Community Action
of Southeast Iowa
2850 Mt Pleasant St, Suite 108
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: 319-753-0193
Helping people.
      Changing lives.

Welcome to Community Action!


Tom Richert and Marc Lutz
at the annual Paint-A-Thon

Community Action Agencies across the country have been waging a war on poverty since 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law. This states in part: “It is the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in the nation by opening to everyone the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.”

Community Action of Southeast Iowa continues to work toward that goal to help people out of poverty, assist them in obtaining decent and affordable housing, adequate nutrition, employment, affordable and quality childcare, education and training so they may become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life. Our challenge is to design and implement programs to address these needs.

At Community Action of Southeast Iowa, we believe in individuals and their abilities and potential. We also believe that creating stronger, more self-sufficient individuals and families benefits the entire community.

Community Action of Southeast Iowa is one of eighteen Community Action agencies in the state of Iowa. The agency operates programs in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties and the WIC program in Muscatine County.

Community Action provides emergency assistance such as shelter, food and clothing and so much more to area residents and the homeless through the agency’s five Community Action Centers.

Click here for our 2012 annual report.

Click here for the agency Ethics & Confidentiality Policy.

Click here for the agency 2011-2012 Form 990.

Click here for the 2013 Audit Report.

Our Mission:

To help families and individuals in need achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life