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The Community Action movement was created in 1964, as result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Since that time, Community Action has become a national network of local agencies that exist to develop local solutions to poverty.

Strengthening Iowa’s Communities

More than 320,000 Iowans are assisted annually by Iowa’s sixteen (16) Community Action Agencies (CAAs) through a wide range of services that are at the forefront of innovative strategies to empower low-income citizens to become self-sufficient and full participants in their communities.

Local Community Action Agencies

Iowa’s CAAs are locally-based private, non-profit organizations that network with a wide-array of local organizations to enhance the opportunities for low-income Iowans (children and families) to meet basic needs and develop their own capacity to do so.

Scope of Services

Iowa’s CAAs possess extremely efficient and effective delivery systems that maximize the federal, state, and local resources in providing services to citizens in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Did you know?

All 99 counties in Iowa are served by Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

Our Mission

Educating, advocating for, and connecting Community Action Agencies to amplify a unified voice in service of Iowans facing economic hardship.

Our Vision

Iowa Community Action is the premier force ensuring those with less achieve more.


Our Purpose

Empowering the Community Action Network to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty.

Our Values






Our History

Community Action was born in 1964 and is thriving still today.


Please support our efforts in eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty.

Job Openings

Our network is always looking for motivate and caring individuals.