Why We Do What We Do

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes Skagit County – and America – a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Community Action was established in Skagit County in 1979 and grew as the community needs and resources were identified. Currently we support 18 inter-related core programs that stabilize lives and equip people to move out of poverty. We also work in collaboration with the community to create ongoing pathways to prosperity.

We are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of eighteen members representing the public, private and low-income sectors in equal proportion. With our excellent and engaged Board, tenured senior management team, dedicated staff of 90-110, and a variety of programs designed to meet local needs, our agency is well positioned to facilitate positive change in our community.

We believe in the strength and potential of people. We believe in the power of neighbor helping neighbor to help stabilize community members and equip them to exit poverty. Working together we create paths to prosperity and a thriving community for all.

Our vision is that everyone in Skagit County has the opportunity to be safe, healthy, and successful. Offering over 20 core programs to low-income community members, Community Action’s real product is simple: Hope.

Community Action is not merely a nonprofit social service agency. While many of our programs meet basic needs of people struggling to make ends meet, our purpose is to alleviate poverty and help people attain a level of self-sufficiency. As some would say, we are a trampoline, not just a safety net.

Imagine the uncertainty of not knowing how to provide your family their next meal, the limitations of not being able to read a job application, the despondence associated with losing your home, or the fear of having a sick child and no health insurance to enable you to see a doctor…..these are the faces of Community Action of Skagit County. Every year, Community Action provides the tools to over 25,000 people to move beyond crisis and onto the pathways of self-sufficiency.

Community Action focuses roughly two-thirds of its resources on goal oriented interventions, as opposed to one-time help. Essentially, while we do assist those in need with gas or clothes vouchers, or help with paying a power bill, our true mission is to connect with families over an extended period of time - working to offer educational and goal-setting opportunities to help individuals and families achieve major life changes.

Now in our 39th year of service and 18 inter-related core services, we see ourselves as a key contributor to the vitality of Skagit County. Because we provide a large array of diverse services, Community Action takes pride in saying that no other local social service organization provides the magnitude of anti-poverty services that we do! Our agency has eight impact areas:

  1. Family Stability
  2. Housing Support and Homeless Prevention
  3. Financial Stability
  4. Employability
  5. Education and Asset Building
  6. Healthy Community
  7. Food and Nutrition
  8. Community Engagement and Volunteerism


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.

The mission of Community Action is to foster and advocate for self-sufficiency among low-income people in Skagit County.