What Are Community Action Agencies?

Community Action Agencies are public and private non profit organization originally established under Economic Opportunity Act 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty.

The nearly 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the United States serve 98 percent of the nation’s cities and countries, and are a primary source of the support for the more than 38 million Americans living in poverty.

Community Action is one of 33 Community Action Agencies in the State of Michigan dedicated to promoting economic and social opportunities that help people achieve greater independence, dignity, and self-sufficiency.

Community Action serves residents of Barry, Branch, Calhoun, and St. Joseph Counties, and targets its programs and services to the specific needs of those communities.  Last year, Community Action provided assistance to more than 15,400 children, seniors, and low-income individuals in its four-county service area.


Community Action Mission – The mission of Community Action is “Dedicated to helping people achieve and maintain independence.” 


Core Values

We are committed to our clients, staff and communities through: 

Caring – We believe in treating all people with dignity and respect.  We believe all people can achieve success. 

Service – We believe in meeting the individual needs of those we serve.  We believe in providing responsive and supportive services.

Action – We believe in being responsible and trustworthy stewards of our resources.  We believe in immediate action to prevent and resolve problems.  We believe in being an active community partner.


Funded in Part By:

Albion Homer United Way, Area Agency on Aging IIIB, Area Agency on Aging IIIC, Battle Creek Community Foundation, Branch Community Foundation, Branch County United Way, Calhoun County Senior Millage, City of Battle Creek, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Human Services, United Way of Greater Battle Creek, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Energy, Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Agriculture, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and private donations from people like you.



 For more information regarding Community Action’s financial reports please call 1-877-422-2726. 

Contact Information:

 Email – Contact@caascm.org

Toll Free – 1-877-422-2726



2016 Community Needs Assessment
2015 Community Action Management Letter
2018 990
2018 Audit
2017 Annual report
Customer Service Survey 2018
2018 Community Needs Assessment
2017 Head Start Annual report