MCAA is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Maine citizens by advocating for, enhancing and supporting the work of Maine’s ten community action agencies.
The Community Action Program concept was established by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. When created, Community Action Programs were charged with eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty. MCAA and each of the 10 agencies are 501 (c)(3) nonprofits. The CAAs are deeply embedded in their towns and communities, serving as a catalyst for change. The CAA network includes: Community Concepts, Inc., Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Midcoast Maine Community Action, Penquis, The Opportunity Alliance, Waldo Community Action Partners, Downeast Community Partners, Western Maine Community Action, and York County Community Action Corporation. For 50 years the network of 10 CAAs has been providing a vast array of social services that address poverty in a comprehensive way. In addition, they have established more than 3,000 partnerships with other local organizations and community stakeholders.
Combined, MCAA’s member agencies provide state-wide urban and rural coverage of a variety of services intended to target underserved populations, including low-income youth, young adults, families and seniors. Individually, the CAAs provide services and supports such as public health programming, youth development programming, mental health and substance use recovery services, case management, WIC, Head Start, Early Head Start, LIHEAP, workforce development, and for one agency, operation of a federally-qualified health center, and for another agency, operation as the fiscal agent of a first time Wabanaki Consortium of all five tribes in the State of Maine.
Collectively In 2016, the 10 Community Action Agencies in Maine:
- provided essential services to approximately 155,000 Maine residents
- employed 1600 people with an annual payroll of $62 million
- contributed 1.4 million hours of service by 4,694 volunteers
- utilized 120 community locations to provide services
- were governed by 162 Maine civic leaders, business people and low-income individuals on their Board of Directors