Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Mission Statement

The Mission of Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties is to reduce the causes of poverty and its impacts on people's lives.

Contact Information

450 Syndicate Street N
St. Paul, MN 55104

General Information

Alternative Name
Not Applicable
Principal Staff
Clarence Hightower
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
Number of Clients


Board Chair
Lee Mehrkens
Number of Board Members
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

Through Head Start and Early Head Start, Energy Assistance, Energy Conservation, and the programs of our Community Engagement Department, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties served more than 24,000 households and nearly 70,000 low-income individuals throughout our service area. The programs provide stability and the tools to equip low-income individuals to exit poverty.
Current Goals
Strategic Plan 2016-2018 (Community Action utilizes a three-year strategic planning process.) GOAL I - Organizational Excellence: Strengthen organizational capacity to support operations. GOAL II - Service Delivery: Focus resources to address unmet or under-served needs in the community through strategic partnerships (e.g. housing, employment, finance, food, transportation, health, education, and childcare). GOAL III - Economic Resiliency for Participants: Build financial security for individuals and families that foster their resiliency and strength. GOAL IV - Program Service Excellence: Strategically align Community Action programs to maximize agency effectiveness and efficiency in serving people in need. GOAL V - Catalytic Leadership: Develop awareness and capacity among policymakers, educators, and community leaders to serve as advocates and champions for significant poverty related policy issues.
Community or Constituency Served
Community Action serves low-income individuals and families whose lives are directly impacted by poverty and are living in low income circumstances.
Geographic Area Served
Anoka, Ramsey and Washington Counties, Minnesota


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $18,516,568 91.5%
Management $1,670,468 8.3%
Fundraising $49,421 0.2%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $2,421,140 $2,498,030 $2,571,669
Beginning of Year: $2,498,030 $2,571,669 $2,691,915
Difference: ($76,890) ($73,639) ($120,246)

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