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. With this survey, CAN aims to discover the most pressing challenges Nebraskans face so that Community Action Agencies across the state will be better equipped to address those challenges. These agencies will us the results to evaluate and revise programs and services to better fit the needs of their communities.

In addition, CAN administers the statewide ServicePoint database for the agencies, which helps agencies 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 to help staff do their jobs better.


CAN provides a statewide voice for people in poverty, advocating for legislation that helps families toward their goals of self-sufficiency.

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 member dues, a Navigator grant and community support.

Community Action Agencies (CAAs)

Nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability. Services include:
  • Housing
  • health
  • food and nutrition
  • child development (Head Start)
  • transportation
  • asset development
  • employment programs
  • disaster relief
All Community Action Agencies strive to fulfill the Community Action Promise:

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.

In 2016, Community Action Agencies in Nebraska served 83,072 people. This included 14,151 people who lacked health insurance, 8,100 people with disabilities and 22,990 children.