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.