Greene Lamp was chartered on September 16, 1965, as a 501(c)3 non-profit Community Action Agency. Greene Lamp was established when two different anti-poverty programs merged; Greene County Community Action Committee and LAMP, Inc. (Lenoir Action Mobilization for Progress) thus the origination of Greene Lamp.
Since 1965, Greene Lamp has provided services to low income residents of Greene and Lenoir counties and expanded services to other eastern North Carolina counties to currently include Beaufort, Craven, Duplin, Pamlico and Pitt counties.
The Agency’s first programs were the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Self-Sufficiency and Head Start, with Workforce and other programs (Neighborhood Youth Corp, Summer Youth Programs, Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), Welfare to Work, Workforce Investment Act and Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)) to follow over the next 45 years. Greene Lamp has operated a variety of other programs during its 50 years to include: Afterschool Programs, the Food Salvage Project, Homeless Assistance Project, Title III-C Congregate Nutrition, Title III-B Transportation, Title III-F Health Promotion Services, CP&L Fan/Heat Relief, RIP4 Housing Project, Low Income Housing Corporation Pre-development Activity, Weatherization Assistance, USDA Surplus Food Distribution, NC Black Caucus Title V Senior Employment Program, Youth Services Summer Grant, NC DHR Family Ties Program, Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Program and the Greene Home and Community Care Block Grant.