In 1969, the United State Office of Economic Opportunity granted the Rural Development Corporation in Los Angeles a $400,000 grant for the development of a program that would consist of two components: a Tuition Assistance Program for the farm worker students attending college; and a Basic Education program for adult farm workers.
In May of 1971, several meetings were held in targeted communities to elect representatives from each community to sit on the Rural Development Corporation advisory council. By July of 1971, the advisory council met to formulate the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws. Thus, the new agency (Campesinos Unidos, Inc.) was incorporated under the California State laws on the 11th day of August, 1971.
On January 1, 1972, under mutual agreement between Campesinos Unidos, Inc., Rural Development Corporation and the Office of Economic Opportunity, an all funds Interest Agreement was signed; thus, Campesinos Unidos, Inc. was born as an independent agency.
Campesinos Unidos, Inc. (CUI) was incorporated as a private non-profit corporation under section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CUI was incorporated to specifically promote greater social, economic, educational, and employment training opportunities for farm workers and other economically disadvantaged residents of the Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties.
In June 1989, CUI became Imperial County’s designated Community Action Agency by the California Department of Economic Opportunity. A tripartite Board of Directors has governed the agency since then. The board is made up of one-third (1/3) Public Representatives; 1/3 Poor or Disadvantaged Representatives; and 1/3 Representatives of business, labor, religious, education, or other interest groups in the community.
Since its incorporation, CUI has acted as both a prime sponsor and subcontractor of numerous Federal, State and Local entitlement programs (Head Start, Child Development, Self-Help Housing, LIHEAP, and Employment-Training projects) serving its three-county area of operation: Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties.