A Community Action Agency (or "CAA") is a non-profit private or public organization originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. CAAs are a primary source of support for more than 38 million Americans living in poverty.
CAAs are governed by tripartite Boards of Directors with equal representation from public, private, and low-income sectors.
The Community Action Partnership, formerly known as the National Association of Community Action Agencies (NACAA), is the national association representing the interests of over 1,000 CAAs organized to fight poverty at the local level; National Community Action Month was established in 1997 to share stories of success. It is held annually in May.
Crowley's Ridge Development Council (CRDC), Inc., is a member of the Community Action Partnership and a member of both the Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (ACAAA), and Community Action Agency Association of Region VI which serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.