Community Service Agencies
A community service agency (CSA) is a non profit organization that provides aid to a variety of different people, such as the elderly, the homeless, and those with disabilities or mental health problems. They are often comprised of volunteers and seek the help of other volunteers and donors to provide these needed services to the public.
A community service agency hires social workers for higher-level work. There are many different tasks that social workers might be charged with providing, such as connecting clients with agencies and programs that will meet their needs, managing human services, analyzing social welfare policy, community organizing, advocacy, and teaching, among others.
As a non profit organization, the community service agency relies on outside funding for operation. Because it is a charity, the CSA is usually exempt from federal income tax and property tax. The key distinction between it and a for-profit company is that the non profit exists solely for a charitable purpose, while all for-profit companies have an imperative to make a profit. If a CSA makes any kind of "profit," more accurately known as a "surplus," then future funding could be jeopardized because they demonstrated that they didn't need as much as they received. Therefore, it's in the best interest of most non profits to avoid anything but a very modest surplus.
The community service agency also attempts to utilize as much free labor as possible through groups of volunteers. Volunteers can help keep the facility clean and safe, serve as youth or child counselors, provide assisted living services to seniors, etc. Sometimes, a low-income family just needs a little extra help, and they can go to a community service center until they get back on their feet. Every community can benefit from the services a CSA provides.