Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs



The 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.

In 2018, the Community Action Center of Northfield celebrated 50 years of service! Learn about our history and hear from the CAC’s very first executive director, Mary Wood, about the roots of our organization.

Service Expansion

The 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, the CAC added services for seniors, working with Community Education and Recreation and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Serving Those in Need

We have been able to serve over 2,500 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. The CAC remains committed to programs such as the Food Shelf, the Clothes Closet, support for youth and services to seniors.