Springfield Partners for Community Action's staff members have been successfully guiding residents of our area towards self-sufficiency, economic stability, and a better quality of life for over fifty years, and we look forward to working with you towards shaping a brighter future for the residents of the greater Springfield area.
Although we do offer some emergency assistance, our agency’s motto “Helping People; Changing Lives” reflects the fact that most of our programs operate on the “teach a man to fish” approach.
We believe that homeownership, education, and/or owning a small business should be within everyone’s reach. To this end, many of our programs focus on bringing this American Dream to underserved, economically-disadvantaged communities. The programs we provide focus on: Asset Development; Housing & Energy Conservation; Youth & Family Services; and Veterans Services.
Springfield Partners for Community Action is proud to be the first Community Action Agency in Western Massachusetts, established in 1964 shortly after the Economic Opportunity Act opened the way for a network of poverty-fighting agencies across the nation. It’s fitting that, regionally, Community Action first came to Springfield, MA as it is known as the “City of Firsts.”
The federal government allots primary funding for each Community Action Agency through Community Service Block Grants (CSBG). Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are overseen by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the agency designated to do so by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Every three years, all Massachusetts CAAs complete a needs assessment of the service area and create a strategic Community Action Plan to address those needs.
Our agency offers a lifeline to the nearly 30% of the local population who live below the federal poverty line. Springfield Partners serves approximately 7,000 people every year.