About Us

Our mission is to foster and advocate for self-sufficiency among low-income people in Skagit County. 

Skagit County Community Action focuses our resources on goal oriented interventions, as opposed to one-time help.  Essentially, while we do assist those in need with motel or food vouchers, or help with paying a power bill, our true mission is to connect with families over an extended period of time – working to offer education and goal-setting opportunities to help individuals and families achieve major life changes. Because we are constantly studying, listening to and evaluating our community’s needs, we are able to adapt our programs to meet challenges faced by our clients. 

Though no other local social service organization provides the array of anti-poverty services that we do, we work with 554 community partners, including 13 area food banks and hot meal programs, 211 other local nonprofits, 45 churches and faith-based organizations, and 43 federal, state, or county governmental organizations.  In general, we see ourselves as the nexus of anti-poverty efforts in Skagit County, and our staff members are highly trained to make accurate referrals, and in key positions in coalitions of service providers, such as the Skagit County Food Bank Association, the Skagit County Coalition to End Homelessness, Washington State Coalition for the Homeless, and the Skagit County Children’s Coalition. 

Skagit County Community Action Agency, formed in 1979, is younger than many of its sister agencies across the country, but well established locally. We are a private, non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors consisting of eighteen members representing the public, private and low-income sectors in equal proportion. With our excellent and engaged Board, tenured senior management team, dedicated staff of 90-110, more than 100 funding sources, over a $6.9 million budget, and a variety of programs designed to meet local needs, our agency is well positioned to facilitate positive change in our community.

Now in our 30th year of service, and with over 39 anti-poverty programs, Community Action sees ourselves as a key contributor to the vitality of Skagit CountyCommunity Action's Newsletters and E-Newsletters are a great source for personal stories and what has happened in our agency over the years.





Part of America's largest anti-poverty network 

Our agency is one of approximately 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the United States, all of which are community-based organizations mandated to provide services and advocate for the needs of those experiencing poverty. The majority of these agencies were created in 1964, following the signing of the Economic Opportunity Action by President Lynden Johnson. Though each Community Action Agency, including ours, uniquely reflects the needs of its local community, Community Action Agencies in general are now recognized nationally as key organizations for coordinating local efforts to end poverty and move low-income people toward self-sufficiency.

Community Action Agencies like ours serve as administrative “umbrellas” for a variety of local programs, many of which would not otherwise be able to stand individually. This system has proven to be cost effective. Because several programs are gathered under one roof, it is also especially effective at addressing in a more holistic manner the complexities of poverty on the individual, family, community and societal levels.  Flexibility in services, responsiveness to community need, and local control also make Community Action Agencies increasingly attractive to local leaders.

Community Action is about “helping people, changing lives.” To view our agency video, please click here.


Main Office:
330 Pacific Place
Mount Vernon, WA  98273
E-mail: sccaa@skagitcap.org


Phone: (360) 416-7585
FAX  (360) 416-7599
Website:  http://www.skagitcap.org/


Off-site Locations:
WIC & MSS (NAS – Whidbey Island)
Fleet & Family Support Center
260 W. Pioneer Way
Oak Harbor, WA 98278-2500
(360) 257-8049 (WIC)
(360) 257-8050 (MSS)


Ted Anderson East County Family Resource Center

45770 Main Street
Concrete, WA  98237
(360) 853-8767


William J Shuler Family Development Center
724 North 4th Street
Mount Vernon, WA  98273
(360) 416-7585
Channel Cove Affordable Housing Complex
La Conner, WA 98257
(360) 416-7585


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