What are Community Action Agencies?
Community Action Agencies were created to provide programs “… which provide services, assistance and other activities of sufficient scope … to give the promise of progress toward the elimination of poverty.”
For over 40 years, the Community Action Network has been a catalyst for change and a vital part of the effort to eliminate poverty in Wisconsin. CAA’s are independent, non-profit organizations that are community-based and locally controlled by boards composed of one-third people experiencing poverty, one-third local elected officials, and one-third community and business leaders.
Every year, CAAs analyze their communities needs to identify strategies that will work best in attacking poverty; with a full scale community needs assessment’ every three years to identify major poverty problems and needs of local residents and their communities. Each member of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association is unique because their programs reflect the needs of their local communities which are prioritized by their board. Because the problems of poverty are complex, so, too must be the solutions.
Select a county name from the map on the left to view the Community Action Agency (CAA) that serves that area.
OR you can click on “Directory” above to view a list of the existing Community Action Agencies (CAA) in the state of Wisconsin.