We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation established under the Federal Economic
Opportunity Act of 1964. The Act directs and empowers Community Action Agencies
to address the causes and conditions of poverty at the local level. With a few
shape-shifts and name changes, Heartland has been serving low and moderate-income families in Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville counties since 1965.
Heartland is governed by a eighteen-member "tri-partite"
Board of Directors that geographically reflects our four-county service area.
One-third of the members represent a low income perspective, one-third are elected public officials
(county commissioners), and one-third represent diverse parts of the private sector.
No agency or interest alone could ever accomplish this vital mission of social justice. Community is needed. You are needed.
The Federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 directed and empowered Community Action Agencies (CAA) to address the causes and conditions of poverty at the local level. In 1965, such a local agency was formed in Kandiyohi County, and was named the Little Crow CAA. Around the same time, Meeker County formed a CAA with Wright County, and Renville and McLeod counties were partnered in a CAA with Sibley County.
In 1975, a new Community Action Agency was formed between Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville counties. It was known as Region 6E CAA. The name was changed to Heartland Community Action Agency in 1989.
Since its beginning, Heartland CAA has been driven by the Promise of Community Action: " Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."
Heartland currently employs approximately 100 people dedicated to serving our mission. We believe that we do very worthwhile work in our four counties, and are proud to be leaders in social justice. At the same time, we recognize that we cannot accomplish our mission alone, and we count on each of you to join us. Hundreds of volunteers and donors assist in our efforts. You put the "heart" into Heartland, and the "community" into Community Action.