About Community Action

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.

Community Action Agencies are federally designated as the frontline resource for people living in poverty, providing direct services and support for education, employment and family support services for low income families.  In addition to the direct services they provide, Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are leaders in promoting community economic development through community partnerships and inter-agency collaborations.

Community Action in New York

For more than 50 years, New York’s Community Action Agencies have been the proven local, grassroots, federally-designated network of anti-poverty agencies in New York State. New York State’s Community Action Agencies are a catalyst for change, testing new initiatives and developing innovative methods to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty.

With a network of 50 organizations located throughout the Empire State that can reach every New Yorker, Community Action Agencies form a statewide service delivery system that connects individuals and families to the services they need to achieve economic security. When it comes to moving folks from poverty to self-sufficiency, Community Action Agencies know what works. Community Action Agencies achieve positive results that change lives and strengthen communities

About the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA)

NYSCAA was created in 1987 to provide New York State Community Action Agencies with information, professional development, and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of agencies to serve as effective, responsive community resources.

Additionally, NYSCAA serves the collective interests of its members through:

  • Statewide legislative advocacy
  • Information exchange
  • Capacity-building
  • Peer support
  • Networking
  • Recognition
  • Information Technology Services

New York State has 50 Community Action Agencies, all of which are NYSCAA members. To learn more about NYSCAA, please visit our website at: www.nyscommunityaction.org.