Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation, incorporated on July 13, 1965, is locally controlled and represented by the private, public and

low-income sectors of the community.

America was built on the promise that every family should have opportunity for success. Whether our neighbors are experiencing a temporary setback or face continuous challenges to meet their basic needs - too many struggle to achieve a good quality of life. On a national level, nearly 40 million people are still living in poverty and even more are just a missed paycheck away from hardship. We believe everyone should be able to take care of their families and have an equal opportunity at success.

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) works to create opportunities and improve the lives of others while also striving to make our communities stronger. We assist residents of our seven northeast Iowa counties with life-changing services to help them achieve financial stability.

The first Executive Director of NEICAC was Neal Wiedenmann, followed by Richard E. Wagoner in August 1974. Richard Wagoner was followed by Mary Ann Humpal in June of 1989. Trisha Wilkins assumed her role as NEICAC’s Executive Director in December 2017.

NEICAC is a private, non-profit community action agency that began in 1965 and continues today to serve low-income individuals and families in the counties of Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. Our network connects individuals and families to approaches to help them succeed and includes Early Childhood Programs, Family Support Services, Stable and Affordable Housing, Budget Counseling, Public Transportation, Pregnancy Prevention and Health Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Weatherization and Crisis Assistance. Click here to view our current corporation brochure.

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.


While scrolling through the presentation, click on the PROGRAM name (i.e Early Childhood 1966- present, Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 1981- present, etc.) to get a more detailed look at the program. (When links are selected a new window will open.)



Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a 501(c)3 private non-profit operating in NE Iowa. Charitable donations from individuals, businesses, school⁄church groups, made to NEICAC are always needed and may have a tax benefit to the donor.Individuals and families in your community struggle every day to provide basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Your contribution to NEICAC can make the difference to provide a hand-up to self-sufficiency.

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Agency Appreciations

"Thank you for your fabulous work with the Decorah community & surrounding areas. All of you truly embody the spirit of hope & change people's lives to not only help themselves but to encourage & help those around them. At a time when our country needs love & compassion, you & your staff deserve a well-deserved BRAVO." 

Rachel Buresh

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Embrace Iowa

"Embrace Iowa helped our family be getting us a stove. The stove we had was hazardous. When we would cook on it, it would stink the whole house up. Also, it leaked underneath the stove. That stove was so small that my two year old son could see inside the pan without standing on anything. Now, with our new stove we can cook without smelling anything or without cleaning up a leaky mess. Thanks so much for our new stove. We really appreciated it."

Fayette County Resident



"Cheryl & Denise. Happy CACFP Week. You both are: Courageous & Calm as a Cucumber. Astounding & Accessible & Able. Cheerful & Capable. Fascinating & we are Fortunate to have you !! Positive & Peppy. Thanks for All you do!!"