Community Action, Inc. (CAI) was founded in 1965 as part of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty initiatives. The key initiative was the creation of the Community Services Block Grant; the funding that provided the foundation of the establishment of Community Action Agencies. Its focus then, as well as now, is to prevent and reduce poverty in its local communities. To this end, the agency invests more resources to fight poverty in Rock and Walworth counties than any other not-for-profit organization. This investment annually exceeds 10 million dollars.
CAI develops and implements a broad range of services across our two-county area including: child care, pre-school and school age programs, affordable housing and housing counseling services, at-risk youth programs, weatherization, community organizing and development, a homeless shelter, health care, and the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
In addition, Community Action invests in the cultivation of partnerships with other local agencies. As an established community agency we are regularly trusted to take the lead in collaborative grants and develop sub-contracts with local service providers, including faith-based organizations.