Semcac is a Community Action Agency
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
– The Promise of Community Action
Mission, Vision, Values
Mission: Empower and advocate for people to enhance their self-sufficiency by maximizing community resources.
Vision: Thriving individuals, families and communities leading a vibrant southeast Minnesota region.
- Passion to Serve – We are committed to providing outstanding services supported by caring, compassionate staff, earning the trust of all.
- Integrity – We are led by our mission, vision and values, considering them in all our decision making as we continually seek to improve our services.
- Respect – We treat everyone fairly and with dignity by listening and acknowledging different viewpoints.
- Accountability – We are honest, responsible stewards of all resources entrusted to us.
Serving the People
Semcac conducts a survey every 3 years in order to help determine the needs of people that we serve in southeastern Minnesota. View the 2014 Community Needs Assessment and Plan.
The agency conducts an annual update for the Community Needs Assessment. View the 2016 Annual Community Needs Assessment Update.
View or download the 2015 Semcac booklet detailing our services and information.
Interested in volunteering opportunities with Semcac? Wonderful! Learn more about how you can help make a difference on the Volunteer page.
County Impact Reports – Fiscal Year 2016
Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. CAAs help people to help themselves in achieving self-reliance. Today there are approximately 1,000 CAAs, serving the poor in 96 percent of the counties within the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories. CAAs are a primary source of direct support for the more than 34.5 million people who live in poverty in the United States. There are currently 26 community action agencies in the State of Minnesota and most are private, non-profit corporations.
Although programs and services have changed over the years since the agency’s founding in 1966, Semcac remains dedicated to fighting poverty and helping people help themselves and each other.