Community Action of Nebraska


What We Do

Community Action of Nebraska (CAN)

Enhancing Program Development

As part of enhancing program development, Community Action of Nebraska collects and compiles data for the State and Regional Community Assessment Report. Through this assessment, CAN aims to discover the most pressing challenges Nebraskans face so that Community Action Agencies will be better equipped to address those challenges.

Agencies use these results to assist in the evaluation of their programs and services as well as make revisions to better fit the needs of their communities. In addition, CAN manages the statewide database, which helps agencies collect information to assess the needs of people who come to them for assistance.

Training and Technical Assistance

CAN provides training and technical assistance for staff in Nebraska’s Community Action Agencies on a wide variety of topics, requested specifically by individual agencies and through an annual statewide survey. Training is provided via webinar, conference call or in person and is facilitated by CAN staff or through professional partnerships.


CAN provides a statewide voice for people in poverty and advocates for legislation at the local, state and federal levels that moves individuals and families toward their goals.



Funding Sources

Community Action of Nebraska is funded by Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds through the State of Nebraska and the Regional Performance Innovation Consortium (RPIC) VII, as well as contractual agreements, membership dues and community support.


Community Action Agencies (CAAs)

Community Action Agencies in Nebraska work together to address the causes and conditions of poverty. Through programs and services such as those listed below, Agencies work to move low-income Nebraskans from economic instability to economic mobility.
  • housing
  • health and wellness
  • food and nutrition
  • child development
  • transportation
  • asset development
  • employment programs
  • disaster relief
  • veteran’s services

In 2017, Community Action Agencies in Nebraska served 84,585 people.

11,469 seniors
14,064 without health insurance

 8,842 people with disabilities
24,948 children


All Community Action Agencies work to fulfill 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.”