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Energy Services A couple discusses their unique situation as Ashanta Johnson, Client Services Energy Representative, listens to determine how the Community Action Agency can best serve them.   Read More
Youth Services It’s been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. We believe all kids can succeed – no exceptions! Youth Services provides needed comprehensive counseling in the form of early intervention, diversion and prevention services to youth, ages 5 - 18 and their families.   Read More
Head Start Partners Annapolis Gardens Head Start children and their teachers enjoy a visit to the Growing Up Great Together Planetarium sponsored by PNC Bank. PNC Bank is dedicated to investing in the future through its Grow Up Great Program, a 10-year, $100 million dollar initiative. Read More
Housing Counseling Those facing evictions, mortgage defaults, interested in first time homebuyers, can find the assistance they need to understand and walk through the process with the help of HUD Certified Housing Counselors. Read More
Head Start Program The Anne Arundel County Head Start Program is a comprehensive academic program that serves over 400 students in 6 centers around Anne Arundel County. The program has been serving children ages 3-5 for more than 40 years.   Read More
Empowerment Empowering families to move towards self-sufficiency is accomplished through a strength based, purposeful, goal-directed, holistic Family Development approach.   Read More

Agency Highlights

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Staff Directory

Community Action has approximately 100 staff members. Click here to access the staff directory.

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Since 1965, Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, Inc. has worked to bring help, hope, opportunity and change to thousands of impoverished families in Anne Arundel County. We are the designated anti-poverty agency for all of Anne Arundel County. Our mission is to help individuals and families living below, at or near poverty income levels improve their economic conditions and become self-reliant. Our programs support social change and address the root causes of problems in addition to addressing the consequences of those problems. Our goal is to influence the county, communities, systems and institutions and not just the individuals.

Our programs promote the birth of healthy babies – Early Head Start, increase children's chances for success in school – Head Start, improve the quality and accessibility of child care and offer youth free services that provide positive outlets for achievement – Youth Services Bureau. We also offer energy assistance, asset based poverty solutions for families, housing counseling and home ownership classes and help to prevent homelessness. We empower and do not enable our clients.

The Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, Inc. is committed to providing services and opportunities that eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty. Consistent with the National Goals for Community Action Agencies, our overall Agency goals are: 1) Low-income residents become more self-sufficient; 2) The conditions in which low-income people live are improved; 3) Low-income people own a stake in their community; 4) Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved; 5) Agency increases capacity to achieve results; and 6) Low income residents achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.



Vision, Mission, Promise, and Strategic Goals


The Community Action Agency will be the leader in addressing poverty and improving the quality of life in the communities of Anne Arundel County.


The Community Action Agency empowers, educates, coordinates, and assists qualified people, including families, youth, children, the disabled and seniors in reducing poverty and building a better life for themselves.


Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes Anne Arundel County a better place to live.

We care about the entire county, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

5-year Strategic Planning Goals

  • Empower clients to reach self-sufficiency
  • Maintain reputation for excellence in programs.
  • Support quality program implementation
  • Embed a health and wellness philosophy within the agency
  • Improve the communication processes throughout the organization
  • Increase community and business financial support

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