Heartland Community Action Agency (HCAA) of Willmar

Heartland is governed by a fifteen-member “tri-partite” Board of Directors that geographically reflects our four-county service area. One-third of the members represent a low income perspective, one-third are elected public officials (county commissioners), and one-third represent diverse parts of the private sector.

The mission of Heartland is “to eliminate poverty and advocate for low-income families.” We operate under a transformational strategic plan that guides us to focus on strategies that move people out of poverty permanently (as opposed to “band-aiding” the conditions of poverty). Heartland’s “high-impact” strategies are to:

  • build relationships across class and race lines
  • strengthen community capacity to assure educational justice for all low-income children
  • influence policy and resource development so that everyone has safe and affordable housing
  • create a strategy-focused organization that acts as an effective catalyst to eliminate poverty
  • develop a committed group of community leaders to end poverty.

Heartland Community Action Agency (HCAA) of Willmar