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Action, Inc. was established in 1965 as a result of the Economic Opportunity Act, which formed
Community Action Agencies across the U.S. Action was among the first and aimed to address the
underlying causes of poverty and provide programs that would help people move up the ladder of
economic opportunity. In its early years, Action offered after-school and senior programs. The agency expanded and
increased its programs which now include the Client and Housing Services, COMPASS Youth Program,
Energy Services, HomeCare, and Job Training and Education divisions. Energy Services now oversees
conservation projects throughout MA.
Action is a leader in the community and has incubated other critical local services, including Open
Door food pantry, Pathways for Children, Senior Care, Gloucester Senior Center, Meals on Wheels,
and the Fisherman’s Wives Association. All now operate independently and work together to create
Cape Ann’s safety net for those in need.
Today, Action, Inc. serves approximately 7,000 individuals in its direct service area alone, which includes Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester, and Rockport, MA. The agency also oversees energy conservation projects on more than 12,000 additional households statewide.
Action, Inc.’s primary programs include Client and Housing Services, COMPASS Youth Program, Energy Services, HomeCare, and Job Training and Education. Through these programs, we provide a broad range of services including: MassHealth and SNAP enrollment, case management, ho