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Original Community Action logo
Original Community Action logo

August 20, 1964—Equal Opportunity Act is passed by Congress and signed into law by President Johnson

On December 21, 1965, Springfield Action Commission is legally organized and established.

Woman answering phone as part of 1970s programs

Programs in the 1970s:
Weatherization Program
Community Outreach and Advocacy
Crisis Intervention
Consumer Action Center

Photo of children involved in 1980 programs

Programs in the 1980s:
Community-Academic Remediation
Temporary Emergency Food

Mom dressing child

Programs in the 1990s:
Household Equipment
SERVE New England
Neighborhood Crime Watch

We measure our success in the personal and financial growth of our customers.

Springfield Partners for Community Action is proud to be the first Community Action Agency (CAA) 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.

CAAs are primarily funded by the federal government through Community Service Block Grants (CSBG). In Massachusetts, CAAs are overseen by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Every three years, all Massachusetts CAAs must complete a needs assessment of their service areas and create a Community Assessment Report and Strategic Plan (CARSP) to address those needs.

Our agency offers a lifeline to nearly 30% of the local population who live below the federal poverty line. Springfield Partners for Community Action serves approximately 7,000 people every year.

We offer employment supports, financial services, and education programs to low-income people in our community to help them achieve economic stability.

We continue building and strengthening partnerships with non-profits, businesses, and individuals to be more efficient and proactive in offering short and long-term solutions to poverty in our community.