More than 50 years of service!

Community Action was founded in 1965 to prevent and reduce poverty in its local communities. More than fifty years later, we invest more resources to fight poverty in Rock and Walworth counties than any other not-for-profit organization, operating a variety of programs in our two-county area.


We invite you to learn about our impact by reading our stories!

AWARE in Evansville doubles food deliveries during the pandemic

What’s better than a box of Cracker Jacks with a surprise? A box of kid-friendly

A safe space for homeless families

“I never felt alone when I was at Twin Oaks, even during the darkest times.”

Sixty days at Twin Oaks Shelter leads to permanent housing

We are pleased to share a recent success story from Twin Oaks Shelter for the

“A life-changing program”

Carlos, a father of three, was an inmate in the Rock County Jail’s RECAP program

Helping another family through tough times

Linda’s husband John was diagnosed with a terminal illness.  Their children were grown but John

The school community at Twin Oaks Shelter

Starting a new school year can be nerve-racking for any kid, but it’s especially so

“A newly acquired feeling of worthiness”

Laura escaped domestic violence in Texas, traveling north to live with a sibling in Madison.

After two years of walking, a reliable vehicle.

After owning two unreliable vehicles that broke down constantly, Darnell was paying to carpool and

WIOA helps speed up college degrees

Isaac began his participation in Community Action’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program in 2011 in

Weatherization program: small changes for big impact

We recently scheduled an energy audit for an elderly couple living in a mobile home

“Community Action is my first choice when I need help.”

Rakeem successfully completed the Community Action WIA In-School Youth Program in November of 2013. Rakeem

It does nothing but get better.

The young men and women in Community Action’s mentoring program are not your average teens.

“Paying it forward is important.”

ANGI Energy Systems has supported Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless for the past four

I didn’t want to give up

Staff in Beloit Fresh Start believe everyone deserves a second chance at success. For Liliana,

“Addicted to doing positive things”

When you join a gang in third grade, good life choices don’t often naturally follow.

Generations helping at Twin Oaks

The call comes in the middle of the night. Your daughter and your young grandchildren

Driven with a diploma

Jack came to the Community Action mentoring group and wasn’t on the right path. He

The road to success

“My niece had gone through a divorce and was a single mom, working at an

My first choice when I need help

Rakeem successfully completed the Community Action WIA In-School Youth Program in November of 2013. Rakeem

The keys to a better career

Tim lives in Elkhorn, and had a hard time finding a well-paying job. His car

“Now we can do better”

Debbie is a single parent of five children, one with a disability.  She was recently

Many ways to help an Evansville family

Carol is a 28 year old mother of three.  She left Madison for a safer

“My mommy and I need help”

Sarah, a parent in the AWARE program’s former Snackpacker program, lost her job and moved

Skills for a work-life balance

Jenny is a single parent with three children who entered Community Action’s Skills Enhancement program

Father figure

Jason, a father of four, came to the Community Action Fatherhood Initiative program after a

Potential dropout to proud diploma

A young man was in danger of dropping out of high school last year when

A foundation for families

Written by Shelly Birkelo, Janesville Gazette, June 12, 2015: Melissa Ostenson and Elijah Lminggio lost their

Encouragement leads to success

Jasmine is a 21-year-old who was enrolled in the Teen Pregnancy Connection (TPC) program. She

Health care for a young woman

From First Choice Health Center: “A few years ago a father came into the Wisconsin

Road to graduation

From Linda Fair, Academic Supervisor of the Beloit Fresh Start program: “There are plenty of

A volunteer’s perspective of Twin Oaks

Bruce originally started working with Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless about a decade ago

Weatherization brings a homeowner out of the cold

From a recent recipient of Community Action’s Weatherization program services: Thank you so much for

Building a work history and college-bound

At 20 years of age with a lack of employment history, Jernae Hooks’ future job

Homelessness Where We Live

Note: Royce DeBow, past Community Action Board president shared this story to illustrate his passion

Stable Housing and Education Provide a Foundation in Beloit

Savanna enrolled in the PATHS Pilot Program last fall.  PATHS is a Pilot Program for

A Home With a Puppy

Mary and Robert moved to Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless this winter with their

From Part-Time to Provider

Tammy is a woman in her late 30s with three young children under the age

An Unexpected Valentine’s Day at Twin Oaks

One February 14th, residents and staff were faced with an unexpected emergency situation at Twin

Community Sharing Garden

From a Community Action employee: One warm afternoon, I was driving past our community sharing

Beloit Native Leads Community Action

Cecilia Dever started as executive director Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties in January

From Shy Student to Confident Employee

Carlos D. enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act’s (WIA) In-School Youth Program while earning his