Community Action of Minneapolis (CA of Minneapolis) began in 1976 under the governance of the Minneapolis City Council. This organization, known as the Minneapolis Community Action Agency (MCAA), worked as part of the city to create and support programs to eliminate poverty in Minneapolis. These programs were in the areas of weatherization, energy assistance, self-sufficiency, clothing and commodities distribution.
In 1982, the agency reorganized itself under a tripartite board, bringing together representatives from the low-income community, private sector and public arena to make joint decisions concerning the actions and policies of MCAA.
On January 1, 1994, MCAA became CA of Minneapolis, a private non-profit agency. The first day of business as CA of Minneapolis was January 3, 1994.
CA of Minneapolis is recognized as an innovator that uses technology, creative problem solving, and knowledgeable leadership to ensure delivery of quality, caring and culturally sensitive programs and services. Our staff are leaders in promoting ongoing open dialogues including community action agencies, public officials, schools, churches, employers, and people who live in poverty, about poverty and its impact on communities.
Budget cuts in poverty programs continue, but CAAs still provide a "hand up, not a hand out." The philosophy of eliminating "the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty" remains the key concept that motivates CAAs today.