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About Community Action Center
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Community Engagement

Our community is at the heart and soul of everything we do. No matter the challenge, CAC provides opportunities for community members to stand in solidarity with our neighbors. Many CAC programs are led by volunteers who are passionate about needs like feminine hygiene, school supplies and environmental sustainability. There are countless creative ways to engage with the mission!

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Community Advocacy Council

Current and former CAC participants provide leadership and voice in all major CAC decisions, including hiring, program development, and service improvement.

Current and former CAC participants provide leadership and voice in all major CAC decisions, including hiring, program development, and service improvement.

These core principles guide how we approach our work:

Strength Based

We focus on strengths, desires, interests, experience, and knowledge, rather than on deficits, weaknesses, or problems.

Solidarity over Charity

We walk alongside each other. Our experiences, successes, and struggles are intrinsically tied together. We’re in this together.

Trauma Responsive

We build trust and relationships while creating safe spaces where people can heal and thrive.

Equity & Justice

We seek full and equal participation of all people in our community and strive to give power and voice to everyone, especially to those who are marginalized.

Person Centered

Putting our community members first and at the center of all decisions made, programs offered, or services created.

Community Action Center History

Community Action Center of Northfield was founded by community leaders who valued serving those around them and believed in the power of service. Their values have stuck with the CAC for five decades.

Service Expansion

CAC expanded during its first few years. By working with other local programs, it added new services. The Clothes Project and Operation Santa Claus became official CAC programs during the early 1970s. During the mid-1970s, CAC added services for seniors, working with Community Education and Recreation and Trinity Lutheran Church. In 2020 during the global pandemic, CAC expanded to serve individuals and families living throughout in Rice County.

Serving Our Community

We have been able to serve over 4,000 people each year. This is thanks to our volunteers, individual donors and foundation grants. Hundreds of children benefit from scholarships and gifts. Families are helped with gas vouchers, housing assistance and groceries. CAC remains committed to programs such as the Food Shelf, the Clothes Closet, support for youth and services to seniors.

CAC’s vitality depends on the community — from volunteers to donations to program-specific support — so that we can continue to meet our neighbors’ basic needs.

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