The Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA) is a network of 18 Community Action Agencies and Human Resource Agencies dedicated to the mission of enabling low-income Mississippians to rebuild their lives, nurture their families, revitalize their communities and become self-sufficient.

MACAA provides training and other technical assistance to its member agencies in order to develop leadership, increase capacity, enhance sustainability and develop more effective program delivery strategies within agencies to reduce the causes and conditions of poverty. As a network of community agencies, we strive to invigorate disadvantaged areas and empower individuals and families to become thriving members of the community.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to member agencies and the individuals and families those agencies serve. Centered in this commitment are members of the exemplary leadership and management team, well-trained and devoted staff, dedicated board members, and teams of supporters and advocates. Together we work to foster healing relationships that lead to sustainable change.

History of Community Action in Mississippi

The Community Action Program (CAP) in Mississippi was established in 1965 with the first charters going to the Coahoma County, Tupelo, Mid-State, and Sunflower County programs. The Mississippi Association of Community Service Agencies was organized in 1967 to address the issues of local agencies. This association later became the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA).

Some of the services that MACAA offers to its member agencies include:

  • Conferences and Training Events
  • National Community Action Updates
  • State and National Legislative Updates
  • Private Partnership Development
  • Resource and Network Development
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • Advocacy