Our Agency


Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a private, non-profit community action agency that was incorporated on July 13, 1965.
We are locally controlled and represented by the private, public and low-income sectors of the community.


Through dynamic partnerships, quality family services, advocacy and education, NEICAC advances community development and improves social and economic conditions for individuals and families with limited resources.


Create inclusive communities with equitable access to resources and opportunities where all individuals and families thrive.


Growth, Adaptability, Respect, Responsiveness, Compassion & Collaboration


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) provides the support and resources to improve the stability and quality of life for individuals and families with limited resources.

NEICAC provides assistance to those who need it the most. Our work enables individuals and families in NE Iowa to live, work, and contribute to their communities.

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 assists those living in the northeast Iowa counties of Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek with programs serving in all stages of life including: Family Services, Crisis Program, Food Pantries, Head Start & Early Head Start, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Weatherization, Affordable Housing, Earl Public Transit, Child & Adult Care Food Program, and Family Development & Self-Sufficiency Program. Click here to view our current programs rack card.

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.)


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
KD Rae Jewelry


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


Dynamic Partnerships

“St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School have been pleased to be working with NEICAC. They have been a wonderful partner and resource for those individuals and families in our communities who are in need of support and assistance. We have been able to assist this organization with money for utilities, shelter, transportation, food, and other help. They also provide for emergency medical and dental services as well as mental health services for those who do not have the means to access those services on their own. St Paul’s considers the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corportation to be a vital part of our community.”
Ron Zell - Director or Administration, St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School


EARL Public Transit

“The reason I choose EARL is that the Drivers are Nice and that I want to Ride the transit because I like to see new faces every time I ride. They help me get around to where I need to go. I get along with the Transit Drivers and the passengers.”

NEICAC EARL Public Transit Rider
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