Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs


Nurturing the Next Generation

Our children are our future. By ensuring that our youth have what is necessary to lead fulfilling lives, we’re enriching our community for generations to come.

At the Community Action Center, we strive to help children grow in self-confidence, health and maturity.

Operation Joy+

Operation Joy is CAC’s gift sharing program that focuses on the goal of providing all children in our community with a joyful holiday experience. To learn more and to donate to Operation Joy, click the button below.

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Operation Backpack+

All Northfield children deserve to start the school year prepared to succeed. Annually, Operation Backpack is held the week before school and provides children with a backpack full of the supplies appropriate for their grade level.

Operation Backpack is coordinated and funded by the Northfield United Methodist Church Women’s Group called The Campaign for Childrens. Operation Backpack is their exclusive mission and the CAC provides client coordination, fiscal agency space and logistics.


The CAC can assist low-income families with participation fees for youth athletics, day camps and other enrichment programs.

With a grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation, the CAC provides summer camp scholarships for youth ages 8–15. Families that qualify for a residential camp scholarship choose from any residential camp belonging to the American Camp Association.

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The CAC's Impact

Last year, the CAC provided 413 activity scholarships and helped 27 children experience summer camp. 804 children received gifts through Operation Joy from 322 households.

Contact us to learn more about our Nurturing the Next Generation program.