the community.
Small Beginnings. From small beginnings in an old house that served as offices and Head Start classrooms, WAGES has evolved into an agency operating seven Head Start and Early Head Start centers as well as eight other human services programs.
The WAGES Mission: WAGES is dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life and health and gain independence. WAGES will: advocate for the disadvantaged; encourage people to raise their self-esteem through education; provide service and opportunities for service; and mobilize community, public, and private resources.
A private, non-profit Community Action Agency.
WAGES first opened in 1966 in an old house located near the corner of Ash and William Streets in Goldsboro, NC. The agency operated four Head Start classrooms downstairs and had offices upstairs. WAGES was established to help Wayne County combat poverty.
After about a year, WAGES moved to the Virginia Street School in Goldsboro, NC. In addition to expanding Head Start classes, WAGES housed the offices of the Neighborhood Youth Corps which gave work opportunities to high school juniors and seniors. WAGES then developed Neighborhood Service Centers in the towns of Goldsboro, Mount Olive, and Fremont.
Since then, WAGES has evolved into an agency with facilities serving families throughout Wayne County. WAGES is proud to be Wayne County’s Community Action Agency for the past 50 years and plans to continue to make a difference in the community for the next 50 years!