Public COVID-19 Survey Summary

Thank you to everyone who took or passed along the survey. Healthy coping skills and mental health were at the top of the list for household concerns for everyone. Those of low income chose these more frequently as great needs than those above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The survey made very evident that low-income households have greater…

May is Community Action Month

We are excited to announce that May 2020 is Community Action Month, a celebration of the accomplishments of Community Action Agencies across the country who are a robust state and local force—reaching children and families in 99 percent of America’s counties with life-changing services that create pathways to prosperity. As a Community Action Agency we are committed to the Promise…

Everything we can to help

April 8, 2020 Community Action has been here supporting low-income families in southeast Iowa for 54 years. When there is a crisis and nowhere to turn, we will do everything we can to help. During this pandemic, it is no different. We have an amazing staff who serve families and help others in these unprecedented times. We are dedicated to…

CSBG Disaster Supplemental Public Review and Comment Period

Iowans have an opportunity to review and comment on Iowa’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Disaster Supplemental Community Needs Assessment and CSBG Disaster Supplemental Allocation Formula.  Read the full letter here. See the CSBG Disaster Supplemental Community Needs Assessment and Allocation Formula here.

Head Start Closure; 3.17.2020 Update

Head Start will be closing its classrooms as of Monday, March 23, 2020 through, at least, Monday, April 13, 2020. Family Development Specialists and teachers will be in contact with parents, periodically, over the course of this shutdown to continue to engage and deliver services to the extent possible, remotely. Please see this parent letter for more information.

Centers are Open, HOWEVER please call

Our local centers are doing everything they can to assist those in need in this difficult time. To respect the governor’s wishes we need to minimize social contact. Many things can be done over the phone or with single person appointments. Please see this letter for updates and instructions. To avoid groups in our lobbies we are asking people to…

Head Start Update 3/16/2020 4pm and COVID-19

Please read the latest update: Please read this letter regarding updates and precautions within the Head Start program. Here are symptoms to look for from the CDC.


We are taking precautions, monitoring the situation with Covoid-19, and discussing policies and services on how we can best maintain assistance to those who continue to be vulnerable in our communities. Those needing emergency assistance please call your local center for phone assistance or one-on-one appointments. Day of the Child which was scheduled for March 22nd is cancelled. Energy assistance…

Board Highlight

Chrisdena joined Policy Council and the Community Action board in 2019. Learn a little more about her and her experience so far. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see more board member highlights.