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Apply for Energy Assistance/LIHEAP

You can start an application online here. Or call your local center for a phone appointment. See our webpage on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for details on what you need to submit, income guidelines, and more information.

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Apply for Head Start

Online Application for Head Start and Early Head Start Or contact any of the Head Start Locations Parent Update Letters can be found on our main Head Start webpage. Description of Programs Classroom Locations and Facebook links For More Information and Reports

Causes and Conditions of Poverty

At Community Action we often talk about “causes” and “conditions” of poverty. But what does that mean? How do we make the distinction and what difference does it make? Causes of poverty are generally things that put people in poverty or are reasons they still struggle in poverty. Causes of poverty may be barriers to success or where there are identified gaps. The…

Board Election for a Lee County Representative of the Low-Income

View candidates and vote online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021BoardLeeRep Our Board of Directors has an opening for a low-income representative from Lee County. If interested in serving on the board as a representative of the low-income, please complete the Interest Form for Representatives of the Low-Income online, print a paper copy, or pick up a paper copy from our Fort Madison Eichacker…

Facebook FALL GIVEAWAY

Whip up a batch of soup or hot chocolate to share with friends! To enter, comment on the original giveaway post AND like our Facebook page by Monday November 8, 2021. One winner will be announced on Facebook and will pick up their prize at any of our Southeast Iowa locations. http://caofseia.org/about-us/locations/ If you have already liked our business page,…

Rada Fundraiser

We’re selling Rada Cutlery to raise money for our agency public relations committee. Support us by shopping at this link before Nov 4, 2021. When ordered before November 4th products should arrive before Christmas if you want to order presents. You may also order at our Central Office through the catalog. Payment is due when ordering. Products include: kitchen utensils, knives,…

Mental Health

Mental Health is important for all people, which includes those who are low-income. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that 1 of 5 Americans suffer with a mental health condition. Poverty can cause additional mental health struggles. Appointments may be difficult to get to with no or limited transportation. Virtual appointments may be hard because of data limits…

Proposed FFY 2022-2023 Iowa Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Plan and Application

More information can be found at: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/csbg/csbg-resources See here for the public inspection and hearing notice. See here for the proposed state plan. The inspection and comment period are from July 26, 2021, through August 10, 2021. All comments must be e-mailed to the following DCAA address prior to August 11, 2021, to be considered: E-mail Address: dcaa@iowa.gov Subject: Comments…

Zoom Class, Poverty in Southeast Iowa #2

Intended audience: Those newer in the helping profession and those wanting to learn about and discuss poverty in southeast Iowa. Date and Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 1-3pm Registration: Zoom Class Registration Link For questions contact the presenter Rachel Albrecht: Community.Action@caofseia.org 319-753-0193 Agenda Introductions Southeast Iowa poverty data What is self-sufficiency? Myths and worldviews Why poverty? Resources Wrap up…

Burlington Paint-a-Thon

We are partnering with Two Rivers Bank & Trust, Diamond Vogel and others in the Paint-a-Thon which aims to beautify 12 houses in Burlington the week of Labor Day this fall. Homeowners may apply through July 14th. They must be low income AND one of the following: disabled OR over 55 OR a single parent OR a veteran. Homeowner applications…

Summer Giveaway on Facebook

Perfect for a picnic or making some iced tea for friends. To enter, comment on the original giveaway post AND like our Facebook page by June 21, 2021. One winner will be announced on Facebook and will pick up their prize at any of our Southeast Iowa locations. http://caofseia.org/about-us/locations/ If you have already liked our business page, simply comment on…

May is Community Action Month!

Join us in celebrating, learning, and growing. Visit our event webpage about the month Join our e-newsletter Coordinate your wardrobe with us on Tuesdays (see the calendar) Learn about our agency by following some of these links Hear success stories on how we are accomplishing our mission in our weekly emails Relax and do some coloring of the Huggy Heart…