Why Community Action?


In 2015, we affirm Poverty Can Be Eliminated!

It all began in March of 1964.  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Declaration for the War on Poverty.  Soon after, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc. (formerly the Clay-Wilkin Opportunity Council) opened its doors.

The core programs described on this web site make a positive difference in the lives of low-income individuals and families.  An energetic and caring Board of Directors, a dedicated staff, and the involvement of many volunteers contributing thousands of hours of service annually are the “Action” in our Community Action Agency.

No single organization can do it all.  Part of the strength we have and part of the purpose behind the forming of our community action agency can be found in our partnerships with communities, other non-profit agencies, schools, businesses and faith-based organizations.  The partnerships we enjoy form a common link that builds the capacity of each partner to reduce and to one day eliminate poverty. This doesn’t happen in a day but does happen one individual... one family... one community at a time.  We are grateful for our partners and we invite you to join with this partnership as a volunteer in one of our programs or as a committee or Board member.  Helping people and changing lives is a challenging yet worthy goal.  As President Johnson said,

“Because it is right, because it is wise, and because, for the first time in our history, it is possible to conquer poverty; I submit, for the consideration of the Congress and the country, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.”


Lori Schwartz

Executive Director

 Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.,
is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation and Equal Opportunity Employer


Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
715 11th Street, North - Suite 402, Moorhead, MN  56560
(218)512-1500, (800)452-3646, Fax (844)215-7287

421 Nebraska Ave., PO Box 207, Breckenridge, MN 56520
(218)643-2888, Fax (218)643-5310