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Mission/History

Our Mission

The Montana Community Action Network (MCAN) works to strengthen the network of Community Action Agencies of Montana through advocacy, collaboration, and resource development.

OUR HISTORY

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Today there are approximately 1000 Community Action Agencies, serving the poor in every state as well as Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories.
CAAs receive their funding from a variety of sources, including the federal government’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). CAAs work to address needs in their communities and provide a range of services in areas such as food and nutrition, job training, education, housing, and more. There are ten CAAs in Montana that provide direct services to low-income families and individuals.