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Working Together: The Community Action BLOG

As election season approaches, the significance of our civic duty comes into focus. Voting is not just a right; it's a fundamental responsibility in any democracy. It's the way we express our preferences, values, and aspirations; shaping the course of our communities, states, and nation.

Minnesota's fall is nothing short of spectacular, with its vibrant foliage, cool breezes, and the promise of cozy nights by the fire. Before the winter snow blankets the land, let's make the most of this delightful season.

Community Action is happy to announce the recipient of our 2023 September Staff Spotlight, Volunteer and Internship Coordinator, Abby Jewett.

Big River Farms, a program of the The Food Group, sits on a 150 acre plot of land focused on creating farmers and cultivating a community for farmers. Each year the farm allows people to apply and to become a farmer for the season with some farmers reapplying the season after.

Setting goals is simple. We’ve all heard different phrases, acronyms and ways to properly set a goal for life. However, accomplishing goals can be a whole different task.

Whether you choose to volunteer at a local shelter, support military service personnel or donate to a cause you care about, your Labor Day can be focused on honoring those who have worked so hard to build up our country’s economic and political well being. 

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need!

Marsden and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties have now entered into a partnership with Marsden’s Charitable Giving Community Fund, which shares Community Action’s mission, vision, and values.

When you have an efficient morning routine, you set an effective tone for the rest of the day. Here are five ways to establish a productive morning routine.

A new Minnesota based podcast, Hmong Mental Health Podcast, has released their first few episodes discussing mental health and its relationship with the Hmong community. Formed and led by 4 hmong mental health specialists from the Vanguard Clinic in Woodbury, these clinicians are mission driven to help remove stigmas and hope to alleviate some of the struggles the community has with mental health

Summer can often feel too short, but with this list of potential activities, you’re sure to fill your days with activities that turn into fond memories.

Whether they’re familial, romantic or platonic, relationships are vital to beneficial and stable lives. So how can we learn to build positive and enriching relationships? Take a look at these top eight tips for some ideas. 

You see local elections and governance matters. They regulate city laws, meet with community members, create municipal policy and approve the city budget.

Community Action is happy to announce the recipient of our July 2023 Staff Spotlight, Human Resources Business Partner of Employee Relations, Jennifer Young.

Planning an Independence Day party shouldn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need—from food to activities—to throw a bash your friends and family will rave about.

This summer, take some time to enjoy a vacation. Whether it’s three days or three weeks, at home or across the world, throw yourself into the moment and use it as an opportunity to relax, regrow and reconnect with your loved ones.

This Father’s Day, give Dad the best gift: a caring, compassionate life. See how you can support others around you and give back this Sunday.

How can you and your family celebrate June? By trying out some of these easy and delicious options to celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month.

Community Action is happy to announce the recipient of our June 2023 Staff Spotlight, Data Analyst Coordinator, Hans Nordstrom.

Employment Services are not only about getting a job, but so much more. CAPRW provides financial literacy on multiple subjects to help participants become successful.

This Memorial Day, we remember and honor the men and women who have served our country’s armed forces—specifically those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

While it might seem simple to say talents can help others, actually identifying your talents and putting them to good use can be a little bit more difficult.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are plenty of gifts you can give your loved one on Mother’s Day that also give back to others in the community.

Community Action is happy to announce the recipient of our May 2023 Staff Spotlight, Program Manager, Lindsay Kline. Lindsay brings her passion for helping others to work with her every day.

Across the nation, cities are increasingly struggling to provide affordable housing to their residents. A proposed change to zoning by the City of St. Paul is aimed at not only addressing this issue but helping correct the historic practices that disenfranchised people of color and low-income residents in the first place.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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