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.

Welcome to the Community Action
Partnership of North Dakota!


The Community Action Partnership of North Dakota serves the collective interests of its members and the low-income population of the state through representation and education.

Community Action Agencies were originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Today, there are seven Community Action Agencies in North Dakota who provide programs and services in all 53 counties. By combing local, state, private, and federal resources the Community Action Agencies enable low- and moderate-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency.

Established in 1976, the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota is a private, non-profit membership organization representing the eight Community Action Agencies in North Dakota.





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News & Announcements

  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp visited our Weatherization Crew while they were on the job in Grand Forks, ND. See the pictures!

  • Brenda Sather Retiring

    After 36 years, Brenda Sather, the Executive Director of the Community Action Program of Region VII is retiring this week! Brenda is an invaluable part of our entire network; she is a tireless advocate for the people of North Dakota. Her love for the work of Community Action is unwavering and will never be forgotten.

    Brenda, we will miss you! Thank you for everything you've done for Community Action and the people of our fine state.

  • The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) helps low-income families with heating costs. You may qualify if: your income and assets meet eligibility guidelines AND you buy fuel from a dealer or utility company OR your rent (non-subsidized) includes heat payment. To apply, call Cindy at Community Options at 701-223-2417.

  • Our Community Action Agency serving Bismarck and its surrounding communities is currently competing for the Live First Community Grant for the Backpack for Kids Program! Please consider voting for them! You can vote one time a day!

    Backpack for Kids was started in December 2006 to address the need for food for children identified as being homeless, low income or at risk (children who may be living in overcrowded housing, staying with family or friends, staying in shelters/hotels or sleeping in vehicles.) These kids are served breakfast and lunch while attending school during the week but may not have adequate food on weekends. We started with 50 backpacks and only a couple of schools. Currently, we serve 33 schools in Bismarck/Mandan; in August of 2015 we delivered 540 backpacks and in December we were at 740 backpacks. The backpacks are delivered to school personnel who distribute them to children they have identified as in need of food. Back packs are filled with "kid friendly" foods which include cereal, fruit cups, pudding cups, applesauce cups, canned dinners, ramen, granola/cereal bars, peanut butter, jelly and bread. Community Action is a private nonprofit and the backpack program relies on community donations to keep providing food for these children on the weekends. Thank you to those who have generously donated in the past and continue to do so.